Get detailed information about your computer hardware with CPU-Z

Troubleshooting PC issues isn’t always easy. Hardware issues… Software issues… Issues with software and peripherals… sometimes it’s difficult to know which end of your PC is giving you grief. This is one of the reasons why I like CPU-Z. It’s a hardware detection tool for Windows.

CPU-Z is freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. It gives you the name and number of your CPU, its core stepping and process information, package information, core voltage information, as well as information on instructions sets and cache information.

When it comes to your motherboard, you get vendor, model and revision; BIOS model and date, Chipset (Northbridge and Southbridge) and sensor; as well as the Graphic interface and amount of memory. Speaking of memory, when it comes to the RAM installed in your system, you’ll also get the specifics of frequency and timings, Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect), as well as vendor, serial number, and a timings table.

Getting detailed information on your hardware can be very important if you’re trying to troubleshoot your PC or if you’ve purchased a PC third hand, and need to find out what’s installed in it so you can safely modify or upgrade it. CPU-Z is a great little utility for providing you specific information on your PC’s components. If you’re running a virtual machine, though, don’t look to get too much information from it. I tried and was unable to get it to give me much more information other than the type of processor I had.

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Everest the complete auditing tool

Everest is a system information utility and auditing tool designed for home users. The product has been around for some time and development on it stopped several years ago. The product is effectively discontinued. However, do not be discouraged by this: it has useful functionality.

Everest can analyze and present through a helpful ‘windowsy’ hierarchical file interface information about your pc. This includes computer, motherboard, display, multimedia, storage, network, DirectX and devices. It will collect a good amount of information, and is a useful way of finding out what is available on a PC, for example, it detects hard drive controllers.

This information can be output to local disk, network share, e-mail or ADO database connections in text, CSV, HTML or XML formats. It has a ‘Favourites’ tab to which you can add those things you are most interest in. It is also useful if you need to benchmark one PC with another – it enables the collection and comparison of data such as memory reads, writes, latency.

If you are persistent enough to be able to stay in control in the face of unexpected error messages you may get some benefit from this tool. It has grown up and pay for siblings (now at FinalWire Ltd) which will do everything Everest does and more, and are up to date with new drivers, devices etc., however the point is that Everest Home is free. It is a good starting point for collecting PC information and is worth an initial look.

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GIGABYTE First to Market with AM3+ “Black Socket” Motherboards

GIGABYTE Black Socket Motherboard

GIGABYTE  announced a new line of 16 “Black Socket” motherboards previously unveiled at CeBIT 2011 that offer support for AMD’s next generation , 32nm AM3+ CPUs and are based on current generation AMD 800/700 series chipset-based motherboards.

Wanting to ensure users their motherboard is able to take advantage of all the performance enhancements that AMD’s upcoming AM3+ CPUs have to offer, GIGABYTE has equipped their entire line of AM3+ CPU ready motherboards with a new black colored socket, making it easy to spot for AM3+ support. In addition, GIGABYTE “Black Socket” series offer full backwards compatibility with AMD’s current generation AM3 socket CPUs, allowing for painless migration to the AM3+ CPUs when they become available.

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Why is your laptop battery not charging?

Laptops of various brands happen to be used among people, but few of them know easy methods to repair the problem if the laptop is not charging the battery anymore. Here are some general guidelines in case you will encounter this problem.

You will find several factors that may lead to battery not charging. Let’s check those problems one after the other:

  1. The battery stops charging as soon as you slightly move it. Sometimes the problem may come from the adapter; especially the power tip of the adapter is a little loose and won’t be able to fit the laptop tightly. If this happens, you could simply get hold of your laptop manufacturer for one proper adapter. Usually when you use the adapter, be sure it is properly connected and the power tip fits properly.
  2. The battery discharges quickly. Sometimes, new batteries may behave erratically until they are charged or discharged after several circles. If it is a new battery, you may attempt to charge and discharge the battery a couple of more times. Usually span for a laptop battery is between two to three years. If your battery had been used for about 2 to 3 years, maybe it will be the time to buy a new replacement battery.
  3. The battery is not detected by the laptop. Whenever the laptop battery is properly installed and positioned, but still not detected when you log in to Windows, there are two factors that may lead to the problem: either the motherboard of the laptop or the battery is defective. To troubleshoot the problem, you may first replace the battery with a working one. In case the problem persists after you replace the old battery, the problem may result from the motherboard. It is recommended to bring the laptop to a repair shop and replace the motherboard.
  4. The battery can be detected, but the laptop immediately turns off in case the AC adapter is unplugged. If this happens, maybe the battery is not seated properly or the battery contacts got dirty. You may try to remove and reinsert the battery for a few more times to see if it can solve the problem. Meanwhile, you may also use a brush or eraser to clean the battery contacts that connect the battery to the motherboard of the laptop. If it still does not help, you may try to replace the battery with a new one. However, even if replacing the battery can’t solve the problem, you may have to check if the problem is not coming from the motherboard itself.

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The World’s First Overclocking Motherboard Designed by Overclockers, for Overclockers

Gigabyte x58a OCThe GIGABYTE X58A-OC is the world’s first motherboard designed specifically for overclocking. Bringing several new technologies together for the first time in one motherboard, the GIGABYTE X58A-OC has all the features overclockers have been asking for, making it easier than ever to take down world records.
Powered by the Intel® X58 chipset, and supporting high-end Intel® Core™ i7 CPUs including the record-breaking Intel® Core™ i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition, the GIGABYTE X58A-OC is able to push past performance boundaries maxed out by other platforms by offering native 4-way graphics support (CrossfireX) and triple channel DDR3 memory support. It’s unique layout design further increases performance potential by following the shortest pathways between key components such as the memory and CPU (for minimal latency), wider CPU zone and low profile components for easier extreme cooling insulation, memory slot spacing that doesn’t interfere with graphics card installation, and a grand total of 7 four-pin Smart Fan controllers that allow overclockers to precisely adjust fan speed and control system temperature, just to name a few.

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