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Have you ever discovered a 'wow' feature (a pleasant surprise) on your computer? See detail?

Asked by flo (11804points) August 13th, 2010

Like the feature that makes the sound 50% better, etc. ‘HD….’ What else is there that is not the defalt position? It is not mine it is a friend’s experience. She wrote:
‘I inadvertently activated/enabled a HD Audio Manager on it. My volume has increased by about 50% and the quality by 100%. I had no idea that it was there. It even has sound effects (sort of) ..... I can change the way the sounds sound…... like conversation is taking place in a sewer pipe or auditorium (and other places). The instructions that came with the computer didn’t say anything about having to enable it to improve sound. Makes me wonder what else I will find that improves my computer :)’

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FutureMemory's avatar

It was less than a year ago that I learned you can open a link in a new window by pressing the scroll wheel button.

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jerv's avatar

Aside from a BIOS update for my Toshiba T135 that fixed the low speaker volume issue, not really.

I will say that I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Acer Aspire One is actually more powerful than many people give it credit for though. Sure, it is a netbook and the Atom N270 is pretty low on the food chain, but it can run Fable:The Lost Chapter, which is especially impressive since that game requires 64MB of video memory and the AA1 maxes out at 12MB.

@FutureMemory Maybe on your computer. Mine is remapped so that that command reloads/refreshes the page.

@ChazMaz Netbooks are better for that since they are easier to hold one-handed ;)

Nullo's avatar

Keyboard shortcuts, years ago. I always enjoy finding out that they still work on the latest Microsoft OS. Try to confuse me with wacky new interfaces? Haha! I think not!
Command line interfaces, too, but I’ve never really gotten the hang of ‘em.

gailcalled's avatar

The “Grab” feature on my Mac. I just discovered a photo of a small chåteau that I lived in during the summer of 1954 in Beaune, France. The picture looks to be taken 40 or 50 years earlier. I was able to grab it from the Amazon book illustration and keep it as a file.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@jerv – Yes! I love mine!

I consider myself a very literate user of computers. It didn’t act as a ‘wow’ factor, but I was well pleased when I accidentally found out that win+e brings up the “computer” window in Win7 (and therefore Vista). I didn’t know about it… Why, I don’t know…

jerv's avatar

@the100thmonkey I use Win+(arrow keys) far more often.

flutherother's avatar

If you click on the date/time in the bottom right hand corner of the screen in Windows 7 it brings up a useful little calendar. I thought ‘wow’ because I find this very handy.

PS Clicking on the rectangle next to it brings up the desktop

flo's avatar

Thank you very much. I would like to know why the HD Audio Manager’s best level (My volume has increased by about 50% and the quality by 100%.) the default position? Especially the quality, not so much the volume level. It is not like people would know about it, and/or prefer the lower quality)

Nullo's avatar

@flo It’s probably a hardware issue; not all computers can handle the best levels of anything without sacrificing performance someplace else, if at all.

flo's avatar

@Nullo understood.
By the way, what does the diagonal arrow (found in some keyboards left of “Insert” key) pointing north east do? when I use it it just takes me to the beggining of the line.

jerv's avatar

@Nullo That is why I turn down the graphics settings when I am gaming on my laptop. My desktop’s GT240 is far more powerful than the GMA4500 in my lappie so it can do “best” graphics smoothly while my laptop stutters slightly on “medium”. There is always a trade-off.

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