General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 Notebook

With the advanced interface these days pointing more towards rugged and solid notebooks on demand, it looks like many of the known and secondary PC manufacturers are trying to outdo one another as far as coming out with acceptable hardcore notebooks for business and operations use.

The latest offering comes from General Dynamics with its Itronix GD8000 notebook. The new GD8000 notebook computer by General Dynamics Itronix is now available for military personnel, field service workers and first responders who require high-performance computing while working in extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and rain-soaked environments.

Engineered to operate in extreme conditions, the GD8000 kept working after multiple 42-inch drops onto a hard surface, operated in the rain for more than four hours and successfully booted-up in freezing and scorching temperatures. Powered by the Intel low-voltage Core2Duo processing architecture, the GD8000 is housed in a user-friendly, ergonomic casing with a 13.3-inch DynaVue touchscreen display. The GD8000 delivers uncompromising performance from command centers, to helicopters, to tactical vehicles and everywhere in between.

GD8000 features

  • Intel Core Duo 1.86GHz processor
  • Up to 4 GB RAM
  • Meets and exceeds MIL-STD 810F
  • WWAN, WLAN, PAN and GPS
  • 13.3″ outdoor viewable DynaVue display

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Better Cooling being Conceptualized by Microsoft

The right temperature level, particularly for laptops, is an important need. Apparently, we have seen the influx of various cooling fans catered to ensure that laptops do not overheat and that alone seems to be the window of opportunity seems to be banking on as it is set to unveil its own cooling solutions.

Microsoft Corp. is also responding to the rapid success of the Arc Mouse, which reached the top-10 list of best-selling mice after just two months on the market, by releasing the award-winning mouse in four special edition colors: deep olive green, marine blue, eggplant purple and frost white. These products provide a great way for people to display their unique style and work in comfort on their notebooks.

The Notebook Cooling Base will be available in July for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S).(3) The Arc Mouse in special edition colors is available this month for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S).(3) The Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000 in special edition colors is available now for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S).(3) The Arc Mouse in special edition colors and Notebook Cooling Base are available now for presale on Amazon.com and will ship when they are widely released. The products are backed by a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft.

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RED FOX DAVION PC System

In an effort to provide better gaming PCs in demand today, Red Fox has unveiled a new desktop solution via its AMD technology, the Red Fox Davion PC System. There is no question that the demand for higher specs for gamers has become evident and with that in mind, a new market of high-end desktops has become a market opportunity for desktop manufacturers.

Supporting the latest AMD Phenom II X4 940 processor, ATI 4870 iCQGDDR5 1GB 256-Bit PCIe2 Video Card and 4GB DDRII Memory, Red Fox Davion unleashes the full potential of capability that brings spectacular gaming platform delivering the irrefutable performance to satisfy the gaming desire of extreme gamers.

Red Fox is a known name in the motherboard sector and has since ventured out in the world of desktop and mobile solutions. In an effort to push its brand as a complete desktop solution rather than a simple parts provider, the Red Fox Davion PC system may just achieve that niche thanks to the growing demand for efficient gaming systems in the market today.

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Domino A.L.C. Can Solve PC Heating Problems

Heat is something that can slow our computers down and while many people are turning to bigger and additional fans to negate this problem, there is a better alternative which you can turn to. The new cooling liquid solution comes by the name of Domino A.L.C., a liquid cooling solution introduced in the market by CoolIT Systems.

The Domino is a compact, factory-sealed system that can be easily installed in minutes. You just open up the case and install a special retention system that positions itself directly over the CPU. It mounts using its four spring-loaded screw posts, one located on each corner. According to CoolIT, it can be installed into even the most crowded chassis.

Overheating chips has been an issue since the first Pentium IV processors. Most technicians have installed a third party auxiliary fan to help control ventilation but this has had its own share of issues, particularly when it comes to power distribution from the normally usual power supply.

You can just imagine the accumulating heat inside a PC. It is not only the processor that is generating that high level of temperature. Remember, you have other peripherals operating as well and put them altogether, you can imagine how the temperature in your PC would be.

In a nutshell, your computer needs all the help it can get as far as normalizing the internal temperature of your CPU. Coolit Systems has just come up with a dandy idea. Check it out.

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Loose PC Peripherals Contribute to PC Crashes

At times, PC parts such as our video cards, sound cards and network cards can have a bearing if they are not properly plugged in. Especially if your computer is not the traditional packaged computer set which we normally get from vendors like IBM or Dell, chances are there will be errors or overlooked placements when we assemble or buy cloned PCs.

To some, it may be a matter of checking out the loose peripherals but at times, they do have a bearing as far as blue screens and PC crashes are concerned. There is no definitive explanation but perhaps one aspect that contribute to it is the conductive nature. If the slots are not properly fitted towards the cards we install, chances are the processors and the software we use will malfunction due to erroneous reading or even because of lose threads that need to be properly installed to function properly.

It may sound mediocre in nature but they do have a part. When you notice your PC hanging or suddenly showing you the blue screen, you are limited only to the software or hardware issue. Most of the time it points to the software for most as pirated or bugged software can really be a pain in the neck. But after successive installations and you still get the same errors, open your CPU and start checking those pins and slots. The problem may be because of some loose connection that you have failed to consider in the first place.

Catch a Glimpse of New PCs in Expos

While browsing on the web can really help a lot in being up to date on the latest computer peripherals and gadgets in the technology world, you may also want to check out the events sponsored by the big names in the PC industry who normally participate or sponsor technology expos to showcase their new products.

Through the years, companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Dell have been aggressive in showing off their new technology breakthroughs and apparently most of these are not yet even in the market. Also, critics and reviewers get their information from these events so why bother to wait when you can get a glimpse of them firsthand?

Further, you can also be the first to note when these new contraptions would be released in the market. Check out the features and perhaps a quotation so that you have and idea of how much you have to spend to get one once you are entirely tempted to do so.

Lastly, these events hold raffles and if you are lucky, you may even bring home the latest PC or technology gadget home with you. So rather than worry about the cost of getting one, bringing home a freebie PC or hardware that you can use just by attending them is truly a rewarding experience.

If you get an invitation to these computer expos, by all means go and check it out. You are going to see a lot of new stuff for your computer needs and perhaps get a bonus if you are luck in raffles or giveaways.

Lessen Worries with Computer Warranties

When you buy a computer or a PC peripheral, you should always ask the warranty that they give. Not all computers and their parts are sure to be functioning properly and to avoid the troubles of being robbed, warranties are the best way to be safe and secure.

There will also be areas to be covered such as the manner to which these parts were damaged. Some are damaged goods from the very first day that you bought them while others would operate fine for the first couple of weeks and then bog down. Normally, a warranty of 1 to 3 years is given and it is in these cases that you should make sure that warranty stickers and the actual receipt as proof of purchase should not be thrown away.

Rest assured, the store where you bought such peripherals will be more than happy to replace them. There are defective parts and while actual manufacturers try to control them, you can just imagine how hard it would be to cover over a million parts in production at the same time. There will always be some that would get away and the probability of getting them is really far fetched.

However, that minor probability may unfortunately land in your fingertips. As long as the PC part or computer peripheral does not encounter damage due to your negligence, you have nothing to worry about. Just bring it back to the store and expect a replacement in no time.

Save Buying New PC Parts for Later

When it comes to fixing a certain part such as perhaps a PC video card, there is no doubt that they are getting cheaper as video card vendors are slowly coming out with new ones today. While many would consider buying a new video card, trying to make do with old ones (assuming they are still functioning properly), would be best done until the time you consider buying at least a brand new CPU with parts that are advanced than your new one.

There was a previous post before about changing the auxiliary fan of video cards for the time being while saving the cost of buying a new video card. The price disparity is glaring considering that a well-fitted auxiliary fan would cost about 10% of a brand new video card. With some changes to the fans, you may be surprised at how much you can save for now rather than buying a new one which may have cases as not being compatible with new motherboards once you finally decide to upgrade.

There is no doubt that some video cards and peripherals are flexible. In fact, you can go as far as using them again in the future. There are usual AGP or PCI slots common in most motherboards and before you buy a new one, you know the slots of the motherboard needed to entertain your old specs.

But ask yourself first if you would make use of old video cards when you get a new one. For sure you will be getting a new since a new CPU would tempt you to get it as a whole anyway. So with that in mind, what would you do with the old video card? Sell it perhaps? Maybe but then again, consider the cost analysis. You may have been better off fabricating your old one instead.

Avoid Motherboards from Contact with the PC Case

For the people who love to “Do it Yourself” as far as assembling your computer is concerned, you have to consider as well that peripherals need to have the proper grounding and when you screw them to the casing, there has to be something placed in between the motherboard and the screwable areas.

When you buy a motherboard, it normally comes with static foam. Now that is not mainly used to protect the motherboard. They can be used to negate the static and ground that usually occurs when you install everything into the casing.

At times, you may not have these foam available but it doesn’t mean you cannot install the motherboard. Get some masking tape and tape the screw holes to avoid surges and electrical malfunctions. That may sound easier if you don’t have the usual foam guard to go.

So how would you know if the motherboard is grounded? Well for one, after you have installed all the PC parts, it will not turn on. No matter what you do, it will just be dead even if you play around with the connections.

Now these may sound technical but they are really simple troubleshooting techniques that anyone can learn from. It may be hard to get by at first but the fact remains that you learn from experience. It is not easy assembling a computer and with these instances, you can learn to become accustomed to it. The next time you buy a computer or consider an upgrade, at least you would know better.

Are your Device Drivers Up to Date?

Similar to the standards patches and updates service that Microsoft provides, independent manufacturers of your PC parts such as your video card, BIOS and network cards offer occasional updates to address issues such as driver incompatibilities and crashes that stem from the use of incompatible drivers.

Now these updates do not solely cater towards people encountering problems with the drivers. Updating them can also help stabilize your system resources but some could care less. Unless the time comes you consider formatting your computer for one reason or another, these driver updates can come in handy.

But the thing is, not all people are aware of these updates. You may say that they come out only by accident or if you happen to sign up with the actual hardware vendor. As a whole these updates have minimal impact but if the old drivers were giving you problems, then it is best to check out the updated drivers that are free for use by anyone normally on the vendor website.

So if you want to avoid the problems of finding out later on that your current drivers do have bugs that need fixing, maybe it would be best to download the updated drivers and override the old ones. It doesn’t take much effort although make sure you can roll back the drivers in case issues suffice. Remember that upgrading and updating are constant. Latest versions do not always mean they will be the last.