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  • How-Tos: How to add a second screen to your PC or laptop

    Adding a second screen to your PC or laptop gives you more space to multitask: you can browse the web, check emails and complete work tasks, all while displaying your video or photo slideshows on a second screen.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a hard-disk replacement

    I’ve had to replace the hard drive on an Acer laptop. I installed Microsoft Windows Vista and Symantec Norton 360 using their product discs, then updated both. The LG DVD drive now displays a yellow triangle beside it in Device Manager, yet Windows reports that it’s already using the best driver for it. LG told me the drive works with Windows drivers.

  • How-Tos: How to protect your PC from data disasters

    Reformatting and restoring a PC is no fun, but you can use it as an opportunity to implement a bulletproof backup system - not to mention optimise your system so it runs like new.

  • How-Tos: How to: 10 key technology tutorials from 2010

    PC Advisor publishes hundreds of walk-throughs and tutorials every year, and 2010 was no different. Here are the Top 10 most popular technology tutorials we wrote and published in 2010.

  • How-Tos: How to: The Top 10 Tech Tutorials of 2010

    One of the key functions of the PC Advisor website is to help technology users. We offer free tech support in the Helproom Forum, and hundreds of technology tutorials both big and small. Search around on PC Advisor and you'll find advice on everything from ultra-techie niche problems, through simple home entertainment setup to tips on keeping your PC in tip-top condition.

  • How-Tos: How to fix the audio on a Windows 7 laptop

    I'm unable to hear any sound through the speakers on my Acer Extensa 5630Z Windows 7 laptop. It makes no difference whether I'm listening to MP3 files stored on the hard drive, videos streamed from a website or even system sounds. I can hear very faint audio when I plug in a pair of headphones, but turning up the volume doesn't improve things. The laptop has a Realtek sound card, but reinstalling the drivers hasn't helped. I've also used System Restore, experimented with different headphones and speakers, and tinkered with settings in the Sounds control panel. I'm at a loss as to what to do next.

  • How-Tos: How to create a drive partition using Acronis

    It’s a good idea to have more than one partition on your hard drive. This is a virtual division that Windows regards as a separate drive, and can even be reformatted without affecting the remainder of the drive. We show you how using Acronis Disk Director 11 Home.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your data

    Windows 7 does its best to make backing up your files easy, so there's no excuse for not organising and protecting all your valuable data.

  • How-Tos: How to find Windows Explorer

    Yesterday I explained the existence of Windows Explorer (which is not the same as Internet Explorer, mind you), the Windows file manager that many a novice user has found mysterious, confusing, and just plain hard to find.

  • How-Tos: How to use Ubuntu's Maverick Meerkat

    Ubuntu 10.10 is proving to be one of the best, most user-friendly distributions of the Linux operating system ever seen. Here are a few things you should do first with your new operating system

  • How-Tos: How to fit a hard drive in a SATA drive bay

    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.

  • How-Tos: How to clean up your Windows PC

    Get a faster PC by cleaning the junk from your hard disk, tweaking the Registry and improving boot times

  • How-Tos: How to make free calls from a PC or mobile phone

    Make free or low-cost calls over the internet using your PC, laptop or mobile phone. We show you how.

  • How-Tos: How to secure a new PC

    The excitement of discovering the capabilities of a new PC can lead you to forget the importance of security. Our new PC safety guide offers step-by-step instructions for protecting your machine.

  • How-Tos: How to use an Apple iPad for business

    Are you considering using the Apple iPad in business? Here's what you need to keep in mind.

  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to update firmware on PCs and peripherals

    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.


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