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Archive for the ‘Hardware & Peripherals’ Category



How To Fix That Full Hard Drive

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

A full hard drive can cause all kinds of problems for your machine, including but not limited to a slow computer and, ultimately, hard drive failure. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Continue reading

Google recently announced the Nexus 7 Tablet, which promises to make a huge impact on the world of lower priced Android tablets. Designed by Google, but manufactured by Asus, the tablet features impressive technical specifications including: Continue reading

How to Reset a Wi-Fi Password

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

It happens to everyone at one time or another — you forget a password and you can’t access a specific account or Web site. Fortunately, most Web-based sites that require a login offer a Forgot Password button that either e-mails your password to you or allows you to choose a new one after answering a couple of security questions. Continue reading

I use a flash drive to back up all my data and I leave it plugged in all the time. Does leaving it plugged in all the time wear it out quicker, or should I be plugging it in only when I need to copy something to it? This is great question, especially since we’ve all been conditioned from the days of mechanical hard drives that the longer a mechanical device is running, the shorter its remaining lifespan is. Continue reading

At a recent media event, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Surface tablets. The Surface series of tablets feature very thin design (9.3mm to 13.5mm or 1/3 to slightly over 1/2 inch thick) and 10.6 inch capacitive touchscreens. These tablets are meant to compete directly with Apple’s popular iPad (and various tablets running Google’s Android) while at the same time making Windows 8 relevant to a growing market Microsoft currently has very little presence in. Continue reading

Apple has announced a new model of the highly popular MacBook Pro series of laptops, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The newest and greatest MacBook to date (did I mention insanely expensive too? Starting at $2199) comes with the latest Intel i7 ivybridge CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB solid state hard drive, USB 3.0 and thunderbolt connectors packaged into a slim 3/4″ thick aluminum body. Continue reading

Many flash drives come pre-loaded with a small amount of software. Is it safe to delete this if you plan to use the flash drive only for storage? That really depends on the kind of software on the flash drive. Continue reading

Is Defrag Needed On USB Flash Drives?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I’ve got tons of those USB flash drives, should I defrag them? Read this article to find out if you’re doing more harm then good. Continue reading

Ever wonder how to determine what kind of CPU, memory and motherboard you have without paying tons of money for a PC tech to tell you? Read this article to find out how. Continue reading

USB 3.0 Ports – Which To Buy?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0, but how do you add ports if your PC didn’t come with one? Continue reading

Manufacturers have finally started releasing and shipping systems with the new Ivy Bridge line of processors in them, but is it a big difference between older model processors and Ivy Bridge? Continue reading

Learn about ways to connect your laptop to your TV and use your television as an external monitor. Continue reading

Ever wonder why your 32GB Flash Drive doesn’t show as 32GB? Read this article to find out why. Continue reading

Do you have thousands of pictures, documents and songs you couldn’t stand to lose? Find out how to tell if your hard drive is going to die and how to replace it. Continue reading

What’s the difference between Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors when it comes to single applications? Continue reading

What PC is a Best Buy?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

How do you get the most for your money when buying a PC? What systems are a best buy right now? Read this article to find out. Continue reading

Are solid state hard drives (SSD’s) good for external storage? Find out if it’s worth it to buy a SSD for your external hard drive and who makes the best ones. Continue reading

The Case of the Dual Hard Drives

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

If you have the opportunity to get a computer with dual hard drives, I say “go for it”. This article explains why. Continue reading

Ever wondered if you could use a HD TV as a computer monitor? Well you can! Check it out in this tip! Continue reading

Troubleshooting Your USB Ports

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

If your flash drives don’t work in your computer, but do in someone else’s, your problem may be your USB ports. Here are some possible fixes for that. Continue reading

The Problem with RAM…

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Is there a way to store programs on your RAM chips? No, but if you’d like a fast alternative to your hard drive, you might consider a solid state drive. Continue reading

Fixing an 8GB USB Flash Drive

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Find out how to fix USB memory drives that no longer work after your computer is shut down unexpectedly or the device is removed improperly. Continue reading

Rename Your Router

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Is the name of your router no longer working for you? Did you name it in a way that would make the network easily identifiable as yours to anyone with a wireless device in your area? Let’s look at tightening up the security of your network with a name change. Continue reading

Learn how to change the security password for your wireless home network with this helpful security article! Continue reading

Are you using an external USB mouse with your laptop? Tired of bumping the touchpad only to find yourself somewhere you weren’t expecting to be? Learn how to reduce your frustration here. Continue reading

What You Should Look For in a Blu-ray Player

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Thinking of purchasing a Blu-ray player to get the best quality picture? This article shows you what to look for. Continue reading

Here are some possible fixes for that unresponsive DVD drive – give these a look before you go spending any money! Continue reading

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