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  • How-Tos: How to repair a hard drive that won't boot

    My Windows 7 PC has four hard drives (C, E, F and G). I've been having a lot of trouble with them lately, and a couple of weeks ago my computer wouldn't start up. I ran through Startup Repair a few times, but it hasn't helped. I've tried disconnecting my secondary hard drives and reconnecting them one at a time following restarts. Everything worked fine for a while but, after I tried to burn a DVD, I again got a locked-up computer with only two of the four drives available. Selectively adding the drives hasn't cured things this time, although the C drive continues to work normally.

  • How-Tos: How to install a second hard drive

    I want to install a second hard drive for backup purposes. I think I have a SATA drive at present. How can I be sure, and how do I go about installing a new drive?

  • 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: Set up a Wi-Fi router and home network

    We hate to see precious bandwidth go to waste. Here, we outline how to make a trickle of connectivity go a long, long way.

  • How-Tos: How to: Set up a 3G failover

    Mobile broadband is a useful alternative for getting online when a connection via your usual means isn’t possible. We show you how to set up a 3G failover.

  • How-Tos: How to use touch to control your Windows 7 PC

    I want to use touch to control my Windows 7 Home Premium PC. Is it as simple as plugging in a touchscreen display? I’d also like to view a 3D image – will I need a new graphics card?

  • How-Tos: How to get more from a quad-core PC

    QUESTION My Windows 7 Home Premium computer has a quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. I’ve not found any advantage to using four cores. How can I use the processor more effectively and allocate different processes to the individual cores?

  • How-Tos: How to restore an iPhone

    I've bought a number of apps for my iPhone via iTunes and the App Store. To avoid draining the battery by downloading apps directly to the handset, I'd like to connect my iPhone to my Windows XP PC using USB and transfer them over. However, when I connect the phone its icon doesn't appear on the desktop (although it does charge up). I've tried updating iTunes, restarting the PC and using a different USB port, all to no avail.

  • How-Tos: How to initialise your PC's microphone

    My Windows 7 PC plays audio through headphones but is unable to pick up sound from them. I’ve got a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi card and a Logitech USB phone/microphone. The drivers are up to date.

  • How-Tos: How to set up your printer to save ink and paper

    The paperless office is yet to become a reality, which means print costs are a continuing issue. We look at how to be print-savvy to save paper and ink, plus when to PDF your documents instead

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your PC to run cooler and quieter

    We demonstrate how to upgrade a PC for super-silent, energy-efficient, ice-cool performance

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 1 - choosing your components

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 4 - how to add RAM and cards

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 6 - how to insert the drives

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider. There's also a video version of this tutorial for you to watch for further instruction.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 2 - how to install a motherboard

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 7 - how to configure the BIOS

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider. There's also a video version of this tutorial for you to watch for further instruction.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a broken USB thumb drive

    Windows Explorer no longer displays the icon for my external USB drive. Device Manager tells me ‘This device is working normally’, but uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers hasn’t brought back my icon. I use Avast, Spysweeper, A-Squared Malwarebytes, Spybot and Windows Defender.

  • How-Tos: How to find drivers for your hard drive

    I backed up my Windows XP PC to a portable hard drive. This drive appears in Device Manager and Disk Management, but not in My Computer. My Creative sound system failed at the same time. The Hardware Wizard was unable to locate new drivers for the hard drive, USB ports or sound entries in Device Manager.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a projector in Windows 7

    If there’s one IT product that tends to fox people, it’s the projector. Whether that’s because it’s usually about to enable the person in question to stand up in front of colleagues and give a nerve-racking presentation, or because the projector is needlessly complex, we’ve sat through many meetings that took a while to get started because of ‘projector incompatibility’.

  • How-Tos: How to buy an Apple iPad - Apple iPad FAQs

    The Apple iPad launches in the UK on 28 May 2010, with demand expected to be sky high. How do you choose the right model, how much will it cost and where should you buy it? Here we answer all of those questions, as well as explaining how to utilise the 3G connectivity of your Apple iPad, and how much that will cost.


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