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  • How-Tos: How to choose components when building a PC

    You are going to build a PC. How do you know if PC components will work together? PC Advisor's Helproom Expert explains.

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  • How-Tos: Upgrade a PC to make it fast, stable and secure

    Get your hands dirty, and you can get a lot more from your PC hardware. We look at how to tweak a processor, install a faster CPU, switch to a more powerful graphics card or cool things down for improved efficiency.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a PC's motherboard

    If you want to keep your PC current, sooner or later you'll have to replace its motherboard. PC Advisor explains how to relieve the pain of that process.

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

    Upgrading a desktop processor might sound intimidating, but it's an easier (and cheaper) way to boost your PC's speed than you think. PC Advisor explains how to upgrade your PC's processor.

  • How-Tos: How to install a solid-state drive (SSD) in a laptop

    A solid-state drive offers faster transfer rates and quieter operation than a hard-disk drive. It also has no moving parts, making it less fragile. PC Advisor explains how to make the switch to SSD.

  • How-Tos: How to liquid cool a PC

    A cooler PC will run smoother, faster and more quietly. Applying cooling components is fiddly, but worth doing. PC Advisor shows you how to liquid cool a PC.

  • How-Tos: How to overclock a desktop PC

    Overclocking used to be a dirty word, but with the two main desktop PC processor manufacturers now selling CPUs designed for speed-tweaking, it's now a tried-and-trusted upgrade. PC Advisor shows you how.

  • How-Tos: Laptop refresh: six ways to revitalise an older notebook

    Do you have an ageing laptop that you want to save from the recycling center? With a few software and hardware upgrades, you could bring that old notebook back to life and possibly avoid having to plunk down cash for a new laptop or a secondary device such as an Apple iPad or an Android tablet.

  • How-Tos: How to install a hard drive or SSD in a laptop

    Putting a new hard drive or SSD into a laptop may seem like an impossibly complicated task, but it's actually very simple. Find the existing hard drive, pop it out, stick the new one in.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade an old PC to play 3D games

    Upgrading an older PC with RAM, OS and graphics updates to play 3D games is fraught with difficulty. But with our simple guidance you should have no problems.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your PC to an SSD for video work

    Why installing an SSD is a good idea if you use your PC for video editing, and how to check for compatibility issues.

  • How-Tos: How to spring clean a dusty PC

    If you allow your PC's case to get dirty over time, grime can clog the fans that keep the internal parts cool. Here's how to avoid disaster.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your PC: 24 performance tweaks

    We look at ways to give your PC a definitive boost of power, covering hardware upgrades, software tweaks and networking tricks.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive with three partitions

    I upgraded to Windows 7 on a new hard drive with three partitions. It unexpectedly installed itself on a reserved portion, but worked perfectly. However, on startup I am now offered a choice of loading Linux or Windows. How do I set up the PC so that I don’t have to go through this extra step every time?

  • How-Tos: How to transfer data from one hard drive to another

    I want to transfer data from a pair of portable hard drives to a new 1.5-terabyte (TB) drive. How do I copy across the contents? I have an Asus Z9200U laptop running Windows XP.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade an old PC for gaming

    I recently got a new laptop and still have my old desktop PC. What would I need to do to turn it into a gaming computer?

  • How-Tos: Tip: use spacers when you upgrade a motherboard

    I’ve had some serious problems with my recently upgraded computer. The monitor won’t detect the PC and the hard drive LED flashes randomly for a moment after pressing the power button but then stops. I upgraded my CPU, case, motherboard and RAM according to the manufacturers’ instructions, except I didn’t use spacers for the motherboard. My friend did the same, but had no problems following the upgrade. I’m only 13, so I’m getting seriously stressed. I haven’t been able to find a solution online.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a broken DVD or CD drive

    The optical drive on my two-year-old desktop PC has stopped working. Most times it fails to register when a DVD or CD is inserted. It also won’t play the disc or show its contents. Device Manager reports that the device is working normally. I have tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the latest drivers. What else can I try?

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a hard-disk replacement

    I’ve had to replace the hard drive on an Acer laptop. I installed Microsoft Windows Vista and Symantec Norton 360 using their product discs, then updated both. The LG DVD drive now displays a yellow triangle beside it in Device Manager, yet Windows reports that it’s already using the best driver for it. LG told me the drive works with Windows drivers.


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