Don't-Miss Component Stories

This trick can quickly fix many mysterious hardware failures

You can't do much if your hardware is truly broken, but often PC component issues come down to a software problem you can fix in a few clicks.

How to fix a laptop's broken screen (with many caveats)

A broken laptop screen takes all the fun out of using your PC. And it can be expensive to fix.

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Do the research before you upgrade your RAM

Adding more RAM can speed up your PC and allow it to run more powerful programs. But you need to know how much RAM your system can take, and what kind to buy.

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It's cheap and easy to make your own portable hard drive from an old PC drive

An external enclosure is all you need to give your old storage a new lease on life.

What to do when your USB device doesn't work

You plug a USB device into your PC's USB port…and nothing happens. Now what?

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Save money by not buying a larger SSD than you need

By the gigabyte, an SSD is much more expensive than a conventional hard drive. You may be able to save money by buying one with a smaller capacity.

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How to install a new hard drive in your desktop PC

Don't be afraid of cracking open your desktop PC's case. Installing a new 3.5" hard drive is a basic task anyone can accomplish.

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How to install (or replace) a case fan

Your PC needs to stay cool to keep working at its best. Here's how to install a fan for a new build, or to replace a fan that has stopped working.