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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to supplement system RAM with ReadyBoost

    Adding more RAM is a good first step to speeding up your PC, and the easiest and cheapest way to do so is using a simple USB drive and Windows' ReadyBoost feature.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the FIFA World Cup in style

    Committed football fans can rejoice: technology is going into overdrive to deliver more ways to enjoy the World Cup football action. PC Advisor outlines ways you can get involved.

  • How-Tos: How to switch off your monitor's burn-in mode

    My monitor stays on even after I've switched off the PC, endlessly flashing through the entire spectrum of colours

  • How-Tos: How to get Windows 7 drivers for your motherboard

    I recently built a PC around an Intel Core i7 950 processor, 3GB of RAM and an Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard. But the motherboard refuses to recognise Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

  • How-Tos: How to fix everything: the ultimate guide to fixing technology

    PCs, printers, smartphones, cameras, networks - your stuff will inevitably stop working. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix your most common tech issues.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a laptop's processor

    I'd like to upgrade my HP laptop's 2.1GHz Intel T8100 dual-core processor so I can use it for games such as Grand Theft Auto IV. Is this feasible, and what are the possible pitfalls?

  • How-Tos: How to use an old scanner with no Windows 7 drivers

    QUESTION I'd like to use my seven-year-old Canon CanoScan D1250U2 scanner with my new PC, but its driver isn't compatible with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I can't find any new drivers for this model on Canon's website.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a faulty monitor

    QUESTION My monitor has developed a fault. The display will work for a short spell, but only if I turn it off and back on again.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a faulty RAM upgrade

    QUESTION I bought two matching RAM modules for my father's Dell Dimension 4600 PC after checking they were the correct type and size. But after installing them in the 'Dimm 1' and 'Dimm 2' slots, the computer displays the dreaded blue screen of death. When I reinstall the old RAM, all is well again. What have I done wrong?

  • How-Tos: How to optimise your graphics card for gaming

    Tweaking the settings on your graphics card can do a lot to improve play during gaming. We've put together some guidelines for obtaining good image quality, as well as for finding the right blend of quality and performance, when tweaking the settings.

  • How-Tos: How to: Back up your digital media

    Backing up your data is essential: the information contained in a document on a hard drive can be nearly impossible to replicate or replace. Here, we walk you through scheduling backups in Vista and Windows 7.


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