Why Serial?

If you pay attention to it, all technologies that exist today are migrating from parallel communication to serial communication.  The new IDE standard for hard disks is serial (ATA Serial).  The PCI bus will be transformed into serial in the years to come,...

Transforming a Radeon 9500 into a Radeon 9700

It is possible to transform your 3D video board based on the Radeon 9500 chip from ATI into a Radeon 9700 through a small modification of a resistor on the video processor.  Radeon 9700 is one of the fastest video chips on the market.  The price difference...

Explosive Motherboards

Some readers whose personal computers were randomly restarting and constantly “freezing” decided to open it to take a look inside and, to their great surprise, they discovered that the capacitors of the motherboard had leaked.  In some extreme...

AMR, CNR and ACR slots

[nextpage title=”Introduction”]AMR (Audio Modem Riser), CNR (Communications and Network Riser) and ACR (Advanced Communications Riser) are slots that you can find on your motherboard that have the same goal: to install HSP (Host Signal Processing) devices...

Computer Port Extension

Who never yelled bad words while trying to plug one of the countless connectors at the back of the computer’s case? Parallel port, serial port, joystick port, loudspeakers output, video monitor output… All these connectors are placed in the back of the...

BIOS Backup

Quite often it can be interesting to back up PC’s BIOS, particularly before a BIOS upgrade, as you may recover BIOS old contents in case something goes wrong in the process, and your PC will operate correctly again. What happens actually is that there are...

Recovering Hard Disks Erased by the CIH Virus

The CIH (a.k.a. Chernobyl or Spacefiller) is one of the most fierces virus available. On its activation date (April 26th) it tries to erase your computer’s BIOS and also your hard disk.To recover your hard disk, you will need to use a data recovery software....

ATX Case Cooling Problem

Some ATX cases are coming out from production line with a very serious problem. The power supply fan, that removes the heat generated by PC components, is inverted. As a consequence of this faulty installation of the cabinet fan, PC overheats and causes several errors...