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Turn Off the Sticky Keys Warning on Windows PCs

A keyboard problem you may need to troubleshoot is the Sticky Keys warning that pops up when Shift is pressed 5 times in a row. Some video games use the Shift key as an action key, so learning to undo [more…]

How to Test your PC Speakers

If your PC speakers suddenly go mute on you, Windows has a tool you can use to troubleshoot the problem.

Your PC console has one, internal speaker. Sometimes the sound coming from an internal speaker is [more…]

Connect Speakers to Your Windows PC

Most PCs have an internal speaker. It’s a cheap, tiny speaker, and usually is barely audible. Thus, you will likely want to connect external speakers to your PC. Here are some of the options you may find [more…]

Troubleshoot PC Speakers when They Stop “Speaking”

The biggest issue with computer sound is not hearing anything. The solution is to follow a step-by-step process for eliminating the cause. [more…]

Test the Microphone on Your Windows PC

For a microphone to work on your computer, it must be plugged into the pink jack on your PC, unless it’s a USB microphone, which simply plugs into the USB port. [more…]

Troubleshoot Peripherals Using Windows Device Manager

Windows features a central location for all the hardware in your PC. It’s the Device Manager and it can be used as a troubleshooting tool. The Device Manager provides a central location for accessing the [more…]

Get into the Guts of Your Computer

When you are troubleshooting a PC problem, you may have to get into the guts of the computer. If you diagnose the problem using software tools and realize that a part needs to be replaced or added, you [more…]

Inside Your PC’s Console

The inside of your computer may look scary. But rest assured: Anyone with relatively basic knowledge can update, fix, or maintain their computer. Not every computer looks the same inside, but every PC [more…]

Check for Loose Cables to Troubleshoot Some PC Problems

One of the most common causes of computer problems is that a connector comes loose. In order to troubleshoot, check all the cables on the outside of the computer. If you find all of those in place, you [more…]

How Your Computer Cools Itself

The cause of most PC console problems is heat. Electronics love the cold. But all that high-tech madness taking place inside your computer makes for a lot of heat. A major part of the console’s design [more…]

How to Replace the Power Supply on Your PC

If the power supply is dead, it needs to be replaced. You can pay to have this done or simply note the power supply’s product number and search for a replacement unit locally or on the Internet. The key [more…]

How to Replace the Clock Battery on Your PC

If your computer’s clock is consistently loosing time, you may need to troubleshoot this by replacing the battery. Computers keep track of time, but not reliably. A typical computer’s clock can be off [more…]

Understand Expansion Slots in Your PC

When you decide to expand your PC with a new device, you need to understand the expansion slots on your PC’s motherboard so you can determine what type of new device to buy. There are a bunch of different [more…]

How to Insert an Expansion Card in Your PC

If you are going to install a new device like a drive or a display adapter in your PC, that device will have an expansion card that inserts in an expansion slot. Expansion cards are almost tinker toy simple [more…]

Update a Display Adapter in Your PC

You add a new display adapter to your PC the same way as you add any expansion card. But beyond the physical installation, you need to be aware of a few things when performing this type of operation. [more…]

How to Remove an Expansion Card from Your PC

Devices inside your computer like DVD drives and display adapters sometimes stop working. Should this happen to you, you will need to remove the old device before you can replace it with a working one. [more…]

Great Gaming PCs Need Great Graphics Cards

A major element in any great gaming PC is the graphics card — in fact, most of the hard-core gaming community have graphics cards (in the plural) because most of the current crop of cards are designed [more…]

Are All Game Controllers Created Equal?

Although game controller is used as a generic term (indicating any hand-held, desk-bound, or portable device that accepts player input), there are actually four basic types of controllers in use today. [more…]

Keyboard and Mouse Options for PC Gamers

Many ace players swear by the gaming keyboard and mouse/trackball combo. You may be wondering what could possibly be done to these two venerable input devices that would make them so attractive for gamers [more…]

Gaming Glasses for the Dedicated Gamer

There's a recent arrival to gaming with close ties to the world of high-definition TVs: gaming glasses, which offer 1080p HD 3D play on your PC. You can also use these glasses to watch 3D Blu-Ray movies [more…]

Compare PC Gaming Hardware with Benchmarks

Benchmarks — when it comes to comparing graphics cards, the gaming world seems to revolve directly around them. If you’re not familiar with a performance [more…]

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