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    My HP dv9700 Vista laptop has a spare SATA drive bay. A 500GB Hitachi drive has been fitted using the correct caddy and connector, but when I reboot the PC, the drive doesn't appear in Computer. When connected using USB it appears as drive F.

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  • How-Tos: How to virtualise Windows XP

    I was very interested to learn that it's possible to run older programs in Windows XP Mode on my Windows 7 PC. However, I've been unable to make this work on my Acer Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit laptop. Can you tell me where I'm going wrong?

  • How-Tos: How to clean up a congested hard drive

    The C drive on my Toshiba laptop is nearly full with music, photos and other downloads. I'd like to redistribute some of this data on two other available hard drives. I also want to edit some photos and mini-DVD videos, so advice on storage issues would be welcome.

  • How-Tos: How to clean a virus off a USB stick

    As a regular speaker at conferences, I carry my presentations on a USB memory key and plug it into the organiser's laptop to access them. In doing so, I believe my USB drive has picked up some malware. In Windows it appears on the desktop as a green icon with 'Keygen' written on it. It also creates a message box saying 'UpdateNetFramework'. If I delete the file it simply reappears. Norton Antivirus 2009 hasn't managed to eradicate it, and I now have the same message on all the USB drives I use.

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    Firmware revisions can make your old equipment run faster and crash less often. Find out how to give your hardware software enhancements and new features

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a laptop with failed audio

    I'm unable to get sound from my Windows 7 HP laptop. I've checked everything I can think of and have now run out of ideas.

  • 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?

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    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.

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


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