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  • How-Tos: How to fix ntoskrnl.exe BSOD

    If you have a blue screen of death (BSOD) in Windows 7 caused by ntoskrnl.exe, here's what you can do to fix it.

  • How-Tos: What is the ideal CPU temperature?

    We explain the acceptable temperature range for CPUs in laptops and PCs, and how you can monitor your processor to check if it’s getting too hot.

  • How-Tos: How to view laptop or PC specs

    How to check the CPU, RAM, OS and graphics card in any Windows or Mac PC or laptop. Here's how to view your laptop's specification.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up PC | How to speed up laptop

    How to speed up a PC or speed up a laptop. Free software tweaks to speed up Windows, and the best hardware upgrades to boost your PC or laptop. How to speed up PC, how to speed up laptop. What to do when your PC is running slowly, or your laptop is running slowly.

  • How-Tos: How to use a spare internal hard drive as an external hard drive

    If you've upgraded to an SSD or replaced an old hard disk with a bigger capacity model, you probably have a spare drive doing very little. Why not turn it into an external hard drive for yet more storage or backup? Here's how to do it by using a USB caddy.

  • How-Tos: How to ground yourself before touching a CPU

    Delicate electrical components such as CPUs can be fall victim to the danger of being fried by static electricity. To avoid accidentally shorting out your hardware when performing repairs or modifications, read our guide on how to properly ground yourself before touching a CPU.

  • How-Tos: Z97 vs Z87: Which motherboard should I buy?

    If you're upgrading your PC you can spend hours deciding which are the best components to use. We make that decision a little easier by discussing the differences between the Z97 Express and Z87 Express chipset motherboards.

  • How-Tos: How to monitor CPU temperature

    Overclocked PCs can run hot - too hot. Now that Desktop Gadgets are no longer supported under Windows 8, we show you how to monitor your CPU temperature and processor health.

  • How-Tos: Don't update one motherboard BIOS with another's BIOS file

    Two motherboards may be very similar, but it doesn’t take much difference to render their BIOS files incompatible with one another. Here's why you shouldn't update one motherboard BIOS with a different motherboard's BIOS file.

  • How-Tos: Use IDE drive in PC with SATA connectors

    How to use IDE drives in a PC or laptop with only SATA connectors.

  • How-Tos: PC shuts down unexpectedly

    We show you how to find out why your PC or laptop is shutting down suddenly, and explain some ways to fix it.

  • How-Tos: Problems with OptionRom

    One reader found that his PC wasn't able to boot in UEFI mode. He kept getting the error message: 'OptionRom Authenticate fail'. It turned out his graphics card isn't compatible with UEFI booting. Here's how to deal with problems with OptionRom.

  • How-Tos: How to safely import a dynamic disk

    How to safely import a dynamic disk and its data to a new PC or laptop

  • How-Tos: Improve graphics card performance

    How to make sure you get a noticeable improvement in graphics performance when you upgrade the graphics card in your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: Test the memory in your PC or laptop

    We show you how to check that the memory installed in your PC or laptop is working correctly. Here's how to find out if your RAM is faulty.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your graphics card

    Turn your humble PC into a games machine at a fraction of the price of a next-gen console. Here's how to fit a more powerful graphics card.

  • How-Tos: How to check your CPU temperature

    We explain how to use the free SpeedFan utility to check your CPU temperature, as well as other temperatures in your PC and monitor fan speeds.

  • How-Tos: Should I boost my PC's memory?

    Will more RAM speed up your PC? We explain how to boost your PC's speed by increasing the installed memory.

  • How-Tos: Fix power surge damage to PC

    How to check your PC for damage after a power surge. How to fix your PC after a power surge.

  • How-Tos: How to slave a SATA drive

    Want to add storage to your PC using a second SATA hard drive, or install a new SSD and make your old SATA drive the 'slave'? We explain everything you need to know.

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