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PC with brute force

q+a I am thinking of building a powerful PC. Please give me the best configuration. The budget isn’t a constraint.

Mat Lee

Okay, here is the configuration of a PC with real brute force. This is only the base configuration; you can add a sound card, a TV tuner card and other accessories to it.

* The motherboard should be the XFX nForce 680i SLI

* Go for an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 processor with a speed of 2.66GHz.

* 4 GB DDR2 800MHz HyperX RAM from Kingston

* A 500 GB Hard Disk from Western Digital

* With your motherboard you can have a dual display card or a single powerful one. If you choose the single one it should be nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX with 768 MB RAM. If you choose a dual graphics card go for nVidia GeForce 9600 GT. You have to buy two of this.

* You will need a special Antec Titan 500 case.

* You’ll also need a separate power supply inside the box. Take Corsair’s Model HX620W

* This PC is going to generate much heat. Buy the Cooler Master cooling system.

Net interrupted

q+a I have tried to connect my MacBook and Blackberry Curve using Airtel’s Blackberry Internet service with the help of Bluetooth. After following all the steps you advised, this dialog appears while connecting to the Net: <Contacting PPP server>, <Establishing connection>, <Could not negotiate a connection with the remote PPP server. Please verify your settings and try again>. Please help.

Dr S. Mondal

Did you put “guest” (without the quotes) in the username and password fields? If it still does not work for you please remove the script you downloaded from Library/ Modem Scripts. Download a new script from Unzip that file into Macintosh HD/Library/Modem Scripts. This is the same location where you had put the old script. If you are successful, you should see a new directory named BlackBerry.ccl there. Pair your phone as usual. When asked for the phone’s Vendor and Model, choose ‘Research in Motion.’ Select 8100 or 8800 for your phone model. For username and password put in guest. For number to dial insert This should connect you flawlessly.

Hardware firewall

q+a My broadband modem has been supplied by BSNL. The PC runs on XP Pro SP2, fully patched, along with ZoneAlarm Free. The modem is Huawei SmartAX MT882 ADSL router. I read the instruction manual but couldn’t activate the hardware firewall.

A. Banerji

To be fully protected you should buy Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite. Second, you must change you modem’s password and, of course, enable the hardware firewall. Type in your browser’s address bar. Login in the username admin and password admin. Just browse under the Tools and Advanced menus and you will find the option to enable the firewall. Here you will also find the field where you can change your modem’s password. It’s very easy for anybody to hack into your modem and steal your BSNL password if you don’t change the modem password. In fact, changing that is more important than enabling your hardware firewall if you have an Internet Security Suite.

Lenovo matters

q+a I have a Lenovo Y510 with Windows Vista Basic and Norton 2008 anti virus. How can I upgrade it to Vista Ultimate and Norton 360 and what is the cost?

Mainak Biswas

Just get in touch with the Lenovo experts at Qusol Integrated. Their email address is com and telephone number 033 24222069.

Error message

q+a I have a HP Pavilion 8612 PC with Window 98, Intel Pentium III, Processor 600 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 10.2GB Ultra DMA hard drive. Whenever I open my PC this message pops up: “An error occurred while loading the file C:\scandisk. log. The file is damaged or is not valid Dr. Watson log file.”

Shibaji Roy Chaudhuri

Go to your DOS prompt and run the scandisk and check the status of your hard disk. A log file will be generated. From the DOS prompt type edit scandisk.log and check if there are any errors in the hard disk. If the hard disk is fine it could be a CMOS battery problem or even a virus attack.

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