The fix when the P5KPL-CM won’t sleep

Who would have thought a motherboard wouldn’t sleep because of a default jumper setting?

Samsung ML-1210 and Windows 7 – the driver

Getting the Samsung ML-1210 driver to work well with Windows 7 wasn’t straightforward. Fortunately, the trick to get it working is easy.

Reducing the Northbridge temps on the MSI X58 PRO-E motherboard

The northbridge on the X58 PRO-E is notorious for getting hot. I walk through the process of pulling the heatsinks and applying new paste to bring those temps down.

Antec Sonata III case review

I look at the Sonata III with a comparison against the old piano-finish variant.

2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz, D-Link DWA-160 short review, a kink, and the fix

A look at the DWA-160, with a deeper focus on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz aspects.

E2140 lapping - heatsink and processor before lapping

The lapping test – reducing temps by lapping a CPU’s heatspreader & heatsink

Lapping a CPU – the process.

Intel E2140 and Asus P5B-VM SE overclock encoding speeds

Intel E2140 + ASUS P5B-VM SE overclocking

A look at overclocking the E2140, and results!

Audigy Pinout

Optical SPDIF out on a Soundblaster Audigy 2

A detailed pinout and instructions for using SPDIF via the Audigy 2.

USB hub review – the i-rocks CRYSTAL IR-4300 4-port USB 2.0 powered hub

I grabbed my first ever USB hub – the i-rocks IR-4300 and gave it a whirl. Pictures, specs, and instructions are included.

Logitech Premium USB Stereo Headset 350 review

A look at Logitech’s headset, and some problems I ran into 2 days later.

Gigabyte GA-8I915ME-GL motherboard review

A look at the GA-8I915ME-GL motherboard. Fairly spec oriented, though I do include screenshots of the BIOS as well.


NITS M15AAA 15″ LCD Monitor Review

A look at a monitor that nobody’s ever heard about from a company that nobody’s ever heard about.

Buying a printer? Consider the cost of ink!

Far too often, people compare the prices of printers at face value. Years later, they may have spent 10X the amount in ink.

You should use a UPS with your computer.

A UPS is one of those things that should be a no-brainer. No, it’s not an exciting purchase. Know what else isn’t exciting? Brownouts, power surges, blackouts, and fried computers.

Review – Fortron Sparkle ATX-400PN – 400 Watt Power Supply (PSU)

A solid $40 power supply without frills.

Why your next PSU should be a high-efficiency one

Spoiler: Less wasted heat, less money wasted on electricity.

Custom made mouse feet

Fixing worn out mouse feet

Fixing up worn out mouse feet with some common items.