Adding Internal Components to Your Computer

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How to Install a Hard Drive on Your Laptop

The best laptops make changing a hard drive as easy as swapping a battery. In the below figure you can see one example of a laptop hard drive in a carrier and the empty bay awaiting its installation. [more…]

How to Install a Generic Drive in Your Laptop

You may be able to purchase a “bare” mobile hard disk drive from a computer parts supplier and install it in your laptop. A bare drive is sold as a simple spare part, without all the fancy packaging and [more…]

How to Add a New Part to Your PC

Upgrading your PC may mean adding a new part to the PC’s motherboard. No need to be intimidated, just use the steps in the following list as a guide and you’ll come through your upgrade with flying colors [more…]

How to Add a Second Internal Drive to Your Computer

You can’t add a second internal drive to laptops or netbooks; they’re too small. A second internal hard drive is a perk reserved for desktop computers. Some can even hold three or four extra drives. [more…]

How to Update Your Computer’s Hard Drive

Upgrading a hard drive isn’t as difficult as it sounds. First, you discover what type of hard drive you need by peeking inside your computer. Armed with that knowledge, you decide how much you want to [more…]

How to Install a Sound Card in Your Computer

Some folks upgrade their computer sound card to get a higher-quality sound than what comes standard on most computer. Every computer sold in the past ten years comes with PCI slots for sound cards. Your [more…]

How to Install a Video Card in Your Computer

You can upgrade your computer’s video card easily — just install a new card in place of the old. Cards are particularly susceptible to static electricity, so tap your computer’s case to ground yourself [more…]

How to Set Jumpers for Your Computer’s IDE Drive

Hailing from days gone by, IDE drives on a computer take more cajoling than today’s SATA drives. SATA drives each have their own cable that connects to the computer’s motherboard. Yesterday’s IDE drives [more…]

How to Install an Internal CD/DVD Drive in Your Computer

Your computer or laptop needs one of two types of CD/DVD drives: SATA or IDE. The most foolproof way to see what type of drive your computer can take is to open it up and take a look at the drive or drives [more…]

How to Replace Your Desktop PC’s Power Supply

You can’t repair your desktop PC’s power supply, you can only replace it. Don’t ever open your computer’s power supply or try to fix it yourself. Remember — replace, don’t try to repair. The power supply [more…]

How to Install an Internal Dialup Modem in Your Computer

Installing an internal dialup modem on your computer is a wise investment. Internal modems cost less than half the price of external modems, and they’re usually better quality. Plus, you can’t lose an [more…]

How to Install a Network Adapter in Your Computer

If you own a deadbeat computer that lacks a network adapter, you can install an adapter yourself. The fastest and cheapest adapters — either wired or wireless — come on PCI cards that slide into a slot [more…]

Sound Card Features to Look for When Upgrading

When you are considering upgrading your computer's audiovisual components, the first consideration is your PC’s sound card (naturally). You need to know what to look for when comparing sound cards. [more…]

Graphics Card Features to Look for When Upgrading

Having a terrific graphics card isn’t all about blasting aliens to kingdom come. A fast 3D video card can speed up the display of digital video and even the operating system eye candy provided by Windows [more…]

How to Install Sound and Video Cards

Installing a sound card or video card is much like adding any other adapter card to your PC. If you’re installing a sound card, make sure that you connect the audio cable from your DVD-ROM/Blu-Ray drive [more…]

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