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Review: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA II
Written by Rondog   
Thursday, 02 November 2006 16:15
Rondog shares his thoughts on a recently replaced HDD and showing the (small) upside to hardware failure.

Where to start… The drive was free. It was replaced under manufacturers warranty from Seagate after my 300GB SATA I series 8 drive started making this weird clicking noise. So there is one less thing I have to buy should I upgrade.

Who killed HAL?
Written by skool h8r   
Monday, 23 October 2006 11:04
   When Windows XP goes down, it tends to try and take all your personal files and programs with it. A lot of the time, people experience errors with crucial system files, one of the worst offenders being HAL.dll.

So, who is Hal?
HAL stands for Hardware Abstraction Layer and is the way that Windows XP interacts with your hardware. When XP was released, Microsoft was pushing for developers of DOS games to use HAL as their “gate” to interact with hardware, rather than direct interaction. For some developers, this wasn’t a problem, but for others, it meant that their games became abandonware as they either couldn’t change the way the game worked, or couldn’t be bothered.

However, enough of the history. What happens when Hal decides to go walkabout or worse, decides it wants to end it all (dies)? Windows decides that it too is going to try and take its own life, but is unsuccessful and ends up in a coma. When it awakes, it tells you that Hal has gone missing, or worse. So how do you find Hal, or replace him if he’s gone?

This is the problem that many users of Windows XP face every single day. Since Hal is a crucial component of XP, when it goes missing or dies, it’s bound to end in disaster. Or so you would think. There is a way to get back to working state if such a disaster happens.

This guide is designed to help you get from a total massacre, up to running stable (if not more stable) than before Hal died. All in just a few hours.

Firstly, you need to make sure you have plenty of space on your Hard Drive. I’d recommend about the same amount as you had before the crash. Next, you need to make sure you have your XP disc and product key with you. If you made it yourself, make sure you can boot from it. And finally, you may need a program called Paragon Partition Manager (if your drive is over 137 GB, then you will need it, otherwise, you won’t need it) (needs to be a full version but is worth the money).

PS2 Mod - an HDTV Game Upgrade for PS2.
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 01 August 2006 12:42
How to HDTV-ise our PS2s
Posted Jul 31, 2006 at 10:27AM by Jerico G.
If there's one thing you could do to your beloved PlayStation2 to boost the gaming experience a notch higher, what would it be? I know, all of us wished we could move that digit one figure higher to get the ultimate hardware of this gaming generation - so near yet so far 'ey? Well our radar back at the QJ observatory has scanned something that might give us the next best thing - an HDTV Game Upgrade for PS2.

What exactly this product from Xploder does, is allow PS2 games to be played in High Definition. With both next-gen consoles, Xbox360 and PS3, already boasting of High Definition formats, Xploder's HDTV Game Player is set to give PS2 a nudge by giving it connectivity to your HDTV sets. So how can this enhance your standard game's image quality? With these features:
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Review: Samsung SpinPoint P Series HD160JJ
Written by Samuknow   
Sunday, 23 July 2006 08:26
The Samsung SpinPoint P Series drives offer capacities ranging from 40 GB ultra-thin formats to 250GB desktop formats.  In all cases, they emphasize good performance figures while maintaining low operating noise.


How to: Position your Surround Sound Speakers for Improved Sound Quality
Written by Aghastpumpkin   
Monday, 10 July 2006 18:52

Setting up speakers can be tricky, and if you wish to get the best sound from your PC it's essential you get it right.

Aghastpumpkin gives us his tips and advice on getting the very best sound from your system.

Guide: Power Supply Mods
Written by Rondog   
Friday, 07 July 2006 02:00

Rondog takes us on a tour of several different power supply modifications that are relatively easy to do and easy on the budget.


Guide: Adding Extra Run-Time to Your UPS
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 30 January 2006 00:00

Extending the Run-time of your UPS

So, you've got your snazzy UPS, and it does a dandy job of keeping your equipment running during brief power outages. The problem is, it is only good for about 5 minutes or so of run-time. What this means is that pretty much as soon as the power goes out you have to start shutting down your system. You'd like to have a UPS with more run-time, but the problem with that is that there seems to be a direct correlation between the size of the UPS and the run-time. You only need a 850VA UPS, or maybe 1000VA, but the only thing that you can buy which offers a run-time of say, 30 minutes, comes in the 1500VA or 2000VA variety, and costs a whole lot more money than you want to spend.

The AOA Computer Museum
Written by danrok   
Sunday, 03 April 2005 11:07


The doors are open to AOA's online computer museum!

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