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Conserve your LCD Monitor’s Lifespan

Like all electronics, LCD monitors have a lifespan. Usually, this can be up to ten years or so, but even after only a couple of years our monitors can begin to dim; giving us a dark, eye-straining image that can make it difficult to get anything accomplished! You can tweak the brightness, fiddle with the contrast, but the damage has already been done… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Conservation

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In recent times, laptops have become an essential part of day-to-day life. Mobile technology has progressed so much that laptops outsell desktops. Though mobile technology has advanced, the average laptop battery life is still a bit on the low side, between two to four hours if the laptop is used continuously. It isn’t all that much, especially if you are regularly on the move.… Continue reading

Mp3 Players and You

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

So the progression goes.. We started with vinyl records, moved to eight-tracks and tapes and then, eventually, compact discs came around and made all of them obsolete. Of course, even that doesn’t matter because now the MP3 reigns supreme; bringing music out of the confines of physical media and transforming it into digital data. No longer do we have to worry about our discs scratching, or our tapes… Continue reading

If your Internet is down, you probably can’t read this! It would be better if you save this page locally for a rainy day! This page will also give you a better understanding of what goes behind the scenes that makes your net… work…!

At first you need a brief introduction of how your Internet works. You, as the user, are given a… Continue reading

Windows Experience Index

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Do you Vista and 7 users out there wonder what the Windows Experience Index is? Well, search no further, folks! This tip outlines what it is, and what it means to you! Continue reading

Clean Your LCD Screen

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it’s best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?

Well, let me tell you.

There are cleaning… Continue reading

Inside, Outside, Upside down!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

How well do you know the insides of your PC? I mean, it’s all enclosed in a shiny case for the most part, and barring anyone out there who has a window cut into the side (and there are those out there that do), looking into the abyss of the home computer is just not something the average user is apt to do! So, say you want to upgrade the… Continue reading

USB Speeds

Monday, January 5th, 2009

USB Speeds

If you’ve gotten a new computer in the last few years, it more than likely came with USB ports. If you’re not sure, USB ports are the little slots on either the front or back of your computer that you can use to plug in certain devices, such as a flash drive or digital camera. USB ports come in two different speeds: 2.0 and 1.0, with… Continue reading

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

There’s a fierce battle raging in the world of computer monitors these days! It’s basically old technology pitched against a constantly evolving new technology and there’s no telling who will eventually triumph over the other. It will more than likely be LCD, but for now, let’s take a look at the following factors before favoring one over the other. Here we go!

Size Does Matter

There’s… Continue reading

USB Disk Ejector

Friday, February 15th, 2008

USB Disk Ejector

I saw this posted on WorldStart’s message board by user “Bazcaz” and I thought it was a neat little application that you all might enjoy as well. It’s called the USB Disk Ejector and it’s just a simple little program that makes working with your USB devices a little bit easier. So, if you use flash drives or other USB devices regularly and you’ve been… Continue reading

Buying an Inkjet Printer: Dos and Don’ts

Are you in the market to buy a new inkjet printer? If so, I urge you to take the following suggestions with you when you go shopping. They are dos and don’ts that are sure to save you from disappointment! They’re also very simple and easy to implement. Continue reading for the full scoop!

Quality Speaks for Itself

Often times, we ask for… Continue reading

Airports and Electronic Devices

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Q:
You’ve talked about laptops going through airport security before, but what about other electronic devices, such as flash drives and CDs? Can those be damaged when going through the security line?

A:
That’s a great question and it couldn’t have come at a better time! With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, I’m sure a lot of you will be traveling via airplane to go… Continue reading

Installing a Power Supply

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Q:
Now that you’ve told us what to look out for in a faulty power supply and how to go about replacing it, can you please tell us how to install a new one? That’s the only thing you haven’t covered yet. Thanks for all your help with this!

A:
Of course I will! As promised from yesterday’s newsletter, I will tell you exactly how to install your… Continue reading

The Power Supply

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Power Supply

So, tell me, has your computer ever made a noise that sounds like one of your fans is dying? I’m sure you would know if it has, because it can be pretty loud and it usually just sounds awful! Well, either way, I’m willing to bet that your fan really isn’t the culprit here. Nope, it could be your power supply instead. If you have… Continue reading

Computer Fans

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Q:
I have a quick question about the fans in my computer. I’m not sure if they’re working properly. Can you give me some information on how they should be acting? Thank you for your help!

A:
That is an excellent question and I’m so glad you asked! I’m sure you’re not the only one who has ever wondered about this either. So, in a sense, I’ll be… Continue reading

Getting to the Sound Card

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Q:
The other day, you mentioned something about checking a computer’s sound card for any audio problems we may be having, but you didn’t say anything about how to locate our sound card to check it out. Can you please give us instructions on how to do that? I appreciate your help!

A:
You’re absolutely right! I did fail to mention that information in the tip I wrote… Continue reading

Flash Drives 101

Friday, September 28th, 2007

We here at WorldStart have sold several flash drives in the past and because of that, it seems like I’m always being asked exactly how to use one. That being said, I thought I’d take the matter into my own hands today and give you a brief overview on how to use a flash drive. They’re very easy to use and I think once you’re done reading/watching this tip, you’ll… Continue reading

Where’s That Button?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Where’s That Button?

I hope you don’t mind, but we’re going back to the basics today! It seems like I’ve been asked this question over and over again for the past couple of weeks, so I figured it would be a good idea to take a step back and explain it to all of you at the same time. We have done a couple tips on this in… Continue reading

Graphics Card Blues

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Have you ever tried to play a game or use software that involves a lot of graphics or anything of the sort, only to get a pop up message telling you that you need to lower your screen resolution? Or, maybe even lower your color quality. Either way, if you have, you probably find this extremely annoying, am I right? Well, this pop up can happen for a number of… Continue reading

Fixing Your Flash Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Fixing Your Flash Drive

I’m sad to report that one of my flash drives suddenly died today. Has that ever happened to you? It all happened when my Windows XP suddenly froze for some reason. After rebooting my computer, the device was dead. It just simply would not work anymore. XP detected it as a 0 MB device (and attempted to format it as such), but nothing worked. What could… Continue reading

Buying an External Hard Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Q:
You’re always talking about having a second hard drive on hand and I was thinking about getting an external one, but I’m not sure what to look for. Can you give me some hints? Thank you!

A:
Oh, what a great question! After reading through this question, I immediately went and did a search in our archives, because I thought for sure we had done a tip… Continue reading

Wireless Channels

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Wireless Channels

Since I’ve pretty much started a wireless theme for this week, I thought I would keep going with today’s quick tip. Today, we’re going to talk about wireless channels. After going over the whole setup for a wireless keyboard and mouse yesterday, I got to thinking that you might also run into some trouble with the channels, so I definitely wanted to cover that right away. So, without… Continue reading

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Setup

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Q:
I ordered a wireless keyboard and mouse set from you awhile back, but I’m having a little trouble getting it ready for my computer. Can you please help me?

A:
First of all, wireless keyboards and mice aren’t able to receive power from your computer like the wired ones do. Therefore, they need batteries to operate. And that’s the first thing you… Continue reading

Wireless Receiver

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Wireless Receiver

Do you use a wireless keyboard or mouse? I know some of you do, because you’ve ordered them from us before! If you do, I’m sure you know that they come with a receiver. Right? Right! Well, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, allow me to explain it a little more. Basically, the wireless receiver is the component that is used to connect your computer with… Continue reading

Broken Wheel

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Q:
The mouse I use has a scroll wheel on the top of it and lately, the wheel has not been working properly. Do you know of anything I can do to fix it? Please help, I really miss my mouse!

A:
any version of Windows, the first thing you need to look at is the Mouse Properties window. To get there, go to Start, Control

Laptop USB Connections

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Laptop USB Connections

Do you use a laptop as your main computer? If so, do you ever get tired of the small keyboard that comes with it or do you struggle with the touchpad mouse? I know both of those things have really hindered my laptop experience. That is, until I found out there was a way to work around all of that and now, I couldn’t be happier with… Continue reading

Protect Your Keyboard

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Protect Your Keyboard

I know it’s only Wednesday, but so far this week, I’ve gotten several calls and e-mails from all of you regarding the letters on your keyboards. Most of you are telling me that certain letters are starting to wear off and therefore, you’re having a hard time getting your typing done. The majority of you have told me that only a few of your letters are starting… Continue reading

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