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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Joined on 07/17/01

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Its not the card, its the card reader

PQI 2GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model AE40-2030-0101
PQI 2GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model AE40-2030-0101

Pros: Popped it into a Panasonic DMC-FX30 and immediately was able to take several multi-minute 640 by 480 videos without dropping a single frame. Panasonic says you need a 10 Mbit/sec memory or better to do that. This PQI 2 GB card does it.

Cons: The original SD card spec only allowed 512 MB cards. The 2 GB limit was added recently. Many SD card readers will not read a 2 GB SD card. WD Multimedia drive, Epson R320 printer, HP 8240 laptops WILL NOT READ a 2 GB card. A no name, cheapo, but new card reader with a USB cable I got recently will read and write to it fine. It just has a newer chip set. There is nothing wrong with the PQI memory.

Overall Review: The SD card format is FAT 16. If you format the card using WinXP, WinXP will try to format it as FAT 32. Your camera may not recognise the card after that. You can also blow out an SD card by removing it when Windows is still writing to it. Not the card's fault. I have 2 PQI thumb drives (I-Stick), several CFs and SDs, and a pair of 1 GB PC3200. They all continue to work fine. Do a Google search on "2 GB SD card can't read" and see all the problems out there. Just buy a new USB 2.0 card reader and avoid the grief.

Sure beats disassembling a laptpo to test a 2.5" drive!

BYTECC BT-200 USB2.0 to IDE Cable With Power Adapter
BYTECC BT-200 USB2.0 to IDE Cable With Power Adapter

Pros: This is a good way to test IDE drives or just to see what's on that old dusty thing that's been laying in the corner of the bench all these months. It really shines for video back ups. Grab one of your backup drives off the shelf, plug it in, do your backup, unplug and put the drive back in the archives. No opening the computer, unscrewing an external drive case, or fiddling with a plug in tray. If you get two, you can move files from one archive drive to another with no "screwing around". This is one of those "Why didn't someone think of this before?" products.

Cons: I wish it had a drive activity light. Other than that, this is a great product.

Overall Review: Initially, I had problems getting it to work on some computers. An AV7333 blue screened every time I plugged this into it. After updating to the latest VIA USB 2 driver, the problem went away. Also be sure the drive is running before you plug the USB connecter into a computer that is already booted. Otherwise, the OS may not recognise it.

12/31/2005

Solid performance and great range

NETGEAR WGT624 Wireless Firewall Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
NETGEAR WGT624 Wireless Firewall Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g

Pros: Instructions say it takes twenty minutes to set up. Don't take shortcuts and use the matching Netgear cards in your computers for best results. I cover most of my three story house at full speed and my garage, 100 feet away, at good speed. I have Netgear in everything.

Cons: Don't loan it to your friends. you may not get it back.

Overall Review: I bought two. I loaned the first one to a friend and had to pry it out of his cold dead hands. He got full coverage of his house and patio. He couldn't get between his two bedroods with the one he bought. I made him buy his own. Then I loaned it to another friend who couldn't get the one he bought working. With mine, he covered his house, his patio, and his garage plus most of the neighborhood. He and his wife double teamed me. I sold it to him and bought another one. If some one borrows it and sets it up on their system then gives it back, you may have to install manually by logging in to it or do a full reset to get the default settings back.

12/31/2005

Picture doesn't do it justice

Zonet ZUH2214 4-Port USB 2.0 Slim Hub w/ Power Adapter
Zonet ZUH2214 4-Port USB 2.0 Slim Hub w/ Power Adapter

Pros: My old labtop only has one USB 1.1 port and I use an optical mouse and a 1/2 GByte USB ram. I got this so I could use both at once. This hub is a little smaller than a PCMCIA/Cardbus card, slightly more than twice as thick, and weighs about the same. Easily fits in a shirt pocket (don't put it in you back pocket and sit on it though.) Takes almost no space in a laptop case. The USB cable is about 2" long and snaps into the case. That is adequate to allow plugging into the laptop an avoiding other connectors. I haven't needed the power supply. Very nice rounded blue case that looks good.

Cons: Blue LED is bright. You may have to cover it if you give presentations and it proves distracting.

Overall Review: This does exactly what I needed it for. The included power supply may be necessary if you are running a large external drive and the computer can't handle the USB power required. Otherwise, leave the PS in the box and avoid the extra wire.

12/30/2005

500 watts and good looking

Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version  Passive PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version Passive PFC Power Supply

Pros: I bought this to replace a tower case supply would that shut down in less than a second on a new AMD 64 3000+ 939 type mother board. This powers the MB with a Gb of ram, two 300 GB SATAs, two 250 IDEs, a 16X DVD burner, and a Radeon 850GT without breaking a sweat. Nice visual touches, satin black paint, gold fan screen and back screws, two color LED on back glows green fully powered or amber on standby and not bright enough to keep you awake. Cables are all sleeved, 24 pin power connector converts to 20 by unclipping 4 pins. Very quiet 12cm fan. Lots of SATA power connectors.

Cons: Absolutely none. This is a better supply than I expected.

Overall Review: I have another one in my budget for my DAW (digital audio workstation) it is that quiet.

12/30/2005