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Comment by RandiO on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 17, 2019 07:12 PM)
There are variety of bearing types being used for PC fan/cooling requirements, in addition to supplementing the plain-old 2-wire fans with (3-wire) PW...
Comment by John Douglas on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 06:05 PM)
What is the difference between the free and donor version? If there is no difference, how much do you think I should still donate? Thanks, I have re...
Comment by MAP on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 05:19 PM)
I have used Privazer for several years. It has not failed me yet. Does nice job of cleaning up drives, even WD backup drives....
Comment by Michael Hampshire on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 01:17 PM)
Downloaded the donner version and ran it yesterday.At 72 years old I don't know much about Computers (My first was a Tandy 1000) but I do trust Bob so...
Comment by Peter on Here's How to Make Your Computer Indestructible (November 16, 2019 06:48 PM)
It reminds me of Shadow Defender which returns the computer to its previous state after a reboot. What I do is make regular (daily and intra-day) bac...
Comment by Steve on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 04:14 PM)
I recall a Dell desktop with a whine coming from the power supply fan. After discharging any power left in the supply, I opened the case, removed the...
Comment by BAW30s on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 01:15 PM)
The effects of PSU deterioration can be quite subtle compared to those Bob describes above. One I have come across more than once is that the compute...
Comment by BaliRob on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 08:39 AM)
The original complainant was talking about a 'noisy fan making an awful noise'. As Bob has reminded everyone that HEAT is the enemy of the computer. ...
Comment by RandiO on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 05:08 AM)
@DaveSmart >> The answer is yes and then some more. But the better answer should be either "maybe" or "sometimes"; after factoring in the 'you gets w...
Comment by Brad on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 16, 2019 05:04 AM)
I've been a happy camper using PriaZer for several years. Running two desktops and one laptop all have Windows 10 I'm wondering if the negative commen...

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