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How to Use a PC Card in Your Laptop

There are several places on your laptop where a PC Card may be inserted. It might be a gaping hole on the side of the laptop, a tiny "garage door" that’s covering the hole, or a hole that’s hidden behind [more…]

USB Peripherals for Your PC

The USB port is the most important standard PC connector on the planet these days. A USB port (see this figure) allows you to connect all sorts of peripherals, and USB ports are even becoming popular for [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…]

Typical Uses for Your Laptop’s USB Port

The USB port on your laptop allows for a variety of gizmos to be attached without needing a specific port or bulky connector. This is a major improvement over earlier portable computers that needed to [more…]

The I/O Panel’s Components

You PC most likely has an I/O panel to either help keep all the connectors in one spot. On the I/O panel, you add various expansion options to the PC, and the I/O panel also provides places to plug in [more…]

How to View a Digital Image in Windows Vista Photo Gallery

You can use Photo Gallery for Windows Vista to not only view your digital images, but also you can use Photo Gallery to make minor modifications to your digital images, such as rotating or deleting them [more…]

PC Surge Protectors and UPS Units

Surge protectors or UPSs can safeguard your computer system. Using both a surge protector and a UPS helps guard against less serious power surges, and both a surge protector and UPS provide additional [more…]

How to Plug in Your PC with a UPS

UPS stands for uninterruptible power supply, and a UPS is the best thing to use for hooking up your computer system to the wall socket. Basically, a UPS is a power strip combined with a battery. It can [more…]

The Types of PC CD/DVD Recorder Drives

Your PC may have a CD/DVD recorder drive, which allows you to create your own CD or DVDs, recording data, music, or video. On the CD and DVD recording scene, you find five types of drives: [more…]

How to Plug in Your PC with a Power Strip

Why were power strips invented? Because you have far many more devices that need to be plugged in than you have available sockets in the wall! The idea is to plug everything into a power strip and then [more…]

How to Use a Spare Battery to Make Your Laptop Run Longer

A second, or spare, battery can extend the battery life of your laptop. When your primary battery becomes discharged, insert your spare battery to keep using your laptop. [more…]

Traveling with Your Laptop

Before you take your laptop anywhere, you should always prepare it for the journey. Whether you’re jetting across country or walking to the neighborhood coffee shop, there are some things you should consider [more…]

How to Clean the Laptop Case

The best way to give the laptop case a bath is with a damp sponge. Follow these steps: [more…]

Remove a USB External Storage Device

Removing a USB external storage device involves more than simply unplugging it. To remove a USB external storage device, you must follow certain steps to ensure that data is not lost from the device. [more…]

How to Send All Your E-mail in One Batch

As you peruse your e-mail on your laptop, you read messages, reply to messages, and then click the Send button to send those messages. But rather than cause your e-mail program to dial in, connect, send [more…]

How to Disconnect Your Laptop from the Remote Desktop

When you finish your remote desktop session, it’s easy to break the remote connection. Simply close the remote window, or click the X button on the strip across the top of the screen. Then click the OK [more…]

How to Change Inkjet Printer Cartridges

You can determine when you need to change the cartridges in your inkjet printer by letting the printer itself tell you when it needs new cartridges (an on-screen alert appears) or when your printer’s cartridges [more…]

How to Skip E-mail Messages That Are Too Big

If you use a dialup modem, you probably don't want to waste time downloading huge files. Some e-mail programs have a settings option that automatically manages e-mails with large attachments. For example [more…]

Legacy Ports on a PC

When the PC was first designed, external thingamajigs were attached to the console by using legacy ports — specific and aptly named ports. If you wanted to attach a keyboard, mouse, or printer, for example [more…]

How to Create a New Dialup Location for Your Laptop’s Modem

Any time you set up shop in a new location, you need to tell the laptop's modem about it, by creating a new dialup location. You have to enter this new dialup location and dialing information only if you're [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…]

How to Organize the Stuff that Comes with Your Laptop

Laptops, like all computers, come with lots of bits and pieces. Some of that stuff isn't junk, and you want to keep it for as long as you own the laptop. Other stuff is junk, and you can toss it. The problem [more…]

Find Your Laptop’s Battery

Finding your laptop’s battery can be tricky. To find your battery, look for a small compartment in the bottom of the laptop. Other laptop batteries are located in a hole or door in the side of the computer [more…]

How to Use a Spare Battery with Your Laptop

One option you probably ignored when you bought your laptop was getting a second or spare battery. This item is a must for a serious traveler, or someone who is frequently on the road or in a remote location [more…]

Shutting Down Your PC

Many of these shutdown options are found on the official Shutdown menu, which you can access by clicking the triangle button in the lower-right corner of the Start button's menu [more…]

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