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MSI A78M-E45 AMD FM2+ A78 Micro-ATX Motherboard
MSI A78M-E45 AMD FM2+ A78 Micro-ATX Motherboard

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... it with a AMD 750K - what a monumental waste of time, 22 May 2015
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I bought this to upgrade my PC from an intel duo - paired it with a AMD 750K - what a monumental waste of time. Since then lots of miscellaneous issues - blue screens/lock-ups/software refusing to run, USB ports not working or only working sometimes, video drivers or more accurately catalyst control centre stopping running. I have tried every fix possible with brief periods of good performance (a few days max) before things go bad again.I have tried all sorts of tests but nothing ever shows up - reinstalled windows - worked for a little while then back to the issues.

I am seriously considering replacing the sorry mobo/processor and going back to Intel - I have rated the mobo as 2 stars as I cannot be 100% certain (but strongly suspect) this is the root cause - if I could it would get no stars.


Outies (Mote Series Book 3)
Outies (Mote Series Book 3)
Price: £3.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars given up, 10 April 2013
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I downloaded this for the Kindle as I enjoyed the original novels, sadly it was a mistake.

I gave up reading after a while as I found the first few chapters totally haphazard and lacking in structure or interest, just a seemingly random collection of introductions and scene settings but with no obvious story or thread linking them. Not a good way to start a book - confuse and bore your reader at the start - not for me thanks.


A Guide to the Elements (Oxford)
A Guide to the Elements (Oxford)
Price: £11.48

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointingly shallow, 1 Jan. 2013
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As someone with an interest in chemistry I was looking forward to reading this but have to say I have found it very much a disappointment, the individual sections on the elements are very brief - some to the point of saying so little as to be pointless. A very brief mention of the basic physical properties - maybe a mention of one or two compounds of note (usually a sentence or two at most) and a description - well a line or two about economic uses. Some elements get little more than a page in reality, hardly worth reading (such as germanium, gallium, tellurium - even sulphur gets little more than a page or two.

John Emsley's Natures Building Blocks is a much better book - far more detail. I wish could find a really detailed book about the elements and their reactions - seems to be a lack in the market.

Also the kindle version has some noticeable formatting issues - with some lines of text in smaller font and pale patches - not enough to be a major issue but there none the less.

I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for anything more than a very brief coffee table type outline book - and even then there are better. Shame.


The Naked Ride Home
The Naked Ride Home
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment, 6 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: The Naked Ride Home (Audio CD)
First of all let me say this is not a bad album - but for me it was a disappointment i just can't really get into it unlike some JB's previous albums.

Why? Well first off the songs themselves seem a little lacking in variety - previous JB albums have been a good mix of up and down tempo numbers - this feels a little one paced. JB's voice also seems to get buried in mixes at times - almost to the point of being swamped and some of the guitar playing is really dominant taking over and becomming irritating on some tracks - too much twiddling and seemingly random parts, for me some of JB's best work is when the instrumentation is kept simple and in the background, supporting the song not taking over.

Shame really - was really looking forward to this CD.


The Voyager
The Voyager
Price: £5.91

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but nothing special, 6 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: The Voyager (Audio CD)
Bought this recently - played it - first track quite pleasant, 2nd track similar, 3rd track more of the same...

And that is the problem with this album, each track in isolation is perfectly acceptable and would be fine on any other Mike Oldfield album surrounded by different tracks. The problem is that after three or four tracks it starts to sound very samey - desperatley needing something different to change the feel and tempo. Sadly this never arrives.

Background music? Possibly, but not something to really listen to for that Mike Oldfield has produced much better.


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