Links to Computer-Related Websites - Page 2 - H to N
The website links are arranged in alphabetical order. Use either of the menus below to access them.
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HDD diagnostic utilities:
Note well that if such a utility is used on a faulty system (suffering from bad RAM, an inadequate power supply unit, a faulty motherboard, etc.) it could produce unreliable results.
Seagate - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools
Maxtor - http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/
Home page - http://www.hp.com/
Support and Drivers - http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html
Housecall - live online anti-virus scanning by Trend, makers of PC-Cillin - http://housecall.antivirus.com
How Stuff Works - a site devoted to providing information how most things work - great site -
Look under the letter T for Tutorials.
If you have a piece of computer hardware - modem, adapter card, motherboard, etc. - and you don't who the manufacturer is, then follow this procedure. - Open the computer case, and remove the no-name card. Write down the FCC ID number that appears on the card, reinstall the card, and close the case. Now visit the website iven below.. Enter in the FCC ID number in the relevant dialog box. The site will search its database, and if the information is there, will identify your hardware so that you can search the web for updated drivers. -
The best tool processor identification is the free WCPUID utility, which is made available from http://www.h-oda.com. Your browser may ask if you want to install various Asian character sets to view the pages, but you can refuse, because the download link and the actual software is in English.
CPUID - identifies the processor(s) and more - http://www.cpuid.com/
MYCPU shows vendor, type, model, stepping, and speed information, and it scans for features like MMX, 3DNow! and SIMD (ISSE).
MyCPU v1.3f Windows9.x/W2000/WindowsXP - Free -
If the link doesn't work, try using the Google search box at the top of this page to look for MyCPU (enable the Web Search option on the first search page).
See the first item of "Identify Your Hardware and software" - above.
Belarc Advisor - creates an analysis of the hardware and software on a personal computer - look under FREE DOWNLOAD - http://www.belarc.com/
CPU-Z - free - 299KB - Windows 98/Me/XP - Provides information on the computer's processor (under the CPU tab: make and model, speed, instruction sets, caches, FSB, clock multiplier, etc), its motherboard (under the Mainboard tab: make and model, chipset, BIOS), and the RAM installed under the Memory tab: make, amount, speed/frequency, etc.) -
"The Elusive Zen of Motherboard Identification" - http://www.motherboards.org/articlesd/how-to-guides/910_1.html
Sisoft Sandra - System information with comparative hardware benchmarks: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/
Picasa - A free software download from Google. Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even post pictures on your own blog. - http://www.picasa.com/
XnView - http://www.xnview.com/
IrfanView - http://www.irfanview.com/
Internet Tips and Secrets - http://www.internet-tips.net/
Internet Security Sites - Go to the Security page on this site for links to security-related sites.
Intel - http://www.intel.com/
Sun has created a site as the central resource for everything to do with Java, including the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). -
Click here! to visit an interesting article on the Java Virtual Machine on this site.
Offers a very useful set of free utilities. Opens with the Replicator that can schedule back-ups, but there are many others, all free, such as the WhoIs utility that can check the validity of any number of websites by dialling them up without bringing the page to the screen. -
Visit the Laptops page on this site for information on laptop/notebook computers.
What Laptop and Handheld PC - http://www.whatlaptop.co.uk/
Letter Assigner - A very useful utility that allows you to choose any drive's letter -
Assign/Change Drive Letters In XP - http://www.google.com/search?q=assign+drive+letters+xp
Assign/Change Drive Letters In Win2000 -
Assign/Change Drive Letters In Win9x/ME -
The "Lastdrive" Command: - http://www.google.com/search?q=lastdrive%3D
Click here! to go to the Linux page on this site for information on this open-source operating system and for links to Linux-related sites.
Lockergnome.com - Visit this site to sign up for a range of free, informative computer-related newsletters. -
The company that creates the Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, and Homesite website-creation tools. - http://www.macromedia.com/
Homesite 5.5 - the best HTML editor on the market - approx. £60/$99 -
Maxtor - the manufacturer of Maxtor and Quantum hard disk drives
A great site for general information on hard disk drives, and on Maxtor and Quantum drives -
Microsoft Update site - Downloads figured out and updates automatically installed - http://update.microsoft.com/
The MS Knowledgebase (KB) has information on how to rectify all of the known faults and bugs in the various versions of Windows, their applications, and compliant hardware. -
Visit the Diagnostics page on this site for more information on the KB.
If you want to visit a site that alerts you about Knowledge Base articles, here it is -
KB Alertz - http://www.kbAlertz.com/
How Modems Work - http://www.howstuffworks.com/modem.htm
Build Your Own PC - Page 5 on this site contains information on modems and how to configure a 33.6K or 56K dial-up modem.
Note that many recent standard analog modems that use software as opposed to hardware decoding might require a processor capable of executing MMX instructions. If you have a non-MMX processor, such as the Cyrix 166+, Pentium 1 166, AMD K5 processors, etc., you will not be able to use such modems. Their drivers will not install. IBM/Cyrix M2 and M3, AMD K6-2 / K6-3, Duron, Athlon, and Intel Pentium 2, 3, and 4 processors support the MMX instruction set. So, if you are using a non-MMX processor, check the hardware and software requirements before purchasing a modem.
Windows XP can be problematic with at least some modems. Links to XP-specific drivers have recently been added to the Conexant Soft56 (HSF), Conexant HCF, ESS, Intel, Motorola, Smartlink, and Intel pages of the Modemsite.com site. Existing (6.0 and 8.10) generic LT Win Modem drivers support XP.
Modem - Windows XP Modem Tweak Guide - http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp_modem/print.shtml
Modem Speed Test Page - http://homepage.tinet.ie/~leslie/testpage/testpg56.htm?16156763
Broadband Reports - the tests and tips here can help you to get your broadand setup tuned and tweaked so you're not wasting any of the available bandwidth. - http://www.broadbandreports.com/. There is information there for every kind of connection. not only broadband connections, and there are also forums on broadband matters.
You don't need to use a Linux driver for a hardware modem (a modem that has its own signal processor), because Linux is already programmed to run any hardware modem, but finding a driver for a winmodem (a software-driven modem designed for use with Windows) used to be a problem. However, the situation is much improved now. To find a driver for a winmodem, visit the following site.
Note that this site also provides a link to download the ListModem application, and the guide on how to use it in PDF format, requiring the free Acrobat reader. This will identify the modem's manufacturer and the modem's chipset manufacturer. To be able to download the latest drivers, examine the modem to discover the chipset's ID number, and either visit the manufacturer's site, or download the generic driver from the chipset manufacturer's site. - http://www.linmodems.org/
Linux modem drivers for Conexant chipsets - http://www.mbsi.ca/cnxtlindrv/hcf/downloads.html
Windows/Linux software modem - If you want to purchase an excellent V.92 software modem for $20, for which Linux drivers are available, click the following link. - Modemsite.com - http://www.modemsite.com/56k/subwv92.htm
If you want to optimize your modem speed, visit these free sites:
Note that a Modemsite Premium Access subscription is now required to view the complete contents at Modemsite and Forum56.
Rockwell/Conexant Soft56 HSF Modem - http://modemsite.com/56k/soft56.htm
Rockwell / Conexant HCF Modem - http://modemsite.com/56k/rockhcf.htm
ESS Chipset - http://modemsite.com/56k/ess.htm
Cirrus/Ambient/Intel Chipsets - http://modemsite.com/56k/intel.htm
Motorola Modem Chipsets SM56 - http://modemsite.com/56k/sm56.htm
LT Win Modem w/ Lucent chipset Page - http://modemsite.com/56k/ltwin.htm
Rockwell, the modem chip maker, is now called Conexant - http://www.conexant.com/
Conexant: Modem Driver Support & Information: Modem Driver Assistance -
US Robotics - http://www.usr.com/
Site devoted to 56K analog modems - http://www.56k.com/
No-name, generic modems - http://www.56k.com/trouble/noname.shtml
Bud's troubleshooter - http://www.geocities.com/budallen98_98/modem.html
Modems.com - http://www.modems.com
Modem drivers - http://www.driverzone.com/modem.html
Modem Help - http://www.modemhelp.net/
How DSL Works - http://www.howstuffworks.com/dsl.htm
How VDSL Works - http://www.howstuffworks.com/vdsl.htm
ADSL Guide - For advice on (A)DSL connections to the Internet. - http://www.adslguide.org.uk
DSL Resource Page - Caters for all of your DSL requirements - http://www.nwfusion.com/research/dsl.html
Robin Walker's Cable Modem Pages -- http://homepage.ntlworld.com/robin.d.h.walker/
How Cable Modems Work - http://www.howstuffworks.com/vdsl.htm
Cable-Modem.net - http://www.cable-modem.net/
Linux cable modem information - http://www.cablemodeminfo.com/LinuxCableModem.html
Wireless connection that uses a network card with a special radio antenna, not a modem
Airewaves, Inc. - http://www.airewaves.com/
MSI - http://www.msi.com.tw/
Asus - http://www.asus.com/
Abit - http://www.abit.com.tw/ [Abit closed down on December 28 2008.]
Gigabyte - http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/
ECS - EliteGroup Computer Systems - http://www.ecsusa.com/ and http://www.ecs.com.tw/
Chaintech - http://www.chaintech.com.tw/
Epox - http://www.epox.com/
Foxconn - http://www.foxconn.com/
Enter the company's name in Google search box at the top of this page (enable the Web Search option on the first search page) to find the sites of other manufacturers such as Asrock, Shuttle, Tyan, FIC, Jetway, etc.
If the computer's motherboard manufacturer doesn't provide the monitoring software free from its site, there are shareware alternatives such as Hmonitor from http://www.hmonitor.net/. Hmonitor provides motherboard and processor temperatures for two processors (for use on a motherboard that can support two processors), the temperatures of three hard disk drives, the processor temperatures for two processors, reports the system voltages, and can report the fan speed, graphics processing unit (GPU) and video RAM temperatures, and the voltages of the system's AGP video card.
February 6 2005. - Motherboard Monitor is no longer supported, but it still works on most systems, and is still available (free) from many download sites. Locate it by entering motherboard monitor, as is in the Google search box provided at the top of this page (enable the Web Search option on the first search page) if this link doesn't work:
"SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some motherboards (but this should be considered a bonus feature). At the lowest level, SpeedFan is hardware monitoring software, but its main feature is that it can control the speed of the fans (depending on the capabilities of your sensor chip and your hardware) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing noise and power consumption." - http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
Motherboard identification - Click here! to go to Identify Your Hardware
Motherboard HomeWorld - http://www.motherboards.org
Motherboard reviews - Anandtech - http://www.anandtech.com/mb/
Visit the three Motherboard pages on this site for information on motherboards, cases, and power supply units.
Click here! to go directly to the networking sites listed on the third Networking page on this site.
See the Networking pages on this site for plenty of comprehensive information on wired and wireless networking.
NVIDIA - the famous video-card and video chip manufacturer - http://www.nvidia.com/
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