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    The webcam stopped working on a reader's laptop running Windows 7. Our Helproom Expert was happy to advise.

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  • How-Tos: How to Stream Digital Media From Your Windows 7 PC

    With the immense popularity of digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets for taking pictures and capturing video, and the wide availability of affordable digital music and movies, many people have amassed enormous collections of digital media. Much of that media typically finds its way onto a PC or mass-storage device of some sort--and, unfortunately, it can sometimes go unused for ages. Flipping through pictures or videos and relaxing with some good tunes is always appealing, but sitting in front of a PC isn't the ideal way to enjoy such content.

  • How-Tos: Select multiple photo files without creating duplicates

    Selecting multiple files using Ctrl click is a great time saver. But sometimes it creates copies of the files you want to select. Our Helproom Expert explains.

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    Getting to grips with digital photography can take years. PC Advisor introduces a clever online simulator that can help to demystify many camera controls.

  • How-Tos: Five ways to create and send holiday photo cards

    The holidays are fast approaching and so is the pressure to send out your annual greeting cards to update family and friends about your fabulous life and beautiful children. We looked at five of the best, most user-friendly options that make it easy to design and send photo cards. Starting with the Apple programs you already have on your Mac or iOS device, and ending with sites you may not be familiar with, here's a walk through a veritable winter wonderland of photo card-making options.

  • How-Tos: How to watch MSN Video Player using Windows Media Centre

    Windows Media Centre, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, is a media player designed to bring music, pictures and TV and movies to one location on a Windows PC.

  • How-Tos: Tips for Taking Better Photos During the Holidays

    We tend to take more photos over the holiday season than at any other time of year. Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas trees, glowing menorahs, and family gatherings all make for compelling photo opportunities. This year, as you dust off the digital camera and charge up your battery pack, take some time to do your homework. Brush up on some photographic basics by reviewing my composition tips, then try using the tips collected in this article to turn your holiday photos into works of art. Happy holiday shooting!

  • How-Tos: How to set the parental guidance lock on BBC iPlayer

    In the days before online catch-up TV service, such as the BBC iPlayer, stopping children watching unsuitable content was fairly easy, parents could simply switch off the TV if they didn't think the broadcast was appropriate, or even simply ensure children didn't watch programmes shown after the 9pm watershed.

  • How-Tos: How to use Series Record on BBC iPlayer

    The Series Record function on PVR services such as Sky and Freeview+ allows Brits to set their device to automatically record a specific show whenever it is on so you never miss an episode.

  • How-Tos: How to install and use the BBC iPlayer Desktop application

    The BBC's online TV on demand service, iPlayer, is great for catching up on any shows you may have missed when they were first broadcast on TV.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Sky on a PC

    Digital TV means there's much more to watch on TV than when Brits just had access to the five (or in some cases four if you lived in an area where it was impossible to pick up channel five) terrestrial channel.

  • How-Tos: How to create a picture slideshow in Windows Media Player

    Windows has its own integrated media player that allows you to listen to music or view digital photos and videos stored on your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to display pictures while listening to music in Windows Media Centre

    Windows Media Centre, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, is a media player designed to bring music, pictures and even digital TV and movies to one location on a Windows PC

  • How-Tos: Add a Photo Screensaver to Windows with Google Picasa

    If you're not using Google Picasa to manage your photos, I think you're missing out. It's one of the fastest and most versatile photo managers/image editors currently available, and you can't beat the price. (It's free.)

  • How-Tos: How to view photos on a TV

    Having problems viewing photos from your PC on your TV? Our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Can I use an SLR lens with a Micro Four Thirds camera?

    Like to use the lens from a digital SLR on a Micro Four Thirds camera? Our Helproom Expert explains how.

  • How-Tos: How to rip CD box sets in iTunes

    I've got a lot of music in my collection, and some of it in box sets of varying sizes. From a 37-disc set of Schubert's lieder, to an 80-disc set of all of Glenn Gould's recordings, to a 98-disc set of Shakespeare's plays, to a 172-disc set of Bach's complete works. With all these box sets, my shelves are full. Recently, another one arrived: a 73-CD set of the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 tour; all 22 concerts recorded during the tour.

  • How-Tos: Turn Any Photo Into a Pencil Sketch

    I've often wished I could draw. My drawing abilities stopped evolving in kindergarten, so my drawings of people remain the stick figure variety. That's why I like the fact that I can capture portraits with my digital camera--no drawing skills are required. And for those occasions when I want something that looks like a drawing, I can easily take a full-color portrait and turn it into something that looks like a pencil sketch with just a few clicks.

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    A reader wrote to us complaining that she couldn't get video files to play in Windows Media Player. Our Helproom expert diagnosed a missing codec, and set about solving the problem.


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