Category Archives: Computer hardware

Good tweak or bad tweak? TweakHound helps you decide.

An excellent site to look at tweaks and optimization of your operating system is TweakHound.   TweakHound gives step by step guides and hundreds of tweaks – they also help you look at these individually and explain why they are good … Continue reading

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vEthernet adapters left after uninstalling Hyper-V

If you have ever installed Hyper-V, you may have noticed left over vEthernet adapters.   You may also noticed that you have issues with TCP/IP.  Here’s what to do. Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an Administrator Type netcfg -d … Continue reading

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Updating Drivers? Don’t forget the chipset!

While I’d like to guess that over 98% of the computers that I have worked on that are privately owned; the drivers were out of date or missing critical drivers that other drivers rely on. Here’s what I mean.  If … Continue reading

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Extended attributes are inconsistent error on Windows

1. Right click the volume icon in the task bar and select sounds 2. Scroll down on the Program Events: Look for and select the option that says Windows User Account Control 3. Change the Sounds, select option to (None) and then click on okay Thanks Josh!

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View your GPU performance in the Task Manager

With Windows, you can now view the GPU and how it performs on your computer.  With computers that have integrated cards (video), you may not see graphs in the performance monitor or on the Process Tab even after following these … Continue reading

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Export your drivers using PNPUTIL

Want to export your drivers so that you have them later? Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an administrator Next create a folder to hold your drivers Type pnputil /export-driver * c:\smalldriver   (This is my folder on a small … Continue reading

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Speed up your network by disabling the HomeGroup

While we’ve discussed speeding up SQL connections by disabling LLMNR, there’s another way to speed up your network. If you are not using the HomeGroup feature, a quick way to speed up your network is to disable the services for … Continue reading

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Change network adapter priorities in Windows 10 – PowerShell

First thing – disable network adapters you don’t use If you use Ethernet, disable everything but flow control Disable LLMNR Adjust NTLM Perform test with Totusoft’s network speed test Next, avoid latency of your network card by adjusting the network … Continue reading

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Is your AHCI Link Power Management viewable from the Power Options Console?

If you can’t see your AHCI Link Power Management from the Power Options, there is a way to add it.  Always backup your computer before modifying the registry. You can add the GUID to the registry by going opening the … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Troubleshooting with dot11Expert from KC Software

Need technical information about your Wi-Fi?  dot11Expert provides detailed information about your wireless card, APs, wi-fi signals in your area and provides a detailed graph of signal strength and quality. More information can be found at KC Softwares.

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Resilient File System on Windows 10 Pro

While NTFS is a reliable file system, Windows 10 can have ReFS enabled for data drives and some external drives.  What exactly is ReFS? ReFS is Resilient File System.  ReFS insures data availability,  supports large file systems without a performance … Continue reading

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An interview with Shannon Morse, Internet Media Host & Producer

Image Source Over the next several months we plan on interviewing technical experts and leaders across the globe to find out how they got started in the technology industry, what their favorite operating systems are, information security trends and more. This … Continue reading

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When engineers don’t think about the technicians

Recently my niece dropped her laptop and the hard drive stopped working.   Normally an easy fix, I looked for the access panel for the hard drive so that I could replace it.   What? No access panel?  Oh, easy fix, lets … Continue reading

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900+ Technical Blogs

Need information about anything technical?  Here’s a site ran by Rick over at What’s On My PC.   The site BookMark4Techs is the largest resource for Technical Blogs.

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WhySoSlow Beta fow Windows

Want to know what resources are being consumed by Windows and ‘see’ why your computer is so slow? WhySoSlow by Resplendence is in Beta and is an excellent program that can guide you to why your computer may be slow. … Continue reading

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Rufus USB boot and Hiren’s Boot ISO

Hiren’s Boot CD is one of the best tools IT personnel can get their hands on.  (See our article on adding the GeGeek Toolkit) WIth the following tools, Hiren’s can help you diagnose, repair and secure your computer – Avira … Continue reading

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AlphiMAX PTP Estimator provides an excellent way to align your wireless antennas

Need an excellent program to estimate your wireless bridges from building to building?  AlphiMAX provides an excellent online program to estimate your wireless links. Sign up is easy and fast.  The PTP Estimator requires that you have the Latitude and … Continue reading

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SSD drive with Intel chipset – Performance is in RST

Do you own a computer with an Intel chipset?  If you do,  you probably need to make sure you are running Intel’s Rapid Store Technology to make sure the appropriate drivers are installed.   By loading the drivers, I saw … Continue reading

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Using a GPS to perform a Wi-Fi survey

It is important to perform a wi-fi survey so that you can determine not only the perfect place to locate your access point or bridge but to gain an understanding of the channel co-existence challenge you may face.  With wireless … Continue reading

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Network Switches – Avoid Daisy-Chains

When you are networking computers, wireless access points, printers and other nodes in multiple rooms, try to avoid daisy-chaining switches or using small 4-8 port switches when you are in a hurry.  Replace any hubs on your network as soon … Continue reading

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