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    One reason for Wi-Fi problems in Windows 8 is lack of up to date software drivers, as our Helproom Editor explains.

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    A RAM disk is an order of magnitude faster than a traditional disk drive. We explain how to speed up your web browser and other software for free by using your PC's memory as a disk

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  • How-Tos: Using CDs and DVDs with a MacBook Air

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  • How-Tos: How to make MacBook sleep when lid is closed

    When your MacBook is shut it should be in Sleep mode. It should draw almost no power and do next to nothing. But if it remains active with discs spinning and programs running you may have a problem. Here's how to make your MacBook sleep when the lid is closed.

  • How-Tos: Rescue data from a laptop with a broken screen

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to go about rescuing files and folders from your laptop, if the screen is broken so you cannot see what you are doing.

  • How-Tos: How to find which hard drive fits your laptop

    Here we give you a few tips and pointers to show you how to find which hard drive fits your laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to Replace Your Laptop Hard Drive

    If your laptop's hard drive has gone down for the count, or if you want to swap it out in favor of something larger or faster (a solid-state drive can perk up a laptop's performance considerably), I have good news for you: Replacing a hard drive is usually a simple and straightforward procedure; and if things get tricky, our walkthrough will help you do the job safely and efficiently.

  • How-Tos: Problems with USB hub charging

    Why your USB hub may not be charging your phone or external hard drive, and how you can solve that problem.

  • How-Tos: How to Add RAM to Your Laptop

    One of the best ways to perk up the performance of an older laptop is by increasing its memory. Most of the time, the process of adding RAM is little harder than changing a light bulb. But not every laptop is easy to upgrade, and some modern thin-and-light units can't be upgraded at all--you have to buy the laptop with as much memory as you expect to need for its lifetime. Here's a primer to upgrading your laptop with additional RAM.

  • How-Tos: Laptops for Back-to-School: How to Make the Right Choice

    It's back-to-school time, and retailers are inundating everyone with back-to-school specials, ads, email promos, and even direct-mail offers, all promising the best possible computer deal for your student. The problem is that many of these deals focus on some generic student, failing to address the needs or wants of individual students. Sure, the bargains often look attractive, but before you whip out your credit card, you should spend a little time with your student to figure out what they need.

  • How-Tos: Zen and the Art of Laptop Maintenance

    Keep a motorcycle in good condition, and it will last longer and serve you better. The same goes for computers--especially laptops, which suffer a lot of wear and tear during travel and daily use. To keep your laptop looking shiny and running well as long as possible, you should clean the chassis and perform some basic maintenance periodically. In this guide, you'll discover how to clean your laptop, keep the components tight and secure, evaluate the battery, and tidy up the operating system and hard drive to help increase performance.

  • How-Tos: Connect Android phone to Ad Hoc network

    Android phones and Android tablets cannot connect to Ad Hoc networks, by default. Our Helproom Editor explains how to use third-party Ad Hoc enablers, as well as how to how to set up your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect your laptop to it.

  • How-Tos: Easy Ways to Clear Space on Your Laptop's Hard Drive

    It's all too easy to run out of disk space.

  • How-Tos: PC startup won't proceed further than the Bios screen

    If your PC or laptop won't boot beyond the Bios screen, and you recently cleaned it inside, the culprit is likely to be a dislodged component. Our Helproom Editor explains how to solve the problem, and how to find out your Windows install product key.

  • How-Tos: How to Turn Your Laptop Into a Typewriter

    Writing requires focus: You need to sit down with your thoughts and just plow through your work. Regrettably, a modern computer isn't that great for focusing on something as mundane as text. A word processor surrounds your text with so many flashy buttons and toolbars that you might sometimes feel as if the words you're trying to write belong in the backseat. Then there's the matter of chat pop-ups, email dings, Twitter chirps, and the entire panoply of modern distractions that conspire to steal your focus.

  • How-Tos: How To Replace Your Laptop Keyboard

    If your laptop keys are sticky, or some of them are missing, or the keyboard isn't working at all, you can usually replace the entire keyboard yourself for between $20 and $60. The operation isn't as hard as you might think, and performing it has the advantage that you don't have to remove and replace each key individually. Though every laptop is different, removing your laptop's keyboard usually involves simply unsnapping a cover, removing a few screws, and disconnecting a cable.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online

    The London 2012 Olympic Games is under way, running until 12 August. As the home broadcaster of the sporting action in the UK, the BBC has pledged to broadcast a staggering 5,000 hours of coverage, utilising all its digital channels. With all that content on offer, you won't want to miss out. Here's how to catch up on-demand or watch live online the London 2012 Olympic Games.


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