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  • How-Tos: How to Make Your Own Network Cables

    Although it's easy to head to the electronics store to buy network cables, making do with cables of predetermined lengths can be a problem. More often than not, premade cables are either too short (and require coupling) or too long (in which case, you have to tie up excess cabling and tuck it away somewhere). The end result is usually a mess of extra network cable, wrapped and bundled up alongside your devices and network switches. It works, but it isn't ideal, and it looks horrible.

  • How-Tos: How to Undo RAID: Best Practices

    It seemed like a simple, relatively safe task: I needed to undo the RAID array on my PC.

  • How-Tos: How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC

    Building a desktop computer that's amazing is easy, if a little time-consuming. But even after you’ve stuffed your new system with all the latest hardware, hooked up your cabling, and cleaned off your desk for a giant monitor, you’re not quite done.

  • How-Tos: Storing files on your camera card

    Reader Derrick Cliff has need of quick and dirty storage. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Can I use a PCI Express x1 slot for a graphics card?

    You can add a second display to a PC by fitting a graphics card to a PCI Express x1 slot: just don't expect great performance. Our Helproom Editor explains.

  • How-Tos: PC fan getting louder

    Here's what to do if your PC's cooling fan has suddenly become a lot louder.

  • How-Tos: 37 Tech Shortcuts From the Experts

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  • How-Tos: How to Convert an Old PC into a Modern Server

    Your old desktop PC gave you years of reliable service, but eventually it couldn't keep up with modern tasks and applications; so you went out and bought something newer and faster. Now you need to decide what to do with the old clunker.

  • How-Tos: How to Partition Your Hard Drive to Optimize Performance

    Solid-state drives are all the rage lately, thanks to their high transfer speeds and ultrafast access times, but most people still use cheap, spacious mechanical hard drives. Unfortunately, mechanical hard drives also constitute one of the most significant performance bottlenecks in modern computer systems. Even when paired with the fastest processors and lots of memory, a slow hard drive will drag down the a system's overall performance and responsiveness, which is why upgrading to an SSD usually yields such significant performance gains.

  • How-Tos: Motherboard Port Guide: Solving Your Connector Mystery

    If you've ever opened a PC case and stared inside, or looked at a bare motherboard, you may be taken aback by the number and variety of connectors, pins, and slots that exist on a modern PC motherboard. In this guide I'll identify some of the most common (and a few uncommon) connectors on motherboards used in most home PCs. I won't cover server- or workstation-class boards here, just what you might find in a typical midrange or high-end home PC.

  • How-Tos: Safely Remove USB Drives Just by Unplugging Them

    Most Windows users have become conditioned over time to never unplug a USB flash drive or hard drive without first clicking Safely Remove Hardware in the System Tray.

  • How-Tos: Struggling With Tablet Repair Complications

    I’m an American working for the U.S. government and assigned overseas in Italy. Around Thanksgiving, I bought an Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet from Overstock.com and had it sent to my FPO mailing address. When the tablet’s screen died a while later, I opened two Asus support tickets: one on the Italian site and one on the U.S. site (since I purchased the tablet from an American vendor). Asus in Italy merely asked, “Did you buy the tablet in Italy?” I wrote back and explained the situation, but never got a reply. An Asus rep in the United States told me that they could fix the tablet, but would return it only to a family member or friend in the United States, since the company does not ship to AFO or FPO addresses. This would add eight to ten weeks to the total turnaround time for the repair. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows' Send-To Menu

    Dragging and dropping isn't always the fastest way to handle file operations. Either you have to open and arrange two windows, or you have to navigate Explorer's folder tree, which many users find confusing.

  • How-Tos: An Easier Way to Add Files to Your Dropbox Account

    For a service with the word "drop" front and center in its name, Dropbox has always been notoriously, annoyingly unsupportive of dragging and dropping to its Web client.

  • How-Tos: Escape unwanted disk checks at startup

    Does your Windows PC tell you that it needs to check disks for consistency before it can boot? Our Helproom Editor can help.

  • How-Tos: Western Digital Puts 2TB of Storage in Palm of Your Hand for $250

    Who needs the cloud when you can have two terabytes of storage in the palm of your hand?

  • How-Tos: Overclock Your Graphics Card

    Many PC gamers eagerly await the release of next-generation graphics cards, hoping that the new hardware will boost frame rates and enhance eye candy in the latest games. However, while a graphics card upgrade is almost always a good way to increase game performance or improve image quality, new cards tend to be expensive--and they aren’t always necessary.

  • How-Tos: How to build a compact, energy-efficient PC

    We show you how to put together a space-saving, energy-efficient PC for home or office use - UPDATED: 23rd Feb 2012

  • How-Tos: My PC Doesn't See My Hard Drive

    When Wendell tries to boot his PC, an error message announces a disk read error. It's as if his hard drive--with three year's worth of work on it--doesn't exist.

  • How-Tos: Install an Old Laptop Hard Drive in Your Desktop

    Reader Fred wants to know if a laptop hard drive can be plugged into a desktop PC. "The pin out appears to be the same," he notes, "but there is no separate power-supply connector."


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