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Windows 10 Home, Tips as of Fall 2017. Most tips work with all editions of Windows 10. As of 2017 Royce does NOT suggest using anything older than Windows 10 due to security and compatibility. Fine alternatives are Ubuntu, iOS, OSX, Android, Chrome OS. Article by Royce E. Barber of ONTU.org


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* Installing and Setup… When installing Windows 10, I do so from a FlashDrive, loaded with recent copy of the free installer from Microsoft. When installing, I delete all partitions and start fresh. I always click Express Install, but curious people can click Custom Install. To skip login when you turn on the computer, you can't be signed into a Microsoft Account. If signed into a Microsoft Account, you may later add a short pin to make signin faster [click Start and type Pin]. Microsoft Account lets you use the so-so Cortana Voice Assistant. I skip it on install because my Remote Desktop app and SteamLink dislikes it, but you can add it later.

Official Free Windows Installer, click “Download Tool Now” and have a empty 16gb FlashDrive ready. You'll eventually still have to register Windows on your own: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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* Setting up an elderly persons computer? Ensure there is Internet, access to an email website (gmail likely, not any app because an app can break), an accurate password book, simple instructions to use email, speakers are working [verrify using YouTube], windows is registered, office is registered, and the system has been rebooted a few times. Have them do a few simple tasks to see if they know how, and simply write down instructions on paper. Check in on them for a few days.

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* Advanced UAC Security… If you want to set system security to high, if paranoid about viruses, click Start, type UAC, slide the slider to the top. I usually set it to high, which makes me click “Ok” a few more times when some apps open. There are no bad effects. Click Start, type UAC.

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* Updates… Always have all Windows updates. Check monthly.

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* Ninite website** is safe and can auto-install a bunch of free software, and you may run it again every few months to update that same software. Ninite updates my Java which is an important language your computer uses. Ninite doesn't install itself, it only installs your apps.

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* Show File Extensions… Click Start, type File Explorer Options and click on it. Or… Open a folder, click File, click Change Folder & Search Options, click View tab, uncheck Hide Extensions. This means a photo titled Josh will now show up as Josh.JPG so you know it's JPG format. Visual as follows…

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* Disable special effects… Optional. For max system speed, I disable pictures and transparency and most special effects. I don't disable thumbnails.

Click Start, type Transparent, click “Make Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Transparent”.

Then click Start, type Appearance, click “Adjust the Appearance and Performance of Windows”.

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* Install Drivers… Device Manager helps show what drivers are not installed. Usually Windows Update installs most drivers, when you click Start and type Update. For Device Manager, Click Start, type Device Manager. My HP printer won't work unless I have the full software package installed. I still disable it from Startup, but it's needed to be installed. If a driver stops working, Device Manager is the place to uninstall it and then reboot for it to auto-reinstall.

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* Janitor Apps… For system health, I run these once a month: CCleaner (from www.piriform.com) and Defrag and Cleanup. Selecting almost all options. They aren't fully automatic.

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* Disable junk startup apps… This will speed up a PC and prevent conflicts. Task Manager helps me see what apps run at startup. I install AutoRuns from Microsoft website, to fully see what apps are scheduled to run apart from Startup.

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* Taskbar… I set Taskbar to show all apps and system icons. Auto-hide taskbar. Small icons on Taskbar. Click Start, type System Icons to adjust your clock-area icons. Then click Start, type “Select which icons appear”. Click on it. At the top is a toggle, set it to On.

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* Label Maker… I print a tiny label showing what key to press to open the computer “BIOS” screen. And hours for the stock market.

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* Make a System Restore Flashdrive… Once everything is installed and updated, I create a System Restore to a external Flash Drive (aka thumbdrive). Click Start, type Recovery, click Create a Recovery Drive.

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* Backup important files/photos/music… I backup all my files to a 512gb Flashdrive and also to a 1tb External hard drive. So the files are safely in TWO seporate places. I backup about every two months. A necessary annoyance. Or you WILL lose all your files. Once a year, I backup files to GoogleDrive online, which takes a few days, in case there is a fire or robbery. Once every few months I cut my Smartphone photos to the backup drive. I alternate backup drives, for someday when one of them dies. Backup drives DIE like anything else, so use two. Unless you know what an SSD is, never shake nor bump a backup drive. Shut down a PC before disconnecting the backup drive, unless you know how to “Safely Disconnect” it.

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* Passwords… Windows let's you power on you computer in with a short Pin, or a Hotmail password, or no password if you aren't connected to a Microsoft Account. I keep a physical paper password book in a drawer in my office, which never ever leaves my office. When I need a password away from home, I take a photo of it with my phone or write it on scrap paper. An unimportant password can be short, but will likely get hacked. Important passwords must be at least 10 characters, including upper and lower case, at least two symbols, at least two numbers, and never any dictionary words. Over time you'll acquire a few hundred passwords, for banking and taxes and email and shopping sites and many others. An example password I might make, looks like this: @wdwd45723#@_8z9734w@

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* Safety and Scams… Don't eat around a computer, liquids and sticky grease will harm a laptop. Don't shake an External Harddrive or laptop, don't ever drop it, don't block the air fans or it'll overheat. Don't install anything unless your files are backed up, and never any shady toolbars or scams. Never respond to an email unless you know 100% who it's from. Don't call a phone number your computer shows you, it might be a scam. READ and photograph errors, don't blank out, because it'll save you money. An inaccurate description of an error will cost you money. Most things said online and on Facebook are LIES, they are gimmicks and advertising, you CAN'T win a free vacation online. When a bunch of popups happen and you might have a virus, just shut down the computer and wait a minute because it's likely just a scam.

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* Desktop Right-Click menu needs to stay uncluttered… When installing an app, read the options, uncheck “Desktop Right-Click Menu” and “Shell Integration”, and “Auto start with Windows”.

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* Apps I use… Personally, here are most the apps I (Royce Barber) have installed: Chrome browser. Office. Evernote. K-Lite Video Codecs from Ninite. CCleaner cleans junk files. Fusion 360 (3D design, replaces Sketchup). zBrush Core (for 3d sculpting). Autodesk ReMake (for photo scanning into 3D). Photoshop cc 2017. Speccy. qBittorrent. Natural Reader 14. Vector Magic (expensive vector app). CdBurnerXP. Pepakura Designer. 7zip replaces Winzip. Filmora for video editing. VLC Player plays videos. Printer software. 3D printer software. Steam (for games and SteamLink gadget). Google Earth. KeepVid Pro. Games are Guildwars2, No Man's Sky, Quake Champions, Rocket League, Elder Scrolls Online. oCam for screen recording. And I try to use many included Windows apps like Notepad, Calc, Audio Recorder, Alarm clock, Skype for video calls, Edge browser (when needed).

* For advanced users, here are my Chrome Browser extensions. AdBlock, Adblock for YouTube, Alexa Traffic Rank, Allow Right-Click, Auto Replay for YouTube, Coupons at Checkout, ebay for Chrome, Full Page Screen Capture, Honey, Keepa - Amazon Price Tracker, Open Screenshot, Search the current site, Super Auto Refresh, The Great Suspender, View Background Image, WOT: Web of Trust. Noting, I only enable an extension when I'm using it.

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* Antivirus: Windows 10 already has an antivirus built in, so you don't need a redundant one unless it has some feature you love. If you must install a pointless antivirus, AVG or Avast! are popular.

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OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

OLD INFORMATION….. VERY OUTDATED….

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* Photoshop advises I alter my Samsung SyncMaster 2343bwx monitor profile. Samsung website steps: RightClick> Personalize> Display> AdvancedSettings> ChangeDisplaySettings> Advanced Settings> ColorManagement Tab> Color Management> All Profiles> (Click your SAMSUNG profile listed in the devices page)> Click Remove> Click Continue> REBOOT. Now photoshop will be happier and images won't show as yellow.
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* Hauppauge Tuner (if can't get it working, try these old steps): Install the WinTV7 without the bundled driver. For my HD Satellite DirectTV, add a new channel as Manual, on Antenna, on Ch.60. Also hook up any composite connection, such as your DVD player or camcorder. No special settings needed. Note that there is a 2 second buffering delay. Use VirtualDub for viewing (not recording) Composite input without delay, simply click File>Capture Composite AVI.

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* Firewall Import (optional): Any time, IMPORT your Windows Firewall. Start>wf.msc>IMPORT. This will keep software from calling home.
* Duel-screen wallpaper. My Samsung 2494HM 24“ screens are each 1920×1080, but together they are 3840×1080. The image must be exactly that size. The goal is to use 1 image on 2 screens. Right clicking to set as wallpaper, doesn't work for duel screen. You must RightClickDesktop>Personalise>Browse. Select “Tile Image”.

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* Ensure hard drives are max speed: My Computer > Right-Click any drive > Hardware tab > select a internal drive > Properties > Policies > Enable Better Performance, and enable Write-Caching Policy. Include “Turn off windows write-cache buffer” IF you use an external battery. Set up all INTERNAL drives like this. Only if you have a great external battery.
* Install any Cloud software like DropBox or GoogleDrive. This could take days to download.
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SSD (Solid State Drive) Optimization
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* For old PC, ensure your BIOS is set to ACHI and not IDE. This is important.
* Defrag myth: Some people say to disable defrag in Windows7 and Windows8, but that's for older OS's than 7, 8, 10, etc. The OS knows it's an SSD and will not defrag it. Ensure you have all Windows updates before using an SSD. Don't disable Defrag, but disable anything which uses an old-style mechanical-drive defrag. Windows uses SSD-Trim in their defrag app, which an SSD needs.
* Limit the amount of useless read/writes to your hard disk.
* Ensure your Antivirus is safe with SSD's.
* Ensure your TRIM software (Like Intel SSD Toolbox) has the tune up scheduled about weekly, and that it's really running. Windows Defrag does a fairly good job, but still sometimes needs to be manually run.
* Set Photoshop's Scratch folder to an old spinning drive. This can help your SSD last a bit longer.
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Royce's Computer Parts (Some mine, some leased for business).
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* Water Coolers: First I ever had was Cooler master glacier 240L. I bought May 26, 2014 at NewEgg for $130.00 after mail rebate. Model RL-G24L-24PK-R1. NewEgg Item# N82E16835103196. Copper radiator. 2 Fans. Drain. 2nd edition. older revision had pump burnout, so someone said make sure it's a “BNIB rev 2”. Same Thing is swiftech h220. AIO (All In One). Fan: 2400 RPM at 86.15 CFM. Radiator Dimensions: 269mm x 127mm x 29mm. Fan Dimensions. 120mm x 120mm x 25mm. Fan Noise 19 - 40.33 dBa. PVC Tube Dimensions: 5/8” x 3/8“ with Length of 420mm. Fan Static Pressure: 0.31 to 4.16 mmH20. Fan Type: Blademaster 120. Pump Speed: 1200 to 3500 RPM. Pump Voltage 12V. Pump Power 13W. Pump Connector 4-Pin PWM SATA Power. Pump Head: 2650 mmH20. Factory filled with coolant, then sealed and pressure tested - requires zero maintenance for years. 3500 rpm pump system. 240mm radiator is designed for handling high wattage overclocked CPUs. Limited Warranty of 2 years on parts and labor. Support Phone 1-888-624-5099. Support Email: customersupport@coolermaster.com. Return for refund or replacement within 30 days. RETURNED twice due to bad pumps. Eventually they sent me NEPTON 280L.
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* Cooler Master's Liquid Cooler, Nepton 280L. FEP tubing. JetFlo 140 Fans. 280mm radiator (works with 120mm fans). Not modular/expandable. Aluminum radiator. Official Site: http://us.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/cooling/nepton/nepton-280l.html
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* Previous CPU Air Cooler (Which I LOVED): RocketFish “RF-UPCUWR” CPU Cooler. Socket LGA 775/1156, and AMD Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3. Bought new Amazon on June 1, 2011. Fan is 17dBA at minimum speed. PWM smart fan control adjusts speed. Fan Included, size: 92mm (Fan Dimensions 92mm by 92mm by 25mm). Sometimes called “Cooler Master Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1.” I custom sanded/polished (aka lapped) the copper base to remove gaps. I spent very little.
* Graphics Card Current (SOLD ON EBAY): EVGA Geforce GTX 970. 4GB. Bought brand new, fall Oct-1-2014 on Amazon $367.19. Superclocked. DirectX12. Order# 108-1675917-3565853. EVGA GTX 970 ACX 1.0 Superclocked 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP SLI Ready Graphics Card (04G-P4-0974-KR). That model discontinued Jan2015 for a more expensive cooling2.0 model.
* Memory Slot 1 and 3 both have 0gb: Empty. Optionally I may put in two 4GB chips.
* Memory Slot 2 and 4 both have 4GB, totaling 8gb: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series. Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH. 8GB (2 x 4GB). 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM. DDR3 1333 Speed (PC3 10666). Desktop memory. Timing 7-7-7-21. Cas Latency 7. Voltage 1.5V. Unbuffered Duel Channel. GSkill Rated at 1333MHz Speed. Intel XMP. Storage Capacity 8192 MB. New on Dec 2012. Speccy reports memory as 668MHz which times two is roughly 1333MHz, which forums say is very normal to see 668. XMP must be enabled in BIOS to detect proper timings.
* PREVIOUS Memory (Now in Storage): Two sticks, totaling 4gb. OCZ Part Number OCZ3G1600LV2G (OCZ Website). 2GB DDR3. 1600 MHz Speed. PC3-12800. 1600MHz DDR3. CL Memory Timing 8-8-8-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS). Available in 3GB, 6GB, 12GB kits. Gold Layered Z3 XTC Heatspreader. Tripple channel. Lifetime Warranty. 1.65 Volts. 240 Pin DIMM. Lead free. Designed specifically for Intel Core i7 processor and Intel X58 Express Chipset. Bought at TigerDirrect.
* Display 1 and 2: Samsung SyncMaster 2494hm. 1920×1080. 60Hz. 32 bit colors. 24”. Bought early 2010.
* Projection Display: Panasonic HD PT-AE900U Home Theater Projector. 5500; 1 Contrast Ratio. Progessive Cinema Scan With 3/2 Pulldown. Dynamic Iris Optical System With 2x Optical Zoom. 16.9 Native Res 1280×720 Pixels (Maximum Resolution). 13.2 x 10.6 x 3.7 inches ; 7.9 pounds. Was new in October 4, 2005. HD pictures up to 14.5-feet wide. Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Native (4:3 and 2.35:1 Supported). Computer Resolutions Up To U-WXGA 1920×1080. Minimum Image Size: 3.3 feet. Maximum Image Size: 25 feet. Minimum Screen Distance: 4 feet. Maximum Screen Distance: 41 feet. Image Brightness: 1100 ANSI lumens. Lamp: UHM.
* Drawing Tablet (Pen Mouse): Genius i608 MousePen Pen Tablet. 6“ x 8” drawing area. 10.4“ x 11.8” size. 1024 levels of pressure. Weight 2 pounds. 3 button wireless mouse (I don't use). Pen. Pen buttons not easily pressed, so I extended them with glue. 29 easily programmable shortcut buttons.
* TV Card (Internal) (Sold on Ebay): Hauppauge! PCI Express “WinTV-HVR-2250 MC-Kit Model 1213 Duel TV Tuner SL-1213-v3.1-us”. For use with WinTV software. Duel hardware mpeg-2 encoders. ATSC TV, NTSC TV, QAM TV. Set up as analogue channel 60. Also I have a usb2 capture stick which doesn't seem to work well.
* Power Supply (aka PSU): Rosewill 630w Green Series RG630-S12. Single 12v version. 80plus certified. Continuous @40°C. 80 PLUS Certified. Single 12V Rail. Active PFC . Compatible with Core i7,i5. Sli/Crossfire ready. NewEgg Item#: N82E16817182200. Type: ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.92. NewEgg $50.00 near 11-30-2009.
* Scanner: Canon CanoScan LiDE 700F. LiDE700Fus. 9600 dpi. 48bit. Film accessory. USB2. Serial KDSA04545. Item number 3297b002 [AA].
* Misc: Memory card reader, blue tooth, DVD burner, usb wifi, webcam, ReadyBoost SD Card, and blu-ray disk player are all external (makes upgrading easier). Main backup is 300gb external harddrive. Movies backup is 1.5tb WD MyBook external harddrive.
* Printer: HP Photosmart Premium C309g-m. Inkjet. All-in-One Printer w/Duplex (two sided)/Wireless/BluTooth/SD Reader. B&W Draft PPM 18.5. B&W Normal PPM 10. Color Draft PPM 16.2. Color Normal PPM 5.6. 4x6in Photo seconds 26. A4 Photo minutes 1min 8sec. 33.0 ppm. Maximum Print Speed (Color): 32.0 ppm. Maximum copy resolution (b&w) (DPI): 4800×1200. Snapfish photo service. Playstation3 and Cell Phone printing. Bought in November 2010. Ink Cartridge #?. USB2/Wifi/Blutooth. Costco refills cartridges at low price.
* Webcam: Logitech Webcam c905. 2megapixel resolution. Carl Zeiss optics. AutoFocus. 8mp photos. RightLight2 for dark rooms. RightSound2. USB2.
* Battery Backup: TrippLite g1010usb. 1,000 va. 500watts. Replaceable battery (3 to 5 year lifespan). 8 Protected Outlets. PC Shutdown Software via USB2. tripplite.com/support
* Optical DVD (External): USB2 22x DVD LightScribe Writer “Samsung SE-S224 Super WriteMaster. Rev. 01”. Bought Dec 2009.
* Ethernet Switch (like a USB hub, for Internet Cables): AirLink+ 5-port 10/100Mbps. Power 7.5VDC/1A.
* GamePad: Logitech Duel Action GamePad G-UF13A (infrequently called G-UD8). Two analogue sticks. No rumble/sixaxis. Looks very similar to PS3 controller. Website. Driver is 13mb as of 8-2010.
* USB 3.0 Card, bought for $19.99 on Oct 17, 2010 at Meritline.Com: I love it! Unitek 2 Port USB3.0 PCI Express Card. NEC UPD720200 chipset. Superspeed 5Gbps, works with usb3.0, usb2.0, usb1.1. Supports Xp/Vista/7 (32bit or 64bit). PCIe 1x bus interface. Complaint with xHCI Specification Revision 0.95. Max 900mA per port. Driver Included is 1.0.18.0. Firmware included is 3025. Driver software calls itself “NEC Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller”. Get latest drivers: http://www.station-drivers.com/page/renesas.htm and the official site with driver is (very slow site) http://unitek-products.com/en/product_detail.php?id=81#
* My Hard Drives (Of All Time, Many Gave Away);
* SSD: Intel SSD 330 Series. 240GB. Firmware Version 300i. Bought at TigerDirect in Nov 2012.
* SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K Series. 90GB. Sata3. 555 MB/s Read. 510MB/s Write. ASIN: B0099PCF3M. Item model number: SH103S3/90G. 3000 program-erase cycle synchronous NAND; second-generation SandForce controller. SATA Rev. 3.0 6Gb/s.
* Western Digital. Caviar Black. 500GB. SATAIII 6Gbps. 7200RPM. 32MB Cache. Average latency 4.2ms. OEM WD5002AALX.
* Western Digital. Green Series. 32MB Cache. 5900 RPM.
* Western Digital. Caviar SE16. Model WD5000KS. 500GB. (From my old 1tb MyBook External Drive). SATA Connector.
* Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500. SATA Connector. 500GB. 7200RPM. 16MB Cache. SATA. 8.5ms average seek time. 4.17ms average latency. 7H500F0. First seen on Amazon in Nov 2007.
* Seagate. Barracuda. 300GB. Model ST3300631A. 16mb cache. 7200rpm. IDE Connector. Taken out of an external hard drive. Very Quiet operation. Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004.
* SAMSUNG. SpinPoint P Series. Model SP2514N. 250GB. 7200RPM. 8MB Cache. 7200RPM. Average Seek Time 8.9ms. Average Latency 4.17ms.PETA with IDE Connector. (1 of 2).
* SAMSUNG. SpinPoint P Series. Model SP2514N. 250GB. 7200RPM. 8MB Cache. 7200RPM. Average Seek Time 8.9ms. Average Latency 4.17ms. PETA with IDE Connector. (2 of 2).
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CURRENT- Hardware in Royce's MSI GE62 Apache Gaming Laptop
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* MSI GE62 Apache-276. Also See manual folder. 5th Gen Intel Broadwell Core i7-5700HQ (2.7GHz - 3.5GHz). 14nm Processor. 15.6“ 1920 x 1080. RAM 12GB DDR3 1600MHz. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5. Bought Oct 15, 2015 from EXcaliberPC.com. Cost exactly $1,061.06. 2 Year MSI Manufacturer Warranty on Parts&Labor (Oct2015 becomes Oct2017). Wifi: Intel Wireless AC 3160. 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Bluetooth4.0. Webcam 1280×720. SSD slot as typical 2.5 and also M.2 slot. CPU is hard soldered in.
* Optical: _.
* USB3. HDMI. Bluetooth. Wifi.
* My next laptop will likely contain: CPU 5GHZ, RAM 32GB, GPU 4GB, Screen15”, 4LB Weight, No Optical.
* Possibly in question: Subwoofer usefulness. Hinge durability. Screen durability. Speaker loudness.
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CURRENT - Hardware in Royce's 2017 Travel Touch-enabled 2-in-1 Laptop. [Paste the manual folder here].

* Dell 2-in-1 Touch Inspiron. I think 15 inch. No optical drive. Very slim. Bought used on ebay with very cracked screen. Manufactored in 2016. Runs perfectly. Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. Processor is Intel Core i5 7500U at 2.50GHz with Kaby Lake-U/Y 14nm. RAM Memory is 12.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown at 1064MHz (15-15-15-35). Motherboard is Dell Inc. 0XC4P5 (U3E1). Touch display is Intel Generic PnP Monitor (1920×1080@60Hz) Graphics are on processor, Intel HD Graphics 620 (Dell) with no graphics card. Storage is 223GB KINGSTON SH103S3240G (SSD). Optical Drives: None. Audio is Realtek Audio.
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old. Hardware in Royce's First MSI Laptop (SOLD)
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* I loved it, but it wasn't fast enough for mid to high graphics in GuildWars2. I sold it on ebay in Oct2015.
* See manual folder. MSI GE60 2OD-247US.
* I bought the laptop used on Ebay.
* Designed for Windows 8.
* RAM: 12GB. Came used on ebay with just one 8gb chip, sadly.
* CPU: 64bit Intel Core i7-4700MQ. 2.40 GHz. 4thgen CPU. Duelcore.
* GPU: Nvidia. GeForce GTX 765M. Motherboard has integrated Intel HD 4600.
* Optical: DVD Burner TSSTcorp CDDVD SN-208DB.
* USB3. HDMI.
* Previous user Replaced Screen.
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Royce's Older Travel PC: HP Elitebook 2570p Laptop
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* See manual folder.
* Netbook form factor, very compact.
* I bought the laptop used on Ebay in May 2015 for $300.00 from a charity seller.
* Designed for Windows 7, but supports 8.
* RAM: 8GB on 2 chips.
* CPU: 64bit Intel Core i7 3rd gen. 2.9ghz.
* GPU: Only the motherboard integrated Intel HD4000.
* Optical: DVD Burner.
* USB3. HDMI. VGA. eSATA. Dock Port
* Defects: Works perfectly. Mouse joystick nub is missing a rubber topper but works fine.
* Came with legal Windows7 Pro with key sticker, but not the disc.
* Mine has a webcam, most of these models didn't due to being intended for businesses.
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* OLD! Hardware in Royce's Old Black Desktop PC (Built in Dec 2009, upgraded since then, sold Case/CPU/RAM/MOBO/GPU to Anthony's buddy in late 2014).
* Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-750 (Click here for Intel's website). Quad-Core Desktop Processor. LGA1156 Socket. Supports 2-channel DDR3 memory. Supports up to 16gb RAM. TurboBoost. SmartCache. Freq 2.66 GHz. 4 Threads. 8MB Cache. PCG 09B. Lynnfield 45nm technology with Nehalem micro-architecture. Packaging date 9-19-2009. Stock cooling. $190.00 on TigerDirect near 11-30-2009.
* Motherboard: “ASUS P7P55D Pro”. Windows 7 Ready. LGA1156 Socket CPU. Supports Intel Core i5 & i7. Sli/CrossFireX Support. Intel P55 Chipset. Instant-On Asus ExpressGate Linux. Software updates. 4 Ram Slots. $180.00 on TigerDirect near 11-30-2009. BIOS by American Megatrends Inc, version 0209.
* Old Graphics Card (GPU): Bought November 2011. PNY XLR8 GTX 460 1gb Overclocked. Part number VCGGTX4601XPB-OC. ChipSet: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi). Core clock mhz 765. Processor clock mhz 1530. Texture fill rate billion/sec 42.84. 1024mb memory. Memory frequency effective 3700mhz. memory interface 256-bit GDDR5. memory bandwidth gb sec 118.4. onboard outputs dvi/dvi/mini-dvi. bus pcie 2.0. not low profile. directX 11. Nvidia physX, Cuda, Cuda C/C+, PureVideo HD, 3d vision ready, 3d surround ready, Tripple Screen IF you have TWO graphics cards which I don't. Tripple SLI. Duel-link HDCP. OpenGL 4. DirectCompute 5 and OpenCL. This GPU supports up to only TWO displays at a time, yet has three working ports, in case you wish to switch between displays. You CAN'T use three displays at any one time; only two. Connectors: 2 DVI; 1 Mini HDMI. HDCP Capible. Cuda Cores: 336. Graphics Clock: 765 MHz. Processor Clock: 1530 MHz. Memory Data Rate: 3700 MHz. Memory Interface: 256-bit. Memory Bandwidth: 118.40 GB/s. Dedicated Video Memory: 1024 MB GDDR5.
* Another Old Graphics Card (GPU): Traded in my 16GB Google Nexus7 tablet, for Anthony B.'s EVGA 560 Ti. That's the agreement anyway. EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) SuperClocked. Model 01G-P3-1563-AR. 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16. HDCP Ready. SLI Duel Card Support. 384 CUDA Cores. 1GB 256-bit GDDR5. PCI Express 2.0 x16. Core Clock: 900 Mhz (v.s. 822 Mhz reference). Shader Clock: 1800 Mhz (v.s. 1645 Mhz reference). CUDA Cores: 384. Effective Memory Clock: 4212 Mhz (v.s. 4000 Mhz reference). Memory Size 1GB. Memory Interface 256-Bit. Memory Type GDDR5. DirectX 11. OpenGL 4.1. Ports: 1 x mini HDMI and 2 x DVI. RAMDAC 400 MHz. Max Resolution 2560 x 1600. 3D VISION Game Ready. SLI Support. With Fan. Dual-Link DVI Supported. HDCP Ready. Card Dimensions 9“ x 4.38”. NVIDIA CUDA technology with CUDA C/C++, DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL support. NVIDIA PhysX technology. NVIDIA 3D Vision Support. NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology. Manufacturer Warranty: Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime. Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime. Website: http://www.evga.com. Support Phone 1-888-880-3842. http://www.evga.com/support/warranty/
* PC Case: Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower. Pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan. Supports up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, and 1x 120mm rear fan. Up to 6 fans. 11 drive bays, (4 5.25“ external bays, 7 3.5” bays. two external and five internal). Tool free. Made of SECC Steel. Case Weight 13.2 lbs. Dimensions 19.10“ Long x 8.19” Wide x 18.19“ High. Front panel dust filter. PSU mounts on bottom. $54.00. NewEgg. Bought near 11-30-2009. (On NewEgg Here).
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OLD! Hardware in Royce's silver desktop Ubuntu Computer (Built in April 2005). Gave case/mobo/cpu to Anthony for free on May 26, 2015.
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* Click here for my Ubuntu setup guide.
* Processor (CPU): AMD Athlon 64 3000+. Single core 1.8ghz.
* Motherboard (mobo): MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI. CPU Socket Type: 939, for Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron. FSB: 1000MHz Hyper Transport, 2000 MT/s. North Bridge is NVIDIA nForce4 SLI. Memory is DDR 400. Dual Channel. 4GB. Number Slots: 4×184pin. Expansion has 2 PCI Express x16 and 3 PCI. No onboard video. 8 channel 24-bit audio. LAN is Marvell 88E8053. Size is ATX 12.0” x 9.6“. Phoenix Bios D686 1998.
* Graphics Card (GPU): ATI Radeon x1800xt. 512mb gddr3. Crossfire supported. DirectX 9.0. PCI-E x16 @ x16. GPU R520. GPU Clock 600MHz default. Pixel Fillrate 9.9 GPixel/s. Texture Fillrate 9.9 GTexel/s. Plays most 2010 games, and CitiesXL 2011 just fine. Drivers for this card were never very stable, and buggy with duel monitor. I think I paid about $300.00 for this used on Craigslist.
* Memory (RAM) Slot 1: DDR400 512MB. * Memory (RAM) Slot 2: Same model as slot 1. * Memory (RAM) Slot 3 and 4: Nothing. Max 4gb ram.
* Hard Drive 1 of 1: SAMSUNG. SpinPoint P Series. Model SP2514N. 250GB. 7200RPM. 8MB Cache. 7200RPM. Average Seek Time 8.9ms. Average Latency 4.17ms. IDE Connector.
* Display 1 of 1: Princeton Digital VL1716. 17in screen. 1280×1024 at 60Hz. 5×4 aspect. Stereo Speakers. VGA works but not DVI-D. Consumers 48W power when on, and 5W power when in power save mode. Bought at Costco; 2006?
* DVD Burner:
* OS: Ubuntu Linux 11.04.
* Case: Kingwin MTX425SW Mutant X Mid-Tower. The front door hinge broke so I removed the case front entirely. 24 lbs. 20” (507mm) D x 7 7/8“ (200m) W x 16 1/8” (411mm) H. Case accepts Baby AT, Micro ATX, ATX. Tooless.
* Power Supply: 420W ATX.
* Fans: 1 front fan, 2 rear fans, 1 side fan: 80 x 80 x 25mm.
* Wireless Router: NetGear WNDR330 Rangemax N.
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OLD! Hardware in Royce's Dell XPS M1330 Laptop (Sold to Anthony in late 2014)
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* Got laptop in perhaps 2012 from one of Scott's buddies.
* See respective manuals folder, to keep the data there instead of here.
* Location: C\GoogleDrive>Manuals\Dell\e1505
* Location: C\GoogleDrive>Manuals\Dell\XPS1330
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