Don't-Miss Hardware Stories

How to Optimize Your Windows PC for Free

Here's how to use Windows utilities and a few free programs to improve your PC's performance.

Can I Back Up a PC When It's Off?

Jim Lane asked if he could back up computers when they are not turned on.

How to Buy a Camera Lens

Are you looking to buy a new lens for your digital SLR? Check out our handy guide to help find the one that best meets your needs.


How to Clean Your LCD, Root a Nook, Load Linux on a Netbook

Have some geeky fun and turn your e-book reader into an Android tablet, give an old netbook new life with Lubuntu--but first, a public service announcement.

How to Build a Compact Gaming PC

Here's how to build a high-performance gaming system in a small box, suitable for carrying to LAN parties or gaming in small spaces.


How to Disable Windows Startup Programs

You can speed up your PC's boot time by cutting out startup items in Windows.

Should I Upgrade My RAM?

Ericuse165 found some memory at a great price. He asked the Laptops forum if he should update his laptop.

Transfer Files From a Really Old PC

Rosalyn wants to move data from a 14-year-old, Windows 98 computer to a brand new one.

How to Find Your IP Address and MAC Address

Figure out the unique address that identifies your PC on the Internet, with this handy guide.

How to Enable Safe Mode in Windows 7

When you have problems with Windows 7, follow this guide to enable Safe Mode and troubleshoot your PC with ease.

Turn a PC Off or Leave It On?

Atrrocket asked if it's best to shut off a PC every night or leave it on

Troubleshoot a BIOS or CMOS 'Checksum' Error

If you're getting errors when you boot your PC, the problem may be nothing more than a dead CMOS battery. Fortunately, they're cheap and easy to replace--on desktops, anyway.