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How to Log out of Your Windows Account

When several people have accounts on the same computer, you can log out to keep the computer on, toasty, and ready for someone else to log on and use it. Logging out of your Windows account is pretty simple [more…]

How to Identify the Indicator Lights on Your Laptop

Your laptop most likely has many more indicator lights than the typical desktop computer. This table lists some of the common lights, lamps, and bright, blinking things you might find on your laptop along [more…]

How to Turn On Your PC

You need to plug in your PC and devices before you can turn them on (obvious, right?). When all your computer components are plugged in and ready to go, turn on the computer: [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…]

Connect Peripherals to Your PC

Peripherals are externally hooked up to your computer. Your actual PC, itself, is nothing but the console (or tower). Everything else is considered a peripheral. To do much of anything with a PC, you’ll [more…]

How to Get System Information about Your Laptop Hardware

Your laptop’s System icon opens a window or dialog box that serves as a central location for gathering information about your laptop's hardware, controlling that hardware, and performing minor troubleshooting [more…]

Change Your PC’s Mouse Settings

In Windows, mouse settings are controlled by using the Mouse Properties dialog box. To display that dialog box to change mouse settings, open the Control Panel Home and choose the Mouse link beneath the [more…]

How to Remove External Storage from Your PC

Although you can easily unplug any USB device from your computer at any time, don’t just unplug an external storage device. Because the computer may be using the external storage, remove the external drive [more…]

What to Pack in Your Laptop Case

A good laptop case is useful for holding more than just the laptop. When you travel, you should pack your laptop case with all those extra goodies that you may need. When you're at a loss about what to [more…]

FireWire Connections on Your PC

The original FireWire standard has now been overtaken in raw speed by USB 2.0, but because FireWire has been around much longer, it’s in no danger of disappearing. FireWire works better than USB 2.0 with [more…]

The Different Types of Computer Mice

Computer mice some in a number of varieties. You can find a computer mouse for just about any use. To figure out what kind of mouse would work best with your PC, you need to know your mouse options: [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 Make the Dialup Connection from Your Laptop in Windows XP

Unlike a broadband connection, which is always on, a dialup connection requires you to dial in to your ISP whenever you want to use it. Before you do anything, ensure that your laptop is properly wired [more…]

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

An uninterruptible power supply, or UPS, is the best thing to have for hooking up your computer system to the wall socket. Basically, an uninterruptible power supply is a power strip combined with a battery [more…]

How to Disconnect from Your Dial-up Account after Checking E-mail

When you're using a dial-up account from your laptop, keep in mind that you don't need to be connected to the Internet while you read your e-mail. Especially given how much power the modem draws, you should [more…]

The Types of Computer Printers

Computer printers are categorized by how the ink gets splattered on the paper. Other subcategories of printer are based on the printer’s features. Printers fall into several general groups. Here’s the [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…]

Serial Ports on Your PC

Although the serial port may not be fossilized, it did originally appear with the premiere of the IBM PC. Serial ports have largely been replaced by USB ports [more…]

Computer Storage

Your computer needs storage because the processor needs a place to perform its magic — a scratchpad for mad doodles, if you will. All computers need storage. On a modern computer, storage comes in two [more…]

How to Conserve Your Laptop’s Battery Power During Travel

Thanks to smart battery technology, your laptop can be programmed to warn you when its battery is low. The idea is to act fast on those warnings when they appear — and to take them seriously! Dally at [more…]

How to Move Your PC

You can move a desktop PC whenever you want. If you’ve been challenged to a LAN game at someone’s apartment or you’re moving to a new home, you can certainly take your computer. Your PC enjoys chaperoned [more…]

Browse Your Photos with Windows Photo Gallery

Use Windows Photo Gallery to browse your photos. Windows Photo Gallery allows you to quickly sort through hundreds (or thousands) of your photos.

Your Pictures folder, located one click away on the Start [more…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s Modem in Windows

To control your laptop’s modem, you must find the spot in Windows where you can use software to set up the modem's hardware. Here’s how to find the modem in Windows. [more…]

The Network Cables for Your PC

Unless you go totally wireless, you need wires to connect the computers, thus creating the network. You use a cable known as Cat 5, or Category 5, networking cable. One end of the cable plugs into your [more…]

Memory Cards

The memory card is the most recent form of permanent computer storage technology. The general term memory card applies to all the different types of solid-state storage devices. These memory cards vary [more…]

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