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This review is from: Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB - 450-Watt ATX V2.2 Power Supply
Pros: The black color matches my case.
Cons: Powered off in the middle of using the PC and won't power back on again. It now only spins the fan for a second and turns back off again. It's only been in use for about 3 weeks.
Other Thoughts: Although I suspect the failure has something to do with the "short protection circuitry" I don't see why it would have tripped out of nowhere 3 hours into a computing session, and if I hook up a different PS the system boots just fine. This leads me to believe it's more liklely that the "protection circuitry" is faulty rather than the components it's powering. To add salt to to the wound it has a 30 day return policy and I bought it.. 34 days ago.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7128Gn N150 PCI Wireless Adapter for PC and Mac
Pros: Cheap. Installs without much trouble on Windows.
Cons: Linux support is a bit of a joke.
Other Thoughts: In general the cards that work best under Linux are those that have all needed support built in without the need for special proprietary software drivers. As this card declares "compatible with Linux" right on the front of the box, I thought that would be what I was getting. However, after plugging in the card and rebooting, my system didn't even recognize the card was installed. Looking further into it, I found that in order to get the card working, you have to manually compile and install source code that they included on the support CD, and manually edit various system config files by following along with an installation document that reads like it was quickly thrown together by a support rep in about 15 minutes. I eventually got it working but it was way more trouble than it should have been (example - the docs say the company only supports Ubuntu - if that's the case, why wasn't there a pre-compiled .deb file included for easy install rather than only source code?).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap. Didn't require proprietary drivers so it was easy to get working under Linux.
Cons: Cheap. As in cheaply made - I've had two of these burn out on me in less than two years.
Other Thoughts: Althogh I was initially happy with the price and with the lack of need for proprietary drivers, I wouldn't recommend getting this card unless you're OK with your PC parts being "disposable." I've now gone through two of these, both died after about 8 months of use for no apparent reason - just in the middle of using the internet and the card suddenly croaks.READ FULL REVIEW