Another attempt at different hardware problems

Friday, July 14th, 2006

I mentioned some time ago a frustrating issue with the hardware on my desktop that I had finally solved. I got the new system Which was a 64-bit AMD Athlon on an Asus k8N4-E board and a pci-express nvidia based card (6200 TurboCache), 1 GB of memory… Things worked very nice for a while, rock [...]

Basic Hardware troubleshooting

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Sometimes machines stop working, or you install a new piece of hardware and just can’t boot again. That’s when you have to get back to some basics to troubleshoot what the problem is. Yesterday I saw a machine that wasn’t booting. It would display the splash screen and then power down. They had a new [...]

Sams club credit security breech?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

When I saw a story on incidents.org with the title PCI Compliance, I wondered what SANS was doing covering a hardware standard…. oops. PCI in this case means Payment Card Industry. It turns out that Sams Club has had a security breech that has exposed customers credit card information. The data seems to have been [...]

Tools of the trade…. USB network adapter

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

For a long time I really disliked seeing USB network adapters. The main reason is the performance. USB 1 can only do ~ 12Mbps which compared to a 10/100 ethernet controller “significantly limits your ability to do more than 10…” Even USB 2 supports 480 Mbps which should give you the ability to get full [...]

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