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

    When your laptop screen breaks, here's how to understand the problem, then fix or replace the laptop screen.

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    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: 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: Help! My laptop's webcam isn't working

    The webcam stopped working on a reader's laptop running Windows 7. Our Helproom Expert was happy to advise.

  • 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: Macworld Guide to AppleCare

    I'm sure you've had this happen: You're buying a TV, a refrigerator, or a digital camera, and the salesperson tries to pressure you—or maybe even scare you—into paying for an extended warranty. In some cases, the expense may be justified, but in others, you're simply paying for something you'll never need.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with a hot laptop

    Our Helproom expert explains how to prevent a laptop overheating, and gives a reader tips on how to deal with a laptop that is running hot.

  • 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: Laptop won't charge: here's how to fix it

    What to do if your laptop's battery stops charging, as explained by our Helproom Expert.

  • 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: 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.


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