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How to Install a Motherboard | PCMag.com

How would you like to get everyone in a room conversing with each other like old friends? That, is the power of the Motherboard.

C-One motherboard explained.
C-One motherboard explained. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It helps you communicate with the computer system and aids the components in communicating with each other and you the user. Seeing that a Motherboard is the vital component in your system, you wouldn’t mind sitting through 25 Minutes of installation would you? Just kidding, the video is an amazing 2:49 minutes long. 

What are you waiting for?  Check out the installation video:

How to Install a Motherboard | PCMag.com.

Please note that you need to first do the following steps:-

How to Buy a PC Case

How to Buy a Motherboard


Show Hidden Files on Desktop

Another one for my Yahoo Q&A Forum contributions

After some research I found this  solution (see the 1st link below). This solution does not tell you the location of the files (via command prompt) but I will help you there.

Concerning the link: you can use a variation of the command first. The command is (without quotes)
attrib –s –h –r foldername/filename” . Please see link 2 for what each letter means.

My part of the solution:
1. Go to Start and Click on Run
2. Type in cmd.exe
3. You need to use this format (minus quotes) -” cd [Drive:]\[Folder]\[Sub Folder]”
example: ” cd C:\Users\User\Desktop” would be how I access my desktop files through command prompt. It may vary with yours

That command will carry you to the desktop folder.

4. Now type in (minus quotes):- “attrib”

you will see the list of files on your desktop, the hidden files will have an H infront of them. Check to ensure that none of these are not system hidden files (SH) such as .ini files. Do not attempt to remove any attribute of these files.

5: Finally type in(minus quotes) = “–s –h –r foldername

example: attrib -s -h -r Faires will remove 3 attributes including the hidden attribute of the Faires folder

Refresh your desktop and voila, all your hidden files. After you have made visible all of your folders please change the Directory back to what was originally there using “cd C:\Users\User” or whatever you had here initially

Apologies for the length but it is necessary. Hope this helps







MS Excel 2007 File corruption…at work or school…can’t install any software

How it started.

I was at home and needed to edit a MS Excel 2007 file.  Having OpenOffice installed (And only 2003 Excel), I used the Calc module to edit the document and saved the changes made.

Still In the Dark..
After multiple changes and updates on the document, I overwrote the copy on my flash drive. All is well.

…Saw the Light…Oh Oh!
I was however, totally unaware (that on saving) that some of the structural settings native to MS Excel 2007 were modified to function in OpenOffice Calc. I only discovered this issue when on opening, the file complained about being corrupt and the file was to send that day.  Oh! Oh!

Attempts at Work
I tried File – Open – Open and Repair
I tried extracting the data from the file
I tried relocating file to the computer
I tried changing computers
I even tried installing a recovery software (unsuccessfully due to no administrative rights!!)
I tried searching for ways to recover file without installing software (which prompted me to pen this piece)

Whilst at home I attempted to open the file once more with the suspicion of something being wrong with the system at work or flash drive file. No such luck.

OpenOffice Superhero
 With a prayer and fingers crossed, I opened the file in OpenOffice Calc and …BINGO!!
It was all there. Nice and Open. I re-saved this time as MS Excel 2003. (Please note that this article in no way is to discredit the great creation that is OpenOffice. I have never had any issues with switching from any of the other components in OpenOffice to their counterparts in MS Office Suite, except with Excel 2007. )

After additional changes I was able to successfully open the file in Excel 2007 (compatibility mode) and so send the file to the respective recipient.

Lessons to To Be Learnt
Always save in the lowest compatible build i.e save in 2003 rather in 2007.
Always have multiple options (although they may be in different locations) and
Unless you are an I.T Manager or Something you will not have administrative privileges

If you have learnt any lessons from this or your own experience feel free to share.