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  • How-Tos: Can my laptop use extra RAM?

    A reader attempted to upgrade the RAM in his two-year-old laptop. But his PC seemed to recognise only 2GB of the extra memory. Our Helproom Expert shows how to check how much RAM your laptop can take.

  • 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: How to charge a laptop from a car

    A reader wanted to know how to charge his Acer laptop from a narrowboat. Using his knowledge of charging from a car's cigarette lighter port, our Helproom Expert explained.

  • 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: How to install a solid-state drive (SSD) in a laptop

    A solid-state drive offers faster transfer rates and quieter operation than a hard-disk drive. It also has no moving parts, making it less fragile. PC Advisor explains how to make the switch to SSD.

  • How-Tos: Laptop refresh: six ways to revitalise an older notebook

    Do you have an ageing laptop that you want to save from the recycling center? With a few software and hardware upgrades, you could bring that old notebook back to life and possibly avoid having to plunk down cash for a new laptop or a secondary device such as an Apple iPad or an Android tablet.

  • How-Tos: How to install a hard drive or SSD in a laptop

    Putting a new hard drive or SSD into a laptop may seem like an impossibly complicated task, but it's actually very simple. Find the existing hard drive, pop it out, stick the new one in.

  • How-Tos: Help! Your PC problems solved, July 2011

    This month our Helproom editor helps readers with upgrading a PC's motherboard, graphics card and memory, software problems with Google Chrome and Windows 7, and downloads that just won't... well... download!

  • How-Tos: Recover a Stolen Laptop with Free LockItTight

    In the last month, two family members and one friend have had laptops stolen right out of their homes. Sadly, none of the systems were equipped with remote-monitoring software, meaning the chances of recovery are just about zero.

  • How-Tos: Clean your laptop; back up drivers

    Reader Thomas owns a fairly small, compact laptop that "has has gotten incredibly noisy in the last few weeks. It's the cooling fan, which seems to run all the time and at maximum speed." He wants to know what he can do to get his laptop back to its previously quiet self.

  • How-Tos: How to Work Outdoors

    Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are supposed to make us mobile: Freed of cumbersome desktop technology, we can work anywhere we want. Why, then, don't you see legions of people at parks, beaches, or even sidewalk cafes typing away on their laptops? Mainly because they simply can't see their screens.

  • How-Tos: How to track down lost or stolen tech

    Gadgets are lost or stolen all the time, and usually are never to be seen again. Hardware-tracing services can improve your odds of getting them back.

  • How-Tos: Buying a Back-to-School Laptop

    Right as the new school year comes up, it dawns on you: Your laptop is hopelessly outdated. Maybe you're accustomed to using the family computer at home, and will need one of your own as you head off to college. Or perhaps you're a high school student who just can't take another year of sharing your computer with relatives. Whether you're a parent purchasing for your child or a student spending your own limited funds, you should look for a few key things when buying a laptop for academic life. With our list of what to consider and what to avoid, the dizzying array of choices just might seem less overwhelming.

  • How-Tos: What to do when your laptop speakers don't work

    Here's what to do if the speakers and audio jack stop working on a Windows laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a slow booting PC

    I upgraded my PC's motherboard, CPU and hard disk. Windows 7 64-bit now takes four minutes to load. By booting into Safe mode, I found that it's hanging at Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPnp.sys.

  • How-Tos: How to restore Windows without the restore CD

    When Windows misbehaves, restoring the operating system via your restore CD may be the last resort. So what do you do if you can't find the disc?

  • How-Tos: PlayBook Quick Tip: How to Type Special Characters

    The other day, while sipping a latte at the café and attempting to share my caffeine consumption with friends and colleagues via Twitter, I realized that though I've become fairly proficient with my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's touch-screen keyboard, I didn't know how to type that accented "e" in "café."

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot and fix Windows problems from afar

    Microsoft's web-based remote-access tools let you quickly fix Windows problems on far-away PCs. PC Advisor outlines how to use them.

  • How-Tos: 6 Registry Hacks to Make Your PC Faster

    The Windows Registry is a database that holds your operating system's configurations and settings. This includes everything from how long your mouse must hover over a taskbar icon before the preview pops up (in Windows Vista and Windows 7) to performance settings.

  • How-Tos: How to insure an iPad

    One of the biggest benefits of tablet PCs, such as Apple's iPad, is that are lightweight enough to be taken on the go. But with prices around £400, it'll be a costly mistake if you misplace, accidentally damage or are even unlucky enough to have your tablet PC stolen. This applies to any gadget for that matter, whether it's your digital camera or your smartphone. So, do you need iPad insurance? There are a number of ways to insure your gadgets giving yourself an extra layer of protection should you run into trouble.


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