June 29, 2007
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Now let's move on to discuss mounting a plasma TV on the wall. This week, our question from Tom, who wants to get some sound advice on mounting a plasma TV on the wall, drew a whole lot of great advice, tips, and recommendations from our members. And as much as I would like to present to you a few great posts for you to vote on--honestly, I have to say everyone did an awesome part by sharing their wisdom! So for this week, I'm not going to run a poll to vote on the most helpful, rather just let everyone read the advice given to Tom and let the folks who are contemplating mounting their own flat-panel to wall to see if this is something they are willing to take on themselves or not.
To get this discussion kick-started, I give you member winstonh5's post, where he lists his 25 factors to consider before taking on this task because there are many things to consider beyond just the mounting of the TV that you may not have factored in. So read up. Bottom line: mounting a flat-panel TV isn't difficult. However, and that is a BIG however, it depends on your skill set and capabilities--such as using tools, knowing what a stud is, and how to find one (and I don't mean me ;-)), being familiar with the wall you're going to mount your TV on and what's behind it, the list goes on. After reading our members' tips, tricks, and how-tos, if it sounds even a bit overwhelming, then the task is not fit for you, and I'd highly recommend that you do spend the extra dough and have it professionally mounted. It will save you time, frustration, and peace of mind knowing that it was mounted correctly. And if you do decide to do it yourself, plan ahead, measure twice, be careful, and make sure your common sense isn't left behind. Thanks, everyone, for your advice and participation! You all rock! This topic is open for more suggestions--the more we share, the more we learn from one another. Have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
Recently I've decided to rearrange my living room to get a
better use of my floor space. With this shuffle, I would like
to mount my 42-inch plasma TV on the wall; it is currently
sitting on a stand. I would like to take on this project
myself, as I know it must cost quite a bit to have someone
install it for me. My main concern is the possibility of the
plasma falling off the wall with the incorrect installation.
So is this task difficult to do? I need as much advice to get
this job done right. Can you help me out and list some of dos
and don'ts when mounting my plasma to the wall? What types of
mounts are most secure? Any expert or self-installation
experiences that you can share will help. Thanks.
The CNET community
Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
Help! I have been using a laptop for a year and a half now
and love it. I have Windows XP as my operating system, and
lately I keep getting this little warning saying that my
'Windows Virtual Memory is too low.' Can anyone tell me what
that means and what I can do about that? I have never
encountered that before, and everyone I talk to who is the
least bit computer-savvy doesn't know what it means, either,
nor has it happened to them. I appreciate any advice or help
you can offer. You've helped before, so I turn to you again.
Any programs currently running on your computer must reside in memory. These programs include Windows itself and any programs that you have started; they may be running in the foreground - where you interact with them, or in the background - where they act on their own or await your interaction.
The main memory in your computer is the physical memory, or RAM (random access memory). This physical memory generally is not large enough to hold all of the running programs, so Windows sets up some additional virtual memory as a file on the hard drive. It then swaps portions of the programs between the physical and virtual memories, always having the currently active portion of a program in the physical...
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