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    Why I say, "Backup! Backup! Backup!"

    Backup! Backup! Backup! For several years, I've had that three-word message in my signature line, on this and several other forums. It's not there, just for the fun of it, but because it's something I thoroughly believe in, out of necessity, for the proper and SAFE operation of a computer...
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    Solved Can't set Auto Play for SD Flash Memory Cards

    I have Windows 8.1 on several PC's, but only on this one PC do I NOT have Windows recognizing a SD camera card or flash drive, and opening up a window to allow me to see the card.... I have to go into My PC and click on the card, drive letter, to open it. Evidently, I did something wrong on...
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    Refurbish a ten year old PC

    Recently I did a post on how I fix a graphics card with a bad fan. Today I'm talking about how I refurbished a ten year old Desktop PC, that had gotten all rusty and corroded and the motherboard failed. I'm sure some would just toss it in the trash and forget it. But I'm not built like that...
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    Great GPU, but crappy fan

    You can have a great video card in your PC, but it will probably outlive its cooling fan by several years. Well, this has been my own experience anyway. And then finding a replacement fan for a specific video card is like finding hen's teeth. Good luck! Well some time ago, I found a better...
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    Solved Win 8.1 update Quandry

    I'm in a quandary. I just acquired a Dell Laptop PC, with Windows 8.1, Pro, 64, on it and apparently the Auto Update feature was shut off. When I turned the Auto Update ON, and checked to see what updates are available, I found that there are 91 updates pending. I looked through them and they...
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    Newer is not always better

    I have a test PC, with a 10+ yr old motherboard in it that I'm using for testing purposes only, just to see how much use I can actually get out of an old PC. It was built before the days of the Bad Chinese Capacitors, so it's still in like new condition. It even runs Windows 7 Pro very well...
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    How do I flush the SSD on a 1TB Hybrid drive?

    My newest hard drive in my desktop PC is a Seagate 1TB Hybrid Drive. It has an SSD and Mechanical hard drive, in the same case. I somehow contracted Ebola of the Hard Drive (boot sector virus) and decided to just wipe the drive and start over. That is proceeding nicely as I type this. I've...
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