PC Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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How to Keep Your Computer Dust-Free

Dust bunnies are real — and they seem to reproduce as fast as their namesakes. But you can banish that dust from your PC and get back to work or play. Here are the computer-dusting procedures: [more…]

How to Free Space on Your Hard Drive

You should free space on your hard drive to keep your PC running well. You need to free space on your hard drive more often with Vista than with earlier versions of Windows. [more…]

How to Test Your Laptop’s Battery

Laptop batteries can fail, or over time can lose their ability to hold a charge. If your laptop suddenly stops cooperating, you can usually determine if a bad battery is causing the problem by removing [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…]

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 Run a Diagnostics Program on Your Laptop

Many laptop manufacturers provide diagnostics programs as part of the basic software that comes with the laptop. This helps both the user and the company because it pinpoints problems with the hope that [more…]

How to Keep Your Laptop Operating at a Safe Temperature

Keeping your laptop operating at a safe temperature ensures that the components continue to function and that your laptop leads a long life. To maintain a safe temperature, most laptops do not have cutting-edge [more…]

How to Clean the Laptop Keyboard

It’s a good idea to clean your laptop keyboard regularly. However, to avoid damaging it, there are some things you need to keep in mind when you are removing dust and particles, or cleaning the keys. [more…]

How to Clean the Laptop LCD Screen

The techniques used for cleaning a laptop LCD screen, whether it’s for a desktop or laptop computer, are filled with controversy! Generally, no one recommends using any liquids because they can damage [more…]

How to Clean Your Laser Printer

Your laser printer needs a cleaning every now and then. Although you should follow the specific cleaning instructions for your brand and model of laser printer while cleaning its interior, you generally [more…]

What to Do When Your Laptop Battery Isn't Providing Power

If your laptop's battery doesn't seem to be pumping out enough power, do some troubleshooting before you spend the money on a new battery. First, check to see that the battery hasn't been accidentally [more…]

How to Use the Device Manager on Your Laptop

You can use the Windows Device Manager to view the status of a device or diagnose a problem caused by one of your laptop’s systems. [more…]

How to Clean Your PC Mouse and Keyboard

Your PCs mouse and keyboard get grimy — fast — because your keyboard and mouse are continually in use, and they get pawed by human hands. Never fear. You can keep your mouse and keyboard clean and working [more…]

How to Clean Your PC Monitor and Scanner

Keep the glass surfaces of your monitor and scanner clean — but beware because you can do more harm than good to your monitor and scanner when cleaning if you don’t know what you’re doing. Clean your monitor [more…]

What to Do When the LCD Won’t Display

Although the LCD on your laptop can fail, it’s unusual for this to happen. Modern laptop displays are surprisingly durable, unless you manage to drop your laptop to the floor with its lid open, or if you [more…]

Proper Storage of Your Laptop

Laptop computers can go anywhere or be put anywhere. With a fully charged battery, your laptop has a home wherever you go! Beyond that, you can place your laptop anywhere you like: on the kitchen table [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…]

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…]

How to Update Applications Software

If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from application improvements, bug fixes, and new security defenses (including virus and malware attacks). Follow these instructions [more…]

Get Help with Computer Problems

Having trouble with your PC? Computer help comes from many sources: the manufacturer and local computer stores are just two. The Windows Remote Assistant lets a friend or trusted expert control your machine [more…]

Computer Update and Maintenance Web Sites

Updating your computer and performing PC maintenance is made easier at the following Web sites. These update and maintenance sites offer support, advice, and information that can help you keep your computer [more…]

Perform Windows Computer Preventive Maintenance

Fixing your own computer is less necessary if you perform computer maintenance. These tips for maintaining your PC can help you prevent computer problems before they happen and can keep your computer running [more…]

How to Update Windows Automatically

Setting up Windows to update automatically is easy, though the steps to automatic updates depend on your operating system version. If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from [more…]

Fix Your Own Computer For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Updating software and performing computer maintenance can make your computer last longer, and it isn't difficult. Update software to get the latest security updates and bug fixes. Physically clean your [more…]

Conserve Battery Life on Your Smartphones and Laptops

Smartphones and laptops can give you near-instantaneous access to the Internet no matter where you are, but all that accessibility means nothing if your battery is dead. If you're ultimately concerned [more…]

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