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  • How-Tos: How to fix a faulty RAM upgrade

    QUESTION I bought two matching RAM modules for my father's Dell Dimension 4600 PC after checking they were the correct type and size. But after installing them in the 'Dimm 1' and 'Dimm 2' slots, the computer displays the dreaded blue screen of death. When I reinstall the old RAM, all is well again. What have I done wrong?

  • How-Tos: How to optimise your graphics card for gaming

    Tweaking the settings on your graphics card can do a lot to improve play during gaming. We've put together some guidelines for obtaining good image quality, as well as for finding the right blend of quality and performance, when tweaking the settings.

  • How-Tos: How to: Improve your posture & work environment

    Working at a PC for hours isn’t much fun. But it can also be physically painful; aches and pains may be your body’s way of telling you that you have a poor posture. If you don’t do something about it, these aches and pains could lead to more severe problems.

  • How-Tos: How to delete Registry data infections

    QUESTION I installed the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware on my brand-new Vista PC. Every time I perform a quick scan it reports two Registry data infections. Super Antispyware Free, meanwhile, tells me the computer is infection-free. The files in question are ‘Hkey.Classes_Root\scrfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand)' and ‘Hkey.Classes_Root\regfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand)'. I've tried removing the files using Malwarebytes and rebooting the PC, but they quickly reappear.

  • How-Tos: How to delete temporary and unused files from your PC

    My Windows XP Home PC is running very slowly, even though I've doubled the RAM allocation to 2GB. All Microsoft updates and service packs are installed and I use Norton 360 to keep the computer clear of nasties. I've also tried defragging the hard drive, which the analysis tool said was 22 percent fragmented. After running the defrag tool built into Windows and Norton 360's Disk Optimiser, the hard drive is still 22 percent fragmented. Chkdsk doesn't shed any light on the matter. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a laptop screen that won't stay on

    The screen on my Toshiba 1800 laptop keeps turning itself off. The only way to get it to come back on is by pushing the small button that tells the laptop when the lid is closed. This can happen 10 times in half an hour. The repair shop wants £70 to fix it - is it worth it?

  • How-Tos: How to install Apple iTunes on Windows 7

    My three-month-old Acer Z5610 all-in-one PC runs Windows 7. I recently tried to install iTunes, but AppleMobileDevice refuses to play ball. Acer blames Apple; Apple blames Acer. With my brand-new PC unable to run such a common application, I'm seriously considering returning it under the Sale of Goods Act.

  • How-Tos: How to recover files from deleted user accounts

    A little while ago I deleted my PC user account and created a new one. I wrongly assumed that I'd still be able to access the files on the deleted account. Are they lost forever?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC power problem

    I recently moved my five-year-old HP PC into a different room, during which time the power was off for two hours. The machine now refuses to boot up. The only sign of life is a flashing power LED on the case. How can I fix this?

  • How-Tos: How to get great technical support

    No one likes talking to tech support. Use our tips to help get your problem fixed - and maybe receive a little something extra, as well.

  • Video: How to Partition Your PC's Hard Drive

    Disk partitioning--separating your hard drive into multiple independent volumes--can relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches

  • How-Tos: How to: Windows 7 upgrades for businessses

    Microsoft may not have made it easy for Windows XP users to upgrade to the latest OS, Windows 7, but it has provided a number of tools to help you migrate.

  • How-Tos: How to: Upgrade your netbook

    Keeping your chosen netbook under budget may demand a trade-off in terms of specification, but what you skimp on now needn't haunt you for the life of the device.

  • How-Tos: How to choose the right version of Windows 7

    Before you pick up a copy of Windows 7, you'll have to decide whether you'll plump for the 64 or 32bit version. We take a look at which version of the OS will best suit you.

  • Video: Go mobile: How to get online wherever you are

    To stay ahead the modern workforce has to stay connected even when they're far from the office. Here's a run-down of the easiest, and least expensive ways to get online wherever you are.

  • How-Tos: How to optimise Windows 7

    Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, offers significant improvement over Vista. But if you want to get the very best performance possible, you should make a few system tweaks to eliminate resource-hogging programs and features.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a noisy computer

    When we're trying to concentrate, there's nothing more irritating than a noisy, overheating computer. Follow our tips to get a quiet life and save energy in the process.

  • How-Tos: How to rescue a PC, laptop, iPod or monitor

    When it comes to tech, spilling water on your laptop, or any other gadget, becomes a life or death situation. But these unfortunate accidents mean you have to scrap your tech and invest in a new iPod, mobile phone or camera right?

  • How-Tos: How to Build your own Apple 1

    There's no doubt the Apple 1 is an iconic computer. We decided to re-create this classic machine with the help of an unassembled kit. Find out how we got on.

  • How-Tos: How to get the right updates to protect your PC

    Some patches are vital; others are a waste of time. Update your PC wisely and stay secure with PC Advisor.


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