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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs windows 7 home premium 08/29/2011

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Pros: Improvement over xp and vista. customer test driven features. Improvements are subtle for most people, but very important for me. Driver updates are way easier now. In a pinch even old drivers for xp or 2000 function on 7 with compatibility wizard. windows 7 own driver install can be pointed to the 'inf' files because some of those old install.exe will not function.

Cons: Hours of download, install from internet: service pack updates at end of august 2011. restart several times. old file manager is gone. new help search rarely find any thing I am looking for. will not find things like all *.jpg files. wild card searches do not function. They did work in the old windows. navigating through files and folders for specific files is a night mare. moving customers data requires installing 3rd party file manager like directory opus.

Other Thoughts: It was hard for me to get used to the new menus. even harder now that 7 does not allow desktop short cuts for many tools. Microsoft is missing a reasonable good file manager.
-I ran hardware upgrade advisor on 650mhz 'slot A' processor with 768 megabytes ram. Reported: might run slow. 7 up and running ok. only 1 minor update would not install. Took all day, but it did work. oem cost less but you are on your own for all help. retail allows free help call install and drivers.

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BIOSTAR 945GC-M4 478 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs reasonable upgrade replacement 478 p4. 01/14/2011

This review is from: BIOSTAR 945GC-M4 478 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: takes faster low price ddr2 ram. latest chipset. very fast.
asrock makes a similar board with better cpu support.
functions with old 20 or 24 pin power supply.
supports standard power, reset switches and lights. -my case did not. bought front wiring from auction site and soldered and hot glued it. good for environment keeps old case away from trash or landfill.

Cons: does not support lot of p4 processors.
old ram ddr1 does not fit. some times bios updates are limited.

Other Thoughts: runs win7 99.99% great. win speed test fails. no errors in device manager.
make sure your cpu is supported on web site of biostar.
my similar cpu does not function. not on cpu support bios list.
I am very pleased with this board. suggestion buy copper heat sink fan pipe with 80mm or larger fan. old p4 fans scream. quiet thermaltake tr2-m12. it also cools chipset.

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PYLE PCAU44 Stereo Mini 2x120 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier w/ USB & CD Input
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs PylePTA2 40 watt x 2 12/09/2010

This review is from: PYLE PCAU44 Stereo Mini 2x120 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier w/ USB & CD Input

Pros: Small, Easy to operate. Connected center channel speaker for voices on movies playing from laptop and projector. Plenty loud enough for room of 100 people. For small do it yourself audio system. No static or hum noticeable. Lowest price, simple, budget, amplifier I could find. Blows away the laptop speakers.

Cons: Wish it came with a water tight carry box to keep out rain. Input audio wire not included.

Other Thoughts: It is almost portable. A carry case with speakers would make it perfect for low budget travel. Pyle makes several models all same size but slightly different input, knobs, watts. Small amount of skills required to connect it all up. Simple instructions paper included. I have model PTA2.

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Eric M.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric M.

Date Joined: 03/08/06

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 04/05/08
  • Last Review: 08/29/11
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