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How Do I Choose A PC?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Here is an article detailing some important things to look for when buying a new PC. Take a look! Continue reading

Roku Part One

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

An introduction to Roku, a media streaming device that delivers internet audio and video to your television. Continue reading

Virtual Wi-Fi Networks in Windows 7

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Make use of a virtualization feature of WLAN cards to create an additional software layer which converts your laptop into a wireless access point akin to a wireless router by making use of Virtual Wi-Fi in Windows 7. Continue reading

How to Enable DMA in Windows 7 Home Premium

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Here is a quick article that will show you how to enable DMA in Windows 7 Home Premium. Continue reading

32-Bit and 64-Bit Explained Part Two

Friday, November 4th, 2011

In this second segment of a three part series, 32-bit and 64-bit processors are examined, with a look at processors, memory, and how hardware and software interaction affect overall performance. Continue reading

32-Bit and 64-Bit Explained Part One

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In this first segment of a three part series, 32-bit and 64-bit processors are examined, with a basic explanation of processor terminology. Continue reading

MIMO Wi-Fi routers

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Buy pre-built wi-fi routers who use MIMO technology to increase network bandwidth, range, and reliability Continue reading

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

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