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Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Western Digital 500GB hard drive, good deals from goHardDrive. 08/18/2016

This review is from: Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive

Pros: Best prices found for this Western Digital hard drive. Fast shipping, excellent customer support from goHardDrive.,

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Recommended seller.

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ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) ZT-71113-20L 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) HDCP Ready Zone Edition Video Card
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2 out of 5 eggs ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 - beware of poor Nvidia drivers for Windows 10 08/08/2016

This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) ZT-71113-20L 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) HDCP Ready Zone Edition Video Card

Pros: Small, no fan to wear out, works with Windows 7 and Linux for ordinary non-intensive video, even some games if you watch the temperature. However, using it with Windows 10 can be a problem, depending upon your system.

Cons: With my ASUS motherboard and Windows 10, any video continually stutters very, very badly (rapidly stops and starts), even with low-definition files, both streaming and local, so it's not a bandwidth problem. Non-moving pictures and wallpaper display OK, but moving video looks like it's having severe nervous fits. ZOTAC tech support does answer Emails - they say it works with some systems and to try both the latest and older Nvidia drivers, but none of them helped. There are tons of complaints online about Nvidia drivers and their poor tech support, and although they have been putting out a stream of updates none of the ones for this card worked right .

So, I replaced this ZOTAC with an AMD Radeon card and it works fine. Somebody needs to light a fire under Nvidia. Maybe ASUS also, as they seem to gather more complaints than others.

Other Thoughts: Not recommended unless Nvidia and ZOTAC come up with better drivers.

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4 out of 5 eggs Canon LBP6230dw Linux printer driver now available online; Windows driver on CD. 03/27/2016

This review is from: Canon imageCLASS LBP6230dw wireless Monochrome laser printer with Duplex printing, 26 ppm

Pros: Works well with Windows, USB cable included in box. Linux driver finally available online.

Cons: (1) Their USA Support did not have accurate information about drivers.
(2) Linux driver took weeks to obtain; installation may be difficult for newcomers as it is long, slow, and complicated.
(3) Poor printed "Getting Started" guide, is very short and more than a bit vague.
(4) The long manual on the Windows driver CD has to be installed in that OS and is a bit clumsy to page through; the downloadable PDF user guide is easier to use.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was said to be Linux compatible, but when I first checked the Canon-USA site for the driver it was crossed out, no download available. Support was contacted and they replied:
"Currently, Canon has decided to support only the Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh operating systems."
I almost boxed it up for return, but later searches finally turned up recently made compressed tar.gz Linux driver files (Linux_UFRIILT_PrinterDriver_V120) on the Canon-UK and South Asia sites, then on the US site. Canon must have listened to complaints about the lack of Linux support.

Using this driver is necessary because the "Add Printer" functions in popular Linux distributions do not yet include the LBP6230dw. The problem for newcomers is that installation is not with a simple GUI, but rather by manually typing many commands in the Terminal and staying connected to the Internet while more downloads are brought in. There are instructions in the driver file, but they were written for users already familiar with the Linux Terminal and its somewhat obscure commands, so newbies must research how to use it, get root access, mark script files as executable & find the command for running them, how to work as superuser and use the common commands for moving around and searching in directories.
There are also instructions for doing a manual install, but that is much more complicated.
Very educational for those who have the patience.

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Display Name: John F.

Date Joined: 07/25/05

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  • First Review: 05/22/08
  • Last Review: 08/18/16
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