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How to Update Your Computer's BIOS
A computer's Basic Input-Output System (BIOS) is embedded software on a motherboard that will control attached hardware. All BIOS components are serviceable via a firmware upgrade that is known as "flashing" this process is called "updating the BIOS". More ...

Video: How to Install a Graphics Card in Your PC
This video shows you how to install a graphics card in Your PC. Tools required, how to open the computer's case, how to remove an existing video card, how to install video drivers, and much more. More ...

Installing An Optical Drive Guide
Adding a fast optical drive will increase your PC's flexibility and even if you're on a budget, drives that read and burn any format won't put you in the poorhouse. For less than 100 bucks you can get an 8X DVD combo drive that writes to all major formats of rewritable DVD. More ...

Guide to Getting the Most from Laptop Batteries
Everyone who buys a notebook wants to know how long its battery will last. The brief answer - it depends! Battery Life is highly variable, depending on how you use your laptop. More ...

Hacking Windows Vista
Microsoft has poured millions of person-hours into Windows Vista. Guess what: A few hours of your own time could make it a whole lot better - more convenient, more efficient, faster, more secure, and less frustrating. More ...

Using the System File Checker
Windows requires many different system files in order to start and run properly. If your computer is not properly protected, a malicious program like a virus or spyware might modify or delete a system file. Or if your system crashes, system file might get corrupted. You can use Windows built-in System File Checker utility to scan your computers system files. More ...

Windows Vista Upgrade - What to Watch Out For
You may be wondering if your computer is "Vista Ready". My first gripe with Vista. If you are currently running Windows 2000, there is no upgrade offered to Vista. This article is designed to point out a few potential pitfalls. More ...

Clean-up Your PC
In order to keep your system clean, you need to properly install and uninstall applications. Many applications tend to leave permanent files laying around on your hard disk. Your system does not need these files and so, apart from wasting space, sometimes they may adversely affect the performance of your system. More ...

Printers - A Practical Buyers Guide
Buying a printer can be a complicated business, there are more shapes, sizes and types of printers available to the home and small business user than ever before. Printers have also become specialized for their intended purpose. More ...

Watch and Record Standard and High Definition TV on Your PC
The Pinnacle PCTV HD Card brings Standard and High Definition TV with full personal video recorder functionality to your PC ? with no desktop clutter. Watch, time shift and even automatically record all of your favorite TV shows with no service fees. More ...

Working With the Registry
The Registry is normally modified through Administrative or Control Panel utilities, but it is possible to edit the Registry directly. It's wise to backup the Registry before making any changes. More ...

An Uninterruptible Power Supply Can Save Your PC
You absolutely MUST have a surge protector to guard your system against electrical spikes and surges, and do NOT sacrifice quality to save a few dollars. Leaving your PC with inferior surge protection is tantamount to inviting unthinkable disaster. More ...