DIY Laptop Stand: Cardboard Style

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Case Mods, How To

Man was I amazed when I saw this: 

 

GreenUpgrader has managed to create an usable and cheap laptop stand. I know it doesn't look a million dollars but hey, it will certainly increase airflow to the Laptop and will provide better screen position. Head over to GreenUpgrader to print out the template yourself and give it go. The how-to article is easy to follow and has plenty of pictures to go with it. My laptop is out for repairs at the moment and does weigh a fair bit. With a few modification, I might just have myself a cheap, effective and usable cardboard laptop stand.  ;) Have fun!

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Guitar Hero World Tour Drums On PC

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To, YouTube

Hey Guys, It’s been a while since I posted on here, which I am sorry for. Long story short, my main PC hard disk gave way though thankfully I have managed to restore most of the lost data. Regular posting will once again commence shortly.

I mentioned a while ago that I would create a how to video on using your Guitar Hero World Tour Drum kit on your PC. Thanks to Magnus’ PS360MIDI Drummer software, the ability to use the GH:WT drum kit on PC became possible. To think that you could turn a gaming controller into a high quality midi controller is amazing. Something like a Yamaha DTXpress costs $800 AU + .

I realize you can’t compare the GT:WT drum kit to fully decked electronic drum kit, but for less than $150 , the Guitar Hero World Tour Drum Kit does a pretty awesome job. Watch the videos below on how to setup your Guitar Hero World Tour Drum Kit on PC.

What you need:
•Guitar Hero: World Tour Drum Kit (Must be either Xbox 360 or PS3 version)
•Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows (Xbox 360 version only)
PS360MIDI Drummer
LoopBe1
ASIO4ALL
FL Studio
Addictive Drums

If you have a rock band 2 drum kit and can provide some technical data for Magnus so that he can add rock band 2 support , you can contact Magnus at magnus.ellinge[at]gmail.com

 

If you get a bit more serious into drum playing and/or recording, consider purchasing the full version of Addictive Drums which will give you access to the full, multiple drum kits, which by the way, sound excellent. If you don’t have a digital audio workstation, FL studio is something worth buying; I use it and can not fault it.

Have fun drum playing and if you get any videos up of your drum playing on your GT:WT drum kit, post them in the comment section!

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Download Myspace Songs

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To, Internet

So you’ve been browsing Myspace bands and found a really awesome song that you want to download? Some bands disable the ability to allows users to download their MP3’s, however it is still possible to download songs from their Myspace page.

Just a note: If you really enjoy the music produced by that artist, I’d recommend you buy the artists’ tracks so that he/she/ or the band can continue to produce awesome music.

Before you start, downloading these songs with Firefox will retain the filename of the song, so that you won’t have to manually enter the song name. Get Firefox 3: Spreadfirefox Affiliate Button

Here’s how to download Myspace songs:

  1. Go to File2HD.com and enter in the myspace URL of the band/artist.
  2. Tick the agreement box and set the filter to Audio.
  3. Press get files and a list of songs in MP3 format should appear.
  4. Right click on the MP3 file(s) you wish to download and select Save Link As … and click OK.

Piece of cake :D .

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How to Copy Error Messages In Windows

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To, Tips, Windows

Most of you I'm sure have encountered those annoying Windows error messages. To work out the problem, you need to keep the error message/code so that either yourself or a PC technician can debug the error. This usually means having to manually type the error message or using the print screen function. The first method certainly works but can a be little time consuming if it's a long error message. The second method doesn't provide you with raw text, which is inconvenient when you want to send the error message to a friend via MSN or would like to check it out on Google. The method I'm going to show you can be completed in a few seconds. 

  1. On the error message window, press Ctrl+C (copy). This will copy the contents to the clipboard.
  2. Paste the error message where ever you like (eg. Notepad, Google) using Ctrl+V. Done

Just to give you an example here is a error dialogue:

  error-message-dialogue     

Output:

 —————————
Error Renaming File or Folder
—————————
Cannot rename Copy of logo: A file with the name you specified already exists. Specify a different file name.
—————————
OK   
—————————

This should help you resolve those annoying messages in no time ;) .

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How to Backup your WordPress Database

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To, Wordpress

Considering what happened on this incident , I think it's fitting to write up a tutorial on how to backup your wordpress Database. There are a couple of ways to backup your database, I'm going to show you how to do it using WordPress Database Backup Plugin .

  1.  Extract wp-db-backup.php, upload it into /wp-content/plugins/ and activate it under the Plugins menu.
  2. Click the Manage menu in your WordPress admin area.
  3. Click the Backup sub-menu.
  4. The plugin will look for other tables in the same database. You may elect to include other tables in the backup.                     
    ** NOTE **
    Including other tables in your backup may substantially increase the
    size of the backup file!
  5. Select how you’d like the backup to be delivered:                                                                                                                                                                     Save to server :
  6. this will create a file in /wp-content/backup-*/ for you to retrieve later                                                                                                                                                                            Download to your computer :
  7. this will send the backup file to your browser to be downloaded                                                                                                                                                                 Email :
  8. this will email the backup file to the address you specify
  9. Click “Backup!” and your database backup will be delivered to you.

    When having the database backup emailed or sent to your browser for immediate download, the backup file will be deleted from the server when the transfer is finished. Only if you select delivery method “Save to server” will the backup file remain on your server.

Easy as 1,2,3! I encourage you all to backup your database regularly, otherwise you'll have a lot of work to do to get everything back to normal again. Trust me ;) .  

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Hook Up Xbox 360 on Wireless via PC

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming, How To, Networks

I don’t know about you, but I’d save $100 rather than spending it on an official Xbox 360 wireless G adapter. I also know it’s possible to buy a Linksys WRT54GS and use it as a bridge, but your still spending money. If you have a computer that already has a wireless connection and that is close by your Xbox 360, you’re in luck. Using a Ethernet cable, you can attach your Xbox 360 to your computer, then share the internet connection via the wireless. Interested? Here’s how to go about it:

  • Attach a Cat5E Ethernet cable to your PC to the Xbox 360.
  • Turn on your Xbox 360. On the PC, enable the Wired LAN port. You should get a connection however windows will display a limited connection notification, which you don’t need to worry about now.
  • On the Wireless Connection icon in Network Connections, Right-click and select properties >Advanced tab> select a tick in “Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet Connection”> Select from the combo box the Wired Lan Connection, in my case “Local Area Connection”. Click OK. See screenshot for details.
  • Back to your Xbox 360, Test Xbox Live in the networking settings options. You should now have successfully attached your Xbox 360 to the internet.

xbox 360 PC settings

I haven’t tested any FPS (or any games) online over this connection as I don’t have a Gold Membership. Also, you will need to have your computer switched on to be able to use Xbox 360 online because the PC is the gateway. Still, not bad for free wireless for your Xbox 360!

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How to Increase Your Wifi Signal

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Freebies, How To, Networks, Tips

I had read about people boosting their wifi signal using kitchen utensils to food containers such as Pringles. This was an easy way to boost your signal and to increase your transfer speed. I thought this was all well and good, but what if you did not want to sacrifice you only food dish strainer? Or what if you did not eat Pringles (I don’t)? I set myself on a misson to find a object that most households would have or could easily obtain. It struck my mind that most people had spindle packets of CD-R’s, which previsouly I wrote about how to fix that side hole on your PC Case with a CD protector.After a about half an hour of planning and construction, I came up with the following:

DIY Wifi Booster
I know, masterpiece isn’t it?
Yep, doesn’t look professional but this CD-R spindle pack combined with a silver foil is the bomb. So how do you go about making one I hear you say? I’m glad you asked. You’ll need the following resources:
1x Empty 50 CD/DVD spindle pack
1x 13cmx13cm silver foil
1x X-acto knife or similar
1x Cutting board
1x Marker
The main point is to get the silver foil cut and fitted to size. For that, you’ll need to place your empty CD spindle pack on the tin foil and trace around it with a marker. NOTE: Try to keep the silver foil as flat as possible because crinkling the foil can lessen the wifi signal boost.
Traced
Note the smaller circle in the middle; you’ll need to cut this out too.
Place the silver foil on the cutting board, and using the X-acto knife, slowly cut out the two circles. Once they’re cut out, place the silver foil over the empty CD spindle pack and you’re just about done. All you have to do now is place your new wifi signal booster over your router’s aerial like so:
Yes, I’m in search of alien activity :P
The signal increase is questionable as I don’t not have any fancy testing equipment, but Network Stumbler showed an increase of signal:
Wifi Results
Every bit counts

Even though the increase is minimal, I still had fun making this project. If you give this a go , please leave a comment on how it went :) .

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How to Remove Certificate of Authenticity Sticker

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To

Just recently, I had a client request to have Windows Vista removed from his PC as he felt it was sluggish, giving him problems and wanted Windows XP installed. I had no trouble with this, however I had previously attached a Windows Vista Certificate of Authenticity Sticker to the PC as required by the OEM system builder guidelines. So I had the task of removing the Windows Vista Certificate of Authenticity, which was a success. Here is what I did:

I used the following tools to remove the sticker:

1x Metal Scrapper

1x Hair Dryer

Tools

Using the hair dryer on low, hold it over the sticker for about a minute to heat up the surface. You can then try to use the metal scrapper to remove it by slowly sliding it underneath the sticker. If it’s not working, use the blow dryer again for another minute and repeat.

 

Removing Sticker

Once you’ve gotten half way, you may wish to start from the other side. At least that’s what I did. After about 15 minutes I ended up with this:

 

Done

So there you go, it’s not that hard to remove a sticker :) .

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