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The Difference Between DVD rom and DVD RAM

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Larry from Sallisaw, OK asks:

Can you explain the difference between DVDs and DVD RAM?

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. It’s a type of data storage technology. There are two categories of recording formats in DVDs.

The first category is called Digital Versatile Disc Read Only Memory (DVD ROM). In this type of DVD, you can… Continue reading

Playstation Move and Motion Controls

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In the current generation video game wars, it’s hard to question to dominance of the Wii. As of 2011, more than 74 million Wii units have been sold worldwide; compared to about 43 million Xbox 360 units and about 38 million PS3’s. Another way to look at it is dominance by the inferior unit. The Wii’s graphics are primitive compared to the other two units, the gameplay is

Changing Your Computers Boot Sequence

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Mona from San Diego, California asks:

A friend of mine called and said that she needs to reinstall Windows XP (she has the disk). She has done this before but she always used floppies; now she doesn’t have a floppy drive so she just uses her CD disk. She went to reinstall and her WinXP

Addressing External Hard Drive Problems

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Bob from Edgewater, Florida asks:

I have “Western Digital” My books, 500 Gig external hard drive. I can not access any of the information that is on the drive. Is there any way I can retrieve the information? Maybe software, freeware or anything that I can do. Thank you for any help you can give. I keep the

Burning CDs and DVDs

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Marilyn from Canada asks:

I have a DVD player/burner and would like to know the proper way to burn CDs and DVDs. Also, what’s the procedure for creating a DVD you can add to later?

The process of burning CDs and DVDs used to be one that only professionals were able to do. Today, nearly every household has at least one CD burner, if not both… Continue reading

Replacing a Damaged Laptop Screen

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Sandy from Ohio asks:

My granddaughter stepped on the screen on her laptop. Is it possible to replace a laptop screen? Is it a good financial decision to do so?

My first question would be whether you have a Mac or PC laptop? The reason I ask is that, while it is possible to replace the screen on both, the financial variables multiply very shortly thereafter… Continue reading

The Correct Way to Lay Down a CD

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Jenna asks:

When I have to lay a CD down, I lay it down shiny side up. Yesterday my husband Todd and I had a rather heated argument about it; he says that I am wrong and that the data side is the one you have to be careful of (which is the label side) so I need to lay it down shiny side down to protect

Windows 7 Autoplay Settings

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

On any given day I insert, plug-in and otherwise connect any number of different devices and media to my computer. Digital cameras, my iPhone, DVDs, CDs; you name it and chances are I’m quite familiar with each thing and with what the result of me connecting/inserting it is.

But I want more choice! For example, when I insert an audio CD, I don’t necessarily want… Continue reading

No More Mouse Wake Up

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

When I’m going to be away from my computer for a little while, I usually just put it to sleep rather than shut it down. This comes in pretty handy, but because my mouse is so sensitive, if I even so much as tap my desk the computer wakes right up again. This is because my mouse is set up to wake my computer if I move it.… Continue reading

USB Gadgets Effect on Laptop Batteries

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Gail from Oklahoma asks:

Will USB gadgets like the Chill Pad or Flexible light you sell make my laptop battery wear out sooner?

In short Gail, the answer to that would be yes. Think of your laptop battery in terms of a car’s engine. The harder a car works, the more gasoline it uses

Find the Insert Key on Your Keyboard

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Josephine from California asks:

Where is the “insert key” on my keyboard?

Thanks for the question, Josephine. The Insert key more often than not is located in the right half of the keyboard and is usually next to the Delete key. The Insert key is labeled “Ins”. The exact position of the Insert various from one keyboard model to another. In this tip, we’ll take… Continue reading

Special Note – This is the last of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see how simple do-it-yourself upgrades… Continue reading

CPU – there’s a term that gets mangled on a regular basis. Most people seem to think the “box” part of the computer is the “CPU”. Truth is, if that’s you, you’ve been living a lie. That “box” actually IS the computer. The CPU lives deep inside it.

Your CPU (Central Processing Unit – or “processor”) is located under the big fan… Continue reading

OK, I’m going to have to be careful here. I could write a book about all the intricacies of RAM (speed, types, size etc), but for our purposes, we need to first set our focus to what RAM actually is – and why gobs of it nestled inside your computer will make your life oh-so-much better. So, I’ll sum it up in one little sentence… Continue reading

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Special Note – This is the second of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see

Special Note – This is the first of a 5 part series entitled, “What The Heck Is Inside My Computer?” This series is designed to give you an idea of exactly what the major parts of your computer are, what they do, and what they look like. Hey, we’ll even hook some of ‘em up for you so you can see how simple do-it-yourself upgrades can be.

To get the

Mouse and Keyboard Buyer’s Guide

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Even in today’s touch-screen world, the keyboard and mouse have not been replaced. Fortunately, the technology has evolved. You now have choices galore to suit your needs. This article will help you make an informed decision on your next keyboard or mouse.

Key deciding factors that can influence your decision are:
– Usage
– Ergonomics
– Functionality
– Connectivity Medium… Continue reading

Here is a short tutorial on how you can eject or close your CD ROM using desktop shortcuts. Opening or closing the CD tray using these shortcuts can help you out if you have a faulty eject button on your CD ROM drive. You will never need to open windows explorer and right-click the CD ROM drive and then press eject. These two shortcuts will make your tasks

Flash Drive Longevity

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


John from MA asks:
How long do flash drives last? Are they OK for backups?

A:
Good question, John. Let’s start by distinguishing flash drives (also known as thumb drives or USB memory drives) from portable hard drives, which are both excellent for backing up your data.

A flash drive contains non-volatile memory (memory that doesn’t go… Continue reading

Sleep, Hibernate or Power Off?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

JoAnn from Hollywood, FL asks:
If I’m going to be off my computer only for a couple of hours, is it better to put in in sleep mode, hibernate or just shut it down?

A:
This has actually been an issue of hot debate among computer geeks since probably the invention of the screensaver. Prior to that, you just shut your system down to prevent image… Continue reading

Building a Computer on a Budget

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Butch from IN asks:
With all the huge hard drives, multi-core processors and RAM options out there, what would be the best route to take for a new computer for those on a budget?

A:
The first thing that you need to decide on a new computer, whether you’re on a budget or not, is exactly what you want to do with your new computer… Continue reading

Software Vs. Hardware

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

John from Manahawkin, NJ asks:

I have been using a computer for over a year now, and would really like to know something: What’s the difference between software and hardware?

A:
Very good question, John. My daughter (she’s 15) spends a lot of time on the computer and I showed her the difference between software and hardware awhile ago. It was like… Continue reading

Your Computer’s Temperature

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Q:
I have heard that your computer can get too hot and ruin it. It’s summer now so I guess I will have to watch out for that. How do I make sure it stays cool? How can I check to see if it’s too hot?
-Jerry C.

A:
This question is so important – great question!… Continue reading

MP3 Player Buyer’s Guide

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Do you want to listen to music while on the go? Watch videos and play games? Or, maybe even surf the net? If the answer is yes, consider getting yourself an MP3 Player. Before you do, however, read this tip to get insight on what to look for in MP3 players. Since the prices of MP3 players vary from $25 to over $200, this guide will help you… Continue reading

In this window you can choose how Windows reacts to new hardware. Most users will want to keep it on automatic, but if you ever need to install the original equipment manufacturer drivers this is the first step! Continue reading

Speedy Keyboard and Cursor

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Okay, so this might be of little to no use for most Windows 7 users out there, but you never know, right? If you’ve ever wanted your cursor to blink faster -perhaps so you could notice it easier, then follow these simple steps.

Press Start, and in the Search Box type “Keyboard”. Choose “Keyboard” under the control panel heading in the list that will appear… Continue reading

Digital Photo Frame Buyer’s Guide

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Are you running out of space to display your pictures? Do you want to buy a digital photo frame? If yes; read on and you’ll get an insight on the factors that you need to consider.

With the ever increasing number of Digital Photo Frames, it can be might difficult to decide on which one is most suitable for you. After all, Digital Photo Frames… Continue reading

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