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  • How-Tos: How to roll back your PC's audio drivers

    My Asus Eee 1008HA netbook runs Windows 7 and uses a Realtek HD Audio sound chip. It has shortcut buttons above the keyboard that are intended to control audio functions such as volume and mute. Following a recent driver update for the sound card, as advised by Driver Detective, they no longer function correctly.

  • How-Tos: How to use your TV as a monitor

    I often use my TV as a second monitor for giving presentations. My Windows 7 laptop normally operates at a 1920x1080 resolution, but changes to 1360x768 when I connect the TV. The image on the TV is displayed full-screen, but it isn’t on my laptop. Adjusting the resolution doesn’t solve the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 on a Vista laptop

    I’m about to replace my Vista Home Premium laptop with one running Windows 7. I’ll be passing on my old laptop to my son, but I’d like to install Windows 7 on his laptop too. Can I purchase an upgrade version, and will I lose any programs or other files in doing so? What’s my best (cheapest) option?

  • How-Tos: How to create and manage System Restore points

    PC Advisor explains how to roll back your PC to a ‘happier’ time when things go wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to overclock a PC

    Overclocking your processor can give your PC a significant speed boost--but you have to be careful. Here's how to overclock your system's processor without frying it

  • How-Tos: How to fix a faulty laptop trackpad

    QUESTION My laptop’s touchpad is jerky and scrolling doesn’t work in Internet Explorer 8.0. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to play DVDs on a netbook

    QUESTION I want to watch DVDs on my Acer Aspire One netbook using an external drive, but I appear to be missing the necessary software.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that won't let you log in

    I can no longer log into Windows on my XP laptop. It accepts the password, flashes up the wallpaper screen, then immediately logs me out. If it comes to it, will I be able to sync the tracks on my iPhone to an iTunes account on a new machine?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a flat laptop battery

    I can’t charge the battery in my Dell laptop unless I first remove it and blow on it. Replacing the original battery hasn’t fixed the problem.

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

    My PC automatically shuts down 15 minutes after startup. I’ve replaced the power supply, but it hasn’t solved the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to choose a netbook

    There's currently a huge number of machines to choose from in the netbook market. A quick glance at the specs of the current crop might lead you to believe that they're more alike than different.

  • How-Tos: How to buy an Apple iPad - Apple iPad FAQs

    The Apple iPad launches in the UK on 28 May 2010, with demand expected to be sky high. How do you choose the right model, how much will it cost and where should you buy it? Here we answer all of those questions, as well as explaining how to utilise the 3G connectivity of your Apple iPad, and how much that will cost.

  • How-Tos: How to get mobile web on a Linux laptop

    I bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with Ubuntu 8.04 preinstalled. I'd like to use a mobile broadband dongle, such as the Huawei 160 on 3 or Vodafone, but neither supports Linux.

  • How-Tos: How to solve Windows 7 memory allocation problems

    When browsing the web on my brand-new laptop I get warnings that the memory is running low and that I should close some programs. On Startup a Performance Options window appears. This allocates processor resources to adjust performance for programs or background services. Having already set and applied my changes, I have to go through the same process every time I start up the machine.

  • How-Tos: How to fix everything: the ultimate guide to fixing technology

    PCs, printers, smartphones, cameras, networks - your stuff will inevitably stop working. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix your most common tech issues.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a laptop's processor

    I'd like to upgrade my HP laptop's 2.1GHz Intel T8100 dual-core processor so I can use it for games such as Grand Theft Auto IV. Is this feasible, and what are the possible pitfalls?

  • How-Tos: How to buy an iPad from the US

    With Apple announcing a further delay to the iPad in the UK, a lot of our readers have been asking us about the process of importing an iPad from the USA to the UK.

  • 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 install Windows Update files

    My laptop, which runs Windows 7 64bit, frequently fails to install Windows Update files. What should I do?


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