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THE ULTIMATE UPGRADE GUIDE

90 WINDOWS XP UPGRADE GUIDE.

All you need to know:

The date 25 October is approaching quickly, and with it comes the release of Windows XP. PC World upgraded a number of systems, picking up hints and tips to share with you as we went along. Chances are you'll have a smooth upgrade ride, but there are some serious gotchas to watch out for, so don't miss this upgrade guide.

66 DO-IT-YOURSELF DREAM MACHINE.

Step-By-Step Guide:

In the past, a PC that reached its second or third birthday was destined for the parts shelf, the flea market or the kids' room. PC components today aren't what they used to be; they're faster and more capable of pushing back obsolescence. Before you rush off to the computer store, take a good look at your old PC. Maybe all you need is an upgrade.

FEATURES

61 WEB AND YOU.

Blogs: your friends on the Net.

Sometimes the Net can seem too huge to navigate. So many sites, so little time! This is where Weblogs can help. By reading the online diaries of fellow surfers, you can find your way to interesting new destinations on the Web.

77 SMOOTH-SAILING UTILITIES.

Best tools for the job.

It's a fact of modern life that computers have problems. Installing a new program can trash your operating system, and without regular maintenance the files on your hard drive can get so mixed up that they get strewn across it, slowing down saving and reading data. A good suite of utilities can diagnose and fix the conflicts and flaws in your system, maintain the health of your hard drive, and help you organise your files. Here's the lowdown on which ones really do the job.

100 ECOMWORLD.the simple guide to getting your business onlineThis month in eComWorld: Is the Web worth it? Plus, News; Case Study: Weipa Fishing Adventures; and Power Your PC - no matter what.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE.

32 Ricoh RDC-i500.

34 PalmPaks and Springboard Modules.

38 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S75.

40 Matrox RT2500; JVC GR-DVP3.

44 Ericsson T39m; MPZOO Exonion.

46 SnapGear SOHO+.

48 Archos Jukebox 6000.

SOFTWARE.

36 Macromedia ColdFusion 5.

42 ScanSoft OmniPage Pro 11; Acrobat Reader for Palm OS.

46 Connectix Virtual PC for Windows.

48 McAfee PGP Personal Security.

BEST BUYS.

108 PCS.

HOME PCS: Infocom Gaming Beast; Altech Custom; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.4GHz DDR; Microtech Senator 1400; Cougar Athlon GeForce3; Creative Blaster PC; e@Pc Dominator - Series 6.1; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.2GHz DDR; Australia IT Bravura 2200 Series; Dell Dimension 8100.

SUB-$2000 PCS: e@Pc Dream Machine Series 7; Peripherals Plus Duron 950; Australia IT Bravura 1900 Series; Altech Dione; Microtech Calais 900; e@Pc Rocket - Series 6.1; Peripherals Plus AMD Duron 750; AAA Luxury Series I; Flexisoft Athlon 1GHz; Digital Star IntelliPro 800GS.

BUSINESS PCS: Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.33GHz; e@PC Annihilator Series 7; Acer Veriton 9100; e@Pc Velocity - Series 6; Acer Veriton 7117; Infocom 2001 Business PC; Australia IT Bravura 1900 Series; Acer Veriton 7102; Acer Veriton 5100; Intelligent Systems Thunder K7.

120 NOTEBOOKS.

POWER NOTEBOOKS: Dell Inspiron 8000; IBM ThinkPad A22p; Toshiba Satellite 3000; IBM ThinkPad T23; ASUS L8400C.

VALUE NOTEBOOKS: Toshiba Satellite 1730XCDT; IBM ThinkPad iSeries 1171-5XM; Sharp PC-AX40; Toshiba Satellite 30CDT; Toshiba Satellite 2800.

126 GRAPHICS CARDS.

MICROELECTRONIC/POWERVR KYRO AND KYRO II.

Bravura Kyro II.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4500.

PowerColor Kyro II.

VideoLogic Vivid! XS.

NVIDIA GEFORCE2 MX.

3D Power Nemesis GeForce2 MX 200.

3D Power Nemesis GeForce2 MX 400.

ASUS AGP-V7100/2V1D GeForce2 MX.

ASUS V7100 Deluxe Combo.

ASUS V7100 Magic GeForce2 MX200.

ASUS V7100 Pro.

Graphic Force GeForce2 MX 200.

Graphics Master GeForce2 MX 400.

Joytech Apollo GeForce2 MX 200.

Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 MX SH MAX.

Palit Daytona GeForce2 MX 400.

Suma Platinum GeForce2 MX 400.

Video Excel GeForce2 MX.

MATROX MILLENNIUM G550.

Matrox Millennium G550.

NVIDIA GEFORCE2 GTS/PRO/ULTRA.

Apollo GeForce2 GTS Pro.

ASUS V7700 Pro.

Graphic Force GeForce2 Pro.

Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 Pro.

MSI StarForce Pro.

Palit Daytona GeForce2 Pro.

Sparkle GeForce2 Pro.

ATI RADEON AND RADEON VE.

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon.

Bravura Radeon VE.

PowerColor Radeon VE.

S-Media Radeon AT30DP.

NVIDIA GEFORCE3.

3D Power Morpheus GeForce3.

ASUS V8200 Deluxe.

Gigabyte GV-GF3000 Series.

Graphics Master GeForce3.

Hercules 3D Prophet III.

Leadtek WinFast GeForce3.

Palit Daytona GeForce3.

PowerColor GeForce3.

Sparkle GeForce3 .

Suma GeForce3.

NEWS

16 ACCC steps up DVD probe.

17 Gateway shuts up shop.

17 Palms allegedly harm PCs.

18 WinXP PCs to ship early.

18 Compaq to support Java.

20 Phone a parking meter.

20 Fujitsu limits 3.5in drives.

22 broadband.

Broadband in a bad way; Be sure of the bandwidth.

24 alt.net.

I want to believe - UFOs.

26 tech.files.

Intel's latest line-up.

DEPARTMENTS

12 EDITORIAL: Accidental upgrader.

50 OPINIONS:

50 Beverley Head: Just say no.

52 Nicholas Petreley: Mono: in bed with Microsoft.

54 Mark Stafford: Innovate schminnovate.

56 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT.

141 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU:

141 Technology: Red Hat 7.2 beta.

142 Using Linux: Open source groupware.

BACKBYTES

193 SKILLS: Content management skills grow in importance.

194 BOOK REVIEW:

Where's the loot?

Office XP for Dummies.

Linux Weekend Crash Course.

195 WEB REVIEW:

Short cuts.

Buried in the sky.

Tempest tune.

Cool machine.

Annoyed?

So bad it's good.

196 GADGETS AND GIZMOS:

Talk to the humans.

Hybrid camera.

Split stick.

Cute cases.

Control board.

A clear-cut case.

Music for mobiles.

Super duper disk.

198 GAMES:

Max Payne.

Anachronox.

Monopoly Tycoon.

200 BYTESBACK.

HERE'S HOW

144 UPGRADER: Graphics cards.

148 WINDOWS 9X: Search every version of Windows.

150 WINDOWS ME: Effective task management.

152 WINDOWS 2000: Remake, remodel.

154 WINDOWS XP: Transfer Wizard.

156 LINUX: Time keeping and task scheduling.

157 MAC OS: OS X Terminal basics.

158 AUDIO: Making music in Fruityloops: Pt III.

159 GRAPHICS: Introduction to layers.

160 HTML: Links and alignment.

161 PHP: Working with structured data.

162 HELP SCREEN.

162 Operating Systems.

Windows 9x and 2000 - Window dressing; Windows Me - Change default file view; Shrink index.dat files; Get more from your Windows key; Linux - Install Mandrake from your hard drive; Dual boot Windows and Linux.

164 Office Applications.

Outlook and Outlook Express - Edit linked URLs; Power keystrokes; Share Outlook Express; Word - Paste plain text; StarOffice 5.2 - Count the words.

165 Internet.

Universal instant messaging; The secret life of cookies.

166 Hardware.

Conserve energy with a PC power regimen; When the lights go out - UPS; USB 2.0 or FireWire?

167 Bugs and Fixes.

Logitech Mouse Drivers and Windows 2000 SP2; Myst III: Exile Update 1.2; More game patches.

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