Computer Hardware Basics

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For Seniors: How to Distinguish between Computer Hardware and Software

You may have heard the words hardware and software before and wondered what the difference was. The hardware is all the tangible computer equipment, such as the keyboard and mouse. The software is what [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install a Printer for Your Computer

To use a printer, your computer has to have software installed — a printer driver — and use certain settings to tell your computer how to find the printer and what to print. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Clean Up Your Computer’s Hard Drive

The best repair is the one you don’t have to make. If you can keep your computer up to date and in tune, you and your PC will live a happier, more productive life. Start by making sure that your computer’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Take Care of Your Computer Monitor

Your computer’s monitor displays images on its screen, such as the Microsoft Windows7 desktop or a document in a software program. Because you’ll be looking at the monitor every time you use your computer [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install Memory on Your Computer

Adding memory (up to your machine’s specific limit) is generally the most cost-efficient way to increase its speed. Fortunately, installing memory is one of the most basic operations you can perform inside [more…]

For Seniors: How to Take Care of Your Computer Mouse and Keyboard

The good news is that mice, trackballs, and keyboards make computing easy. The bad news is that because they’re mechanical, these computer gizmos eventually wear out. Here’s the lowdown on caring for these [more…]

For Seniors: How to Fix a Computer Printer

You try to print a document from your computer, but nothing happens. Or worse yet, the printer jams or flashes its lights. In these situations, you need the know-how to fix your printer. Fortunately, here [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install an Internal Hard Drive on Your Computer

The process of adding or replacing your computer’s hard drive isn’t as hard as you may think. You may want to consider replacing your hard drive if your hard drive fails and there’s no cost-efficient way [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set Printer Preferences

You can set printer preferences, such as being able to print in color or black and white, print in draft quality (which uses less ink) or high quality [more…]

For Seniors: How to View Currently Installed Printers

Over time, you may install multiple printers, in which case you may want to remind yourself of the capabilities of each or view the documents you have sent to be printed. You can also cancel existing print [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set a Default Printer

You can set up a default printer that will be used every time you print so that you don’t have to select a printer each time. Here’s how to make a printer the default from your computer: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Remove a Printer

Over time, you may want to upgrade to a new printer and get rid of your old one. When you do, you also may want to remove the older printer driver from your computer so that your Printers window isn’t [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Scanner Settings

After you install a scanner, you may want to take a look at its default settings or even change them. Fortunately, modifying the scanner settings is an easy task. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install a Scanner

Before you can scan documents into your computer with a scanner, you need to install the scanner driver so that your scanner and computer can communicate. Start by connecting the scanner to your computer’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Troubleshoot Basic Computer Hardware Problems

Although there are unlimited possible combinations of hardware settings, you can trace most hardware problems to a relatively small number of causes. Here are some tips for troubleshooting some of the [more…]

For Seniors: How to Fix Your Computer Hard Drive

The hard disk drive in your computer has a limited life expectancy. If you’re unlucky, your drive will die suddenly. If you’re lucky, it will break down slowly over a long period. Make no mistake, though [more…]

For Seniors: How to Save Battery Life in a Laptop

Battery life, or the length of time it takes your laptop battery to run out of juice, is constantly improving, with some recent laptop batteries getting as much as nine hours on one charge. Other laptop [more…]

For Seniors: How to Understand Microsoft Windows Update Options

Companies such as Microsoft release updates to their software, both to fix problems discovered post-release and to deal with new threats to computers that appeared after the software release. You can use [more…]

For Seniors: How to Run Microsoft Windows Update

Running Windows Update either automatically or manually on a regular basis ensures that you get the latest security updates to the operating system, so it’s a good idea to play it safe and stay current [more…]

For Seniors: How to Enable the Microsoft Windows Firewall

A firewall keeps other people or programs from accessing your computer without your permission. You’ll want to enable your Windows firewall so that you can avoid several kinds of attacks on your computer [more…]

For Seniors: Managing Power on a Windows 7 Laptop

Managing battery life (the length of time it takes your laptop to run out of power) is important because without battery power, your laptop must be plugged in in order to use it. [more…]

For Seniors: Power Plans for a Windows 7 Laptop

A Windows 7 power plan can help you manage the battery life of your laptop. Windows 7 power plans have preset timings for actions such as dimming your screen or putting your computer to sleep. Managing [more…]

For Seniors: Customize a Windows 7 Power Plan

Windows 7 power plans can be customized to control precisely when the display dims or turns off, or the computer goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. By customizing a Windows 7 power plan, you can [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions — Extras to Consider

There are many variables to consider when buying a laptop, and accessories you might wish to purchase. Variables you should consider include the type of processor, amount of memory and hard disk space, [more…]

For Seniors: Difference between Laptops and Tablets

Laptops and netbooks, however similar, are quite different than tablets. The most popular tablet is the Apple iPad, although companies such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Motorola have brought [more…]

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