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Use Windows Video Display Troubleshooter

As you might expect, some troubleshooters are lurking in Windows to assist you with monitor and video problems.

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the troubleshooter can be found in the display adapter’s Properties [more…]

Configure Color Management in Windows Vista or XP

The idea behind color management isn’t to match colors on a computer monitor with colors in the real world. Instead, strive to match colors in a way that satisfies your needs. For example, match the colors [more…]

Change the Icon Size on Your PC

Windows operating system introduced the world of icons and they are everywhere now — on the desktop and taskbars, in the folders and start menu. You can resize these icons to make them easier to see. Conversely [more…]

Configure Your Monitor to Save Power

Your computer monitor is most likely energy efficient. That means it has a low-power mode designed to save energy. This mode is activated by a loss of signal from the PC’s display adapter. You can confirm [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Just Won’t Start

A laptop has several phases of “just won’t start.” The problem is compounded because a laptop has two power sources: When AC isn’t available, electricity is drawn from the laptop’s battery. So you know [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Won’t Wake Up

A wake-up problem arises when you put the laptop to sleep (in Stand By mode) or hibernate it. When you attempt to rouse the laptop, nothing happens. The cause may be power management issues or monitor [more…]

How to Clean Your Laptop’s Case, Screen, and Keyboard

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require more cleaning than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. Here’s how to clean your laptop case, screen [more…]

Your Laptop and Airport Security

The airport security situation is becoming increasingly complex. Travelling with a laptop presents a special issue in the airport security line. Here’s what you need to know and do to get through airport [more…]

How to Set the Monitor Resolution on Your PC

The PC monitor’s physical dimensions cannot change, but you can control the amount of stuff you see on the screen by adjusting the screen resolution. That’s the number of dots, or [more…]

How to Add a Second Monitor to Your PC

If your PC sports two graphics ports, the system can handle two monitors. It would be like if your body had two necks, you could go shopping for a second head. Hat sales would go through the roof! [more…]

How to Orient the Monitor on Your PC

Nothing says that a widescreen PC monitor needs to be oriented like a movie screen. Some people like portrait, or tall, orientation, especially when dealing with spreadsheets or other listy items. [more…]

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