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Universal Hard Drive Adapter IDE Laptop or Desktop SATA and PATA

Apricorn DriveWire – Universal Hard Drive Adapter SATA 2.5″ or 3.5″ Hard Drives and Parallel HDs, IDE 44 Pin Adapter, or IDE 40 Pin Adapter for Laptop Drives & Desktop Drives to USB Interface Have you ever wanted to get information off an old Windows PC internal hard drive or just a dead computer? Maybe [...]

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Apricorn DriveWire – Universal Hard Drive Adapter

Apricorn Hard Drive Connector

SATA 2.5″ or 3.5″ Hard Drives and Parallel HDs, IDE 44 Pin Adapter, or IDE 40 Pin Adapter for Laptop Drives & Desktop Drives to USB Interface

Have you ever wanted to get information off an old Windows PC internal hard drive or just a dead computer? Maybe you have a dead Apple iMac G5, G4, or G3 and need to recover the data off the hard drive. Have you ever wanted to be able to install a new larger hard drive in your notebook computer, MacBook, MacBook Pro, or other Intel-based iMacs, or a desktop PC and do it quickly, with all the drivers, and software intact? Well, I’ve got the answer for you.

Here is a cool device from Apricorn that makes it easy to plug in any new or used internal hard drive from a laptop or desktop (Mac or PC), to any external USB port on another Apple MAC or a Microsoft OS PC.

Apricorn includes both the DriveWire hard drive adapter hardware, with AC power adapter, cables, and USB cable, and software to be able to clone virtually any PATA/IDE or SATA, 2.5 or 3.5 inch, hard disk drives.

The DriveWire provides a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface to: SATA, 40 pin PATA/IDE, and 44 pin PATA/IDE.

DriveWire is bundled with Apricorn’s “Upgrade Suite” which features the award winning “EZ Gig II” cloning software for Windows and “Shirt Pocket’s SuperDuper!” for Mac

System Requirements

Pentium CPU II or later, 64 MB RAM or more
Available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port
CD ROM or CD-RW drive
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home and Professional
Windows Vista

Apple G3 or later, 64 MB RAM or more
Available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port
CD ROM or CD-RW drive
Mac OS 9.2 or later, Mac OS X 10.2 or later

Five Star Recommendation * * * * *

I have used this universal hard drive plug-in adapter quite extensively myself for all types of applications. I have cloned Apple hard drives, tested old parallel IDE disk drives, used it to backup old computer systems, recovered files off a bad PC, and used it as an external connection for a spare hard drive for both PC and Mac computers. People have used it to quickly backup their system on an old hard drive and then placed that backup into a secure fire safe, not to be touched unless all else fails. The HD adapter has been a lifesaver for me. I don’t like to touch a computer system unless I have a backup to begin with. You do not need to install any backup software or other special device drivers if you are just plugging in various hard drives.

Follow the simple instructions and make sure to set your IDE PATA hard drives only, to “Master mode” (not cable select) with the jumper setting on the hard drive, and you are set to go. Note, master mode is a jumper setting that only applies to 3.5″ PATA hard drives and determines which hard drive is the main device on the ATA bus. Most newer PC Bios systems and motherboards utilized cable select mode jumper settings on the hard drives to automatically identify which drive is the primary and which drive is the secondary based on cable hookup. In “Cable Select” mode, the black cable connector plugs into the primary master drive, gray cable connector plugs into the secondary slave drive, and the blue connector attaches to the computer motherboard or host IDE controller.

Once you have confirmed this important “master” jumper setting on the HD, then simply plug in one hard drive at a time to the DriveWire adapter and plug the USB cable into your USB port, and it shows up on your “My Computer” on a PC, or your desktop on a Apple Mac. You can copy and retrieve information from an old HD drive. That is the beauty of this plug-in device. Fast, easy to use, reliable, and really really handy too.

Pictured below, from left to right is the Apricorn adapter, USB cable, AC cable which plugs into AC adapter, AC adapter with drive plug, and software disk with both PC and MAC software included.

This device is great for IT departments, techies, and even the ordinary person that simply wants to easily plug in a hard drive to see what is on it. Check out the video on how easy it is to use.

Apricorn DriveWire – Universal Hard Drive Adapter How To Use Video

How To Instructions For Cloning or Copying Old Laptop Hard Drives to Large Hard Drives – Article Addendum 12/15/08

Here is a question from a reader in Internet land about his laptop hard drive.

I have a question. I have a small laptop hard drive (dara-206000), 6GB ATA/IDE IBM Travelstar. I want to transfer all the data from this small hard drive to another hard drive with the same features. Does this universal hard drive adapter would work for me?

Here is the answer.

It depends on how you intend to use it. First off, if the hard drive is still in the laptop, then you need to have a USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port available on your laptop to clone directly with the adapter to the computer’s internal hard drive. Then once you’ve done that, simply pull out the internal HD and replace it with the new higher capacity laptop drive.

If you have the hard drive in your hands, then you can copy the entire drive onto another computer then copy the the contents back directly onto your new hard drive and then install the new hard drive into your old laptop with all the software intact. You will probably need to use the included backup software to get all the system files transfered. You can also use backup software such as Acronis. See: Upgrading Computer Hard Drive and Backup Software

It’s important to note that the adapter is designed to only hook up one drive at a time to the output port of the adapter and then hook up the input to a USB port of a computer. The hard drive will show up as an external hard drive on the computer’s “My Computer” page for a Microsoft Windows OS PC or display on the desktop for an Apple Mac OS computer.

The Adapter is for SATA 2.5″ or 3.5″ Hard Drives and Parallel HDs, IDE 44 Pin Adapter, or IDE 40 Pin Adapter for Laptop Drives & Desktop Drives to USB 1.1 and 2.0 Interface.

Hope that helps explain the details of how to go about transferring the HD information from one HD to the other. By-the-way, you could even use the Apricorn DriveWire adapter to clone to a solid state hard drive – SSD HD too.

Best regards,


PS Learn more about quickly retrofitting to a SSD, Solid State Diskdrive in a laptop, notebook, and Apple & PC desktops too.

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How Can I Add a Print Button JavaScript on a Web Page or Blog

An According to Jim reader Asks, “Can you please provide an automatic print button.” Well, I wanted to make it easy for a website visitor to be able to print the text area in Blogger posted articles and information found at my “According to Jim” website. Print button script Have you ever visited a website [...]

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An According to Jim reader Asks, “Can you please provide an automatic print button.”

Well, I wanted to make it easy for a website visitor to be able to print the text area in Blogger posted articles and information found at my “According to Jim” website.

Print button script

Have you ever visited a website and wanted to print the main article of a web page, but you ended up having to print the whole page which might have been heavy in the graphics, advertisements, menu systems, links, and other extra body text that you really didn’t want to waste your printer ink on? I certainly have been in that situation. Well, it took a bit of work, much online research, and exploring various CSS and JavaScript options for printing a selected section of text from a website. I think I have found a good solution.

The solution for the print problem was a little more problematic when doing it with a blog, than just printing a static web page. One of the things about a blog is you can have one post, multiple posts, archive posts, and “Label” posts, on display within the home page area. While this is a really cool feature for blogs, from the standpoint of being able to select how many posts you wish to show up on the first page (home page), it presents a dilemma for printing automatically one posting of information at a time.

The printing criteria for selecting a printing solution included the requirements to remove any background and special text decorations, but still retain the majority of the links, headings, and key graphics intact. I also did not want to have the visitor to have to navigate off the page to a completely brand new web page of the website.

So, I found this cool Printing JavaScript from Huntingground website.

Printing Script Overview

The first part of the printing solution is to create a division area on the web page that is structured as the “print area.” Basically for those that are new to HTML coding, you place a <DIV id=”print_div1″> in between the text that you want to print, and end with the </DIV> end tag. By creating an “id” for that print division, you have segregated the text between the <DIV> tags, so that when the JavaScript, “Click to Print” is clicked, the script builds a new web page on the fly, with the selected text, but removes most of the Cascade Style Sheet, CSS features from decorating the page with style background images, and allows the text to wrap on the new page. You can add inline CSS to the JavaScript if you wish to add some extra font styles and/or other style classes too.

As I stated at the beginning, setting the print area is relatively easy with a static web page. However, I needed to make some changes to the code in order for it to function on the blog. First off, I had to make sure I placed the <DIV id=”print_div1″>Print This Text Area</DIV> within the <Item></Item> Blogger page template tags. The reason for placing the print area in the following format:

<DIV id=”print_div1″>
Print this area.
</Item Page>

is if a blog has more than one posting on the first page, the script gets lost of which ID to print if the <DIV id=”print_div1″> tag is placed in the main or archive section, and in most cases simply will not function. So, I made sure that the person navigates to the permanent link of the article posting before the “Click to Print” button is activated.

The next item I did was change the following code to print out the actual title of the page, instead of just “Print Page.”

Original code:
newwin.document.write(‘<TITLE>Print Page</TITLE>\n’)

Modified code:
newwin.document.write(‘<TITLE><Blogger><$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger> – <$BlogTitle$></TITLE>\n’)

What that code change does is grabs the posted item title and blog title, and automatically places it in the header of the printed page. So, if a person has print header section title turned on via the “Page Setup” menu setting from the browser File menu, the printer will print out that actual item title and blog title of the Blogger posted page for reference.

I also wanted to make a button instead of just an html link. So, I changed the following code from:

<a href=”#null” onclick=”printContent(‘print_div1′)”>Click to print div 1</a>

and changed to:

<ItemPage><div style=”text-align: right; margin: 0px; font-size: 10px;” class=”button”><button onclick=”printContent(‘print_div1′)”>Click to Print</button></div></ItemPage>

I also placed this button outside the <DIV id=”print_div1″> </DIV> tags because I did not want the print button to show up in the printed page at the top of the posting.

Also, I placed this button html code inside the (<ItemPage> button installed here </ItemPage>) because I wanted the Click to Print button to be only on display when the visitor was on the permanent linked page for a particular blog posting.

Additional notes: I place a second print button html code at the bottom of the posting and added an additional <DIV id=”print_div2″> Print Comments </DIV> area to allow the visitor to print the comments too.

Then I placed a button for printing the comments like this:
<div style=”text-align: right; margin: 0px 20px 0 0;” class=”button”><button onclick=”printContent(‘print_div2′)”>Print Comments</button></div>

By-the-way, Though not required, I used some inline css style in order to align the button exactly where I wanted it to be. I also have a class button which references back to a CSS style sheet for other styling parameters.

Another interesting finding, was Google Language translation works with the print option too. I decided to take advantage of the way the Google translation program functions. When a web page is translated, it displays the translation in whatever language you have selected, but when you hover over the translated text, Google also provides an original language displayed reference with a hover-over mouse affect to the actual untranslated version for that particular sentence or paragraph. So, once I found out what the “CSS class” Google was using for the section of translated text, I took advantage of that and placed that original English text in a different color and/or italicized font format when printing. To view this, simply click on any translation of a permanent link, and then click to print button and see what happens. If you don’t want this text to be on display for printing, you can use a CSS hide display, style=”display: none.” My feeling though is, it is better to have it on display rather than hidden, since the automated language translations are not perfect, and if a visitor can read at least a little English, they would have a much easier time of figuring out what it says when comparing it to their native language translation.

To make the Google translation text display in a different color, font style, and font size required placing an additional line of JavaScript code in to the main script.

So just after:

I added the following:
newwin.document.write(‘<style type=”text/css”> .google-src-text { color: #F56F09; font-style: italic; font-size: 80%; } </style>\n’)

One other important note:

Install the the full code at the bottom of the template area, just before the </body> tag. Place it in between a <ItemPage> and </ItemPage> tags. That way, the script only loads when on the permanent link pages. Also, by installing it at the end of the Blogger classic template area, you will be sure to load the rest of the page prior to this script being loaded. I had the script at the beginning to begin with, and there were error messages being displayed in Internet Explorer. I think this issue had to to with how the Blogger page is constituted by grabbing items from both the Blogger server and my web server, since I am using FTP publishing. I have not attempted, as of yet, to use this script in a non FTP published Classic Blogger template or new XML Blogger Templates by itself. I guess I’ll have to try that sometime and let you folks know how that works.

Well, that’s all for now folks. Good luck on your printing. Need help with your website? Contact us today. Marketing your business today. Get your business found online the right way. Earn more sales today.


How To Build a Web 2.0 Internet Computer

Last week, my Internet marketing PC ABIT motherboard died.Time for a new ASUS AMD Motherboard. The prognosis was not good for the old PC computer system, but in the end I guess it means I am helping support the economy with some electronic equipment purchases. Check out what is involved in building a new computer [...]

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Last week, my Internet marketing PC ABIT motherboard died.
Time for a new ASUS AMD Motherboard.

The prognosis was not good for the old PC computer system, but in the end I guess it means I am helping support the economy with some electronic equipment purchases. Check out what is involved in building a new computer at a bargain base price. The computer is build to higher end specs without going overboard in the price/performance ratio. The price was right, and considering that a number of hours was spent upfront, it saved time on the back end. Read more for the complete PC details.

How To Build a PC Computer Video

I was in the middle of using my PC for doing some online copywriting and editing for a customer, when all of a sudden the screen went blank, all the computer LED lights on the DVD and CD drives, as well as the power LED started flashing, and the the system started beeping at the same beat as the LED flashings.

How To Really Build a Computer Video. Oh Really?

Why Get Serious About Building a Powerful PC Computer System?

This was a computer PC headache I did not need. At first I thought it was the power supply. I promptly tried a spare power supply, with no luck. It had the same symptoms. Then I unplugged all the peripheral devices while using the spare power supply, including the AGP video card, memory, DVD, CD, and floppy drive and even installed different memory; still the computer was beeping at me when turned on. Upon closer inspection, I found a small fan was frozen solid on the mother board’s Northbridge chip. These small fans, throughout all the computer systems in the field, are in my opinion problems waiting to happen. I have come round circle in my thinking on having these small internal fans. While fans do help cool things down, they are never-the-less moving parts, and all moving parts are destined to failure. Bearings seize, dirt accumulates, and then the fan stops turning and actually adds more heat due to thermal fan motor overheating and reduced air flow to the particular area.

The Old AMD Motherboard

This old ABIT NF7 mother board with an AMD Athlon XP processor took a nose dive because of the frozen fan situation. The fan was hot. Now, I don’t exactly have the time to trouble shoot this motherboard down to component level, and besides, this motherboard is over five years old, and that is considered computer old age in my book, especially when it comes to a PC. So, it was down to the local Frys store.

Software Compatibility Issues With New Computer Systems

In the back of my mind, I was thinking, while I have multiple backups for all the files, I was not looking forward to having to reload all the business programs from scratch. I had two options; either I buy a brand new computer, and spend countless hours getting the software just right, along with having to deal with Microsoft Vista OS interoperability with old software and driver compatibility issues, or spending the time building a new PC while still maintaining the same hard drives, same software, and the same Windows XP Professional operating system. Both choices had their pros and cons. Actually, there was a third option; buy a new Apple, but I was just down that road a few months ago.

Shopping for a New PC – Intel vs AMD Processors And Computers

I first stopped by the rows of desktop computer systems being showcased at Frys, taking a close look at the various pre-configured Intel and AMD PC options from HP, Sony, Gateway, Acer, Lenovo, Compaq, and eMachines. While there are many good quality Intel and AMD pre-configured Microsoft Vista desktop computer systems available for the high end models, they are not exactly what I was looking for. I had other desktop PC ideas in mind. Cost for performance was a factor. Additionally it is important to note that most of the mid to low end desktop computers are built all nice on the outside, but are severely lacking quality engineering and options on the inside. When shopping for a new PC, I’m the kind of guy that looks on the inside of every computer I see on display. I get out my trusty Leatherman, with the phillips screwdriver, and take off the covers. I want to know what the power supply ratings are, how many extra slots are available, what type of cooling fans are used, extra internal USB ports on the mother board, extra SATA connectors for more hard drives, front panel audio ports, and how many memory slots are left open for later expansion.

Selecting the New ASUS M3N78-VM Motherboard

ASUS M3N78-VM MotherboardAfter taking a trip down the computer display side of the store, I then ventured over to the motherboard, hardware, and components section. Frys typically has some good packaged deals on sale for motherboards and boxed processors (includes processor, heatsink, and fan) and that day was a good Frys sales day. The sales guy asked if I wanted Intel or an AMD microprocessor. I mentioned It really didn’t matter to me which system, I was just looking for the best deal possible on the higher end computers and motherboards. He suggested the AMD processor based ASUS M3N78-VM Motherboard which includes a built in nVidia GeForce 8200-based chipset and also install the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black, Quad Core 2.5GHZ processor for a solid performing computer. Additionally, the salesman mentioned that the AMD was really a “‘true’ quad-core processor” as compared to Intel’s processors. By-the-way, click on any of the main graphic images throughout this article for more information related to each specific computer hardware component.

PC Memory System Requirements

DDR2 PC2-6400 MemoryOf course, I needed new memory for the new motherboard which takes DDR2 instead of the slower DDR, plus there are different pin configurations on the new motherboards vs the old ones. I picked up two 2GB PC2-6400 800MHz Dual PAT memory sticks for a total of 4GB memory (DDR2 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400). It was the Patriot brand, P/N PDC22G6400ELK. I could have gone to the 1066MHz memory modules, but I felt that would have been overkill for my PC system requirements.

Patriot Extreme Performance (EP) Enhanced Latency line is engineered to provide PC enthusiasts and gamers enhanced memory performance without breaking the bank. Capable of operating at 800MHz with a latency of 5-5-5-12, it is equipped with Patriot’s own bladed heat shields to ensure system stability while running under extreme overclocking conditions. Available in 1GB to 4GB kits, these memory modules are capable of performing with the latest AMD, NVIDIA and Intel DDR2 platforms allowing users to speed up their system instantly. Ref. Patriot Memory

OS note: If you are using Windows XP 32 bit and Vista 32 bit edition operating system software, the maximum physical memory limits that are able to be accessed are somewhere around 3.37GB, not the 4GB that Microsoft states. “XP and Vista can only truly manage ~3GB of Physical RAM.” Reference: Memory Limits for Windows Releases (Windows). Windows XP 64-bit OS could theoretically address 128 GB of RAM. I should note, even though I have not tried this myself, there is a software switch setting for the Boot.ini file to increase the Physical Address Extension – PAE Memory and Windows. I think I would do more research into PAE before attempting it on an Intel computer. Microsoft states the following is required, “The PAE mode kernel requires an Intel Architecture processor, Pentium Pro or later, more than 4 GB of RAM, and Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003.” One other point when deciding if you are going to go with Windows Vista 32 bit or Vista 64-bit OS, is that there might not be drivers available for certain hardware and software needs. Check closely for software and hardware compatibility issues before taking the 64-bit OS plunge.

The Power Supply is a Computer’s Heart – Give it a Big Wattage One

Tagan 700 Watt Power SupplyOne of the requirements that often gets overlooked in building a new computer or even buying a prefab one, is to have a good power supply installed. If the Motherboard is the soul of the computer, then the Power Supply is the heart of the PC. It keeps the current flowing and maintains the proper voltages throughout the motherboard, memory, and the peripheral devices. In my case, I also needed to update my 350 watt power supply. Since I tend to plug in a lot of items into my computer systems, I decided to go with a 700 watt power supply. By-the-way, there are a number of power supply calculators available online for calculating your particular power requirements. The model number of the power supply I bought is, ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V. I don’t think this power supply is available any more. I believe the new Tagan Tg700-U88 Bz Series 700W Pc Power Supply that has replaced this one.

Selecting a Quality Computer Case. What Are The Requirements?

In my opinion, the case of my old computer was just fine. It has good fans, good air flow, and extra slots for other devices. Let’s be frank here; most people place their computers under their desk, out-of-sight and out-of-mind. It’s not like the case is a showcase for most users. If you want to showcase yours then go for it. Get wild with your system. There are all types of see-through, or psychedelic LED fans, front panel temperature monitors, or any colored case to your taste. For me, I already had a good quality case. So out came the old MOB and the old 350 Watt PS. Everything else remained. I have two hard drives, one floppy drive, one CD recorder, one DVD recorder, and a number of cooling fans in the case. I installed the new MOB with the built in nVidea GeForce 8200 video, new memory, and new 700 Watt power supply. I plugged the computer system in, pushed the power on button, and it came to life in the BIOS setup mode. This was a good sign. It is also interesting to note at this point about what type of hard drives I am using. The two hard drives, CD, and DVD drives are all IDE parallel type connectors. The ASUS mother board had one location for an IDE cable for a total of two drives. Having an IDE connector plug was an important feature I liked about the ASUS MOB.

Comparing The Different Types of Hard Drives – IDE PATA vs SATA

A note about the hard drives. Most motherboard manufacturers are not installing the wider IDE PATA plugs anymore. I am sure this is a way of saving space and money for items that will not be used that much in the future. I selected Cable-Select mode for the two IDE hard drives I was using. There was also a MOB standard floppy disk drive (FDD) signal connector for the ribbon cable type floppy drives. Note, most pre-configured computers generally do not even have the FDD connectors on the MOB, nor do manufacturers even supply a floppy disk drive unit with the PC. If you want to have a floppy disk drive on new computers today, you would need to purchase an external or internal USB 2.0 Floppy Disk Drive unit. When was the last time you used a floppy disk? Now, with the old IDE hard drives attached to the new MOB, this allowed me to power up the new computer, but I was now missing a number of new software drivers that I needed to get installed from the DVD install disk for the ASUS motherboard. Additionally, because I was not sure what I was going to do about hooking up the old PATA CD and PATA DVD to the motherboard, I picked up a $32.00 DVD writer unit that had the new SATA, Serial ATA connectors. The majority of computers being sold today are using the faster speed SATA connectors. They are also much smaller. The ASUS mother board has 5 SATA connectors on the inside and also an external SATA connector. These internal SATAs can be configured for RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 0+1, and JBOD configurations through the onboard controller. RAID, Redundant Array of Independent Disks is a technology that employs the simultaneous use of two or more hard disk drives to achieve greater levels of performance, reliability, and/or larger data volume sizes. JBOD stands for Just a Bunch Of Disks (Just a Box Of Drives).

How to Install the Software Drivers Properly

It was now time to install the rest of the drivers. I plopped in the ASUS DVD driver and utility disk and started installing the drivers one at a time. I should point out that at this time, the computer kept telling me after each reboot required after every driver installation, because of the major changes that took place with the hardware, Microsoft Windows XP software was requiring activation again, and was informing me that I needed to re-register within the next three days or else. But, since I did not have the driver installed for the Ethernet controller yet, thus did not have Internet hookup, I had to ignore the Microsoft message at this time. Besides, I needed to install all the drivers and get a solid computer system before re-registering the Microsoft software. Talk about a real pain. Everything must be done in the proper order, even to the point of not allowing Windows XP software to automatically search and install the new hardware drivers itself. You need to close out the windows as they pop up. I finally got through all the drivers that needed to be installed but I still did not have my old CD and DVD recorders hooked up. I remembered that I had a few extra Maxtor IDE Ultra ATA133 PCI cards available. These cards provide extra IDE slots to install more hard drives or other IDE devices. I installed one of these cards in one of the PCI slots on the MOB and hooked up the CD and the DVD to it in cable-select mode. I used one IDE PATA cable attached to both the CD and DVD (primary and secondary). I needed to download Windows XP software drivers for this card. It took me awhile to find the driver source online for these addon IDE cards. If you need the software drivers, click the link to download the zip file for the WinXP, WIN2000, WIN2004, Win9x-Me, and NT4 operating systems for the Maxtor IDE Ultra ATA133 Drivers. To load the driver for this card I needed to allow Windows XP “Found New Hardware” wizard handle the assignment. I browsed to the correct location where the driver was located on the hard drive and the system automatically installed it. Once this was installed, I rebooted and now all my hard drives, CD, and DVD drives were displayed in My Computer.

Once I got everything installed, there really was no need to keep the new SATA DVD disk recorder unit. I returned it back to the store. I could have gotten around the need of having to use the SATA DVD recorder/player in the first place by using the existing parallel IDE DVD as a secondary hookup on the main IDE cable of the mother board.

Tying Up Computer Loose Ends

There were a few other items that needed to be taken care of. First off, I have a 24 inch Gateway Widescreen Monitor, model FPD2485W TFT LCD Monitor that I am using on this computer. The Gateway Widescreen Monitor comes with a driver and software to auto-rotate the screen when rotating the screen from Landscape mode to Portrait mode and back again. The software drivers appeared to be conflicting between the Gateway EzTune software and the nVidia software. It took some playing, trial-and-error, and downloading of the new EzTune software from to get this functioning properly again. I had to completely remove the old EzTune software before installing the newest version of the EzTune software. I also stopped using the nVidia software within the preferences area from loading on boot up. By-the-way, the Gateway Monitor is a great monitor for all types of usage and applications for video, television hook ups (includes multiple types of video inputs), and computer high resolution activities. The native resolution is 1900 by 1200 pixels. You can have two full Web pages side by side. Having multiple programs open at the same time with this monitor, allows you to quickly go from one program to the other just by clicking the window behind or off to the side of the other ones. The Gateway Monitor has VGA input, DVI-D Digital input, S-Video input, composite video in jack, two component video jacks, and four USB 2.0 plugs are available; 2 USBs on the left side and 2 USBs are located on the back bottom surface of the monitor (“USB in” “B” type connector cable on one end is required from the PC to the monitor to use these extra USB 2.0 ports). There is an optional powered by the monitor, speaker bar with microphone and headphone plugs, and left and right auxiliary input jacks available too.

More High Definition Video Talk About the ASUS M3N78-VM Motherboard

The ASUS M3N78-VM also provides VGA, DVI-D Digital, and HDMI which is High-Definition Multimedia Interface output ports. The manual says that it can actually drive two monitors with dual-VGA output. “If you connect 2 monitors to both VGA and DVID / HDMI out ports, each controller can drive same or different display contents to different resolutions and refresh rates.” However the manual also notes, “Due to the chipset limitation, simultaneous output for DVI and HDMI is not supported.” And one more note for those interested in BLU-RAY Disc DVD players, the manual states, “To play HD DVD or BLU-Ray Disc, ensure to use an HDCP compliant monitor.”

Re-activating Microsoft Windows XP Pro and Microsoft Office

Now was the time, after the majority of the work was completed on the new PC, I then allowed Microsoft Windows XP to automatically activate the XP Pro software which I had previously loaded on my old computer system, that is now on my new computer via the old hard drive. I also had to re-activate Microsoft Office 2003 software too. The re-activation process took place through the online Internet connection. It’s important to note that technically and legally speaking, each Microsoft Operating System license and Microsoft Office software license is tied to one PC only. That is why, when a major change takes place to a computer, such as a new motherboard, the software automatically senses this major system change and requires re-activation. Minor system changes to a PC, such as adding a new USB device, does not typically trigger the automatic Microsoft Windows OS re-activation process.

Here are the PC technical specifications on what I installed.

Work Smartly!
  • AMD® AM2+ Quad-Core CPU/AM2 CPU Support
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset
  • Hybrid SLI Support
  • HyperTransport 3.0 and PCIe 2.0 Ready
  • HDMI/Full HD Support
  • Smooth Blu-ray / HD DVD Playback
  • Multi Displays Support
  • DX10 Support
  • Instant Internet Access with Express Gate™
  • Supports AMD Socket AM2+/AM2 for Phenom/ Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron / AM2+
    This motherboard supports AMD AMD® Socket AM2+ multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus.

    AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64/ Sempron Support
    This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2 single-core Athlon™ 64 / Sempron™ and dual-core Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon™ 64 FX processors with 2MB / 1MB / 512KB L2 cache based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000 / 1600 MT/s HyperTransport™-based system bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800 memory support, and AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology.

    HyperTransport 3.0 Support
    Provides 2.6 times more bandwidth than HT1.0 that radically improves system efficiency for a smoother, faster computing environment.

    Dual channel DDR2 1066 Support
    DDR2 1066 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications on next generation memory technology.

    AMD Cool ´n´ Quiet! Technology
    M3N78-EMH HDMI supports AMD Cool ´n´ Quiet! Technology, which monitors system operation and automatically adjusts CPU voltage and frequency for a cool and quiet environment.

    NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8200
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200 offers the latest support of Hybrid SLI Technology, DirectX10 graphics features, HD video playback with HDMI/DVI output. It also supports HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface, PCI Express™ 2.0 bus architecture, Serial ATA 3 Gb/s devices and is optimized with AMD’s latest AM2+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance.

    ASUS Express Gate
    Surf the Internet in 5-second-boot time without entering Windows
    With a fast bootup speed of only 5 seconds, the ASUS Express Gate offers an optional Linux OS bootup that allows you to enjoy instant access to commonly used functions like accessing the Internet, VoIP, and Web emailing without entering the OS.

    * File downloading and uploading on USB drives only
    ** The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models

    Hybrid SLI Support
    Hybrid SLI™ technology is a unique hybrid multi-GPU technology. It includes two primary features: GeForce Boost and HybridPower™. GeForce Boost turbo-charges performance of discrete graphics cards when combined with the motherboard GPUs. HybridPower™ unleashes graphics performance for demanding 3D applications and enables low-power operation for everyday computing needs.
    * GeForce®(R) Boost and HybridPower™ are on select GeForce®(R) GPUs. Visit for more information.

    NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Technology
    PureVideo HD technology is the core of a complete Blu-ray or HD DVD movie solution, featuring hardware acceleration, post-processing, HDCP circuitry, and integration with leading HD movie software players.

    HDMI Support
    Enjoy Full HD 1080p Multimedia Home-Theater Entertainment
    High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.

    Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    This motherboard supports next-generation SATA hard drives based on the new SATA 3Gb/s storage specification, allowing RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID 0+1,RAID 5 and JBOD configurations for five SATA connectors.

    PCIe 2.0 support
    This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
    Dual VGA output
    This motherboard supports Dual-VGA output (RGB & HDMI/DVI). HDMI/DVI interface is compliant with HDCP.
    ASUS EZ Flash2
    With ASUS EZ Flash, you can update BIOS before entering operating system. No more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette required.

    ASUS CrashFree BIOS3
    The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.

    ASUS Q-Fan
    ASUS Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts CPU fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

    AI NET2
    Diagnose LAN connection before entering OS!
    AI NET2 remotely detects cable connection the second you turn on the system, and any faulty connections are reported back up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.

    Personalize your system with customizable boot logo You can convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.

    The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.

    The product (electrical , electronic equipment, Mercury-containing button cell battery) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
    * All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers. Products may not be available in all markets.
    * PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice.
    * Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

    Key Architectural Features of AMD Phenom™ X4 Quad-Core Processors

    The industry’s first true Quad core x86 processor
    • True quad-core designed from the ground up for better communication between cores.
      • BENEFIT : Cores can communicate on die rather than on package for better performance

    AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture

    • Helps improve system performance and efficiency by directly connecting the memory controller and I/O to the CPU.
    • Designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
    • Integrated DDR2 Memory Controller
    • BENEFITS :
      • Increases application performance by reducing memory latency
      • Scales memory bandwidth and performance to match compute needs
      • HyperTransport™ Technology provides up to 16.0GB/s peak bandwidth per processor—reducing I/O bottlenecks
      • Up to 33.1GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)

    AMD Balanced Smart Cache

    • Shared L3 cache
    • In addition to the 512K L2 cache per core, up to 2MB of L3 cache shared by up to 4 cores.
      • BENEFIT : Shortened access times to highly accessed data for better performance.

    AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator

    • 128-bit floating point unit (FPU)
    • High performance (128bit internal data path) floating point unit per core.
      • BENEFIT : Larger data paths for quicker floating point calculations and better performance.

    HyperTransport™ technology

    • One 16-bit link up to 4000MT/s
    • Up to 8.0 GB/s HyperTransport™ I/O bandwidth; Up to 16.0GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
    • Up to 33.1GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
      • BENEFIT : Quick access times to system resources for better performance.

    Integrated DDR2 DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

    • A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated DDR2 memory controller
    • Supports PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066); PC2-6400 (DDR2-800), PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) or PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) SDRAM unbuffered DIMMs
    • Support for 64-bit DDR2 SDRAM memory
    • Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth
      • BENEFIT : Quick access to system memory for better performance.

    AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) With Rapid Virtualization Indexing

    • Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory.
      • BENEFIT : Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems

    AMD Cool’n'Quiet™ 2.0 technology

    • Enhanced power management features which automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
    • For quieter operation and reduced power requirements
      • BENEFIT : Enables platform designs providing less heat and noise efficient performance and energy usage.

    AMD CoolCore™ Technology

    • Reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power.
    • Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement.
    • Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy without comprimised performance.
      • BENEFIT: Helps users get more efficient performance by dynamically activating or turning off parts of the processor.

    Dual Dynamic Power Management™

    • Enables more granular power management capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption.
    • Separate power planes for cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance, creating more opportunities for power savings within the cores and memory controller.
      • BENEFIT Helps improve platform efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption

    Learn more about AMD Phenom™ processors

    Custom Built PC – Summary, Cost, and Conclusions

    I am very impressed with this PC setup. There are many good things to say about this computer, the motherboard, and the AMD Phenom Processor. I will tell you that when I have multiple windows open, multiple programs running, online video playing, a USB television tuner playing and even a backup program running in the background, I never experience jumpy sound, or video that doesn’t sync with the audio. It is very smooth and a seemingly fast PC machine. I know there are overclockers out there that might be interested in maximizing the speed, especially the online gamers. But for me, the speeds are fine right out of the box. Believe it or not, I built this thing for $400.00. That included one rebate of $25.00 for the memory.

    Another point is the fact that this AMD computer operates at much lower temperatures compared to that of the Intel processors. After doing some research online, I discovered that AMD processors typically operate at a lower temperature than their Intel counterparts. The ASUS utility disk provided a cool software monitoring program for temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds. The CPU typically is at 42°C (110°F) and the Motherboard operates at 34°C (94°F). That’s even cooler than my Apple iMac G5.

    Now I can get back to my Internet marketing work. This was a little bit more of an Internet detour than I was planning. I knew at some point in time that I was going to have to upgrade my computer system. It’s just that it came sooner than expected.

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