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How to Connect a Second Monitor to Your Laptop

Most modern laptops are automatically equipped to connect an external monitor in addition to the laptop's own LCD. This is because many laptops are often used for storing and showing presentations, and [more…]

How to Hook up Your Laptop to a Video Projector

You can easily connect your laptop to a video projector. Using your laptop with a video projector is great if you want to display your PowerPoint presentation on a large screen at the end of a meeting [more…]

How to Add a Cooling Pad to Your Laptop

The ideal accessory for any laptop is the laptop cooling pad. This is a device, similar to the one shown here, on which your laptop sits. [more…]

How to Install a Hard Drive on Your Laptop

The best laptops make changing a hard drive as easy as swapping a battery. In the below figure you can see one example of a laptop hard drive in a carrier and the empty bay awaiting its installation. [more…]

Add More Memory to Your PC

Adding more memory, or RAM, is the best thing you can do for your PC. More memory provides an instant boost to the system.

Adding memory to your computer is simple. However, adding memory isn’t something [more…]

How to Add an External Keyboard to Your Laptop

If you miss the full size and action of a real PC keyboard, get one! Just plug it into your laptop, either into the keyboard port or a USB port, whichever is available. You can start using the keyboard [more…]

How to Add External USB Storage to Your Laptop

One of the most common thingies to add to a laptop is a USB storage device, such as a flash memory card reader or USB flash drive. Both these devices meld into your laptop computer system just like any [more…]

How to Install RAM in Your Laptop

The general process of installing memory modules, or RAM, in a laptop is very similar from one brand to another; today, nearly every laptop design places an access panel on the bottom of the laptop and [more…]

How to Install a Generic Drive in Your Laptop

You may be able to purchase a “bare” mobile hard disk drive from a computer parts supplier and install it in your laptop. A bare drive is sold as a simple spare part, without all the fancy packaging and [more…]

How to Use a USB Hub on Your Laptop

A USB hub is really nothing more than a gizmo with extra USB ports on it. You plug the hub into your laptop's USB port. Then you can plug anywhere from two to four to eight USB devices into the hub. [more…]

How to Insert a PC Card into Your Laptop

This is cinchy. Just stick the PC Card into the slot on your laptop. It slides in only one way: The narrow edge with the holes goes in first. [more…]

How to Add a Port Replicator or Docking Station to Your Laptop

The way to expand your laptop's options is to add special nonportable options, such as a port replicator or docking station.

Port replicator: A port replicator snaps on to a special expansion slot or connector [more…]

How to Decide Which Video Card Is Right for Your PC

When you think about upgrading a video card, please don’t think “gamers only.” A number of specialized video cards on the market have nothing to do with games. Video cards come in a variety of types: [more…]

How to Plug a USB Device into Your Laptop

USB devices are a snap to connect — literally. You don’t need to turn off the laptop, run a special program, or wave a magic wand. Just plug in the USB gadget and you're ready to roll. [more…]

How to Remove USB External Storage from Your Laptop

Just as there’s a proper way to shut down your laptop, there’s a proper way to remove any USB device or external storage drive that you have plugged in. Sure, you can just yank the USB drive out of the [more…]

How to Use USB-Powered Devices on Your Laptop

Quite a few USB doohickeys are self-powered. That is, they draw the electricity that they need from the laptop's USB port.

The downside to this is that it sucks up even more of the laptop's precious juice [more…]

How to Choose a Sound Card for Your PC

If you want to add a sound card to your computer, or upgrade the sound card that it already has, you have several options. A number of specialized PC sound cards are available for the discriminating audio [more…]

The Network and Sharing Center Window

The Network and Sharing Center window is the main location for nearly all networking operations. To display the Network and Sharing Center window from the Control Panel Home, select View Network Status [more…]

How to Remove a PC Card from Your Laptop

Although you can easily pull out a PC Card from the PC slot in your laptop, that’s not the best way to treat your laptop’s hardware. Instead, follow these steps: [more…]

Upgrading a Netbook to Windows 7 Home Premium

Most netbooks can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. To determine whether your netbook can handle Windows 7 Home Premium, you first need to evaluate your system hardware capabilities, then [more…]

How to Install a Portable Hard Drive on Your Computer

If you need more space than your computer offers, you can get a portable hard drive. With a portable hard drive, you can plug it into your computer to access the data you’ve stored whenever you need. [more…]

How to Extend a Partition to Fill a Computer Drive

Windows stores information on drives, but before Windows can store any information on a drive, you need to put “shelves” on the drives, known as partitions. Although often a partition fills an entire drive [more…]

How to Figure out What to Upgrade on Your Computer for Video Editing

If your computer’s able to run Windows 7 with its 3-D graphics and transparent windows, then your computer can probably stand up to the rigors of video editing. Still, you can speed things up and make [more…]

How to Create a Portable Hard Drive from a Computer’s Old Hard Drive

You can remove your old computer’s hard drive, slip it into a small case, and turn it into a portable hard drive, all for the cost of the case (usually under [more…]

Ten Top Upgrades for Your Existing PC

If you'd rather boost the performance or capabilities of your existing PC than spend the contents of your wallet or purse on a new computer, here are ten suggestions for upgrading a PC with the latest [more…]

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