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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Worst version of Windows ever made 04/15/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Absolutely none

Cons: I'm not going to spend time reviewing the fact that this OS was designed almost exclusively for touch devices, and the absolutely ridiculous fact that the Windows icon in the lower left of your screen on the desktop wisks you off to a "charm screen" instead of pulling up a program menu...the basis of my low rating is due to the fact that I can't even get into Windows whatsoever due to its horrible new features and incompatibility with drivers.

I'm running Win 8.1 on a newly built PC. This version of Windows consistently boots to a blank screen with mouse cursor. I cannot even get Windows to load whatsoever. I'm now on my 6th reinstall of Windows 8.1 due to the "blank screen/mouse cursor" issue and I've completely had it. This appears to be a widespread issue with many forum results coming up -- there seems to be no definite fix as people are saying it is most likely due to Windows attempting to auto-install a GPU driver, even if you've already installed it from the manufacturer disk. Others say it's due to the new "hybrid boot" feature of Windows 8.1. All I know is that I'm at my complete wit's end and I'm about to return this piece of garbage for Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: If you really want Windows 8.1, it's worth your while to wait until its issues get fixed.

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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not impressed in the long-run 02/10/2014

This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: Great side visibility with its viewing window, easy-to-open side panel thanks to grippable screws, nice looking case

Cons: Terrible with keeping out dust -- the inside of your case will get caked with it, as will the grills on the side and rear of the case.

Other Thoughts: This case has been around for a long time - I bought it back in 2008 and mine is nearly six years in operation at this point. Long story short, the inside of this case looks like a haunted mansion -- everything is caked with dust, and that's after blowing it out regularly. The absolute worst are the fan blades (case fans, as well as those over the RAM and graphics card) and heatsink -- I cannot seem to keep them clean for long. The case does have good airflow if you're tying down your cables, but it is also suctioning everything in the immediate area at the front of the case and pulling it right in.

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Canopus / Grass Valley Professional-quality Bidirectional Analog/Digital Video Conversion ADVC300
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Canopus ADVC300 doesn't work with Vista Ultimate 64 12/24/2010

This review is from: Canopus / Grass Valley Professional-quality Bidirectional Analog/Digital Video Conversion ADVC300

Pros: Allegedly it's a good unit when it works (I wouldn't know)

Cons: It's OLD (circa 2004), unsupported by newer OS's, and it comes with no video capture software.

Other Thoughts: I've fought endlessly to get the ADVC300 to work with a Vista Ultimate 64-bit system, but it simply does not. I suppose I could reformat my rig, buy Windows 7 and attempt to use that, but that is ridiculous, IMO. Fellow consumers - this product is very old. Note how the majority of reviews are from the mid 2000s. After doing a lot of research after fighting with Roxio/Virtualdub/WinDV software not accepting this device, I've learned that it simply has tons of compatibility issues with Win Vista Ultimate 64 - so, if that is your OS, I'll save you a lot of trouble here and will tell you that it won't work (the box itself says that it supports Win 2000 & XP, enough said).

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Display Name: Mark N.

Date Joined: 12/10/02

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 11/23/08
  • Last Review: 04/15/14
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