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  • 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    Right as the new school year comes up, it dawns on you: Your laptop is hopelessly outdated.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.

  • How-Tos: Transfer files to and from an iPad

    It’s true that you can use your iPad instead of your Mac to take care of many common computing tasks. But unless you’re ready to ditch Mac OS X entirely, you’ll still need to transfer files back and forth between your iPad and your Mac if you’re going to get work done.

  • How-Tos: How to turn wireless connectivity on or off in Windows 7

    Want to connect your Windows PC or laptop to a Wi-Fi network but you're having problems? Try checking that wireless connectivity has been enabled on your device. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: Connect to the VPN at work from your iPad

    While there are plenty of ways to protect your iPad and its data from ne’er do wells, one way is of specific interest to business users: the virtual private network or VPN.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a failed laptop hard drive

    My 18-month-old laptop reports the following error message at startup: ‘Broadcom base code PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable PXE-MOF: exiting Broadcom PXE.ROM. Operating system not found’. I can get into the Bios by pressing F2, but I don’t know what to do from there.

  • How-Tos: How to clean up the temp folder in Windows

    To keep your PC in good working order, it's important to ensure that any clutter and unused files are removed on a regular basis. This includes files in the temporary folder, as they were once necessary but are now not being used. You can either use a tool in Windows or do it manually. We show you how to do both.

  • How-Tos: How to connect a wireless mouse to a Windows laptop

    My wife dislikes laptop touchpads and used to have a USB mouse that plugged into her Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. She has now upgraded to a wireless mouse, but we can’t get it to work. We’ve tried three different wireless mice, all with the same lack of results. All three mice work fine on another Vista laptop and a Windows XP desktop. Windows troubleshooting reports: ‘This device is working properly’. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to share iTunes libraries with other PCs

    Most PC users have some, if not all of their music collection stored in digital format on their computer. However, with multiple machines in one home becoming the norm, you my think you'll nee to ensure you copy all of your MP3s to each PC to ensure you can enjoy them no matter were in your home you are, which is time consuming to say the least.

  • How-Tos: How to stop Microsoft Office constantly reinstalling

    Microsoft Office Home & Student keeps trying to reinstall itself on my partner’s Vista laptop. If she cancels the installation, nothing works correctly and she has to wait until it configures and installs itself again before being able to use it. How can we fix this?

  • How-Tos: How to add a DVD drive to a netbook

    I bought a netbook for my wife. Since it has no optical drive, I also bought a USB-powered external Blu-ray/DVD drives and tried to use it to install Microsoft Office. This was recognised, but it won’t run or install Office, reporting USB controller error Code 43. The drive works on another PC, and tech support explained that it may be a problem with the power allocated to the USB ports. I returned it to them to inspect, but I’m curious as to whether this is a standard problem. I find it incredible that I can’t use a plug-and-play optical device on the netbook.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your PC: 6 simple hardware upgrades

    You want a faster system? Put faster parts in it. That's the simple an­­swer to a question that every PC owner asks from time to time. But replacement parts aren't free, and cash-strapped computer enthusiasts know that the key is to put their money where it counts most.


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