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  • How-Tos: How to stop mouse movement starting up your PC

    Recent motherboards include a feature that allows USB devices to turn on your PC. But what if this feature is enabled, and you don't want your PC to turn on every time you nudge the mouse? Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: How to rescue a PC with a faulty hard drive

    When a recently bereaved reader found she couldn't boot her late husband's PC, our Helproom Expert diagnosed a faulty hard drive. Here's how to fix a PC with a faulty hard drive.

  • How-Tos: Upgrade a PC to edit and burn HD video

    How do you upgrade a basic older PC so you can edit and burn HD videos? Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: How to change the power plan in Windows 7

    Whether you're using Windows 7 on a PC or a laptop, you may think you need to make a choice between performance and battery life.

  • How-Tos: Organize Your PC Cables

    I am not a neat person. You need only to see my desk to realize that. However, when it comes to my PC case, I keep the cables organized.

  • How-Tos: How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

    Back in the old days of 2010, I used to walk into my home office in the morning, hit the power button on my production system, and then head back upstairs to have breakfast. By the time I returned to the office, my system had fully booted up and was ready to go.

  • How-Tos: How to Build a Powerhouse PC Worthy of Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition

    I want a PC that performs well in every regard. It needs to be the decathlete of the computing world, a high-performance gaming rig capable of running Windows on at least two displays while handling Photoshop and Premiere Pro editing duties with speed and aplomb. Of course, digital photography and video editing require both good CPU chops and decent GPU performance. And games can be CPU-draining simulators or GPU-punishing virtual worlds--sometimes both at the same time.

  • How-Tos: How to add RAM to speed up your PC

    Adding more memory to your PC is one of the most cost-effective means of boosting its performance. PC Advisor looks at how to choose the right RAM and avoid installation issues.

  • How-Tos: How to add a second monitor to your PC

    A second display helps you see more and work more efficiently. Here's how to add a second monitor to your PC.

  • How-Tos: Build Your Own Network-Attached Storage System

    With cheap storage readily available, the temptation to build vast libraries of music, movies, photos, and documents is ever present. But when each PC in your home is packed to its aluminum gills with gigabytes upon gigabytes of digital goods, managing all of that data can be a hassle.

  • How-Tos: How to install a new graphics card in an old PC

    One reader wanted to install a graphics card in the spare PCI Express x16 slot in his PC. Our Helproom Expert explained the options.

  • How-Tos: How to build a compact gaming PC

    We show you how to construct a space-saving gaming PC including an nVidia GTX 570 graphics card for unbeatable performance. UPDATED: 23rd Feb 2012

  • How-Tos: How to choose components when building a PC

    You are going to build a PC. How do you know if PC components will work together? PC Advisor's Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: How to program software

    We introduce you to the secrets of computer programming and show you how to create PC programs from scratch

  • How-Tos: How to connect a second display to a Thunderbolt iMac

    How can you attach a second display or a projector to a new iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? Or a Mac mini for that matter?

  • How-Tos: Upgrade a PC to make it fast, stable and secure

    Get your hands dirty, and you can get a lot more from your PC hardware. We look at how to tweak a processor, install a faster CPU, switch to a more powerful graphics card or cool things down for improved efficiency.

  • How-Tos: Build a Gaming PC for Under $1000

    When you build a gaming system, it should be all about frame rates. The reality, though, is that most people don’t have the unconstrained budgets to wring out the maximum performance a game can deliver.

  • How-Tos: How to liquid cool a PC

    A cooler PC will run smoother, faster and more quietly. Applying cooling components is fiddly, but worth doing. PC Advisor shows you how to liquid cool a PC.

  • How-Tos: How to overclock a desktop PC

    Overclocking used to be a dirty word, but with the two main desktop PC processor manufacturers now selling CPUs designed for speed-tweaking, it's now a tried-and-trusted upgrade. PC Advisor shows you how.


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