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Graphic Cards - How to Choose the Best
if you do plan to work with graphic arts or plan to play a lot of games on your computer you will definitely need to get a graphics card that has a lot of memory as well as a high-speed processor. More ...

Four Tips to Finding Quality PC Cleaner Software
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP says registry cleaning programs are all snake oil. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry cleaner. More ...

A Guide to Cleaning Your Mouse
Have you noticed your mouse gets a bit erratic or unresponsive? The problem may simply be grit and grime - plain or dirt! Both optical and mechanical mice suffer from the accumulation of dirt and oils from our hands and dust on the mousing surface. Here are the directions you need to give your mouse a good bath! More ...

Printing Troubleshooting Guide
You troubleshoot printing issues like you would any other computer/network related problem. You start at a general point and rule out the possibilities until you have the specific cause. The first question that you need to answer is: 'Is the problem hardware, software, network or performance related?'. More ...

Vista's New Boot Loader Architecture
The boot sequence of Windows Vista and later systems is slightly different from previous versions. For Windows Vista, the MBR instead loads the Windows Boot Manager (BOOTMGR), which accesses the Boot Configuration Data store (BCD). More ...

How to Backup Your Hard Drive
We all know that we should back up our system as soon as possible. But if you're like most of us, you will get to it tomorrow. Taking the time to backup your data or entire hard drive is not as painstaking as it may seem. More ...

The Truth About Power Supplies
Because your power supply is so important to the life of your system, when it's time to buy a power supply it is essential that you know the difference between a good power supply and one that is merely adequate. So, what should you look for in a power supply? More ...

How to Protect Your Electronics from Electrical Surge Events
In this article you'll learn what are Electrical Surge, Spike Events are and how you protect your electronics from them. Here are some guidelines that you should use when selecting a Surge Protector. More ...

Create Your Own Super Control Panel
The problem with the Control Panel is that there are too many utilities that we never use. If we locate the utility we need, we still have to figure out which tab contains the control we need. Let's design our own Super Control Panel that contains only the utilities we need, identifies them logically, and takes us directly to the tab we need. More ...

How Power Surges Can Smoke Your PC
Surge protectors are often the last thing most people buy when setting up a new computer system. By using a power strip (a fancy extension cord) in place of surge protector you are setting yourself up to damage your computer. More ...

Installing A Power Supply
When you've upgraded your PC system by adding on a number of new peripherals it might be time to upgrade your power supply as well. Please note that many popular PC systems use power supplies made especially for those systems and cannot be replaced. Read your instruction manuals to make sure your PC's power supply can be upgraded. More ...

Tuning-up Windows XP Computer
The purpose of this procedure is to get your computer running again in peak performance just like the day you purchased it. Many of the steps listed here will free up wasted hard disk space, increase protection of personal information from outside intrusions, and clean and reorganize the system registry. More ...


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