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Video performance..
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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


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My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


My HD6450 gets Windows 8 support proper which is good, but to do much more than basic stuff, it is a total waste of $$$.

NORAD’s Santa tracker asked if I wanted to view Santa’s progress in 2D. I was aware when I bought it that it was no top performer, and only wanted it to get Windows 8 compatibility. Even so, the 6450 is a poor excuse for a video card.

I equate it with cheap forks (cutlery type) which bend if pushed through anything with a greater density than butter.

My old AMD 939 system running an nVidia 8500GT is a better gaming machine than this AMD 880G is.

I installed the WEI for Windows 8 and it showed 4.4. I have never liked the WEI thing and like it even less now.

I am upset.. LOL, truly upset that I was dumb enough NOT to look at reviews first.

It is the only time that I have bought a 3rd party video card where performance almost went BACKWARDS..

This piece is short and stilted because it suits the card and how I feel about it..

Don’t buy an HD6450 if you want anything other than low grade mediocrity..

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Posted Fri, Dec 27 2013 22:14 by Mike Hall
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