PC World - November 2001


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60 The new Windows eXperience

Get the most from the new OS:

Reliability, performance, comprehensive plug-and-play support, enhanced security and impressive multimedia features - it's almost too good to be true.

In this special Windows XP report, PC World covers all the essential requirements that you need to consider when looking at Windows XP, in both its Home and Professional versions, to help you decide if this OS is right for you. Plus, we investigate and review the new features and productivity tools available for each version.

FEATURES

55 Web and you.

Chat in full colour.

This month we have everything you need to start video chatting online. We look at performance, profiles of video chat tools and details of which webcam to buy. Plus, best sites and chatrooms for the whole family.

74 Mother of all boards.

Motherboard SuperGuide.

Here's a teaser for you: off the top of your head, do you know what sort of motherboard your desktop PC contains? Chances are, you'd have to go and look it up. You're not alone. The word motherboard is enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most experienced PC owner. This month, PC World demystifies this core component by explaining its functions.

81 Notebook Special Update.

Buyers Guide.

Thinking of buying a notebook? Read this special update first! We have everything you need to go shopping: a buyers' guide, reviews and an update on the latest CPUs. Over the last five years, the portable market for PCs has developed at a truly staggering rate. Increasingly, companies such as Intel are developing technologies for the mobile market only a few months behind the cycle of desktop innovation. Notebook computers represent better value than ever before.

92 eComWorld.

The Simple Guide To Getting Your Business Online.

This month in eComWorld: Right Ways to Protect Your Net; plus, News; Case Study - FoodDrop; and Help Your PC Beat the Heat.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE.

30 Wireless Networker, SpringPort Wireless Ethernet Module, Wireless LAN Module.

34 Logitech MOMO Force.

38 QPS Que SuperDisk 240MB; Sony SDMN80.

40 Minolta Dimâge 7.

42 Creative SoundBlaster Audigy Platinum eX; Apac LV219.

SOFTWARE.

32 Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.5.

34 Virtual Drive 6.1.

36 Roxio GoBack Deluxe 3; Dantz Retrospect Express 265.

BEST BUYS.

100 PCS:

HOME PCS.

Infocom Gaming Beast; Altech Custom; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.4GHz DDR; Cougar Athlon GeForce3; Microtech Senator 1400; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1GHz; Creative Blaster PC; e@Pc Dominator - Series 6.1; Australia IT Bravura 2200 Series; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.2GHz DDR.

SUB-$2000 PCS. e@Pc Dream Machine - Series 8; e@Pc Dream Machine - Series 7; Peripherals Plus Pentium 4 1.5GHz; Australia IT Bravura 1900 Series; Peripherals Plus Duron 950; Altech Dione; Microtech Calais 900; e@Pc Rocket - Series 6.1; Peripherals Plus AMD Duron 750; AAA Luxury Series I.

BUSINESS PCS.

Acer Veriton 7200; e@Pc Dominator - Series 8; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.3GHz; 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.

112 NOTEBOOKS.

POWER NOTEBOOKS:

Toshiba Satellite 3000; IBM ThinkPad T23; ASUS L8400C; Acer TravelMate 611TXVi; ASUS A1000.

VALUE NOTEBOOKS:

Sharp PC-AX40; Toshiba Satellite 2800; Acer TravelMate 212TXV.

120 MOTHERBOARDS.

AMD MOTHERBOARDS:

AOpen AK77 Pro.

ASUS A7A266.

ASUS A7V133.

Chaintech 7SID.

MSI MS-6378 with LAN.

Soltek SL-75DRV.

INTEL MOTHERBOARDS:

ASUS CUSL-2C Black Pearl.

Chaintech 9BJA.

DFI NB72-SR.

Gigabyte P4 Titan.

MSI 845 Pro2-R.

Shuttle AV40R.

NEWS

12 Merger affects consumers.

14 Bus without a licence.

14 Facelift for Pocket PC.

16 StarOffice on the horizon.

16 Quick-footed robots.

18 Not-so-happy birthday?

20 broadband.

Telstra under fire from ACCC.

22 alt.net.

The Net's toughest test - US Terrorism Attack.

26 tech.files.

Chip, set and match.

DEPARTMENTS

10 EDITORIAL:Technology tested.

44 OPINIONS:

44 Beverley Head: Round 'em up and head 'em out.

46 Nicholas Petreley: Scriptless spells disaster.

48 Mark Stafford: Vote 1: Remote.

50 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT.

129 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU

Celebrate 10: A trip down Linux lane.

BACKBYTES

185 SKILLS:

Windows XP training options.

186 BOOK REVIEW.

Teach Yourself Visually Digital Photography; Photoshop Studio Secrets, 3rd Edition; Just for Fun.

187 WEB REVIEW.

Auction oddities; BSOD gallery; Let there be Lists; A "fine" site; Blankety blanks; Buying online.

188 GADGETS AND GIZMOS:

Little big disk; Handheld hybrid; Pygmy PC; Cam phone; Fist fighter; Board at the office; Card board; Advanced webcam.

190 GAMES:

Robinson Crusoe.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars.

Disney's Atlantis and the Lost Empire - Trial by Fire.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

192 BYTESBACK

HERE'S HOW:

132 UPGRADER: Build your own PC.

138 WINDOWS 9X: A better start for your documents menu; Windows tech glossary.

140 WINDOWS ME: Customise folders.

142 WINDOWS 2000: Create a firewall.

144 WINDOWS XP: Customisation tips.

146 LINUX: Configuring sound.

148 MAC OS: Virtual memory.

150 AUDIO: Audio utilities.

151 GRAPHICS: Slideshows.

152 HTML: Headings, lists and image tips.

153 PHP: Collecting user data.

154 HELP SCREEN:

154 Operating Systems:

Windows 9x - Keep others off your PC; Print each folder's size; Windows Me - Tools not in Win Me; Linux - Accessing a Windows partition as a regular user; Executing programs and path settings.

156 Office Applications:

Word - Create easy mail merges; Word templates on the Start menu.

157 Internet:

Send browser pop-ups to their deserved demise; Bad advice from Content Advisor; Capture Shockwave files.

158 Hardware:

Will a new CPU give your PC more vroom?; More zip for your Zip; Choosing the right monitor.

159 Bugs and Fixes:

Problems in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2; Issues affecting new hardware and software in Windows Me.

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