New Graphics Card for an Old PC – Yes or No?

new graphics card for old PC

My Case: 1660 Ti for Old Core2Quad-Based PC

Here is a breif post about how I tested nVidia GTX 1660 Ti with my old Intel Core2Quad Q9500. All my friends were telling me “It makes no sense to install a new video card in such an old computer with such an outdated processor because it won’t change anything! Don’t do stupid things!” but they were wrong.

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Mic Won’t Work with Front Panel – Noise Instead of Voice [AORUS Pro]

Headphones and mic jacks

The Question

Question: Hi! I have a problem with the mic and sound recording on my PC. I recently bought a new computer based on Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro and Core i7 9700k CPU. I installed Windows 10 x64 Pro and all updates. Everything works fine: I can listen to music, I can use my headphones and mic when connected to the rear panel. But the mic doesn’t work when I plug my headset in the 3.5 jack on the front panel. The sound plays fine but the mic produces the strange noise.

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How to test RAM modules for errors and compatibility using Memtest86+ on bootable USB flash disk

RAM errors can cause serious issues with your computer: spontaneous reboots, BSODs, freezings or even everything mentioned together. When troubleshooting hardware related issues you will need to check your RAM modules for errors and mutual compatibility. We strongly recommend to test RAM using famous Memtest86+ utility that supports testing of DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory. In this guide we will teach you how to:

  • download Memtest86+ utility;
  • create a bootable USB stick with Memtest86+;
  • test your RAM modules for errors and compatibility using the prerared USB stick.

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How to Fix Bad Sectors Using HDAT2 Utility on Bootable USB Flash | HDAT2 Tutorial

Bad sector is a sector on your hard drive that cannot be used for storing and reading data. A sector is marked as bad when it provides too slow reading speed or cannot be read at all. We recommend to check HDD for bad sectors presence once a year. If you store some extremely important data on the drive – check it even more frequently.  If you detected a bad sector don’t hurry to throw your HDD away. In many cases it can be fixed and you can use your disk storage again.

HDAT2 is a great utility designed to detect and repair bad and unstable sectors. It can be run from CD/DVD or USB disk. Here is our ultimate step-by-step guide on:

  • how to create a bootable USB flash disk with HDAT2 utility;
  • how to check your hard drive for software and hardware bad sectors;
  • how to fix bad sectors on your HDD;
  • how to upgrade HDAT2 version on your USB stick.

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