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  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot unrecognized USB sticks

    Almost every PC user has probably been in a situation where they needed to copy files on an USB stick for quick transport, only to be stopped dead in their tracks by the plain lack of the latter in the Explorer. But why does Windows fail to recognize USB sticks? Here's how you can solve the problem.

  • How-Tos: 'OSD is now locked' message on monitor

    If your monitor keeps displaying the message 'OSD is now locked' or 'OSD is now unlocked' it is likely you have an internal hardware problem, a software problem or just a sticky button. Our Helproom Editor can assist.

  • How-Tos: Answer Line: I've got a dead key on my keyboard

    Vaibhav Jadhav's keyboard won't type the letter T.

  • How-Tos: DVD-less Snow Leopard installation on older Mac

    Reader Steven Harris is trying to do the right thing by his family, but technical barriers prevent it. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Washed-out graphics when using HDMI with PC display

    If you find that picture quality is reduced when you connect your display to your PC via HDMI rather than DVI, our Helproom Editor can help.

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Turning power off turns trouble on

    Sometimes, you can't win. The very thing you do to prevent potential trouble winds up causing you grief instead. Such was the case for me in today's episode of Bugs & Fixes. It's a story that also features a surprise ending.

  • How-Tos: Black borders on external monitor

    If you are seeing a black border around your PC content, it is likely that your graphics card thinks the screen is a TV. It's easy to solve: our Helproom Editor explains how. Updated 17 December 2012.

  • How-Tos: Make DVDs as holiday gifts

    Apple has almost entirely abandoned DVDs—remember, those shiny discs that no longer fit into many modern Macs? But despite the shift to online photo and video services, not everyone is capable of streaming media over the Internet. A DVD (and increasingly, a high-definition Blu-ray disc) is still a near-universal way to share the photos and videos as a holiday gift. Besides, friends and family members can’t unwrap a pipeline of bits and bytes.

  • How-Tos: Mac 101: Your input devices

    For the last few weeks I've casually thrown around phrases like "hover your cursor over," "press the Command key," and "swipe to the side on your trackpad." And while I'm fairly confident that such suggestions are well within your powers to understand, it's possible (likely, even) that you, your keyboard, mouse, and trackpad are not on entirely intimate terms. Let's do something about that now.

  • How-Tos: Master VLC, the ultimate Windows media player for power users

    Let's just rip off the Band-Aid and get the bad news out of the way: The standard version of Windows 8 won't include Windows Media Center or the ability to play DVDs by default.

  • How-Tos: Monitor cable problem

    Our Helproom Editor helps out a reader who is having problems with his display.

  • How-Tos: How to keep your office organized

    There's little hard information on the subject--and some of the evidence is conflicting--but it seems logical to say that a disorganized office leads to a lot of nonproductive time spent looking for stuff. One study from Brother found that workers waste, on average, 76 hours per person per year looking for misplaced items on their desks. And years ago, NEC-Mitsubishi said that cluttered desks can cause mental and physical stress, both as a result of frustration with the mess and owing to poor posture while working around all the junk.

  • How-Tos: Podcasting: All you need to know

    The first podcasts broadcast over the Internet more than a decade ago, and since that time much has changed. Podcasting has gone from a niche hobby for amateurs to a recording industry that's helping many entertainers make a living.

  • How-Tos: Problems with USB hub charging

    Why your USB hub may not be charging your phone or external hard drive, and how you can solve that problem.

  • How-Tos: How to Send Web Content Straight to Your Kindle

    If you're a Kindle (or Kindle app) owner and a Google Chrome user, here's good news: You can now send Web content directly to your mobile device.

  • How-Tos: How to Enhance Your Router With Open-Source Firmware

    As the number of connected devices in our homes and offices continues to multiply, the limitations of many consumer-grade broadband routers become increasingly apparent. Not so long ago, many users had just one or two systems connected to the Web through their router. But today, many users have multiple smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops/notebooks, and desktop systems connected to their routers, along with such consumer electronics devices as Blu-ray players, HDTVs, and game consoles.

  • 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: How to tell DVI-I and DVI-D cables apart

    Our Helproom Editor explains the differences between various DVI connectors and ports. Here's how to tell DVI-I, DVI-D and DVI-A cables apart.

  • How-Tos: View PC desktop on TV via USB

    Our Helproom Expert explains how to use your TV as a large monitor for your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to Save Money on Printing Costs

    By now you've heard the claim that at close to $4731 per gallon, printer ink is more expensive than vintage Champagne, rare whiskey, and Russian caviar. PCWorld reported on that almost ten years ago, and not much has changed since.


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