PC Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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Can I Add a Second Monitor to My PC?

Certain editions of Windows can power two monitors. All you need to complete the picture are two monitors plus two display adapters or one display adapter that can handle two monitors. [more…]

Troubleshoot a Blank PC Monitor

To troubleshoot when you see nothing on the computer monitor, check the basic hardware first: Is the monitor turned on? Is it plugged in? Is the monitor properly connected to the display adapter on the [more…]

Troubleshoot Monitor Issues by Swapping Hardware

Because the PC’s video system contains two parts, you have to check two hardware items when you are troubleshooting: the monitor and the display adapter. To do forensic troubleshooting, it helps to swap [more…]

Adjust the Monitor on Your PC

No monitor is perfect. Somewhere along the line you will end up troubleshooting something, but frequently it just takes a little adjustment. Every monitor features its own adjustment menu, along with a [more…]

Deal with Bad Pixels in Your LCD Monitor

A situation unique to LCD monitors is the dead or stuck pixel issue. Being dead and being stuck are similar problems with different fixes.

A dead pixel is one with its red, green, or blue element off, or [more…]

PC Monitor Screen Savers: Tools or Toys?

Do you need a screen saver on your monitor? There’s no reason to run a screen saver program for its originally intended purpose: to prevent the perils of phosphor burn-in. [more…]

Change the Screen Resolution on Your Monitor

Computer monitors display images by lighting up various pixels, or picture elements, on the screen. The pixels are arranged in a grid, where the number of pixels horizontally and vertically is referred [more…]

Change Your Monitor’s Dots per Inch (DPI) Setting

When viewing the screen is difficult, increasing the dpi, which refers to dots per inch, can fix that issue. And graphics artists frequently require an increased dpi to effectively do their work. [more…]

Set Your PC Monitor’s Color Depth

The richness of the image on a computer monitor is determined more by the number of colors available than by the number of pixels (the resolution). Lower resolutions with more colors look better than higher [more…]

Calibrate Color on Your Monitor in Windows 7

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…]

Update PC Monitor Drivers

Updating the video driver can solve most video problems. Two companies develop most PC display adapter technology: Intel (formerly ATI) and NVIDIA. They routinely make new graphics drivers available, ensuring [more…]

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…]

Printer Driver Causing Your Printing Issues?

If you are trying to troubleshoot Windows PC printing issues, the printer driver might be the culprit. Like most things in a computer, your printer requires both hardware and software to function. The [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…]

Update Peripheral Drivers Using Windows Device Manager

One thing you can do to avoid PC problems is to ensure that your hardware always has up-to-date software. For many of the computer’s devices, that means doing a software update. Here’s how: [more…]

Diagnose Problems with Peripherals in Windows 7

Windows 7 features many troubleshooting and diagnostic tools, all carefully hidden in the Control Panel. You can use those tools to quickly determine what’s wrong with your PC and, hopefully, fix it. Most [more…]

Make the Mouse Track Faster or Slower

You can adjust the speed of your computer’s mouse to be faster or slower by using the Mouse Properties dialog box in Windows. Here’s how: [more…]

Make the Mouse Pointer More Visible in Windows PCs

Having trouble seeing the mouse pointer on your PC’s screen? The Pointer Options tab in the Mouse Properties dialog box in Windows contains a host of options to help you make the mouse pointer more visible [more…]

Make Your Mouse Left-handed

If you’re one of the 10 percent of humanity who prefers using your left hand, there’s hope: Manufacturers make left-handed computer mice. You can also direct Windows to reverse the role of the main mouse [more…]

Set Your Keyboard’s Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate

You can control a few things about how your computer’s keyboard works. Two of them that are most crucial — especially if you are a touch-typist — are the repeat delay and the repeat rate: [more…]

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…]

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