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Computer repair: Prepare your PC for a trip to the shop

You may not know what's wrong with your rig, but you should know how to back up your storage and protect the data from inquisitive eyes.

5 ways to access and control your PC remotely

Use your desktop, your files, and even games from anywhere, with the right services and utilities.

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What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

The touchpad built into your laptop no longer responds to your fingers. Here's what to do about it.

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How to set up Raspberry Pi, the little computer you can cook into DIY tech projects

The tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer doesn't come from a bakery, but it can power your robot army or other DIY electronics project. Here's how to install Raspbian and get cooking with Pi.

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When your computer won't turn on

Your Windows computer no longer boots? Here's what to do about it.

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Brush up on your tech acronyms

You hear and read the same acronyms over and over again. Many you know well. Others you can guess. And some just baffle you. Let's unclutter the alphabet soup.

Computer shutting down on its own? Maybe it's time to play it cool.

If your computer has acquired the habit of shutting down when you didn't ask it to, there's a good chance that it's overheated. Here's how to cool it down.

Don't use the same external drive for backup and storage

External hard drives can provide both backup and storage. But don't use the same drive for both.

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How to upgrade an old PC: No-brainer improvements anyone can do

Is your computer running too slow? Breathe new life into that aging PC with a few tune-ups and upgrades to get it back up to speed.

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Save power: Don’t run your PC 24/7

Why waste electricity? Sleep, hibernate, or shut down your PC when you don’t need it.

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Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

FreeNAS can breathe new life into old hardware and sling files and media to networked devices all around your house.

It's spring! Clean out your PC's junk with these free programs

You're already cleaning up your house for the summer months, so why not extend that DIY attitude to your PC too?

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Linux to the rescue! How Ubuntu can help a computer in distress

When disaster strikes your Windows PC, an Ubuntu live drive has all the tools you need to save the day.