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Archive for the ‘Hardware & Peripherals’ Category



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

Buying Headphones

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Buying Headphones

If you’ve ever been a little confused about the whole headphone buying process, this tip is sure to help. Read on!

Headphones are important, but then, so are your ears. So, it’s important that you invest in a good pair of headphones. And even more importantly, that you know all the features associated with headphones so you can make an informed choice. Well, that’s what I’m here to… Continue reading

Fix Those Scratches

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Fix Those Scratches

If you have a large CD (or DVD) collection, I’m willing to bet that at least one of them is scratched at this very moment as we speak. You may not know it (because I’m sure you don’t have time to take each CD out and look at it everyday to make sure it’s not scratched), but it does happen from time to time. Yes, CDs are… Continue reading

Keyboard Blues

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Keyboard Blues

Are you having trouble getting the keys on your keyboard to do what they’re actually supposed to do? Perhaps they work some days, but the rest of the time, you just can’t get them to do anything. Well, if this sounds familiar, you either have a big or a small keyboard problem. Come along with me as I go over both scenarios. I’m here to help you get… Continue reading

Proper Removal

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Proper Removal

Are you one of the many who use a flash drive these days? I mean, really, how can you resist? They are so simple to use and just as convenient as can be. So, tell me, when you go to remove your flash drive from the USB port it’s in, how do you do it? Do you just yank it out of there and go on with your… Continue reading

Raise Your Keyboard

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Raise Your Keyboard

Today, I have one question for you: “How do you feel about the height of your keyboard”? Okay, so that may seem like a pretty odd question, but believe me, it’s legit for this quick tip! I’m talking about the height of your keyboard as it stands on your desk (or wherever you may keep your keyboard).

Some of you may know about this, but the rest… Continue reading

Print Your Hardware

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Print Your Hardware

Have you ever wondered what all your computer has in terms of hardware? I’m talking about everything from the motherboard to ports to controllers to drives and every other resource your computer uses to help you get your work done. Well, if you have ever wished that you could have a compiled list of this information, today is your lucky day. That’s exactly what I’m going to… Continue reading

Mousepad Clean Up

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Q:
I know this is a little silly, but can you give me some tips on cleaning a mousepad? Mine is awful looking, but I don’t want to ruin it in the process. Please help!

A:
Just like a mouse, the mousepad can easily collect dirt, dead skin and oil. After all of that sits in place for awhile, it can start to make… Continue reading

Go Faster, Mouse!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Q:
I’ve tried all of your other suggestions when it comes to speeding up my mouse, but I’m just not satisfied. Is there anything else I can do? Please!

A:
I’m sure you’re all going to back me up on this one. There are several things that can frustrate you when your mouse is involved. Am I right or am I right? You either can’t get your pointer… Continue reading

Webcam Surveillance

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Webcam Surveillance

Do you know what goes on with your computer while you’re away from it? Do you have any idea who comes into your room or office, doing who knows what?

Wouldn’t it be useful to have some sort of surveillance by your computer that would enable you to record what is going on around your home when you’re gone?

Did you know that if you have a simple… Continue reading

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