Monday, March 22, 2010

My PC Specifications

Hi All, Nowadays PC gets out-dated every one or two years. So we keep upgrading our systems often. Here I would like to post my New PC Specs and upgrades, so that it would be nice to look after some years

My First PC (2003-2008)

Type Details Date Price (Rs)
Processor Intel Celeron 1.33 GHz
Motherboard Biostar M6VLQ
Memory 128 MB SDRAM
Hard Disk 40 GB
Keyboard Logitec Normal Keyboard
Speakers Microtek Stereo Speakers
Mouse Logitec PS2 Mouse
Optical Drive LG CD Writer
Monitor LG CRT 15

Upgrades Done :
Type Details Date Price (Rs)
Memory 128 MB SDRAM
(Totally 256 MB SDRAM)
Optical Drive Sony DVD Writer

Operating Systems Used :
Microsoft Windows Me
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Microsoft Windows XP SP3

My Second PC (2008-2012)

Type Details Date Price (Rs)
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz 40nm 17-May-2008 8000
Motherboard Intel DG33FB
17-May-2008
5000
Memory 2 GB DDR2 RAM 17-May-2008 1900
Hard Disk 320 GB 17-May-2008 3200
Keyboard Logitec Normal Keyboard 17-May-2008 270
Speakers Creative SBS 500 5.1 Speakers 17-May-2008 2600
Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 17-May-2008 950
Mouse Logitec PS2 Mouse 17-May-2008 310
Optical Drive Samsung DVD Writer 17-May-2008 1000
Graphics Card XFX 8600 GT 256 MB DDR2 17-May-2008 4700
Power Supply Zebronics 500 Watts Platinum 17-May-2008 1800
UPS Frontech 600 VA 17-May-2008 1600
Monitor Viewsonic 19 - VA916 17-May-2008 11000
TV Tuner Leadtek Palm Top Tv 17-May-2008 3400
Cabinet Zebronics Vulcan 17-May-2008 520
Total 46,250

Upgrades Done :
Type Details Date Price (Rs)
Memory 1 GB DDR2 RAM
(Totally upgraded to 3GB)
800
Graphics Card Palit 9800 GT 1GB DDR3 Super 7800
Sound Card Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 4000
Game Controller Microsoft XBOX 360 Wired Controller 1300
Speakers Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 Speakers 18-Sep-2010 3750
Hard Disk Seagate 1 TB 15-Oct-2010 3000
Graphics Card MSi GTX 460 1GB OC 04-Apr-2011 11,400
Total 32,050

Operating Systems Used :
Microsoft Windows XP SP3
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Ubuntu 11.04
Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 12.04

My Third PC (2012-Now)

Type Details Date Price (Rs)
Processor Intel Core i5 - 3450 - 3.1 GHz 25-Aug-2012 12,000
Motherboard ASUS P8H77-M LE with USB 3.0
25-Aug-2012
7,750
Memory 8GB (2 x 4) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 25-Aug-2012 3,200
Hard Disk Samsung 120GB 840-EVO SSD 14-Oct-2014 4,600
Keyboard & Mouse Logitech Media Combo MK200 8,25
Speakers Logitech Z506 5.1 10-Nov-2012 5,200
Sound Card -- From Old Machine --
Optical Drive ASUS DVD Writer 18-Mar-2014 1,325
Graphics Card ZOTAC GeForce GTX 760 AMP! Edition Dec-2013 Gift :)
Power Supply Cooler Master GX 550W 25-Aug-2012 4,750
UPS Numeric 1000 VA 25-Aug-2012 4,300
Monitor Benq GL2250 HM 25-Aug-2012 8,450
Cabinet Cooler Master Elite 311 Plus 25-Aug-2012 3,370
Total 49,745

Operating Systems Used :
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Ubuntu 12.04 Ubuntu 12.10
Ubuntu 13.04
Current :
Linux Mint 15
Microsoft Windows 8 Ultimate

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Best way to escape from Mosquitos

Hi Guys,
         I am residing at Chennai, India.
For many months I had problem with mosquitos, they came in hundreds. I was not able to sleep well at night.

I tried every thing like

  • Mosquito Repellents
  • Mosquito Coils
  • Mosquito Liquid Repellents etc..

I even found Mosquito Repellent software in the internet, funny isn't?

But later found out that the only best way to escape from mosquitos at night is to use Mosquito Nets.
Yes after trying all the above I tried Mosquito Net, it is just Rs 200.
No smoke from Coils, no smell from Mosquito Repellents.
No waste of money.
Now I can sleep well at night.



Just try this..

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Windows 7 Photo Viewer Very Slow - Fix

Hi When I was viewing my photos with Windows 7 Photo Viewer, it was very slow, it was loading for every photo. Then I found a fix for it.

It is because of the Calibrated Color Profile created by Windows 7.
If you remove it every thing will be fine.

Follow these steps

1. Right Click on Desktop and select 'Screen Resolution'.




2. Then Select 'Advanced Settings'




3. Select the 'Color Management' tab  and press the 'Color Management..' button in properties window.




4. In the Color Management window, Select 'All Profiles' tab and scroll to 'ICC Profiles'




5. Select any profile with the name 'CalibratedDisplayProfile' and Remove it.




6. Thats it Close all open windows.




Now reopen the pictures folder, check the photos with Photo Viewer it will be lighting fast...
Coool........

Let me know, if this helps you :-)......

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Delete folder history in the file explorer window in Windows 7

Hi All, In your Windows 7 you might have noticed that sometimes the folders which you have visted will be displayed in the Windows Explorer drop down, when you press the Drop Down button in the location bar.




To remove those entries you dont have to go to registry and edit something.
Simple. Right Click the location bar.




Then from the menu select 'Delete History'..
Thats it.. Every thing cleared...




Hope this helps...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Windows 7 Tips and Personal Review

I was using Windows XP for almost 6 Years, right from 2003.

When Windows Vista came out I tried it, but I dont want to switch from XP to Vista.I found that something was missing in Windows Vista.

So I didnt switch from XP to Vista.

Then Windows 7 came out, right from the day one every thing was good for it. It received positive reviews from almost every one.
So I decided to try it. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate in my machine, dual boot with Windows XP(Hoping I can Switch back to XP anytime).
Here I have listed some of the Windows 7 tips and features which I like very much.

(Note : I have switched to Windows 7 directly from XP, so some features I have mentioned here might be there is Vista also, which I might not know.)

Before I start here is my system specs
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 Ghz, 45 nm
Motherboard : Intel DG33FB (G33 Chipset)
Memory : 3 GB DDR2 667 Mhz
Graphics Card : Palit 9800 GT, 1 GB DDR3
Hard Disk : 320 GB

My Windows 7 Review :




Installation is really fast:

I did a clean install of Windows 7 on one of my partition, it is lightning fast. My Windows 7 was ready in just 20 Mins...

Boots very fast:

First of all, really Windows 7 boots faster than XP and Vista. I personally tried it. I have installed all the programs I had in XP, still it boots very fast.

Shutdown is also fast:

Similarly Shutdown or sleep is also very fast. In my XP it will take more than 30 Sec to shutdown, but my Windows 7 shutsdown in 8 Sec. Really fast.

Superbar(New Taskbar) Rocks:
 
Windows 7's new taskbar is superb. At first you will miss the good old XP style taskbar, but in few minutes u will get used to the new taskbar.
You can pin your favourite programs and files to taskbar, it will be always there.
Right click on it will give you more options about the program.
Moving the mouse over the icons will give a thumbnail preview of the program.
You can even watch videos using this preview.






More details can be found here
http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/01/15/windows-7-superbar-overview

User Access Control(UAC) :
Now we can adjust the UAC settings to any one of the four levels available.

Action Center:
Windows 7 Action Center is a one stop place where you can find system maintenance information, security information and also troubleshoot problems if any.

New Search:
Windows 7 search is really improved and fast. Now your search result will include album name, artist etc.

New Themes:
There are lot of themes pre-installed, you can even install new themes from microsoft website.




Aero Shake:
When a window is shaken with mouse, all other windows will be minimized and the current window will be active on the screen.When the window is shaken again, they are all restored. This also has some eye candy.
DirectX 11:
Windows 7 is shipped with directX 11, if you have a directx 11 graphics card you can enjoy all the eye candy in games.
Windows 7 Tips and Trick :

Other important changes I noted:
When I want to switch from my Creative sound card to on-board sound card, the only thing I have to do is remove the wire and plug it, Windows 7 will automatically detect it and it will be ready for use, where as in case of windows XP I have to change all sound settings.

My Other Tips:

Delete Folder History - Windows 7
Windows 7 Photo Viewer Very Slow - Fix

Some useful shortcuts:

Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized
Win+Space: All windows are made transparent so you can see the desktop
Win+Home: Minimize all windows but the current window

Excellent place for details about Windows 7
http://www.neowin.net/news/category/windows7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_7

So finally I did switch from Windows XP to Windows 7....
Good bye Windows XP... Welcome Windows 7...
Please share your experience on Windows 7 and switching from Windows XP to 7... :-)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How to Open the Task Manager on Remote Computer or Desktop

In your day to day work, normally you will be using Remote Desktop or Connect to remote Computer using VPN.
But if you press Ctrl + Alt + Del or Crtl + Shift + Esc it will open the task manager of local computer.

Here I have given how to open the task manager of remote PC or desktop.

Select the remote application or desktop and press Ctrl + F3
Other Remote Session Shortcuts :
http://ckarthik17.blogspot.com/2011/05/keyboard-shortcuts-in-remote-desktop.html

Hope this helps you...
Please comment if this helps you.... :-)