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  1. Our superhub is shocking. Could hardly get a signal in the bedroom. So i bought one of those wifi boosters. And it's brilliant. It's quite funny to be honest. Because i can sit in the living room which is where the wifi box is, yet all my devices connect to the booster in the bedroom first because it has the strongest signal. How can something upstairs in the bedroom have a stronger signal than the wifi router in the room i am sitting in? I no longer have the router downstairs saved in my connections anymore and just use the booster in the bedroom. I can even get a brilliant signal in the garden now. May be worth looking at one yourself?
  2. you won't be able to use the live pause, rewind and recording features. so just keep that in mind. don't know if it is still the same but years ago when we got rid of sky and just used it as a freesat box, they said if we paid £10 we could still use the record function.
  3. but what you said is implying that it doesn't matter as a newer spec laptop is more powerful than those specs. that is not the case here. there is old games i use to play in the XP days that don't play on my W10 HP laptop with a i5 cpu and 8GB RAM. running in compatibility mode doesn't solve this. there is many other things to take into consideration. just because a modern laptop is far superior to those outdated specs doesn't mean it will run the game.
  4. you have to take into consideration that with a modern spec pc/laptop he may run into compatibility issues with a game that old.
  5. Yes, so glad i can use this desktop again. Thinking of using it for emulation. 6GB in this desktop seems to be more than plenty. And 8GB in the laptop seems fine too. I tell you what, wish i hadn't paid the £549 for this laptop. For a HP at that price it is mega poor. Feels cheap and plasticy. The touch pad is dreadfull. Mind you all modern laptops now have rubbish touch pads. I can't tell you how many 2.5" drives i have in external cases from ps3's ps4's and xbox's 🤣🤣
  6. The desktop i am pretty sure the hard drive was to blame as reinstalling windows did not cure it. On the laptop it got worse as the year went on. Multiple attempts of reinstalling windows didn't make a difference. Not even with a bare copy of W10 direct from the microsoft website cured it. Was told by many that modern laptops and a 1TB HDD don't get on and was advised to swap for a SSD. Previous to this laptop i tried 2 different laptops of which both suffered from slowing down and both went back to the shop. My friends laptop is exactly the same and they are now considering SSD. I wasn't trying to say upgrading to a SSD is the answer. But simply saying swapping out your HDD on an old tired machine for a SSD will give it a new lease of life.
  7. If reinstalling windows doesn't make it better then it could benefit from a SSD. That's if there is nothing else at fault. As mentioned above, some laptops have a trap door underneath with one screw to access the HDD. Others require a full strip down. On my laptop i had to remove around 10 screws then pop the bottom of the whole case off.
  8. not on a old knackered machine. neither did it for my less than 1 year old laptop which was slow from new anyway. been told modern laptops with hard drives bigger than 500GB are slow.
  9. as the title says. Just a bit of info for those not clued up on computers. I have a 10 year old Compaq desktop pc. It has a AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.80Ghz CPU with 2GB of ram as standard and a 500GB HDD. A few years ago the machine was getting seriously slow and was doing my head in as it was barely usable. From pressing the power button to getting to the log on screen it would take over 2mins. Then would take a further minute to open chrome. So i ended up buying a 4GB stick of ram to see if that made it any faster, but it didn't. I also Upgraded it from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it was still slow. So the next step i did was look at a SSD. I bought a 240GB SSD drive for £30 off ebuyer, installed it and put windows back on and the machine is absolutely rapid. It's even faster than it was new. I can go from powering on to opening chrome in just over 30 secs. You just wouldn't believe it was the same machine. So i would definitely look down the SSD route if you have a old slow pc. It could save you a lot of money. Works for laptops too as i upgraded from a 1TB HDD to a 500GB SSD (or could you say downgraded) on my less than 1 year old slow as hell HP laptop with intel Core i5 and 8GB RAM.
  10. depends on your budget and what size you want. i have just bought a 2nd hand monitor/tv for my computer desk. i have a lot of retro games consoles and use a desktop pc. i looked at a brand new tv, but i failed to find a full HD 1080p one with all the connections i wanted. so i went down the 2nd hand route. i picked up a decent Samsung SyncMaster B2230HD. it's a monitor with TV capabilities. has all the connections i need. 2 HDMI ports, VGA, component, scart, audio inputs and USB. has some pretty neat features too. only cost me around £70 off ebay. might be worth considering if you don't mind 22".
  11. i too wish it would go back to showing all listings as one. i like to just browse, i don't know what i want to look at. better to scroll down them as a whole in case something tickles your fancy. change it back to that way and then at top just have a drop down menu for the different sections if you wish to filter. i use to look on the for sale section every day. some times upto 3 times a day. but now i barely look at it once a month. this forum is terrible now. it's just full of people having a go at someone for incorrect spelling or not using full stops and capital letters as if they are English teachers. not everyone can spell and use correct grammar and punctuation. i know i'm not great at it, so i do not expect to be shot down in flames for it. why has everyone turned nasty and drag other down. if you spot incorrect spelling or grammar and punctuation, move on and ignore it. if you can understand what is being said, move on.
  12. when it all started. had you recently just installed an app off the play store? i ask because there is apps now that allow pop ups.
  13. ok so today i repaired the hinges with epoxy, changed the thermal paste and fitted the SSD. plugged in my micro SD and recovered windows and reinstalled. it has put everything back on that came with the laptop from new, so i am happy about that. it is now all running smooth and all up to date. all i can say is wow, this machine is so fast at everything now. from pressing the power button to the login screen, it takes less than 5 seconds. and as soon as i log in, i can open the browser straight away and surf with zero lag. unlike before where it would sit on the spinning dots screen for around a minute and half and then would be a further 2 mins before the browser could be opened. all i can say is this is £57 well spent. thanks for the tips and info 👍
  14. ye already had the bottom case off to see inside and discovered my screen hinges are snapped. oh well, will have to get the epoxy resin on it. thought about doing that but thought i would do a fresh install. knowing my luck i will clone the drive and there is probably a bunch of corrupt files that will carry over and make my SSD slow 🤣
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