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  • How-Tos: How to fix faulty graphics card drivers in your PC

    I recently bought a Palicomp PC running Windows 7 64bit and a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. The screen frequently freezes and reports the error message: 'Display Driver 'AMD driver' stopped responding and has successfully recovered'. Disabling the ATI drivers fixes the problem, but also removes some functionality. Palicomp advised me to uninstall and reinstall the drivers, but this didn’t solve the problem. A Google search for answers has revealed several other users of this graphics card with the same problem. Is there a definitive fix, please?

  • How-Tos: How to connect a third monitor to your PC

    It's a pretty simple matter to add a second monitor to your PC. But what about a third? That might require a little more doing.

  • 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 use a 3G dongle with a desktop PC

    I want to connect a 3G dongle to my desktop PC. Will I need to install extra hardware or drivers??

  • 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 get your PC to recognise your printer

    My Canon Pixma iP1900 printer has recently stopped working with my Windows XP computer. I've tried reinstalling the drivers and unplugging and reconnecting the printer. I now get a message at startup reporting that Windows has found new hardware but was unable to install it.

  • How-Tos: How to fix faulty drivers when your headphones cut out

    The sound output to my headphones frequently cuts out while listening to music using Spotify. Error messages report that my sound card isn't working or my headphones haven't been detected, but closing the pop-ups or relaunching Spotify usually fixes the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to set a second hard drive as your PC's primary drive

    I added a larger hard drive to my PC and installed a second copy of Vista on it. Wanting to remove the old drive, I've changed the boot priority in the Bios. But Windows still looks for it as the primary drive.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot printer problems

    With some patience and attention, you can probably overcome the printer problem that vexes you - and avoid having the nightmare recur in the future. Here's how to address five of the most common printer complaints

  • How-Tos: How to clean printer rollers

    My Epson Stylus Color 740 printer has begun producing black lines on anything I print out. How can I clean the rollers? It also has problems printing on the reverse side of 240gsm card – the first side is fine.

  • How-Tos: How to dial phonecalls from your PC with a USB modem

    I used to be able to dial out to contacts whose numbers were held on Smart Address 2000 (Oakley Data Services), using a PC card modem added to my Windows XP desktop PC. I now have a Windows 7 laptop and, as far as I know, no dial-out facility, although Smart Address 2000 still runs. Is there such a thing as an external USB dial-out modem for my laptop?

  • 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 connect a graphics card to your PC's PSU

    QUESTION I bought a Club 3D ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card, but my motherboard doesn't recognise it. When I plug the monitor cable into the graphics card, the screen goes blank; when I put the monitor cable back into the onboard graphics card slot, the screen is fine.

  • How-Tos: How to import photos to Photo Gallery from an SD card

    When I try to import photos from an SD Card to my Windows 7 laptop, the card doesn't appear in Photo Gallery's 'Import Photos and Videos' dialog box. I can access my SD Card in Windows Explorer, however. How can I get Photo Gallery to display the SD Card?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that constantly shuts down

    My desktop PC immediately shuts down after I turn it on. At the second attempt it will stay switched on, but nothing appears onscreen. The processor fan is running and the RAM is okay, but the motherboard LED blinks.

  • How-Tos: How to use your BlackBerry as a Bluetooth modem

    Using your RIM BlackBerry as a tethered modem for your laptop can help avoid pesky hotel, cafe and airport hot spots and save a stack of cash. But in this wireless world, who wants to be "tethered?" Follow these steps to cut the wire and use your BlackBerry as a Bluetooth modem.

  • How-Tos: How to use a BlackBerry to transfer files by Bluetooth

    You can transfer information and files between BlackBerry smartphones in countless ways, but one of the quickest and easiest methods is via Bluetooth.

  • How-Tos: How to use your BlackBerry's email flags

    The simplest way to employ the email message flags in BlackBerry OS is to assign a flag to a message you received to remind yourself of something. For example, you can flag a message from your spouse requesting that you pick up a gallon of milk on the way home from the office. And you can program your device to remind you right at 5pm to make sure you remember the grocery store stop and avoid the dog house.

  • How-Tos: How to make digital photos appear quickly

    FORUM QUESTION I have a 10Mp camera. When viewing photos it takes a couple of seconds for each one to become sharp. Would a better graphics card than my six-year-old nVidia GeForce FX2500 speed up this process?


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