Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... In a Jam

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1599

Sam was in Manhattan NY this week and he didn't do any driving while there because of all the traffic. So he took the subway. Sam says that in Manhattan, Autonomous Vehicles are a prime application to better the flow of traffic. But he also says it would be a terrible thing in a lot of ways. One company could dominate, but that would be a monopoly and a bad thing. Imagine bad actors infiltrating a single company's AV fleet. That would be disastrous. Several different car companies with diverse technologies would be safer, cheaper, and likely more efficient.

Why is My Hard Drive Waking Up When the PC is Asleep?

Sysinternals

Episode 1598

Ralph from Altoona, PA

Ralph has a Dell computer that spins up the hard drive when it's asleep. What gives? Leo says it's probably running a program like mail in the background and it will still retrieve the email from time to time. Windows 10 also phones home from time to time to check for updates, indexing files, etc. He can always run the Microsoft Process Explorer, as part of Sysinternals, to see what's doing on. 

The Giz Wiz ... Bose'd

Dick

Episode 1598

When I was invited to a Bose press event this week, seeing a new model Bose Noise Reduction Headphone wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But their new Bose 700 Noise Reduction Wireless Headphones add an exclusive innovation no one has done before. The Bose 700 uses 8 digital signal processing microphones, and up to four of them work to isolate a user’s voice from unwanted background sounds. This makes for dramatically clearer calls to home and work, and solid accuracy from your favourite VPA; Siri, Alexia and Google Assistant.

Am I Getting the Right Parts to Upgrade a Gaming PC?

GEFORCE GTX 1660 Ti

Episode 1598

Dave from West Lake Village, California

Dave upgraded his nephew's PC into a gaming PC, but he needs to upgrade the power supply with an 8 pin power cable. He bought one, but will he have issues? Leo says he will be OK if the PINOUTs on both connectors are power only. Don't plug it into a data plug if it's a 4 pin connector. Any issues with installing a new PCIe graphic's card before booting up? Leo says he may have to specify the external GPU in the BIOS, and then let Windows install the necessary drivers. 

What is a Blue Frowny Face in Windows 10?

BSOD

Episode 1598

Ben from Los Angeles, CA

Ben is getting a "blue frowning face," which Leo says is the new bluescreen of death. Leo says it's likely a hardware or driver issue. Modern operating systems don't BSOD when an app crashes anymore. But low-level errors like drivers or hardware will cause it. If it's just doing it when he's doing nothing, it could mean a failing power supply. Also, make sure the drivers are up to date.

Can I Use My Old Coax Cable With an Antenna?

Coax

Episode 1598

Bob from Corona, CA

Bob recently cut the cable and is now streaming. He wants to know if he can use his old coax cable and connect it to the antenna. Leo says he may be able to, depending on the impedance. It should work, but look what kind of cable the antenna supports. Splitters may also cause a problem. From the chatroom - if the Coax is RG59 or RG9, he's in good shape.

What Should I Get For a New Computer?

Dell

Episode 1598

Eddie from San Diego, CA

Eddie wants to buy a new Windows PC. What should he get? Leo says that he recommends a new Dell Tower. But HP and Lenovo work too. How much RAM? Well, for general stuff, 16GB of RAM will keep him comfortable. Get an Intel 8th Gen i5 processor, or even an AMD processor (they're cheaper). 

But for what Eddie is doing, a Chromebook or Chromebox would probably be a better buy. Windows machines are really overkill now.