Archive for September 2011
The Asus EeePad Slider has finally been released and has also landed in our test lab. We’ve already started putting this hybrid tablet through its paces, so here are our first impressions of the Slider compared with the Asus EeePadTransformer.
With its clip-on keyboard/battery/connections dock, the EeePad Transformer already gave us a taste of Asus’ hybrid approach to the touchscreen tablet. Now the EeePad Slider takes the concept one step further, with a slide-out keyboard fusing the portable computer and touchscreen tablet into one handy device.
There’s nothing particularly innovative about the Slider’s tech specs, as it uses a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 (T250) dual-core processor and has 1 GB of RAM. it has a USB 2.0 (Host) port, a microSD card slot, a mini HDMI output, a 3.5 mm jack for headphones and a proprietary connection for charging the Slider or hooking it up to a computer. Similarly, the Slider runs on version 3.2 of Android Honeycomb.
[Updated: Sept. 14] — Kontron announced three low-end versions of its COM Express-compliant Kontron ETXexpress-SC computer-on-module (COM) product line. available with both Type 2 and Type 6 pinouts, the modules are equipped with new single- or dual-core Celeron processors based on Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” architecture, with clock rates up to 1.6GHz, SATA 3 storage, and simultaneous multi-display capabilities, according to the company.Kontron’s COM Express form-factor ETXexpress-SC product line was announced in January in conjunction with the "Sandy Bridge" version of Intel’s Core processors. the new dual-core Celeron versions are focused on cost-conscious and graphics-intensive applications in markets such as digital signage, gaming, medical, and industrial automation, according to the company.
a key selling point for the modules was the availability of separate Type 2 and Type 6 pinout versions for each module. the new Celeron modules continue this tradition, once again offering a choice of the newer Type 6 or legacy Type 2 interfaces, and bringing the product line to nine members, says Kontron.
The company’s ETXexpress-SC web page indicates only two new Celeron models, each each dual-core CPUs available with Type 2 or Type 6, for a total of four SKUs. however, a Kontron spokesperson tipped us to the identity of the third module, which runs on a single-core, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E. Like the dual-core models, the 827E version is based on Intel’s "Sandy Bridge" architecture.
The dual-core models are the ETXexpress-SC T2 B810E (Type 2) and ETXexpress-SC T6 B810E (Type 6), each of which run on the dual-core, 1.6GHz Celeron B810E processor. also available are the ETXexpress-SC T2 847E (Type 2) and ETXexpress-SC T6 847E (Type 6), which both run on the dual-core, 1.1GHz Celeron 847E. All these processors ship with 2MB of L2 Cache, and are accompanied with an Intel HM65 Platform Controller Hub, says Kontron.
Intel announced the Celeron B8xx line of processors in July along with several other dual- and single-core Celeron models. All these Celerons are built on the same 32nm manufacturing process and "Sandy Bridge" architecture used in the chipmaker’s latest Core CPUs. the dual-core G5xx and single-core G4xx are aimed at desktops, while the dual-core B8xx and the single-core B7xx target laptops.
the Celeron 847E didn’t show up in that list, nor did it appear on a new batch of souped-up "Sandy Bridge" Celerons tipped earlier this month. however, as indicated on the Intel 847E product page linked to above, it appears to be another "Sandy Bridge" infused model, and a close cousin to the 1.2GHz Celeron 857, which Intel had previously said would ship during the third quarter.
of the new Celeron-based modules, the Type 6 SKUs are recommended for new designs, whereas the Type 2 SKUs support PCI and IDE interfaces "for a hassle-free upgrade of existing applications," says Kontron. the modules are said to be supported by the Kontron COM Express Starterkit Type 6 baseboard and Kontron’s Embedded Application Interface (KEAPI).
Like the earlier ETXexpress-SC modules, the Celeron versions feature Digital Display Interfaces (DDI) for SDVO, DisplayPort, and DVI/HDMI output. They also support a single VGA/CRT interface (2048 x1536 pixels) and one dual-channel 18/24 bit LVDS output with (1600 x 1200), says Kontron.
Simultaneous multi-display solutions are said to be supported across several displays. Connected displays are identified automatically via VESA DisplayID to help streamline integration, says the company.
DDR3 and SATA 3, but no USB 3.0
Aside from lacking Core-specific processor features such as hyperthreading, turbo boost, and VPro, the Celeron modules are identical to the earlier ETXexpress-SC products, with one exception, said the Kontron spokesperson. the Celeron modules lack support for USB 3.0.
Like their Core-based siblings, the Celeron modules support up to 16GB dual-channel DDR3 SODIMM ECC RAM. They all similarly feature four SATA ports, including two SATA 3 ports offering transfer rates of up to 6Gbps, says Kontron.
Like the previous Core-based models, the new Celeron modules offer eight USB ports, but whereas the Core models featured two of those that support USB 3.0, the Celeron models do not.
The modules provide up to seven PCI Express x1 lanes and one PCI Express Graphics x16 lane. They also offer a gigabit Ethernet interface, and high-definition audio, said Kontron.
The modules all offer Sanyo Poscap capacitors for higher reliability and thermal resistance, says Kontron. They also provide the power-off state S5 Eco microampere mode, which minimizes power consumption by a factor of at least 200, as compared to the regular S5 state, claims the company. the modules are said to support a wide-range 8.5 VDC to 18 VDC power inputs, and feature a trusted platform module for security. (For more details and a spec list, see our previous ETXexpress-SC coverage.)
Operating system support for the new Celeron modules includes Linux, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and VxWorks, says Kontron. Board support packages (BSPs) are also said to be available.
All versions of the Celeron-based ETXexpress-SC modules in both Type 2 and Type 6 pin-outs are available for evaluation today, says Kontron, which did not list pricing. further Intel Celeron modules are also planned.
More information may be found at the Kontron ETXexpress-SC product page.
As talked about in the earlier post there is simple way to see what your RAM performance is doing and if it is the reason your computer hesitates or is generally sluggish. it want take 5 minutes.
On your desktop right click on the lower tool bar or tray. it will bring up a box and you need to click on Task Manager. the Windows Task Manager shows what is going on with your PC in real time. it will change in as you open applications or other actions. Try it.
There’s a lot of info here but the Applications and Processes tabs are all I ever use. I will use the Applications tab to “End Task” sometimes when something locks up (usually my stupid printer… don’t even get me started..). You want hurt anything by telling it to end an application.
The Processes can be interesting depending on how much you know about computers and software. I’ll see things in there when working on a computer and want to know: why it is there, is it set to come on at startup automatically, etc. I would not end a process without know a lot about it. it is better to stop processes another way such as not letting it come on at startup.
On the bottom of the Task Mger box is Processes: CPU Usage: and Physical Memory. the Central Processing Unit Usage is the amount of computer capacity that is being used. it should not run up to 100% for any length of time and should fall back at idle to below 10%. If not, there is something going on that shouldn’t be.. and it’s slowing down the computer.
The Physical Memory is your RAM. When you start your computer it will usually take up 25 to 60 percent of that memory. As you open other applications it will rise and fall. it should not remain above 65 to 70% or the processor will not have any wiggle room from which to operate and, again, your PC is slowed down.
Test this out. Open up some pictures. Play some music. Open several tabs in your browser. Then try to print something or save a .pdf file all at the same time.
If you have enough RAM as discussed earlier and your CPU and Physical Memory are overloaded (as this test should have showed), your computer either: 1. has a lot of errors and corruption in the Windows Registry; 2. has viruses and mal-ware eating up your capacity; or 3. A combination of both. I’d bet on #3 unless you have a really good virus system and most of them are not good.
You can go back to the site that will help you check your registry.. just Click Here.
Or to the earlier post on seeing how much RAM your computer has now at: Increase Computer Speed.
Many people are looking for ways to speed up their PC. and adding RAM seems to be a viable option. To answer the question: yes, RAM can speed up your computer. RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory. Everything you do using your computer uses up RAM.
The amount of RAM used depends on what kind of program is running. Here is how it works. All operating systems such as Microsoft Windows use a component called virtual memory manager of VMM. Running a program, such as an internet browser or a instant messenger, will trigger your computer’s microprocessor to load an executable file to your RAM. For larger programs, this will typically take up 5 megabytes of RAM. Also the microprocessor uses shared DLLs or dynamic link libraries which can range from 20 to 30 megabytes of RAM.
Most users open programs simultaneously. For example, when doing research, you might have a word processor running while having multiple internet browsers for research. sometimes the music player is also running. This adds up the RAM used. If you use more RAM than what is currently installed in your unit, then you surely will experience a slower PC speed.
In this case all you have to do is increase your RAM. To find out exactly how much RAM you need to add to your hardware, you have to first find out how much RAM you already have. If you don’t know your RAM status, right-click My Computer and choose Properties. Choose the General tab and various information, including RAM, will be displayed. then press and hold control alt delete to go to Task Manager. In the Processes tab, you will see how much RAM you use for a particular program. Add this up and you will have the number of RAM you use. Calculate the deficit from your installed RAM. This will, more or less, give you an idea of how much RAM you need.
Adding RAM is a cheap alternative to speed up your computer as opposed to buying a brand new faster unit. and while you’re at it, perhaps you might consider buying an external hard drive. This is useful for saving and transferring important files that you don’t often use. Keeping only regularly used files on your hard disk will leave more space which results to faster PC experience.
Aside from adding RAM, other ways of speeding up your computer is to continually free up some space in your hard disk. Uninstall and remove unused programs as they eat up space you can use for something else. Clear your internet cache of temporary files and offline content every so often.
If you don’t have the budget for upgrading your hardware such as RAM, you can employ certain techniques to maximize your current RAM capabilities. Make sure you only open programs that you need. Avoid opening unnecessary programs or software. This will lead to less usage of RAM, giving you a faster PC speed and less headaches and frustration that slow PC can bring.
Computer speed test software is important so that you can find out what is slowing down your computer. There are a number of things that can be slowing down your computer and a computer speed test will help you narrow down the cause of the slowing.
Computer Speed Test- Low Memory
One thing that will be uncovered on your computer by the test is whether or not you have enough memory. most computers do get filled up rather quickly when you install lots of software. doing a memory speed test on your computer will help you clear memory from old software that you no longer use.
Computer Test- Low Disk Space
Did you know that you might be able to free up to 10-20% of your used disk space in just a few seconds. again, installing software causes your computer drive to become full. doing a quick test of your computer speed will help you to free up disk space from old software.
Computer Test- Startup Programs
When you start your computer, there are numerous programs that are forced to run when you open the computer. It’s possible to tell the computer not to run many of these programs at startup since many of them are not needed.
You can edit the startup programs in the control panel, but I don’t recommend doing this until you’ve tried the faster fixes.
The most Common Computer Speed Solution
The registry of your computer is simply the area where all the instructions are kept for what you want the computer to do. If there are too many instructions, they pile up and your computer slows down.
For a quick explanation of how a registry test can fix your computer in seconds, perform a free computer scan.
Research and Markets: Mastering Windows 7 Deployment – Get Professional-Level Instruction on Windows 7 Deployment Tools
Press Release Source: Research and Markets on Wednesday August 10, 2011, 10:50 am EDT
DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/dc3a35/mastering_windows) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new book “Mastering Windows 7 Deployment” to their offering.
Any IT professional looking for an economical set of tools designed to deploy Windows 7 will appreciate this comprehensive and authoritative resource on Microsoft’s new deployment tools for the latest desktop OS.
One of the most widely recognized experts on deployment, Rhonda Layfield provides clear and effective step-by-steps on installing, configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting deployment methods for each tool, including:
Packed with real-world scenarios and hands-on instruction to reinforce understanding, this book goes deep into each technology so that once you get to the packet level, it all makes sense.
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Enterprise-level operating system deployment is challenging and requires knowledge of specific tools. it is expected that Windows 7 will be extensively deployed in businesses worldwide. This comprehensive Sybex guide provides thorough coverage of the Microsoft deployment tools that were specifically created for Windows 7, preparing system administrators, MIS professionals, and corporate programmers to tackle the task effectively. Key Highlights:
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- This complete guide provides clear, step-by-step instruction on installing, configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting deployment methods for each tool
- Covers the application compatibility toolkit, pre-installation environment, automated installation kit, system image manager, easy transfer, user state migration tool, Windows deployment service, deployment toolkit 2010, system center configuration manager, key management service, and volume activation management tool
- Illustrated with plenty of real-world scenarios, Mastering Windows Deployment provides the hands-on instruction you need to fully understand and use each deployment technology.
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Rhonda Layfield (Virginia Beach, VA), NT/2000/2003 MCSE, Setup and Deployment MVP, and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist (DDPS), has been in the IT industry for 27 years, beginning with 7 years in the US Navy as a communications specialist with a top secret clearance. since then she has worked with large utility companies owning nuclear power plants as their Sr. Security Analyst and contracted to Microsoft PSS networking group.Rhonda is an international speaker who specializes in Microsoft’s new deployment tools and Network Monitor.
for more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/dc3a35/mastering_windows
My computer is periodically restarting… I have posted several other questions related to this so please see them for more info. thanks.
put memtest on a boot floppy and run it in dos
Get Memtest86 (http://www.memtest86.com/)
On their site they should have dos boot disks and boot cds for download. A lot of Linux Distributions also have it built in on boot.
Im a computer technician and test about 12+ sticks different varients of ram each day. The program I use is this:
Windows Memory Diagnostic, available from microsoft's website: http://oca.microsoft.com/en/mtinst.exe
1. Go to the directory where you saved the Windows Memory Diagnostic executable file, mtinst.exe.
2.Double-click mtinst.exe to start Windows Memory Diagnostic Setup. Depending on your security settings, the File Download dialog box might appear when you run mtinst.exe. If it appears, click Open to start Windows Memory Diagnostic Setup. Other security dialog boxes might also appear. this can happen, for example, if you try to install Windows Memory Diagnostic from a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) shared folder. these dialog boxes are related to your security settings and not to Windows Memory Diagnostic. If you experience problems when you are trying to install Windows Memory Diagnostic, either be sure to run Mtinst.exe from your local computer, or review your security settings and the documentation included in your version of Windows.
3.Do either of the following:
Click create Startup Disk to install Windows Memory Diagnostic on a floppy disk.
Select the floppy disk drive that you want to use from the list provided.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into this drive and then click create. When the installation is complete, the Success dialog box will appear.
Or, click Save CD Image to Disk if you want to create a CD-ROM that you can use to start your computer.
Select a location where you want to save the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9660 image and then click Save. When the file has been saved, the Success dialog box will appear.
For more information about creating a CD-ROM that you can boot from, see the Note at the end of this section.
4. Restart your computer with the disk on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic (either the floppy or CD-ROM drive).
In the boot sequence, the drive with the Windows Memory Diagnostic disk must precede any other devices on which there is a bootable program, such as a hard disk on which Windows is installed. you can configure the boot sequence in the BIOS settings. On most computers, the default boot sequence includes the floppy drive. For more information about configuring the boot sequence, see the documentation for your motherboard.
you better get to know whether your motherboard supports the ram that you get,if it does just get a ram from someone you know and try it.if it works then problem is that your is broken
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-registered charity that is developing two models of an ultra-low-cost computer, posted a video this past weekend of Quake 3 running on one of the miniature devices. See the video below:
To really grasp how impressive of a feat that is, check out the specifications of the system they’re developing, which is about the size of a credit card, though thicker:
* 700MHz ARM11 * 128MB or 256MB of SDRAM * OpenGL ES 2.0 * 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode * Composite and HDMI video output * USB 2.0 * SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot * General-purpose I/O * Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller * Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
If you’ve yet to hear about Raspberry Pi, it’s quite an ambitious project that seeks to get a fully-functional computer down to the form factor of a credit card and for an inconsequential cost. Slated for a November 2011 release date, the Raspberry Pi will come in two models: a $25 model and a $35 model, with the more expensive model containing the noted optional 10/100 Ethernet controller. To note, the pricier model is a bit larger in form than the $25 model. To see both models, click the image below to view the Raspberry Pi image gallery:
As you can tell from the specs noted above, this device isn’t really meant to run something like Quake 3, but the fact that it does is a testament to what this little marvel is theoretically capable of in the scenarios the foundation hopes to land the device in. For added clarity, here are some notable points of interest from their FAQ about the device:
Why doesn’t the Raspberry Pi include <insert name> piece of hardware or <insert name> sort of port?Our main function is a charitable one – we’re trying to build the cheapest possible computer that provides a certain basic level of functionality, and this means we’ve had to make hard decisions about what hardware and interfaces to include.
How do I connect a mouse and keyboard?Mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage will all connect via a USB hub.
What display can I use?There is composite and HDMI out on the board, so you can hook it up to a digital or analogue television or to a DVI monitor.
Does the device support networking? is there Wi-Fi?The Model B version of the device includes 10/100 wired Ethernet. there is no Ethernet on the Model a version (which we expect to be taken up mostly by the education market), but Wi-Fi will be available via a standard USB dongle.
What are the power requirements?The device is powered by an external AC adapter, and the Model a consumes around 1W at full load.
Can I run power Raspberry Pi from batteries as well as from a wall socket?Yes. the device should run well off 4xAA cells.
Will it run <insert name of program here>?In general, you need to look to see whether the program you want can be compiled for the ARMv6 architecture. in most cases the answer will be yes. Specific programs are discussed on our forum, so you might want to look there for an answer.
Will it run WINE (or Windows, or other x86 software)?No.
What Linux distros will be supported at launch?Ubuntu, Debian and hopefully Fedora and ArchLinux will be supported from the start. we hope to see support from other distros later. we will be selling SD cards with the distros preloaded.
What happens if I brick the device?You can restore the device by reflashing the SD card.
Interesting of note is the device running on ARM. that means no x86 binaries (i.e. you can’t install Windows on it) will run on the system, but there may be a catch to that! With Windows 8 being developed for ARM, there may indeed be hope for a Windows OS to run on it after all.
However, even if Windows 8 will run on it, such a feat would completely defeat the low cost factor and ultimately make the venture little more than a geeky project — although, it might make for one heck of an admin/hacking tool. With that said, I’m curious to see how the extremely low amount of RAM will perform for people as they purchase these units and put them to the test in real-world scenarios.
Personally, I love devices like this. I’ll definitely be picking one up to tinker with — especially with such a low cost associated. For that matter, I may just go ahead and pick up one of each model once they’re ready to ship!
What about you, though? do you see any benefits to such an ultra-low-cost device, be it for yourself or otherwise? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
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