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How to Program Your PC to Hibernate

You can save power and not-quite-exactly turn your PC by making it hibernate. When your computer hibernates, it saves all the memory — everything the system is doing — then turns the computer off. Hibernating [more…]

How to Upgrade Your Laptop for WiFi

Nearly all current laptops come equipped with built-in facilities for WiFi communication. Even if your laptop doesn’t have the latest technology, you can upgrade it for WiFi. [more…]

How to Build a Wireless Network for Your Laptop

The process of putting together a wireless network is mostly a matter of configuring devices to work with your laptop. There are, by definition, no wires that need to be strung along the floor or through [more…]

How to Upgrade and Enhance Your Laptop’s WiFi Capabilities

A laptop with the latest and greatest WiFi equipment will communicate no faster or better than the router or wireless access point’s top speed. Here are some things you can purchase to boost your wireless [more…]

Before You Buy: Choosing Software for Your Laptop

After you know what you want to do with your new laptop computer, you have to find the software that will let you do it. This in turn will tell you what hardware you need. [more…]

How to Use the Scanner and Camera Wizard in Windows XP

The Scanner and Camera Wizard in Windows XP allows you to scan in old photos or other documents to make them digital. Scanning is simple, and once you make files digital, you can e-mail them or share them [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…]

The Math Symbols on Your PC Keyboard

Clustered around the numeric keypad, like yuppies lurking near Starbucks, are various math-symbol keys. You find these math keys come in handy, especially if you’re dabbling with a spreadsheet or other [more…]

The Hidden Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The numeric keypad that exists on standard keyboards still exists on laptops. The key to finding a laptop’s numeric keypad is to use the Num Lock key. Follow these steps to see an example of using the [more…]

How to Open Your PC’s Console Case

It's rare for anyone to open the PC's console these days, especially with new PCs. Don’t open the console just to casually poke around. About the only time you must open the console is when performing [more…]

Laptop-Buying Tips

After you decide to buy a laptop computer, you should stick with name-brand laptops made by big companies whose names you recognize. The reason is that laptop technology is not as modular as desktop PC [more…]

How to Use Windows Briefcase to Move and Synchronize Your Desktop and Laptop Files

Windows Briefcase automatically synchronizes multiple copies of files. If you use a desktop computer at the office but work from home on a laptop, you can synchronize the files between your laptop and [more…]

How to Restart or Shut Down a Locked-Up Computer in Windows Vista

In some cases, Windows fails to respond to keyboard and mouse commands. This is known as a locked-up or frozenstate. To restart or shut down a locked-up computer, you can try pressing special key combinations [more…]

How to Shut Down Windows on Your PC

You can turn your computer off by shutting it down. If you want to shut down your computer, rather than making it sleep or hibernate, you can. Be in charge! Shut down your PC whenever you please. [more…]

How to Clean Inkjet Printer Cartridges

You need to clean your inkjet cartridge nozzles about once every three months or whenever the output from your printer suddenly starts streaking. You don’t need a scrub brush to clean your printer cartridges [more…]

How to Remove RAM from Your Laptop

To remove memory modules, or RAM, from a laptop, you follow very similar steps from one brand to another; today, nearly every laptop design places an access panel on the bottom of the laptop and uses similarly [more…]

How to Connect Your Laptop to an Unknown SSID in Windows XP

For security reasons, some wireless networks don’t broadcast their SSIDs. A wireless network not broadcasting its SSID doesn’t show up in your list of networks. [more…]

Securing a Wireless Network on Your Laptop

If you set up a wireless network on your laptop, you need to make it secure. You don’t want anyone within reach of your wireless signal to be able to use the network, or worse, eavesdrop on the electronic [more…]

The Types of PC Expansion Slots

You can expand your PC internally by adding additional circuitry boards. Those boards, or expansion cards, plug directly into expansion slots on the motherboard [more…]

What to Do When You Can’t Connect to Your Wireless Network

Connecting to a network wirelessly can be as simple as turning on your laptop and tuning in to the WiFi signal, but it can also be very frustrating if the conditions aren't right or the settings are improper [more…]

How to Encrypt Important Files or Folders on Your Laptop

If your laptop’s hard drive is set up with NTFS formatting, Windows can scramble or encrypt your files. (This feature may not be available in some versions of Windows.) Encryption provides extra security [more…]

Looking Inside a PC Console

You may want to see the components that make up your PC console, the PC’s guts. For a peek inside a PC (without having to dissect your own), look no further. A PC’s insides are shown in this figure, which [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…]

How to Choose a Computer Processor

Intel and AMD are the two leading computer processor manufacturers. Both today’s Pentium series processors from Intel (Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Extreme Edition) and the Athlon 64 and 64 X2 series processors [more…]

How to Change Your Laptop’s Power Button Functions in Windows XP

In Windows XP, you can control what your laptop does when you close the lid, or press the power or sleep button. You can access the Power button controls by following these steps: [more…]

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