Searching this forum
With the number of people on this site (Currently Active Users: 14076 (1002 members and 13074 guests)), chances are SOMEONE has already asked the question or experienced the problem you have.
Problem is, A LOT of people have questions. And a question asked merely 30 minutes before may already be pushed back to page 4 or 5 of the main thread window at the busiest times of the day.
Another tiny bit of a problem is that some people are not clear what their question or problem is and give their post a title like "Help!!!" which, if you're looking to solve a sound card problem, for instance, will not be a post you'll even look at
But maybe that person was the one who asked about the sound card you have, and the thread includes the exact reply you need?
On any given day, the same questions are asked every which way at least 5 times each (and I'm being very conservative here).
Lots of people don't take the 30 seconds necessary to search the forum before they post, because they don't know how to search efficiently!
Here is a starter tip for searching this forum
The Search box
(that elegantly discreet greyish field box at the top right of any page)
IS YOUR FRIEND -- tame it, love it.
Here's how: use quotes
Let's say you're looking for info about the NVDia card driver...
Instead of typing NVDia card driver in the Search box (your new best friend)
enter: "nvdia card driver" (notice the quotes, insert the quotes, love the quotes)
That way, you'll only get "hits" (search results) with those three words glued together. Instead of getting posts about how NVDia is great for GRAPHICS but the poster would rather buy and ATI but has no money for a new CARD you'll most probably find the ones about the current issues with the NVDia GRAPHICS CARD.
Get my point?
You will still get irrelevant hits, but much fewer ones, thus you will find what you need quicker!
There are also a host of self-explicative advanced search functions (you'll get access to those if you use the Search box). Try them on for size, you might actually find exactly what you're looking for without too much pain and eyestrain.
More help on the next post...