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  • How-Tos: How to fix a failed laptop hard drive

    My 18-month-old laptop reports the following error message at startup: ‘Broadcom base code PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable PXE-MOF: exiting Broadcom PXE.ROM. Operating system not found’. I can get into the Bios by pressing F2, but I don’t know what to do from there.

  • How-Tos: How to access Facebook using a secure connection

    Facebook has improved user account security by providing the option to access the social network through a secure HTTPS connection. With more and more of us using Wi-Fi hotspots to access social networks, this secure mode is a useful means to protect our information.

  • How-Tos: How to limit access to your Facebook profile

    We all know the dangers of giving away too much information about our personal lives on social-networking sites such as Facebook, so it's important to accept friend requests only from people you know and trust, locking down your profile from strangers. But sometimes this isn't enough, and we want to keep certain details from particular groups of friends - that our boss or our mum might see dubious holiday snaps or messages written on our Facebook Wall is a daunting thought.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with the PlayStation Network hack

    Sony has warned that hackers may have obtained PSN users' personal details, potentially including credit card information. How can you tell if you've been affected, and what should you do now?

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot Clipboard problems in Windows 7

    The Clipboard utility on my Dell Windows 7 PC regularly fills up and stops working. In the past, restarting the machine would fix the problem. It now refuses to work after adding only one or two items to it.

  • How-Tos: How to turn off 3G on a Google Android phone

    Smartphones, including those running Google's Android OS, can be prone to poor battery life. If you want to make sure your handset lasts longer between charges, then you can turn off the 3G data connection. Here we show you how.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a .exe file that Windows can't find

    I downloaded and later uninstalled the free Hamster video converter. When I next started up the PC, I got this error message: ‘Windows cannot find tmonitor.exe’.

  • How-Tos: How to convert videos into an iPhone compatible format

    As well as being great for staying in touch on the move, smartphones are also great entertainment devices and allow users to listen to music and play back videos on their handset. Apple’s iPhone is no different, although it only supports video files in the MP4 format.

  • How-Tos: Save Money and Trees With Green Printing Tools

    Companies and organizations come in virtually countless shapes and sizes, but one thing that tends to unite them all is at least some reliance on printing. Hand in hand with that fact, in turn, come the ubiquitous paper, toner and other various related items, all of which can add up both in the budget and in their toll on the planet.

  • How-Tos: How to edit photos on a Google Android tablet

    Most of us tend to snap an awful lot more digital images than we ever did when old-fashioned film was around. Back then, taking a picture was always a little bit of a gamble, mainly because you didn't know what the end result was going to look like before you spent time and money getting it developed.

  • How-Tos: How to connect to Wi-Fi on a Google Android tablet

    If your Google Android tablet is not connected to the internet then there are lots of things you will be unable to do. Without an internet connection your tablet is a static device, you can only use it as a self contained piece of equipment and it is limited by the applications and services which were on it at the time you bought it.

  • How-Tos: How to fix the time and date on your PC

    ach time I turn on my PC I have to reset the time and date, which appears as Jan 2006. Why can’t my PC remember this setting?

  • How-Tos: How to create a letterhead

    Setting up a business is pricey enough without forking out for additional software. With a copy of the free OpenOffice.org productivity suite, however, you can reduce some of the outlay. Here, we show you how to create your own business letterhead paper.

  • How-Tos: How to design a business card

    Setting up a business is costly, but there are ways to bring down the outlay. Here, we show you how to design and print your own business cards with Moo.

  • How-Tos: How to get more from Mozilla Firefox 4

    Firefox 4 represents a sea change. A lot of work has been completed behind the scenes to make the browser faster, both under the hood and in terms of user friendliness. Every change that Mozilla has applied has been considered with swifter, simplified and more efficient web browsing in mind. Here, we provide a simple guide to help you find your way around the best of Firefox 4’s new and old features.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a business website

    Provided that you have a good idea, the web can help you quickly make a splash. An online presence is a must, whether your company is a one-man band or employs dozens of staff. Here, we’ll look at how to set up an online shop using 1&1 MyBusiness Site.

  • How-Tos: How to use Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7

    When it comes to PCs, many of us aren't as technical as we'd like, and that means calling in help when problems arise.

  • How-Tos: How to connect to a Wi-Fi network on an Apple iPhone

    Apple's iPhone lets users browse the web, check email and even view document on-the-go, although you'll need a net connection to do this. While data packages can be expensive, using a Wi-Fi connection, either you home network, the one in the office, or a free connection in a coffee shop, is a much more wallet-friendly option for using your handset's 'smart' features. Here's how to connect to a Wi-Fi network from your Apple iPhone.

  • How-Tos: How to recover photos and contacts from a mobile phone

    I purchased Data Doctor SIM Recovery software to retrieve some messages and photos I accidently deleted from my smartphone. I have bought two different card readers so far and neither of them has worked.

  • How-Tos: How to beat latest security threats from Avast, Apple and Microsoft

    We're only halfway through April and there are already too many vulnerabilities to count. This month avast! released a false-positive virus definition that affected a number of innocent websites. Then, for their monthly Tuesday patch, Microsoft released 17 new security bulletins which addressed 64 vulnerabilities. Also, two days later, Apple released four security updates which cover software updates for iOS 3.0 through 4.3.1, Safari 5.0.5, and a security update to the Certificate Trust Policy for iOS.


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