PC World May 2004 contents

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Supercharge your PC: Upgrade guide to supercharge your system

Is your PC more of a sedate sedan than a hot rod? Even a computer bought only a few months ago can quickly seem out of date. In order to keep up with the times you need to get a handle on how to perform your own upgrades. Here, we show you the best ways to boost your PC.

Web and you: Documents that do more

In this day and age, printed documents are just not enough. Whether you want to repurpose material for the Web, create PDF files or change something into an e-book, PC World is here to show you how.

40+ fixes for PC annoyances: Fix it, don't ditch it!

Windows gone wacky? Hardware gone haywire? Software gone screwy? Take a deep breath - help is here. We have solutions for hardware, software, and the Web.

Web stars: Best stuff online

Where should you go for news, research, shopping, and more? We compare Goliaths of the Web to lesser-known upstarts - and discover some surprising results. Check out these sites for travel, tech support, news and more.

The art of the deal: Smart shopping tips to get real bargains

The right tech products at great prices from trustworthy merchants are out there. These tips will help you find them, online or off.


Pioneer DVR-AO7XLA
AOpen XC Cube, ABIT DigiDice
Sony Cybershot DSC F828
Canon PowerShot Pro 1

SolidDocuments Solid Converter PDF, Pinnacle Studio 9
Macromedia Director MX 2004

Quick Takes
Hardware: SMC EZ-Stream Wireless Digital AV Receiver, HP L2035; SOFTware: ScanSoft OmniPage Pro 14.0 Office, Intuit Track-It 6.0, eRecord v3.0, Infommersion Xcelsius, Zone Labs ZoneAlarmPro 4.0, Panda Platinum Internet Security, Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 11.0, Steganos Anonym Pro 6.0


Buses and bits

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Altech Computers GameForce Commander
ARC Gamer Extreme
Plus Corporation Inspire P32
Acer Veriton 7600G
Adrenalin Computers Extreme E32

PCs: $1500-$3500
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Mercenary
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Trinity International AMD Super Power Pack
Acer Aspire RC900
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Plus Corporation Astra H31
APUS Universe Pro 2800
Trinity International P4 Power Pack
Infocom Gaming Beast 1.2

PCs: Sub-$1500
Trinity International P4 Deluxe
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
I-Tech AMD Athlon 2800+ XP Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Sniper
ARC Home Premium Deluxe

Notebooks: Over $4000
Dell Inspiron 9100
Pioneer Power Athlon64 8355
Hi-Grade Notino C6700
LG Electronics LM50-3
Dell Precision M60

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
QDI Alacritas W730-K8
Pioneer Power D470
ITC Millennia 7100
Acer Ferrari 3000 Lmi
Mitac MiNote 8060B

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1600XR
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
Mitac MiNote 8080
Twinhead efio 152i
Astone M3700

ADSL modems: All-in-one
Billion BIPAC 7500G
D-Link DSL-604+
Dynalink RTA300W
NetComm NB5580W
Netgear DG834G

ADSL modems: Stand-alone
Billion BIPAC 5100A
D-Link DSL-302G
Dynalink ALH181
Dynalink ALE800 USB modem
NetComm NB1300


IN DEPTH: Shields Up: Win XP SP2 Release Candidate 1
Upgrader: ADSL and network configuration
WINDOWS XP: Give XP a UNIX flavour with SFU 3.5
LINUX: Users and groups - NIS
AUDIO: Winamp 5 makes a comeback
MAC OS: Using GarageBand: Part II
GRAPHICS: Selection tools: Part III, the magic wand
PHP: Pattern matching with PHP: Part V
CD & DVD: CD burning - the speed you need new column!
DIGITAL VIDEO: More title effects
Windows Windows XP - Standby disabled, Reinstall Windows; All Windows - Remove Win98 from partition; Windows Me - Tweak UI conflict
Hardware Copy drive contents, ATI driver woes
Internet Spam control, Multiple dial-ups with Outlook Express, End Outlook slideshow
Miscellaneous Recover files from corrupt drive?, McAfee scan vs. optical mouse


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