Articles in Category: Hardware
Computers, computer systems and the physical components and accessories that make them what they are.
Computers are being sold without recovery media fairly often. That can create difficulties if you run into major problems.
Of course it depends, but you may be able to get that old monitor working with a new computer.
You may not need a computer… but don’t think that moving to a tablet is going to be the end to all hassles.
Chances are that you have a basic disk, and don’t need the functionality offered by dynamic disk support. Even if that functionality actually is kind of cool.
Changing the layout of the hard disk make the C: partition bigger requires a few steps, and occasionally special tools.
I see the appeal of slipping a little SD card into the slot of your computer for backups, but the safety of your precious data on that card has me worried!
CPUs may not be getting faster as quickly as they once did, but Moore’s law isn’t really about speed; it’s about circuitry. We’re still improving in many other ways.
Touch screens are normal screens with touch detection built in. There’s no obvious reason it would be brighter, but I have a few thoughts.
The difference between the various types of things we might call “memory” is a fundamental concept that’s often confused. I’ll review the basics.
The thing to consider is: what do we love most about solid state drives, and conversely, what would we worry about?
Blue screen on shutdown could be indicative of an issue with either hardware or software. We’ll walk through some steps you can take to deduce the problem.
A bad sector on your hard drive could be causing strange intermittent problems. I’ll show you an easy way to find out.
Many computers are now built without DVD drives. This can cause big problems when you need to restore your computer.
It is common to use an external screen, or even a projector with a laptop. More than likely you can set up your TV using the same connectors.
Quality and features in hard drives can change over time. So first, look at your needs.
Replacing a hard drive on an identical model laptop might just work, but let’s make sure there are no misunderstandings here.
A grinding noise and slow computer probably indicate the worse. Stop everything right now and back up!
Suddenly losing your computer’s sound can be due to many different things. I’ll point out a common problem that many people aren’t aware of that is very easy to fix.
If you’re backed up, this isn’t going to be a problem. Otherwise, there are only a few steps we can take to help us retrieve your data.
It’s not just power you need to worry about; connected drives can also get malware. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep yourself safe.
Charging requires both voltage and current. You may need to check the small print on your phones and devices to sort it all out.
When it comes to things like memory and RAM, more is always better. But you may not need additional RAM just yet.
Advertisements popping up on a new computer bring several things to mind, including what many call “crapware.”
I’ll show you how to reduce the last little bit of disk activity happening on your computer, but is that really going to help?
A monitor going dark could indicate a couple of different problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a hardware issue with the computer itself. I’ll show you a couple of ways to diagnose the problem.
This feels like a hard-drive failure to me. There are several things you can check, but the most urgent thing to do is back up!
Several technologies run wireless mice and keyboards, so you should be able to find the features that you want.
It’s incredibly rare for a software crash to damage any drive connected to a computer. Other things, like a lightning strike, can do serious damage.
USB ports (or the cables that connect to them) can go bad for many reasons. These steps can get your connected devices running again.
Setting a budget for a new computer is a fine idea, but it’s best to dive in a little deeper and determine your processing and memory needs before you go shopping.
Depending on the hardware ports that you have on that laptop, you should be able to simply plug in a monitor. I’ll show you your options.
Go ahead. Plug it in… unless your keyboard is not USB. In that case, you may have a problem.
When the power goes out, data loss can happen. Fortunately, it’s not more prevalent for Solid State Drives. No matter what kind of a drive you get, you should always protect yourself.
To get the clearest image possible it’s important to have a graphics card that can produce the native or prefered resolution of your monitor.
Hard drive failures happen. Everyone needs to realize that. You can probably guess my recommendation for staying safe.
Defragmenting a hard drive speeds it up by moving pieces of files closer to each other. It does no harm except maybe waste your time if you do it too much.
Replacing your computer’s CPU will depend on your motherboard. But there is actually another option to get more speed.
A new computer might burn DVDs faster depending on what’s limiting your burning speed now. It could be the CPU, but it could also be something else.
It ‘s impossible to say how hard it may be for any one person, but, let me go down a list of things that you need to think about it when it’s time to replace a hard drive in a laptop.
The bottom line is – avoid malware. Do all of the things you know to do to keep your machine safe and malware-free and you will also keep your webcam secure.
Battery technology, while not increasing all that well in terms of capacity, is increasing in lifespan. But there are other advantages, regardless of battery life, to leaving the battery in your laptop.
Defragmenting a hard drive absolutely has its place. There are several ways to get to the controls in Windows XP.
Hard drives get laid out in fairly complex ways. Second-guessing how your disk heads move as part of a decision whether to use multiple partitions is not really a practical way to save a hard drive from failure.
First, we have to be sure that it’s actually the mouse freezing, and not the whole computer. Once that’s decided, we’ll look for solutions.
I like to follow the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But there are some considerations here where replacing the hard drive would make sense.
Direct X is a software package that interfaces with the graphics hardware in your machine. You probably won’t need a new motherboard, but…
When you can’t see the files on a data disc you’ve created the causes can vary from exactly how you created that disc in the first place, to media quality, drive problems and even Windows Explorer settings.
An update can leave a large amount of temporary files, and even the old copy of the software still on the computer. After understanding what might be left, a cleanup tool might be called for.
Having a bootable version of an operating system like Ubuntu on a USB flash drive can be very handy for a variety of reasons. Since flash memory can wear out, however, it’s important that you back up.
Computer monitors are smart devices these days but they too can fail. It’s not always your PC showing an error, and that message on your monitor might be from the monitor itself.