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Samsung's Rapid Mode Is Underrated but You Should Use It

Written on July 30, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

RAPID mode is paired exclusively with Samsung 840 EVO (Aug '13 or newer) SSDs and available as a feature of the accompanying Samsung SSD Magician Software Toolset (version 4.2 and later). RAPID mode analyzes all system traffic, leveraging extra system resources such as DRAM/CPU to dynamically provide read acceleration via intelligent caching of "hot data" and write optimization.

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Audio Latency and General Sound Issues

Written on July 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through diagnosing and fixing audio latency and other sound issues.

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Written on July 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

DxDiag - DirectX diagnostics is tool made by Microsoft and included with the DirectX software

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Windows 10 Event Viewer Basics

Written on July 16, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Windows 10 Event Viewer is a powerful diagnostic tool used to identify and solve system instability and crashes.

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Arnold GPU Rendering issues with Studio Driver 442.92

Written on July 7, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

After some research, we've noticed significantly longer render times with Arnold's GPU renderer while on Nvidia's Studio Driver 442.92

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Trusted Platform Modules and How To Use Them

Written on July 3, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions when paired with Windows Bitlocker.

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Hyper-V: Settings and How to Use Them

Written on June 26, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Another installment of our Hyper-V guides. This article will walk you through each setting available and how to make changes to better control your individual VMs.

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Hyper-V: The Basics of the Hyper-V Manager

Written on June 25, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article details each of the sections and actions available within the Hyper-V Manager.

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The Basics of BitLocker Drive Encryption

Written on June 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature integrated into Windows and provides excellent protection for your data. This article will guide you through encrypting your devices without a TPM.

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Managing Windows 10 Libraries

Written on June 8, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

By default, Microsoft creates your personal folders in your primary local disk (C:) which most people won't mind but if you want to move them to a secondary drive, such as an SSD where other data is stored, you can in a few simple steps.

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Hyper-V: Creating Virtual Machines

Written on June 5, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft Windows 10 includes a wide array of useful tools and utilities but one of more powerful tools is Microsoft Hyper-V. Hyper-V allows you to virtualize an operating system and perform testing in a sand-boxed environment. This article will guide you through what it is and how to create your first Virtual Machine(VM).

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Here We Are Again. Windows 10 Updates Causing More Problems

Written on May 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

The newest Windows update is significantly impacting performance and reliability. Here’s what is happening and what we recommend.

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Focal Fossa is Here

Written on May 19, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

Focal Fossa is finally here in all of its full release glory! In this article, I will talk about the differences between 18.04 and 20.04, and what new features have added (and in some cases, removed).

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After Effects General Troubleshooting Guide

Written on May 15, 2020 by Ben Nelson

Are you having issues with your After Effects Project? This article will walk you through some standard troubleshooting to help get you back to producing your compositions.

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Basics of Network Troubleshooting

Written on May 1, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through our recommendations for troubleshooting network issues.

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The Great (Windows) Defender

Written on April 24, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft Windows Defender is an Anti-Virus software built into Windows 10. Updated frequently, found to be extremely safe and secure this AV software comes highly recommended in the industry. Puget Systems routinely advises the use of Windows Defender as the solitary means of protection.

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General Windows 10 Update Troubleshooting Guide

Written on April 14, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide to troubleshooting Windows updates with how-to's on restarting update service, running DISM and using the update assistant.

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Sound Issues - Windows 10 + MSI Z390

Written on April 7, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Recently we have run into audio issues in Windows 10. It seems to only affect systems built before January 2020 with the MSI Z390 GAMING EDGE AC.

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Bluetooth Can Be Troublesome, Let Us Help You

Written on April 2, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless connection that allows smaller devices to communicate with your system. This article will guide you through some troubleshooting steps to resolve common connection issues.

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Secure Boot

Written on March 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Secure Boot is a feature designed to allow checks for malware during the system boot and while it can protect you, it also has the potential to cause problems.

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Trouble Activating Microsoft Office? There is a Solution!

Written on March 11, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

When we send a system out pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, chances are it is already activated but in the rare occurrence that you are having troubles, check out this article for detailed solutions.

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Installing Linux Alongside Windows: I Too Like to Live Dangerously

Written on March 10, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

Not yet ready to make the full switch-over to Windows or Linux? We are discussing using a dual boot setup to allow access to multiple operating systems. This article will basic do’s and don’ts of dual-booting Linux alongside Windows.

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Utility to backup, restore, or clear Adobe CC preferences

Written on February 28, 2020 by Matt Bach

Clearing application preferences is often one of the first steps when troubleshooting a software issue, but if it does not resolve the issue, you typically will want to have a backup of your preferences that you can restore. This functionality is not built into Adobe apps by default, so we created a small utility that can backup, restore, or clear application preferences from many of the most popular Creative Cloud applications.

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Setting up Devices With Your New PC

Written on February 28, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Moving from Mac 2 PC can be stressful enough without worrying about peripherals. Follow some basic advice and your migration will be exciting instead!

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Monitor Cabling Options and How To Use Them Correctly

Written on February 24, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a finite number of monitor connections but nonetheless it can seem overwhelming at times. We will break down the common ones currently available and how to identify them.