Dell Studio XPS 7100 Review (my old desktop)
- Model: Studio XPS 7100 Carbide Silver
- ISBN: SX7100-2510CSC
- Motherboard Chipset: AMD RS785/SB710 Chipset
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 Processor 1035T
- Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM (4 DIMMs)
- Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5450 with 1GB Video Memory
- Storage: Seagate 1.0TB 7200RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
- Multimedia Drive: 16x DVD+RW with Double Layer Write Capability
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
- Wireless: Dell 1525N Wireless-N PCI-E Mini-Card
- Wired Internet: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
- Ports: 8 USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, DVI, Headphone and Mic, 19-in-1 Media Reader
- Sound: High Definition Audio Chipset
- Sound Output Mode: 7.1 Channel HD Audio
- Power Supply: Delta Electronics 460W
- Weight: 22.4 pounds
- Keyboard / Mouse: Dell Kiki Keyboard, Dell Optical USB Mouse
- Dimensions: 7.31" x 17.9" x 16.02" (WxDxH)
ATI Radeon HD 5450 Specs @ cnet.com
- Three Interfaces:
- VGA: 2048 x 1536
- DVI-I (dual link): 2560 x 1600
- HDMI: 1920 x 1200 (board purchased in 2010)
- Lenovo Ideapad U330
- Pentium Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00 GHz
- 2.93 GB of RAM; physical address extension
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Lenovo IdeaPad U330 Specs (04/11)
- One Key Recovery
Micro Center (Richardson) (07/10)
- Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00->9:00; Sun 11:00->6:00
- Phone: (972) 664-8500
Acer Aspire ATC-710-UR61 i5-6400 2.7GHz 8GB 2TB 5,400 RPM Win10 Home ($399.99)
Acer Aspire ATC-710-UR62; Intel core i5-6400 2.7GHz, Win10 Home, 16GB RAM, 2TB 5,400RPM Hard Drive ($499.99)
- Core i5 6400 (2.7GHz); Quad-Cord
- 6MB Smart Cache
- 16GB RAM
- 2TB 5,400 RPM hard drive
- 96GB solid state drive
- SuperMulti DVDRW
- Intel HD Graphics 530 (shared video memory)
- LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
- WLAN, Bluetooth, wireless
- Memory Card Reader
- Front Panel: USB 3.1 x 2, 1 x headphone, 1 x microphone
- Back Panel: USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.1 x 2, HDMI x 2, LAN RJ-45 x 1, Audio x 3
Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700 3.4GHz, 16GB, 2TB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, Win10 Home ($859.99)
- 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM (2 x 8GB; 4 slots total; 2 slots available)
Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700 3.4GHz, 16GB, 2TB 7,200 PRM Hard Drive, Win7 Pro ($899.99)
Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700 3.4GHz, 8GB, 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive, Win7 ($759.99)
Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700, 3.4GHz, 8GB, 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive, Win10 ($699.99)
Dell Inspiron 3650, i5-6400, 2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive, Win10 ($499.99)
Dell Inspiron 3650, Win7 Pro ($579.99)
- HDMI Specs
- HDMI 1.2: up to 1080p
- HDMI 1.3: up to 1600p
- HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2: up to 4K
- Sizes of LED monitors (16:9; 1920 x 1080)
- 19 inch: 16" wide x 9.5" tall
- 23(?) inch: 20.5" wide x 11.5" tall
- 24 inch: 21" wide x 12" tall
- 27 inch: 24" wide x 13.5" tall
- Sizes of Widescreen LED monitors (21:9; 2560 x 1080)
- 29 inch: 27.6" wide x 12.9" tall
Dell 1704FPV Monitor
Dell 1704FPT Specs
- 17-inch TFT LCD (13.3" w x 10.6" h)
- Antiglare with hard-coating 3H
- Response Time: 12 ms typical
- Optimal preset resolution: 1280 x 1024 at 60/75 Hz
- Connector type: 15-pin D-subminiature, blue connector; DVI-D, white connector
- Is a plug-and-play monitor
- Two monitors gives me a "screen" that is ~27" wide x 10.5" tall (2560 X 1024)
Monitors at Microcenter
- Acer Monitors
Acer CB241H 24" 1080p Full HD Widescreen LED Display - CB241H ($149.99)
- Mike's monitor
- Screen: 11.75" high x 21" wide (overall height listed as 15"; screen is 4" off table)
- Screen Coating: Anti-Glare 3H
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- VGA, DVI, and HDMI connectors
- Speakers: 2-watt x 2
- Stand Adjustment: height, pivot, tilt, and swivel
- LED Backlight
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000,000:1
- Response Time: 1 ms
Acer K272HL 27" Edge VA LED Widescreen Display Monitor ($159.99)
- LED Backlight
- Refresh Rate: 60HZ
- Screen Coating: Anti-Glare
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Response Time: 4 ms
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000,000:1
- Stand Adjustment: tilt
- VGA: 1, HDMI: 1, DVI: 1
- Width: 24.17", height: 17.75"
Acer B296CL 29" Widescreen LCD Monitor ($249.99)
- Dell Monitors
Dell P2714H 27" Full HD IPS LCD Monitor ($299.97)
- LED Backlight
- Refresh Rate: 60HZ
- Screen Coating: Anti-Glare
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 IPS
- Response Time: 8 ms
- Has 4 USB 2.0 ports
- Dymanic Contrast Ratio: 2,000.000:1
- Stand Adjustment: height, pivot, tilt, swivel
- VGA: 1, DVI: 1, DisplayPort: 1, USB 2.0: 4
- LG Monitors
- MS Office 2003
- Office 2003 on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine
- MS Office 2007
- MS Office 2010
- Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Essentials @ microsoft.com
- Use custom install to select only Live Mail
- Adding RSS Feeds
- On the "Home" tab, select the "Feeds" item with the RSS icon located beneath the
"Contact" item in the bottom left corner of your Windows Live Mail screen.
- Click on the RSS Feed icon in the upper left corner of your Live Mail screen.
- When the "Add RSS Feed" dialog appears, type in the URL for the RSS feed you
wish to follow.
- Once you close the "Add RSS Feed" dialog, Live Mail will automatically download
every announcement in that feed.
- If you don't want to keep feeds prior to a particular date
- Click on the first one you wish to delete
- Press Ctrl+End to select every message PRIOR to it
- Then press the Delete key.
- Now, all you will have left are those messages AFTER the date you desire.
OE Classic - Replacement for Outlook Express
Mozilla Thunderbird (free)
- RSS Feed Readers
- Logitech F310 Gaming Pad
- Pinnacle Game Profiler
- List of Pinball games at old-games.com
Pinball games @ oldgamesfinder.com
- Balls of Steel (Pinball Wizards)
Balls of Steel @ legacy.3drealms.com
Balls of Steel Problems @ forums.3drealms.com
Devil's Island Pinball @ wildfire.com.au (a "sixth table" that is not in the original)
Devil's Island Pinball @ theisozone.com
Wildfire Studios Pinball Collection @ mediafire.com
Devil's Island Pinball @ legendsworld.net
Devil's Island Fixes @ theisozone.com
Devil's Island Addon @ gog.com
- Expert Software released this via CDROM
- The Expert Software CD-ROM version of Devil's Island Pinball installs Version 1.00,
and there is a Version 1.1 update (devils_110.exe, 376289 bytes) which can be applied to
both the CD-ROM version and Wildfire's download version. After applying the patch,
the main menu still shows Version 1.0, but the game screen shows Version 1.1 when you
begin to play a the table. Supported Resolutions are 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
and 1600x1200 for 4MB or higher display cards. Cards with less memory have more limited
options. Table view has three options: Auto, Scrolling and Single screen.
- You CAN use GOG's BOS launcher to get it running with no graphics issues
- Place launcher.exe + bosloader.dll inside the Devil's Island folder
- Rename devils.exe to bos.exe
- Run launcher.exe and two windows will open, an empty launcher window and
devil's island menu
- There are more tables based on the same engine:
Balls of Steel, etc Patches @ adoxa.altervista.org
Balls of Steel Review @ youtube.com
Balls of Steel @ classicdosgames.com (cheats and patches)
Balls of Steel @ old-games.com (507 MB)
Balls of Steel on Windows 7 @ youtube.com
Balls of Steel loader @ ronwarez.com
Balls of Steel Full Download @ firedrop.com
- A tiny loader hooks the game's DirectDraw calls and redirects them to newer
and more compatible methods, like Direct3D
- The loader also allows for playing the game in a resizable desktop window,
provides a nice bilinear filtering, and disables all the odd display resolution
changes that would usually mess up all the desktop icons
- Installation Notes
- You'll need at least DirectX 7+ installed
- Install Balls of Steel (either shareware or registered version), and patch it
with the latest 1.3 patch
- Unzip the package into the Balls of Steel program folder
(usually "C:\Program Files\Pinball Wizards\Balls of Steel")
- Launch bosloader.exe
- You can access the rendering options using the dropdown menu.
- You can then switch between a Direct3D rendering (default)
and a DirectDraw based one.
- Use the DirectDraw renderer on slower machines or computers with a
graphic card that does not support 3D rendering.
- Use the [F] key or Alt+Enter to switch the game to fullscreen
Classic 3D Pinball Space Cadet Game @ groovypost.com
- Download the
3d_pinball_for_windows_space_cadet.exe executable file
- Double-click the WinRAR file, and click [Run]
- Install it in the default location, so that it shows up in "Games"
(like it did in the legacy versions of Windows)
- 3D Pinball Space Cadet works on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Vista,
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
Details of Pinball Space Cadet @ majorgeeks.com
- The default controls are:
- Left Flipper: [z]
- Right Flipper: [/]
- Left table bump: [x]
- Right table bump: [>]
- Plunger: [spacebar]
- Future Pinball
- Misc Games & Information
- Universal Resolution Changer
Racer_S Hacks @ wsgf.org
- Racer_S wrote a hack for "Just Cause" which works with other programs
- Racer_s has a website called ToCA EDIT
- You can find Universal Resolution Changer v2 at his website
- General Information
- Calculator (old Win7 version)
- Cool Reader v3.0.54-27
- Cool Reader is a very simple reader for epubs without DRM.
- I installed the program on an XP machine, and copied all the files to a Windows 10 machine.
- The Cool Reader v3.0.54-27.rar
file contains the folder.
- Open the RAR file, and place the folder anywhere you wish.
- Ebook Tidy
- Ebook Tidy is a tiny little editor that performs VERY useful edits.
- Once again, I have placed all the necessary files in the
Ebook Tidy.rar file.
- Open the RAR file, extract the folder, and place it anywhere you wish.
- You will need to use Help Explorer Viewer (discussed below) to view the Help files.
- Classic Games
- Windows 7 Games
- XP Games
- Paint Shop Pro
- Paint Shop Pro was a very useful program for generating and editing graphics.
- Two popular versions were version 4.12 and version 7.00.
- I obtained the software, and installed it on my XP machine.
- Then I copied the program folder to my Windows 10 machine.
- I placed the program folder anywhere I wished.
- The program runs correctly (with one little "comment"):
- Failed to update the system registry. Please try using REGEDIT.
- Just click OK, and continue.
- Then select "Start Paint Shop Pro", and the program is running.
- You will need to use Help Explorer Viewer (discussed below) to view the Help file (Psp.hlp).
- Paint Shop Pro 7.00 also includes animation software; therefore you will see the little "comment" twice.
- Here are the two RAR files:
- StorageSync 1.42
- StorageSync is a very old, simple backup utility. It makes full backups (copies files)
or incremental backups when YOU want it to occur.
- StorageSync doesn't worry about the cloud, or continuously copying files.
StorageSync Software Review @ tomshardware.com
- I installed the software on an XP machine, and then copied the program folder to a
Windows 10 machine. It worked perfectly (even the Help files).
- I suggest you turn off (disable) a few settings:
- Disable "Start StorageSync at Startup"
- Turn off "Automatically run Program Updater"
- Disable "Auto-Launch"
- The StorageSync.rar file contains all the program files. Extract the folder, and place it anywhere you like.
- WinHlp32.exe for Windows 10
- When you run an older application that uses the Windows Help program, you will be transferred to
this Microsoft webpage. It states that the Windows Help program is not supported in Windows 10.
You will find WinHlp32 for Vista through Windows 8.1. The article mentions five Help files that
are related to "How to Use Help". They were removed in Vista. These files are the following:
Can't Read Older *.hlp Files on Windows 10 @ tenforums.com
- The trick is to use the correct "flavor" (x64 or x86) of winhlp32.exe from an XP machine
- Write a script to copy the old executable into the correct directory
- I have an old 32-bit XP machine, and I collected the files related to winhlp32.exe
WinHlp32, Do we have to go through this again @ answers.microsoft.com
Winhlp32 for Windows 10 @ answers.microsoft.com
How to Open .HLP WinHelp Files in Windows 10 @ trishtech.com
- Help Explorer Viewer
- One good replacment option is the Help Explorer Viewer application.
- You can find the program at Cnet: Help-Explorer-Viewer/3000-6675_4-10666661.html
- Softpedia.com has a review of the software.
- The software comes in a ZIP archive which contains (1) installation files, and (2) full set of program files.
- You can simply open the ZIP file, extract the "program files" folder, and copy the program to ANY
folder you like. You don't have to actually INSTALL the program.
- You can put a short-cut on the Desktop, rename it as desired, pin that short-cut to your
Start Menu (right side), and then delete the short-cut on the Desktop.
- Since this is a standalone program, you can open the old program in one window, and its related
Help files in a second window (using Help Explorer Viewer).
- Help Explorer Viewer offers a "Reopen" function which remembers the locations of ANY Help file
that it has opened. This makes the program very easy to use.
HelpExplorer_3.0_win32.zip (local copy)
- Android 4 Tablets
- Azpen A700 Tablet
Everything You Need to Disable in Windows 10
- Disable Wi-Fi Sense
- Diable Bandwidth Sharing for Updates
- Disable Automatically-Applied Updates
- Disable "Getting to Know You" Features
- Disable Targeted Ads
- Prevent App-Access to Your Location, Microphone, & Webcam
- Disable Unwanted Background Apps
How to Use Windows 10 @ laptopmag.com
Settings You Should Change Right Away @ laptopmag.com
Windows 10: The Missing Manual CD-ROM @ oreilly.com
- 29 New Universal Apps
Tour of the 29 New Universal Apps
- 3D Builder (for 3D printer)
- Alarms & Clock (set alarms, world clock, timer, and stopwatch)
- Calculator (standard, scientific, and programmer layouts; unit conversions)
- Contact Support
- Cortana (personal assistant)
- Get Office (quick link to info about Office 365)
- Get Skype
- Get Started
- Groove Music
- Maps (based on Bing Maps)
- Microsoft Edge (new web browser)
- Microsoft Solitaire Collection (you may also have Candy Crush Saga installed by default)
- Money (MSN Money)
- Movies & TV
- News (MSN News)
- OneNote (originally part of Microsoft Office)
- People (directory of your contacts)
- Phone Companion (helps you configure your smartphone to work with Windows 10)
- Photos (photo gallery; default image viewer)
- Settings (Control Panel still exists)
- Sports (MSN Sports)
- Store (store for new universal apps)
- Voice Recorder (more for a smartphone)
- Weather (MSN weather)
- Windows Feedback (report bugs)
- User Interface
- Edge Browser
Working with Favorites in Micrsoft Edge @ ghacks.net
- Edge supports Favorites (bookmarks)
- Edge displays Favorites, browsing history, settings, and downloads in a sidebar
- The sidebar (called a Hub) has an icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines of different lengths
- Edge does NOT store its Favorites in the Favorites folder (like IE does)
- To import Favorites from Internet Explorer
- Open Microsoft Edge
- Click the Hub icon
- Switch to the star icon when the Hub sidebar opens (pin it in place)
- Select Settings
- Check Internet Explorer under "Import Favorites", and hit the import button
- Bookmarks are imported into folders that Edge places in the root favorites folder
- You may add individual favorites by clicking the star icon (to the right of the address bar); select "Save in Favorites"
- Managing Favorites
- The options for managing Favorites is hidden from sight in the interface
- Open the Favorites sidebar
- Right-click a Favorite, and you get options to remove it, rename it, and create a new folder
- Display the Favorites Bar
- Click on the Hub icon to open the sidebar
- Select Favotries, and then Settings
- Toggle the "show the Favorites Bar"
Windows 10 Edge on Desktop Does Not Start @ answers.microsoft.com
- How I fixed Microsoft Edge on Windows 10:
- Problem: Microsoft Edge stopped working
- This procedure fixed the problem:
- Go to Control Panel / Program Features / Turn Features On and Off
- Turn OFF: “Internet Explorer 11”
- Restart the system
- Go to Control Panel / Program Features / Turn Features On and Off…
- Turn ON: “Internet Explorer 11”
- Restarted system
- PROBLEM WENT AWAY!
- Internet Explorer
- XP Spider Solitaire
Spider Solitaire - XP Version Works in Windows 7
- XP Games in Windows 7
- On your XP machine
- Go to C:\Windows\System32
- Copy cards.dll, freecell.exe, mshearts.exe, sol.exe, spider.exe, and winmine.exe
- Go to C:\Windows\Help
- Copy spider.chm and spider.hlp
- On your Windows 7 PC
- Create a folder (NOT in Windows\system32)
- Paste all the files in the new folder
- XP Pinball game is found in C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Pinball
- You can copy the entire folder, move it to your Windows 7 PC, and place it in a
- Classic XP Menus in Windows 7
created by Bonnie Lee Hill,
last modified on November 11, 2016