Don't-Miss Desktop Stories

Running Two Monitors

Maina Njuguna asked me what's required for a new desktop to run two monitors

How to Divorce Your Tech Vendor

Follow these 7 tips to protect your IT assets -- and essential company data -- from a service provider breakup gone bad.

How to Decipher PC Beep Codes

Is your PC emitting a series of beeps at startup? Here's how to figure out what they mean--and what you should do in response.

The 21 Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

Find out why your documents won’t print, where your downloads disappear to, what a .dat file is, how those infernal toolbars invaded your browser, and much more.

Make Your PC Boot Faster With These BIOS Tweaks

Is your computer sluggish at startup? A few simple changes to its BIOS can shorten its boot times dramatically.

PC Questions: Connect Three Displays, Replace Drive, Old Game Consoles

Readers ask for advice on connecting three computer displays, replacing a hard drive, and using an old game console with a newer PC.

How to Troubleshoot With Windows' Problem Steps Recorder

Here's how to use the Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder to make remote troubleshooting for your family, friends, and coworkers as painless as possible.

There's Never Been a Better Time to Upgrade RAM

RAM prices fell throughout 2010, and all signs show they’re going to dip even lower in 2011.

Hardware Q&A: Connect PC to TV, Add a Monitor

Rick answers reader questions on connecting a PC to TV (and offers better alternatives) and hooking up additional monitors.

Clean a Dusty PC and a Clogged Port

Grime can build up in your desktop PC, and port openings can get dirty. Here's how to clean your PC.

How to Clean Your Tech

Here's how to keep your PC and other tech gear clean--on the outside and the inside.


PC Repair Rip-Offs: Don't Get Gouged by Fix-It Services

When your PC needs a tune-up, upgrade, or overhaul, don't fall prey to the tech shop's worst deals. Here's the truth about computer repair services.

Upgrade or Buy New? Find the Desktop PC That's Right for You

Here's how to improve an old desktop or buy a new one that meets your needs -- without breaking the bank.