Don't-Miss Hardware Stories

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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.

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Tie me down: The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management

With a little planning and lots of twist ties, your cluttered PC can be transformed into a clean, crisp computer with wonderful airflow.

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Mean and green: How to build a gaming PC that’s fast, quiet, and efficient

Gaming rigs don’t have to be big, noisy, power-sucking beasts. We've built one that treads lightly and kills softly.

Three essential 'hardware' tools every PC user needs

You won't need them every day, but when you need them you really, really need them.

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Beat it, bloatware: How to clean the crap off your PC

Preloaded software bogs down your hard drive, your start menu, and worse. Clean it out with these handy tools and tricks.

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7 easy tips to extend your PC's lifespan

PCs are pricey. These 7 tips and tricks can help yours live to a ripe old age.