We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Free guide: Hardware tweaks

Free guide: Hardware tweaksHere's 20 unexpected ways to unleash the true potential of the technology products you already own. Hacking may have connotations of teenagers with serious trouble in mind, but it's a relatively common approach to getting your hardware to do more than you've been led to believe it ought.

As you probably know, it's possible to make your PC run faster by 'overclocking' it – that means making the processor operate at a higher rate. But a little judicious jiggery-pokery can also make more of your digital camera, MP3 player, digital set-top box and network.

If it has a plug, a jack, a battery, a cord, a chip, a disk drive or a display, chances are it can be reprogrammed and tweaked in some way to give you more speed, advanced features or greater storage – without your paying for a whole new unit.

Click here to download the guide in PDF format.

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite