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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.


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

Written on December 28, 2020 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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Intel i225-V and Z490 Chipset - Network Connection Issues

Written on November 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Intel has a problem with it's I225 ethernet controller introduced at the end of 2019. As Windows updates trickle through, a number of users are reporting connectivity problems on certain hardware.


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Optimal Settings for Your Home Network

Written on November 19, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article covers some best practices for setting up your network devices for optimal performance.


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What is Virtualization All About

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual, representation of something, such as virtual applications, servers, storage and networks.


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VirtualBox 1 - The Basics of VirtualBox

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application meaning it installs on existing Intel or AMD-based computers and supports a variety of host and guest operating systems.


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VirtualBox 2 - Installing VirtualBox

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Oracle VM VirtualBox comes in many different packages, and installation depends on your host OS. We will cover Windows 10 installation in this article.


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VirtualBox 3 - Creating Virtual Machines

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a litany of options to choose from during the VM creation process but for our first VM we will keep it simple.


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VirtualBox 4 - Using Snapshots

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Snapshots are a powerful and easy to use feature that allows you to save a VM in it's current state. In this article we will discuss how to create and restore a snapshot.


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Microsoft Releases an Update That Permanently Removes Adobe Flash

Written on October 28, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Adobe's Flash Player is dying and Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon to eliminate it from our systems.


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Patch Day Is Here; Blocking Third Party Installs

Written on October 21, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft Patch day is here again. The update will install automatically and should bring with it some nice new features but will also disable third-party device driver installs.


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Task Scheduler - the Utility You Didn't Know You Needed

Written on October 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Task Scheduler is an application first introduced in Microsoft Windows 95 and is more useful than you think. This article will guide you through some if it's simplest uses.


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Windows 10 version 20H2 - October's Update

Written on October 5, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Some new features and a ton of bug fixes are coming this fall. Be ready and start getting excited!