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Your Questions About Edge To Edge Lcd

Donald asks…

LCD TV problem?

I just bought a 42inch LCD HD tv and there is a faint line that appears on the bottom half of the TV the line can only be seen when the picture is white or black….anyone know what this could be?

steve answers:

That’s just the backlighting leaking out around the edge of the LCD panel…occurs on all LCD panels…

Of course the TV station may be showing the first line of the Blanking/Sync/digital data bar that is normally hidden….you’d have to take that up with the station(s)….I’ve seen them on my TV too….

Ken asks…

Which television technology is better for eyes? Plasma, LCD, LED or CRT.?

If a child wants to play game sitting at around six feet distance from the screen for say one hour, which tv will harm his eyes the most and which will be least harmful.

steve answers:

What’s wrong with existing LCD TVs?
Up until now, LCDs used fluorescent tubes to light the screen. As a result, LCDs have trouble creating deep blacks. That’s because fluorescent tubes are always on, and some light leaks through to the front of the display even when a part of the image is supposed to be black. A lack of deep blacks reduces the perceived sharpness of the set’s image.

Also, fluorescents lack a wide range of colors; hence, color saturation is limited.

What’s an LED TV?
It’s an LCD TV that uses LEDs to illuminate the display. There are two ways to do this: either by placing LEDs across the entire back of the display, or by placing LEDs just around the perimeter, which is called an “edge lit” display. Both techniques use less power than plasma TVs and LCD TVs lit with fluorescent tubes.

Which technique is better?
They both have their pros and cons. LCD TVs using edge-lit LCDs can be ultra-thin, because the LED sources are on the side. Edge-lit LED-lit LCDs are also less expensive than LCD TVs using LED backlit technology.

On the other hand, LCD TVs that use LEDs across the rear of the display can create sharply deeper blacks, through a technique called “local dimming.” When a scene calls for a dark image, the LEDs in that area can be shut off completely, so no light leaks through what should look black.

So if I want an LED-lit LCD, I should buy one using back-lit technology?
It’s not so simple. An LED back-lit TV may contain only about 1,000 LEDs. And those LEDs can only be dimmed in large groups, because it is too expensive to control each LED individually. So when you shut off or dim a group of LEDs you may also be darkening part of an adjoining scene on the TV that really should be bright. If you cut back on the dimming, then the blacks will be less dark than blacks in another part of the image that are not surrounded by lighter images.

Theoretically, you could increase the number of LEDs so that each lit just one pixel on the 2 million pixel LCD screen. But then you could just throw away the LCD screen because you would have actually created an LED television — just like the Walgreens LED sign in Times Square.

. Plasma and LCD technology – what’s the difference?

Plasma and LCD panels may look similar, but the flat screen and thin profile is where the similarities end. Plasma screens, as its name suggests, uses a matrix of tiny gas plasma cells charged by precise electrical voltages to create a picture. LCD screens (liquid crystal display) are in layman’s terms sandwiches made up of liquid crystal pushed in the space between two glass plates. Images are created by varying the amount electrical charge applied to the crystals. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, as you’ll read below.

2. Is there a difference in picture quality between plasma and LCD screens and normal CRT TVs?

It’s not what’s happening behind the screen that’s important – it’s how the screen performs as a television that matters the most. In that regard, both plasma and LCD sets produce excellent pictures, although many home entertainment specialists and gamers still say CRTs produce the best overall images (although plasmas and LCD sets are quickly catching up in terms of quality).
Those same home entertainment specialists will tell you that for basic home theatre-like usage, plasma screens have a slight edge over LCDs. This is because plasma screens can display blacks more accurately than LCDs can, which means better contrast and detail in dark-coloured television or movie scenes. The nature of LCD technology, where a backlight shines through the LCD layer, means it’s hard for it to achieve true blacks because there’s always some light leakage from between pixels. This is steadily improving with every new generation of LCD, however.

3. What advantages does plasma have over LCD?

Apart from better contrast due to its ability to show deeper blacks, plasma screens typically have better viewing angles than LCD. Viewing angles are how far you can sit on either side of a screen before the picture’s quality is affected. You tend to see some brightness and colour shift when you’re on too far of an angle with LCDs, while a plasma’s picture remains fairly solid. This is steadily changing, however, with more and more LCDs entering the market with viewing angles equal to or greater than some plasmas. Plasmas can also produce a brighter colour, once again due to light leakage on an LCD affecting its colour saturation.
Plasma pundits will also tell you that some LCD screens have a tendency to blur images, particularly during fast moving scenes in movies or in sports. While that was true for older generation LCD screens, newer models have improved significantly – so much so that the differences in performance between LCDs and plasmas in this regard is almost negligible (here’s a tip — if you’re shopping for LCDs, check the refresh rate. The lower it is, the better the image quality

Steven asks…

whats the difference between plasma and LCD and which do you recommend?

Getting a 42″ TV, LCD or plasma? whats the difference between the two?

steve answers:

It’s not all doom and gloom for LCD though, as it has the edge over plasma in several key areas. LCDs tend to have higher native resolution than plasmas of similar size, which means more pixels on a screen. If you’re a true high-def junkie who’s keen to see every pixel of a high-res 1080i/p image reproduced pixel-by-pixel (providing you have a source that high, of course), then LCDs are the way to go.

LCDs also tend to consume less power than plasma screens, with some estimates ranging that power saving at up to 30 per cent less than plasma. LCDs are also generally lighter than similar sized plasmas, making it easier to move around or wall mount.

LCD pundits also point to the fact that LCDs have a longer lifespan than plasma screens. This was true of earlier plasma models, which would lose half of their brightness after more than 20,000 hours of viewing. Later plasma generations have bumped that up to anything between 30,000 and 60,000 hours. LCDs, on the other hand, are guaranteed for 60,000 hours.

You might have also heard that plasmas suffer from screen burn in, an affliction not as commonly associated with LCDs. Screen burn in occurs when an image is left too long on a screen, resulting in a ghost of that image burned in permanently. Newer plasmas are less susceptible to this thanks to improved technology and other features such built-in screen savers, but we still hear anecdotal reports here of burn-in with new plasmas.

Mary asks…

When TV manufactures talk about EDGE LED are they referring to the slimline edge around the TV?

What is HDMI?
How can I go about transferring my DVDs to a USB stick?

steve answers:

Edge led means the led are lined up across the edge of the screen full led mean they are spread across the entire tv led are a improved version of lcd so it will often say led-lcd led are brighter produce more color have high hz for motion last longer than lcd and use less power. HDMI stands for high definition multimedia interface it is the best cable for hd and support 1080p/i 720p/480p. Hdmi cables transfer high def picture and audio through one cable and are better than componet. And usb sticks cant hold many movies unless you have a lot of space maby a portable harddrive would be better.

Betty asks…

What is the difference in picture quality between an edge-lit LED TV and an LCD TV?

steve answers:

Edge lit uses fiber optics to route the light to the screen and the televisions are thinner. But the difference in length of the fiber near the edge to the center can sometimes cause inconsistent brightness across the screen.

Back lit televisions are thicker but can have slightly better/more consistant brightness.

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Your Questions About Samsung Fascinate

William asks…

Does anyone knw about samsung fascinate?

I want to kne if there is an application I can download for my samsung fascinate for mobile hotspot but without having to pay those extra $20 ….pls somebody help me?

steve answers:

This is Words & Wordplay
I would advise you to refer to
Consumer Electronics —> Cell Phones & Plans

Richard asks…

how do you block a number on samsung fascinate?

I have the samsung fascinate and I was wondering if theres a way to block numbers just on your phone aka not going into the store

steve answers:

You can log into verizon wireless website and block a number from there.

Michael asks…

would you recommend the samsung fascinate from verizon?

I’m thinking about upgrading my phone to the samsung fascinate. Wanted to know if you would recommend or if you know someone who has the phone and if they have had any problems or what is great about the phone? Comments and suggestions welcomed! Thanks

steve answers:

Actually AT&T is not faster than Verizon.

Verizon has better service and AT&T has terrible service, but it just happens that AT&T has more (not better) smartphones.

I wouldn’t switch to AT&T if I were you. Also, Verizon is going to get iPhone, 3G, 3GS, and 4.

NOW: Get Samsung Fascinate

pros: cons:

worth it none!!!

Rated 5 stars

great screen display and mobile apps

swipe type technology is awesome

great battery life

5.0 camera

can do skype

lots of memory, up to 32 GB


I was looking at phones too and posted a question about it on Yahoo! Answers and when I came to recover my point loss by answering your question, you made me look at how Samsung Fascinate was and now I think it’s the perfect phone to get!
Thanks again!

Lisa asks…

What are some pros and cons of the Samaung Fascinate?

I’m sorry I’ve been asking so many questions on these phones. This will be the last time because I’m going to verizon soon. So what are some pros and cons of the Samsung Fascinate?

steve answers:

Big, bright screen
light in weight
android operated
touch wiz OS (which i really like)
swype (i dont like it but a lot of people do)
battery life isn’t bad at all for me

some lag sometimes
no android 2.2 update yet, but it is coming

Hope this helps.

Thomas asks…

which phone is better for a 15 year old girl..a droid incredible or a samsung fascinate?

droid incredible or a samsung fascinate?

steve answers:

I highly recommend you with Samsung Fascinate, it’s a great phone. I can provide you with an opinion from an actual user from where you can find the good points about the cell phone. Here is the link:


Fascinate has a faster processor
Fascinate’s GPU is much faster
Fascinate has a bigger screen
Fascinate has smooth and pleasant web browsing
Fascinate has a interface similar to that of Iphone

You can get this phone on a real good price from the links below:


BUT if you to go with Droid incredible, have a look at the link below:


You can get this phone on a real good price from the links below:

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Your Questions About What Laptop Will Run Minecraft

Donna asks…

What would make my laptop run games faster?

I am looking to make my laptop run games faster (Mainly Minecraft, Skyrim and other steam games). I do not know what I may need to purchase to get my laptop to run faster. Would it be more ram, a better graphics card, better processor or what?
It is not slow at running the games, but I just want to have a better edge on other players.
System information;
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Graphics card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Monitor Name: ThinkPad Display 1366×768
that is all the info that I think that you will need

Thank you!
If anyone wants to get anymore information please email [f69ab014{@}opayq{.}com]

steve answers:

Go to Black Viper’s site(www.blackviper.com). You won’t be able to upgrade the processor-video card-or display.SSD will help but I’d only resort to that expense after reading blackviper’s suggestions

Chris asks…

Where can I get a cheap Laptop for Minecraft?

My friend and I started a server, and we want to build
But I can only play when at his house on his moms laptop
I need to get one now, but I don’t want a 1000 dollar laptop, only one that can smoothly
Run minecraft, where can I?

steve answers:

Any laptop can run minecraft pretty much. You just need java, in said laptop. I have an HP radeon computer, and minecraft runs fine for me.

Betty asks…

Is it possible to play Minecraft on Windows 8?

For my Birthday I’ve been thinking about buying a laptop as I have been using my mums for the last 5 years. Now, all the laptops me and my parents have looked at that we think are a suitable price etc etc run Windows 8. I’d really love to have Windows 8 (looks epic) but unless it could run Minecraft I’d still be using my mums a lot. I’ve been looking on forums and many people say they have ways of running it, but I’d just like to be sure. So does Windows 8 run Minecraft?

Thanks, Emily.

steve answers:

I’ve been running Minecraft (Versions 1.4.5, 1.4.6, 1.4.7 and Snapshot 13w04a – AKA 1.5 Beta) on my Windows 8 PC (2 TB HD, 6GB RAM, Quadcore i5) and it’s running like a breeze. Of course, like all third-party software, it runs in “Desktop Mode” (AKA Windows 7 Mode) and not “Windows 8 Mode” (AKA Metro Mode). So, yes, it does run on Windows 8 (but NOT Windows RT, make sure to remember that).

Daniel asks…

What’s a good laptop for minecraft and surfing the internet?

I need one that’s under 750 and can run minecraft smoothly on medium settings

steve answers:

This HP can be customized to what you need. If you want better performance upgrade the APU to a A10, the graphics to AMD Radeon HD 8750M + HD 8000 Series Dual Graphics. And increase the ram to 8GB. That will bring it to $700. Add the 1080p screen for just another $40. Starting at $530

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/C9W57AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000fb8mNv9y;sid=NID2W1inOb6JXwkRbh2qz4GoAJwzDmy78dUe8LW2AJwzDtPc7Kuhl6jI?HP-ENVY-15z-j000-Notebook-PC A8-5550M APU HD 8000 Series Graphics 6GB DDR3 750GB 5400 rpm HD

This HP can be customized to. Upgrade the Graphics to 1GB AMD Radeon HD 8670M Discrete, and 8GB ram should bring it to $640. Do not get this lappy without the graphics upgrade. Starting at $530

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/C8F68AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000126GzpjJ;sid=wOckgE5TxtvuuRxANE-PCJZc9Pvh1XpPBbJgQ7vGyjypK_TAAlGILMhM?HP-Pavilion-15t-e000-Notebook-PC i5-3230M 4GB DDR3 500GB 5400 rpm HD

Brand buying advise

You get what you pay for. Systems with high end parts with low prices are to be viewed with suspicion. They have to cut corners somewhere to get the price down. What cost you less today is going to cost you more tomorrow.

Apple makes a good quality laptop. The problem comes when it requires service or minor upgrades. It is near impossible to do anything with them. They even glue the battery and hard drive down so you can not change it. They solder the ram to the logic board so you can not increase it. They lock up most of the software so your stuck with what they approve.

Lenovo has serious stand behind their product problems. They bought IBM PC division and proceeded to drive the quality of the system into the ground. Their customer service is well below par. They even makes Dell customer service look good. Lenovo will not allow people to read instruction on how to access the BIOS menu or to get info on their puters on their web site unless you connect to them thru Facebook. They do this so they can spy on their users. The last and final thing to remember about them is they are a Chinese Government own company. It is up to you if you want to trust them.

Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony should be avoided because of their heavy modification of Windows and the drivers. If you remove some of the bloat they install, you can cripple the system.

Acer, Gateway, and eMachines should be avoided period. Low end system that are driving the race to the bottom.

Dell once made a good system and fell from grace. They are now struggling to regain their place in the market. Customer service is one of many problems with this company.

Alienware are glorified Dells and are more name than product. Priced extremely high for what you get. They do perform but you can get the same for less by looking around, just not packaged to be eye candy to the gamers.

Samsung has a history of using cheap parts in critical areas. Capacitors has been one area Samsung has a known history of going cheap, causing units to fail early. For that reason I would avoid them.

ASUS and HP do not modify Windows as bad as the other manufacturers. They have excellent build quality. They might add a lot of bloat but they also makes it easy to get rid of it.

Ultrabooks are the higher end of Wintel laptops but they have some of the same concerns as Apple. They make it next to impossible to change any hardware in them. Service of them will have to be done by the manufacturers. With most of them, you can not change your own battery or hard drive. They are designed to catch your eye but they are not any more special then other laptops except for the fact that they are slim or thin. Your paying for it being thin and slim. For the money your going to spend on it you can buy a much better laptop with more power.

Chrome books are useless. They are designed by Google to make you dependent on Google. If you can not access the web then you can not do anything.

Hybrids are the worse of the worse. The flip or detachable touch screens are just a disaster waiting to happen.

Never buy an All In One. They are far worst then laptops of any kind to service and they have a higher failure rate.

Always avoid refurbished units. They only come with a 90 day warranty and have a higher failure rate. The service contacts are normally just a one time replace contract.

Choose wisely.

David asks…

What is this laptop called and will it run minecraft on medium settings?

2GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M
6GB of RAM
750GB Serial ATA (7200 RPM)
What is it called and will it run minecraft on medium to max settings and will I get more then 20fps

steve answers:

Its called overkill and yeah it will run minecraft on medium up to “ultra” settings.

Hell…even my smartphone can run minecraft….if you run minecraft with that computer you will get around 140fps on max settings….

That computer is equal to use a Ferrari to go trough commute traffic…

Get something like Crysis 2 or Metro and see what that beauty can do

And on those specs, its Probably an Alienware, or a Dell XPS

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Your Questions About 3rd Street Promenade

Linda asks…

Who was discovered along Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade right before April Fool’s day in 1995?

steve answers:

Waldo of course!

Joseph asks…

Do I need a permit to talk with a mic on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica?

I’d like to counter a rather bigoted viewpoint being expressed, but the perpetrators have a loud mic. If I bring a mic, do I need a permit? I know you need a permit to do a performance, but I don’t think protesting/responding to a performance is really a performance. There are legal issues with interfering with a performance I’m sure, if their presentation is a performance, so my plan is to set up shop nearby to give a different view.

But I’m terrible with bureaucracy and only just moved to the area (LA). I’d appreciate any advice about how to go about this legally!

steve answers:

Id check with the cops and city with this as you might avoid a ticket

Nancy asks…

Do you have to have some kind of a permit to perform at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica?

I see all kinds of wacky people there..from the professional to the not so professional… tap dancers, guitar players, singers, …. I wanna go basically dress up in a bear suit as a joke bring my boombox and just start break dancing basically… i thnk it would be funny. Do u think the authorities would take me away?? !! can u just set up shop there or do u have to have a permit.
how can u need a permit when I’ve seen that homeless guy with no legs and arms yodeling with his monkey running around on his back? he’s literally crazy. How is he not taken away??!!! I see all kinds of crazy down there!!

steve answers:

Little bear person, yes you will need a street performing license because Santa Monica is regulated. Call the licensing bureau of Santa Monica for information or applications.

Ken asks…

Do they still customize Keychains on 3rd Street in Santa Monica, CA? Cali License plate keychains?

When I went to 3rd Street Promenade a few years back, there was a cart that customized keychains that looked like a California license plate. I was able to give names of my friends in Japan and they made the keychains on the spot. Do they still have that shop on 3rd Street or anywhere else in the L.A. area?
Cali is the nickname for California. By the way, we call Los Angeles, “L.A.”. Glad I could help…..

steve answers:

They could care less about Cali, but CALIFORNIA maybe.

Sandy asks…

Name of street performer at Santa Monica 3rd St. Promenade today?

I went to 3rd street in Santa Monica today and saw these two guys, one on guitar and one on the cello… they were awesome. I wanted to buy their CD but didn’t have any cash, I went to go get some and they were gone by the time I got back.

I saw them around 3:30pm in front of Victoria’s Secret and the Apple Store. Did anyone happen to see them and catch their name? I only remember one song they played that I recognized, it was “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright.

Thanks for any help

steve answers:

That was Ken & Ed. Or to be more specific, Ken Oak and Ed Gorski. They form Oak & Gorski.

Here’s their myspace page. They have a few great albums out, and I personally love them and discovered them the same way. Http://www.myspace.com/oakandgorski

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Your Questions About Acer Mini Pc

George asks…

How to reinstall Windows XP Media Edition in a Vista desktop?

My desktop is a Acer Mini Pc.The Media Center XP do not come with a disc. I install Vista Home Premuim given by Acer but i found that Vista is not nice as it does not surpport a lot of things. I want to reinstall XP MC but i cannot. Can give me any hel on this? Pls don’t give floopy disk as my pc don’t have the reader.
erm sry but i found my XP MC disc but how do you reinstall it on Vista.(I want to have 2 partitions) Will the CD Key of both still worked? (I using back the old ones) Pls help me !

steve answers:

I also have acer aspire 360E, It came with xp MCE, today i installed the Vista home premium , every thing went like a charm, very happy with the whole outcome. I have loaded Vista on partition D so i could keepmy XP, so far i find Vista much faster and stable than the XP,im sure many ppl have been having problem with Vista.

This is how u reinstall the XP MCE. First format the whole drive in to a c:partition and a d; partition,, Then just boot up the disk 1 and follow the instructions, It will take abt 30 mins. Dont bother calling Acer tech support, bunch of morons, most of them dont even know the confi guration of their own products and they r suppose to provide tech support what a pathetic bunch, The only answer u get frim them is acer dont support it, no matter what the problem is .Seems like the only thing acer support is the power on/off switch lol . Otherwise the quality of their prodcut is not bad

Lizzie asks…

How do I upgrade my Nvidia GeForce GT435M Graphic card ?

I got an Acer Mini-PC with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I have the NVIDIA GeForce Driver version 259.33. I can’t start playing NFS The Run as it tells me I should get the version 285.38 of my graphic driver !
I downloaded the newest from http://www.geforce.com/Drivers

Once I try installing the graphic driver. the installer tells me that the Installations program cant locate any compatible Graphic Hardware … ( Translated that from German to English .. )

So please. I bought the game and I don’t want to lose the money for it now ;o !

steve answers:

You cant upgrade it.

Not all drivers are compatible, sometimes the latest driver might not be designed for your GPU.

GT435M is a mobile graphics card. (for laptops/small computers)

If your laptop has one of those removable graphics cards, then you can upgrade it but it is unlikely since only the higher end graphics cards in laptops are upgradeable.

Try activating the game on a computer that is more powerful and has better specifications.

Next time, you might want to review the specifications. Even if it might say a 1GB graphics card is needed, and you have a 1GB card, it might not work. You need to determine the kind of card you have and look up benchmarks for the game with the card.

You might want to ask on a forum next time if the game will work with your computer.

Try “Can You Run It?”


It isn’t the best thing to use, but it does work. It will tell you if your computer can run it, but even if it says you can your computer might not be able to. It’s not always accurate.

Chris asks…

Is this PC a mid tower, or mini tower?

Im planning on a Graphic and Power supply upgrade in the future if I buy this system.

And can you look at the pictures of this pc and tell me if it will be difficult to upgrade, and what the Motherboard brand is because I cant find the name of it.


Please and Thank you.

And is the PC worth the money.

steve answers:

>It looks like a small tower to me. The fact it has a graphics card usually indicates a mid or small mid tower:


The problem is that pictures can be deceiving and so I cannot be sure because they aren’t saying. If you want to know for sure, call them and ask.

They are probably using a generic motherboard which they contracted with one of the motherboard makers to make just for their computers. This is true for all the OEM system builders except for very specific models (I am talking, Dell, HP, Acer, etc.) not one of the OEMs you contract with to build one from scratch.

Sandra asks…

Which PC is better?

Philips LX2000 Mini-PC
Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2060
1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1024MB RAM Memory
160GB Hard Drive


Acer Aspire L100 Media Center PC 2.0GHz, 250GB HD, 1GB
Place a bid on brand new Acer Aspire L100 Media Center PC

Featuring the power and performance of an AMD/NVIDIA platform in an ultra-quiet, compact chassis, the Aspire L100 enables you to play music, view photo albums, create home movies, watch the latest DVDs, and much more. The Aspire L100 boasts a modern design and intuitive layout to enrich your entertainment experience and seamlessly fit into your home environment.

Features and specifications:

Processor – AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Dual Core 2.0GHz)

Hard Drive – 250GB SATA

Optical Storage – DVD±RW (+R double layer)
Graphics Controller – NVIDIA GeForce 6150
Audio Output – Sound card
1 x network – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45
1 x Fi
Both are Vista Home Premium, I am not bias just got more info on one over the other.

steve answers:

Althou I favor Intel cpus I’d still go with the Acer. Im not a fan of mini-pcs plus games such as Call of Duty 4 require a 1.8 dual core cpu and you may not be able to even install some games with a puny 1.6 dual. Of course, you’ll have probs with those onboard graphics for games but that can always be addressed somewhere down the road with a nice video card. You’ll want to put in another 1GBs of ram especially running onboard graphics and Premium that has Aero that loves chomping on ram. After getting whichever rig you choose make sure to put all the Windows updates in as they really help Vista run smoother. Also go into “power options” in the control panel and select the “high performance” power plan. Also turn that annoying UAC off.

Helen asks…

wich computer is better?

i want to buy a new computer and i have 2 computers selected and i want to now which one is the best. plz comment why that comp is better.

Acer Aspire L5100
Processor:AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core 5000
ram: 2048 MB
Harddisk:500 GB S-ATA
videocard: 527 MB (max.) ATI Radeon X1250
(it’s a mini pc)

Acer Aspire M3640
Processor:Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4 GHz
Ram: 4096 MB (2x 2048 MB)
Harddisk:500 GB S-ATA
videocard: 512 MB nVidia GeForce 8600GS

if someone else got any suggestion for a good pc for 400 – 600 euro
(i think it is 600 – 900 dollar) post the name of it, i don’t want to build it myself because i am not so handy with pc‘s. sorry for my english.

steve answers:

The Acer M3640 is better for a couple reasons. First the processor is a quad core vs a dual core. As time goes on, our software will be written for multiple cores, making the quad a better choice. Also the quad cores are usually a slower speed to offset price. 2.4ghz is a great core spead for a quad core. Although I believe the Q6600 is 1.8ghz. It is still the better choice if it is the 1.8ghz quad core, since you can overclock up to 3ghz quite often with these cpus. Invest in good cooling if you can either way, since either of these machines will get warm, if not hot.

Also, that is another great point. The mini pc holds a lot of heat, which is the major holdback and enemy of all computers. This lack of space creates more heat, less air flow, and less expandability as well. This is why I’m guessing the video card is 527mb(max) memory. That means it is onboard/integrated. That means it shares your cpu, and memory for 3D graphics. You can change the amount of memory shared in your BIOS settings to “527mb (max). If you have integrated graphics now, you can usually tell how much is dedicated by right clicking my computer, and looking at memory amount. If you were sold 512, and see 496, this does not mean the salesman pocketed the extra or sold you a lesser computer. The 512mb total computer ram amount dedicates 16mb to your integrated graphics. Giving you 496mb total for your system… Like I said, you can change this amount in BIOS.

Since the mini pc has integrated, as has less space, there might not be an expansion slot for graphics or offer as many PCI slots.

The M3640 has 4GB of ram, that is twice as much as the mini pc.

Also, the 8600GS might be a PCI-Express graphics card. If it is, you will get much better 3D performance and of course gaming. Also, with that expansion slot, you can later replace the 8600GS with a better one, if you have the PCI-Express x16.

If you are looking for a new pc, I’d stick with the new pentiums. I own both, and right now the Core 2 Duo is amazing. Quad cores too. They are more bang for the buck, and overclock nicely even on air cooling systems.

If you game, I suggest you look into PCI-Express atleast. Or running multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. That is for extreme gaming, and might be out of your price range as well. Either way, the options are nice to have on the motherboard if you ever do plan to upgrade down the road.

M3640 is better choice here. For more great deals try TigerDirect.com or Newegg.com. Compare a build your own Dell too. Add what you want. And have fun =)

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