PC World March 2005 Contents

What's On the CD


Do more with your digital photos

We zoom in on the organising, editing and sharing abilities of the latest top flight software from big names such as Adobe, Jasc, Microsoft, Ulead and more.

Edit photos for free

Here's how to use photo-editing utilities like an expert - at no added cost.

Helpscreen heroes

We've harvested the most commonly asked, insightful and outright interesting questions and answers from the last 12 months of Helpscreen to provide a bumper crop of solutions for niggling issues - including all flavours of Windows (98/Me/2000/XP), hardware, applications, security and more.

CES-sational show!

From really big-screen TVs to iPod accessories everywhere, here's what we loved and loathed in Las Vegas at the world's biggest bonanza of gizmos, gadgets and gimmicks - CES 2005!


Hardware Alienware Aurora 7500 Dell W1900 LCD TV Dell Inspiron 6000

Software Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 PC Tools Spyware Doctor 3.1

Quick Takes Apple Mac Mini and iPod Shuffle, Sony Ericsson S700i, FireDTV Konica Minolta Magicolor 5430DL, Microsoft Money 2005, Standard, ScanSoft PaperPort Professional 10, Fujifilm FinePix E500 Zoom


Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives
Power Supplies

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Aries FX-55 SLI
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Plus Corporation Aries A64 3500 SLI

PCs: $1500-$3500

APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
Trinity International AMD 3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
Infocom mCentre Pro
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe 3200P-7X2
PCQuest Paradox
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Spider A643

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Plus Corporation Aspect S45
Trinity International P4 Deluxe 1550
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
ARC Spider P4

Notebooks: Over $4000
IBM ThinkPad T41p (2373 GEM)
Pioneer Power Notebook 870P
Acer TravelMate 8006LMi
ITC Millennia 7300
ITC Millennia 7201

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9200
Pioneer Power Notebook 470K
AOpen OpenBook 1557GLS
LG LS50-8

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Pioneer CentriNote 805
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R
Targa Xtender A510 64
Protac Excel G900

Mini PCs
ASUS S-Presso S1-P112
MSI Mega PC 350 Deluxe
Shuttle XPC SB83G5A
Shuttle XPC SB81P
Soltek Qbic EQ3501M PRO
Soltek Qbic EQ3901A


IMAGING:The third dimension
AUDIO: Control freaks: Part 2
DIGITAL VIDEO: Cutting remarks
LINUX: Knoppix in your pocket
NETWORKING:Take it to the bridge
INTERNET: All wired up
BACK TO BASICS: Hard drives
HELP SCREEN: WINDOWS: Windows 98 Transfer request; Windows XP Unwanted reboot; Identity crisis; That proxy desktop. APPLICATIONS: Shoot the messenger. MISCELLANEOUS: Internal Affairs. SECURITY: Making JPEGs safer


  • NEWS
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Star Wars Battlefront; Yamaha YSP-1; Sony NW-HD3 Walkman; Rome: Total War; Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Optical Mouse; Puzzle Pirate; Olympus PT-020 underwater camera housing; Verbatim DigitalMovie Media; Eroch Studios LiliPod; iGesture Pad; Oakley THUMP

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