hardware

  • Computer not turning on? Here's an exhaustive list of possible problems and solutions

    I had this problem a few months ago when I was putting together my current PC. First I got a loud system beep and the CMOS display would stop somewhere in the 20s. That turned out to be my video card being improperly powered. Then it would boot and crash hard before getting to the OS. Turned out to be a bad stick of RAM. I’m glad I had my laptop around to look up CMOS codes and stuff, but… Read More

  • Ben Heckendorn's Apple IIgs hardware mod

    Remember the Apple IIgs? I had an Apple IIc but my friend across the street had the Apple IIgs, the lucky bastard. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be a kid again. Not a care in the world except trying to get from the castle to the bottom of the mountain without falling to my death in King’s Quest III. Anyway, Ben Heckendorn has built a gorgeous laptop version of the Apple IIgs with… Read More

  • Value-testing l33t overclocked PC hardware


    Tom’s Hardware has been doing a feature for the last week comparing the performance of six systems: budget (sub-$1000), mid-range (sub-$2000), and high-end (sub-$4000) PCs and then the same PCs overclocked as far as they’d go. The object was to find what offers the best value for the dollar. They ran about five billion tests, but I’ve got the Cliff’s Notes here. And… Read More

  • Asus getting into the sound card game, Creative starts to sweat


    Asus, who has been doing so much stuff right lately, has begun dipping its toes into the sound card game. I understand the onboard audio on their motherboards is supposed to be the best, but as with onboard video, that’s not saying much. So Asus has separated their sound unit and beefed it up, making it a PCI-e interface card. It’s a full-featured, high-quality card now… Read More

  • They call this case the Tempest for a reason


    If you’re running SLI GeForce 8800GTs, you have 4 7200RPM HDDs, plus sound and possibly physics cards all going on a 1000W PSU, you’re generating a ton of heat and even 4 standard fans are going to be unable to keep it cool. I guess that’s why the NZXT Tempest has six case fans. Two on the top, two on the front, one in the back and one on the side. Sounds like my usual… Read More

  • Keep that receipt: GeForce 9800 GX2s have heat problems with some motherboards


    There was a big to-do yesterday with the release of the GeForce 9800 GX2, the dual-GPU supercard from Nvidia. Reviews were cautiously positive, but Bit-Tech had a mysterious problem: constant overheating. They did some testing and found that on some nForce 700 mobos (in their tests, the Asus Striker II), the placement of the nForce 200 chip made for a hot pocket of up to almost 200… Read More

  • Alienware now has 9800 GX2 in its Area 51 systems


    In concordance with all the other press being released on the 9800 GX2, Nvidia’s biggest and baddest card, Alienware now includes it as an option on their top-end Area 51 system. The good news is that Alienware makes some bad-ass computers and the 9800 GX2 allows for quad SLI (slightly excessive) and no compromise on the motherboard area. The bad news is that the Area 51 starts at… Read More

  • Nvidia's dual-GPU 9800 GX2 will break you: review roundup


    The first reviews are showing up for Nvidia’s beast of a single-slot card, the 9800 GX2. In case you don’t remember it from when it showed on the scene, the GX2 is basically a pair of 8800s in a native SLI, one-PCI-express slot configuration. It costs an arm and a leg (~$600) and it’s very, very powerful. And how does it stand up? The consensus seems to be that the 9800… Read More

  • Microsoft's new keyboard/mouse combo looks pretty solid


    I’ve been a Logitech guy for a while now, but before that I had an excellent Microsoft keyboard/mouse combo, and this new offering looks nice enough to perhaps tempt me back to the dark side. Or the translucent side, really. They say the design is inspired by Aero, but unlike that demanding Vista feature, this keyboard’s good looks don’t require an extra gig of RAM. I like… Read More

  • Study finds that two out of three of Commodore's gaming PCs are tastefully designed


    I’m not usually a fan of custom-painted cases — too often they are some Night Elf chick showing cleavage or else something like an eagle clutching a flag, and they all look like velvet paintings. But Commodore seems to have the right idea with these cases. Now, I’m not a “brown Zune” kind of guy, but the Space Invaders motif really sells the color here. And the… Read More

  • Bug Labs going live on Monday

    Here are the first shots of the BUGBase Hiro P model that goes on sale this Monday when the store opens up. This is the final production model, but is, sadly, sans Wi-Fi. Yeah, seems that open source Wi-Fi drivers were causing some issues and Bug Labs decided to ship out the base stations without Wi-Fi modules rather than delaying shipment. To make up for this indiscretion, early adopters will… Read More

  • iPod Touch sports under-the-hood improvements over the iPhone


    The gadget-smashers at iSuppli have cracked open and indexed the iPod Touch’s parts, and found that it’s more than a crippled iPhone (some would say the iPhone was crippled already, but that’s another story.) The parts used are 90 percent the same, they say, but the iPod Touch has a more unified design. It uses a single PCB for one thing, and the touchscreen and a different… Read More

  • Bug Labs opens SDK, starts Wiki for users

    What good is open source hardware without an online home for the developers? It’s not, so Bug Labs, has introduced the community side of its website, which includes the SDKs and a virtual BUGBase and collection of hardware components, so you can start getting your bug on now. For those not in the loop, Bug Labs is targeting hardware the way Linux targets operating systems; making… Read More

  • Asus wants you to break the seal

    It’s good to hear good sense coming from a good company like Asus. Sure, one can argue back and forth whether their motherboards are better or worse than Abit’s, or Gigabyte’s, but here they’ve revealed a position every hardware manufacturer should emulate: ASUS Computer International (“ASUS”) recently received feedback from one of its valued customers… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Make your own freaky hardware

    From the excellent MAKE blog comes a little catalogue for the craftier among us. I personally can find my way about the guts of a computer pretty well, but the thought of soldering something onto a PCB fills me with anxiety. Fortunately, many of these little DIY projects were set up with people like me in mind, and even serve as a sort of primer in the world of makin’. Two cool… Read More

  • Samsung announces GDDR5 RAM; what happened to 4?

    I just got a great new motherboard and one of its selling points was support for DDR3 RAM. Tom’s Hardware recently posted a shootout showing that DDR3 mobos and RAM were merely a promising, emerging technology. So why is Samsung busting out this alien technology when people are still deciding whether to switch from DDR2? Because this RAM will be integrated with graphics cards (hence… Read More

  • Exclusive: First hands on with working Bug Labs open source hardware

    We told you about Bug Labs last week so you should have all the pertinent info, but now we have pics and video of a working model. Videos will be up as soon they’re done loading so please bear with us and check back soon. Read More

  • What will Google announce tomorrow?

    You can’t believe everything you read and rumors are just rumors. So what can we expect from Google tomorrow? Will it just be an OS or will there be an actual gPhone? Are you excited for the Google OS? Or are you too enamored with your stupid precious iFones to care? Read More

  • Bug Labs bets big on open hardware

    We were ready to chalk these guys up to the vaporware list, but now it’s looking as if Bug Labs just might change how we look at and use hardware. Scratch that, it might change how we make hardware. Bug Labs is making what is basically a version of Lego Mindstorm for grownups. Like Mindstorm, a central brain, here its a Linux-enabled BUGBase, is at the heart of anything you want it to be… Read More

  • Replug saves your headphones, stereo equipment from certain death

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a device for headphones that acted like Apple’s MagSafe technology? You could just dance around for hours, not worrying about ripping your stereo system out of the wall. Thanks to a company called Replug, you can now do just that. You basically plug your headphones into the Replug device then connect the device as a “middleman” to… Read More