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sunflower1
08-23-2004, 10:36 AM
If you don't live in the US you've probably missed a Gateway TV ad that has its moments. Gateway paints the alternative to going to them for a computer as going to computer boot camp where a Tech Drill Instructor browbeats you into competence. He's got one recruit doing pushups at night in the rain and asks him why he doesn't just pack it in. "Because I still don't know how to format a hard drive!" the "recruit" stammers doggedly.

I know the forums are a great place to learn and manuals can be informative, but I need a decent reference source for basic PC architecture, set up,terminology, etc. If somebody tells me I need to reformat and re-install I'd like to be able to say, "ok." I'm headed past a big book store tomorrow, any suggestions? Is there a magazine that routinely run articles for beginners?

sunflower1
08-23-2004, 10:36 AM
If you don't live in the US you've probably missed a Gateway TV ad that has its moments. Gateway paints the alternative to going to them for a computer as going to computer boot camp where a Tech Drill Instructor browbeats you into competence. He's got one recruit doing pushups at night in the rain and asks him why he doesn't just pack it in. "Because I still don't know how to format a hard drive!" the "recruit" stammers doggedly.

I know the forums are a great place to learn and manuals can be informative, but I need a decent reference source for basic PC architecture, set up,terminology, etc. If somebody tells me I need to reformat and re-install I'd like to be able to say, "ok." I'm headed past a big book store tomorrow, any suggestions? Is there a magazine that routinely run articles for beginners?

LuckyBoy1
08-23-2004, 12:00 PM
Read my users guide and also, www.tomshardware.com (http://www.tomshardware.com) has a guide for building a PC, but it is very old and not up to date. I sugggest you read over my Users Guide and then get back here and punch us with all thise "blue sky" questions. Don't worry, in the end, you'll agonize about this more than what is needed. I only ask that before you actually order any hardware, get with us not only on what you buy, but where you buy it from because there is many a soul here that can save you a few pictures of the Queen! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

As far as formatting the hard drive when you first build your computer, that's so easy even I can do it! You put Cousin Billy's dics in the ROM drive and turn the computer on. As it start up, it will say for a few moments on the screen, press F2 (or whatever ke) to enter BIOS. You do so and set the computer to boot from the ROM drive and save the change. The computer starts up and it will ask you if you want to delete the partition; do so even if there is no partition the have it create one and then choose format. From there, the PC will format the hard drive and then automatically install the operating system.

Now with an actual index & more fiber! It is newer & and even more improved! It's Luckyboy's Guide For Complete Users!...

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/luckyboy/LuckyboysGuide2.htm

Luckyboy = Senior hydraulic landing gear designer for the P-11 & Contributing Editor to Complete Users magazine.

steve_v
08-23-2004, 01:31 PM
I got started with "Building a PC for Dummies". It explained hardware, but not really how to build a system hands on.

There are many guides, including Toms, that will show you all you need to know to physically build your box. The actual work involves installing operating systems, hardware drivers, and any associated software. There is a learning curve.

Here are two good links that will give you some basics. Forums like ours have a community support base to help fill in the blanks. Gaming, espically flight sims, demand a well maintained system for error free operation.

Clean Install Windows XP
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Building a PC, step by step
http://www.buildeasypc.com/

dieg777
08-23-2004, 02:05 PM
I agree with steve check out the idiots guides and dummies series- they are both good starters.

The most complete reference to windows XP is windows XP inside out by microsoft.

Check amazon for references and reviews as a start.

Web sites worth checking are www.oreilly.com (http://www.oreilly.com) who publish the Annoyances books and http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

A good magazine published in UK is PCAnswers covering all sorts of tips and tricks for both hardware and software but dont know if you can get it in USA.

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sunflower1
08-23-2004, 03:22 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I've been all the way through Lucky's user's guide, including going to black viper and doing my best at shutting down services. (I still have 39 processes running, seems a little much!) I haven't gone as far as getting rid of all the icons in the tray....is that really a benefit?

My plan is to tweak what I can get out of this machine and a 9800 card while I learn about what it takes to put together a good FB machine.

BTW, how do you explain a Track IR to your wife? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Tully__
08-23-2004, 04:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by sunflower1:

BTW, how do you explain a Track IR to your wife? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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LuckyBoy1
08-23-2004, 06:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by sunflower1:
Thanks for the suggestions! I've been all the way through Lucky's user's guide, including going to black viper and doing my best at shutting down services. (I still have 39 processes running, seems a little much!) I haven't gone as far as getting rid of all the icons in the tray....is that really a benefit?


Yes indeed! Those Icons take up RAM 'O Plenty!



My plan is to tweak what I can get out of this machine and a 9800 card while I learn about what it takes to put together a good FB machine.


Good idea, and remember, the motherboard is the foundation which will dictate how far you can take your next PC build, so that's what I'd research first. After that's decided, the rest falls in place rather easily.



BTW, how do you explain a Track IR to your wife? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Well, I can't tell you how, but I can tell you when; do it when she is in a very, very, very good mood, like after she's been (censored) and fed chocolate and coffee. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Now with an actual index & more fiber! It is newer & and even more improved! It's Luckyboy's Guide For Complete Users!...

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/luckyboy/LuckyboysGuide2.htm

Luckyboy = Senior hydraulic landing gear designer for the P-11 & Contributing Editor to Complete Users magazine.