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Archive for the ‘Hardware & Peripherals’ Category



Oops, There Goes Another BIOS Password

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

There are only a few reasons one would set a BIOS password, but here are a couple options to try if you forget yours. Continue reading

You may be able to save your old webcams from Ebay. Here are some possible answers. Continue reading

Fixing an Erratic Laptop Keyboard

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Is the keyboard on your laptop spitting out gibberish words instead of full sentences? Look here for ideas on how to fix this all too common problem. Continue reading

Is your computer getting on in years and filled with a variety of drives, cards, connectors, and cables? If this sounds like your hardware, read this and consider looking around the inside of that cluttered computer. Continue reading

How to Format a Flash Drive

Monday, August 15th, 2011

How do you format a flash drive? The same way as any other drive. It’s easy, so follow along! Continue reading

How to Format a Flash Drive

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Learn how to format a flash drive quickly and easily with this step by step tutorial for Windows PCs. Continue reading

Storing your wedding photos on a DVD? The birth of your first born on that old hard drive? Or your company’s payroll on a thumb drive? Make sure you are making the right choice in storage media for your important data. Continue reading

Decide.com Helps you make gadget buying decisions without all the un-necessary Internet hunting. Give it a try today! Continue reading

If you’d like to make changes to the power usage settings of your Vista or Windows 7 laptop, or control what happens when you close the lid, take a look at this tip. Continue reading

Laptop Recalibration

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

As a laptop gets older, it starts to slow down a little. You may notice that pages load slower, videos take longer to start playing, and general slowness of the machine. Unfortunately, thousands of people a year replace their laptop batteries without performing any monthly recalibration on it at all. If you want to get the best performance out of your laptop, here are a few

Solving a “Trayapp” File Problem

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Every time my computer boots, it starts to download some file called “Trayapp”. I have tried everything I know to find the program that “needs” this elusive file, but can’t find any information linking it to anything in my system. I have to manually “end program” every time I turn on my computer.

I know this problem must be

Background-less Bing

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has made a name for itself on the Internet, not only by being one of the most used Internet searches, but also by being one of the prettiest. It seems that every time I navigate over, there’s always some new and Interesting background image for me to gawk at.

But maybe you don’t want a background image

Creating Customized iPhone Ringtones

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The iPhone is easily the most popular smartphone on the market, but the built in ringtones are a little trite. Luckily, creating custom ringtones for the iPhone isn’t only easy, but quick.

Start by going into iTunes and picking out a song. When choosing, keep a couple guidelines in mind. It’s very important to choose a song that’s loud enough to be

Flash Drive Lifespan

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I’m afraid there’s no easy answer to this question. The truth is that despite all the protections and features of a modern USB flash drive, it will wear out eventually. Continue reading

Laptop Overheating

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

My laptop is overheating. Can you recommend any methods or products that would help?

Does your laptop tend to overheat? Is your laptop suddenly shutting down? That could be caused by overheating. You might not immediately notice that your laptop has an overheating problem. Actually, it may take over a year of usage

Upgrading a Dell Computer

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Andrew from South Africa asks:

I need to update my PC processor. I have an old Dell Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 2.66GHz-1.5GB RAM-AGP card slot. Can I just buy a better/faster processor like a Duo or quad core or something for my PC?

First, you’ll need to find out how many pins

Disabling a Laptop Touchpad

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Most laptops or notebooks come with a built-in touchpad (or mouse pad). Touchpads are great for portability; you can use it to operate the laptop from anywhere – without having to use an external USB mouse.

However, most computer users prefer using an external mouse over the default touchpad. This is because an external mouse is easy to grip, can be used faster and it’s much more… Continue reading

Reversing the Printing Order

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Bob asks:

I have an HP printer installed on my XP computer and it prints the last page first, the next to last page next, and so on. How can I change it so the pages will print in the reverse order, beginning with the first page? Thank you in advance for your help

Suggestions for Seized Up Computers

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Royal V. from CT asks:

My computer seized up, and now it just shows a black page with white lettering. My problem: I had some very important papers (material for a future e-book) written in WordPad. Is there some way I can retrieve them?

Well, Royal, if you brought your computer to me for repair and asked this question, the first thing that I would… Continue reading

Fixing a Thumping Laptop

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Susan from Texas asks:

My Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop started a very loud “thumping” noise. I shut it down and restarted it, again thumping noise, so I shut it down again, asked a few questions made a few calls, no one knows… I was afraid of the battery exploding so my son said to take it out. I keep it plugged in all the time and run

Blocking Unauthorized USB Devices

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Note: This tip may not apply to all versions of Windows.

In terms of computer security and privacy, USB devices are usually the weakest point. Even the strongest firewall or security software can be bypassed just by plugging in a USB drive.

With the growing amount of data a single USB flash drive can hold (up to 128 GB) and the increase to data… Continue reading

Epson Printer Tricks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Robert from Pittsburgh asks:

I have an Epson printer which is primarily used to print documents, so I only use the black ink. The darn thing will not work if any of the cartridges are empty. I was wondering if there was a way to trick it into printing, since I only want black and have no need for cyan, magenta, and yellow. Any ideas?

Epson… Continue reading

Setting Language Options in XP

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Stanley J. from Lewisville, TX asks:

I just returned from South Korea and I got a keyboard with the Korean characters on it and would like to use it to write my friend in Korea. I know Microsoft has a language pack for this, but I’m not sure which one and how to use it when I download it. I am using Windows XP. Thanks!

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Serena, from North Carolina, asks:

I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?

Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading

Memory Sticks and Flash Drives

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Patrick from Olean, New York asks:

The USB MEMORY STICK is an amazing little thing, and so handy! My question? I have copied and pasted documents from My Documents without any problems. But from everything I read, you should download software in order to move this information from the computer to the USB Drive. So how am I

Restoring the Windows Boot Loader

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Tom, from Oklahoma asks:
I installed Ubuntu to try it out, but I had some problems, so I uninstalled it. However, when I boot my machine it still gives Ubuntu as an option. How do I clean this up? I am using XP SP3.

Note: Any procedure involving the MBR (Master Boot Record) is dangerous and can cause your computer to become inaccessible. While the steps

Comparing Computer Brands

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Rob from Knoxville, TN asks:

How do Acer / Gateway / E-Machine, stand in the rankings of Good Better and Best computers by support and durability?

Gateway Computers purchased eMachines at the start of 2004 and then was purchased by Acer in the fall of 2007. Even though these computers essentially belong to the same owner… Continue reading

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