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Your Guide to the Unreal Engine

Written on July 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide including terms and solutions for some of the most common problems

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Samsung Magician's Hot SSDs Aren't Actually All That Hot

Written on July 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

SSDs are reporting as overheating in Samsung Magician, is it real or is it make believe.

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Windows 11 and the Great TPM Dilemma

Written on June 25, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has announced Windows 11 and released a PC Health Check application that will confirm compatibility. With this, numerous users are reporting lack of support but thankfully most of the time it's a rather simple solution.

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Power Automate, Feature Rich and Now Completely Free!

Written on June 16, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the exceptionally useful 'Power Automate', now available for FREE from Microsoft!

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Parsec in all it's glory!

Written on June 1, 2021 by Ken Colorossi

Parsec is an amazing tool for remote access to a system. It offers a 1:1 local connection and an almost perfect 1:1 connection over the internet.

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The Slow Rollout of Windows 10 21H1

Written on May 28, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has released the next version of Windows 10 called "21H1", or the May 2021 Update, and it is available to users running Windows 10 2004 or later as an optional update in Windows Update.

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Getting Started With Your New System

Written on May 12, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Support department has written a litany of articles detailing various fixes, troubleshooting advice, software guidance, and technologies. We have compiled a list of what we deem the most useful for a new Puget System owner. If you've recently purchased a Puget Systems computer, you may find the following articles very useful as you familiarize yourself with your new build.

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Using an Old Boot Drive as a Storage Drive in Your New PC

Written on May 4, 2021 by Michael Miller

This is a guide for safely formatting an old Windows boot drive and using it in a new Windows system as a secondary/tirtiary drive.

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A Look back at Puget Laptops

Written on April 28, 2021 by Ben Nelson

This article gives a glimpse of Puget System's history with laptops including why we no longer offer laptop models, what that means if you currently have a Puget Laptop, and if Puget Systems will ever carry laptops in the future.

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Configuring Software RAID within Windows 10

Written on April 20, 2021 by William George

Most computer users have no need for more than a single drive in their computer, or perhaps a few individual drives if additional storage space is required. There are certain workflows and use cases where features of a RAID - like larger total volume capacity or data redundancy - may be extremely helpful. For large arrays, redundant boot drives, or advanced RAID modes we strongly recommend using a dedicated hardware controller card, but for simple configurations like mirroring or pooling there are options within Windows 10 which can be used without needing special hardware. This guide will cover a couple of those options and how to set them up.

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Stability and Security Improving With Windows 21H2, Coming Soon

Written on April 9, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A major Windows 10 update coming later in 2021 could finally fix a big problem with the operating system, as it will move third-party drivers to an isolated folder on your hard drive.

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Some Great Password Manager Options and Reasons to Use Them

Written on April 6, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

While we don't explicitly recommend using a Password manager, a lot of our customers use them so we thought it was important to provide our thoughts on the best options out there, the top features along with some common concerns.

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An Introduction to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)

Written on April 6, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A VPN (virtual private network) is becoming the go-to solution for people all around the world. While the subject may seem confusing, we break it down in simpler terms and help provide some solutions that might work well for you!

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DaVinci Resolve Initial Troubleshooting

Written on March 19, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

DaVinci Resolve is a powerful application but when errors, lag, or crashing present it's helpful to know the basics of troubleshooting. This article will cover many of the common issues and their relative solutions.

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Top 7 Data Transfer Speed Slowdowns - Internal SSD

Written on March 5, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are literally 100s of influencing factors that could cause slow data transfer speeds, this article will cover some more popular culprits and how to solve them.

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AMD Machine Check Exception - X570/B550 Chipsets

Written on March 3, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

With certain hardware, a system may become unstable and begin rebooting/crashing and only occasionally throwing errors that help identify the culprit. If your system uses an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and a motherboard based on the X570 series chipset, you may run into this issue as well. This article will cover the solution we have found to be successful.

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Taste the Ubuntu Rainbow: How to Choose and Install Your Favorite Desktop Flavor

Written on February 22, 2021 by Ben Bohnen

Guidance on installing a Graphical User interface over top a Linux Server

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Top Data Transfer Speed Slowdowns - USB

Written on February 5, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Transferring files from USB to an internal drive is something we all do but occasionally transfer speeds will slowdown to the point they're barely usable. There are a litany of causes so we will focus on the most common and their respective solutions.

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Windows 10 Sleep Issues

Written on January 29, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 update will occasionally prevent proper sleep even when set correctly. Sometimes simply turning sleep off and back on seems to solve the problem but occasionally more work is needed, this article will cover the solutions we have found to be successful.

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Game Mode - How to Kill It and Why

Written on January 27, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 PCs have 'Game Mode' enabled by default but it's not always the best choice. This article will guide you through the process of disabling Game Mode as well as explaining why you should.

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How to Record Your Screen in Windows 10

Written on January 27, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Maybe you’re training your team, creating a tutorial, or just grabbing a quick snippet to share with colleagues. With Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Bar, you can quickly, simply, and intuitively capture a recording without installing any 3rd party software or configuring any special settings.

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To Backup or Not to Backup (Backup of course!!)

Written on January 19, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A summarized view of what backups are and why they are important along with our recommendation on what to backup and how.

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Premiere Pro & DaVinci Resolve issues with NVIDIA Game Ready driver 461.09

Written on January 18, 2021 by Matt Bach

With the latest NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver (version 461.09), there have been numerous reports of application and system freezing/crashes, or simply poor performance in applications like Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and other creative applications. To resolve this issue, we recommend downloading and installing the latest NVIDIA GeForce Studio driver.

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How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Operating System Disk

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.

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Adjusting Boot Settings From Legacy to UEFI

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you intend to switch your drives from MBR to GPT you will likely also need to adjust your BIOS from Legacy to UEFI. This article will walk you through the basic steps including checking to determine if your system is currently in UEFI mode or not.