Don't-Miss Laptop Stories

Why Won't My Laptop's Power LED Turn Off?

A blinking power button doesn't necessarily indicate a problem. In fact, it might be a normal function.

Problem Solvers: Banish Errors, Save Form Data, and More

Follow these tips, and use these tools, to sidestep startup errors, speed up a netbook, recover form data, and turn image files into text.

Your Laptop and International Travel

Gmartin12 asked the Answer Line forum for advice before talking a notebook overseas


Speed Up Your Windows XP Netbook

Tired of your pokey performance from your petite PC? A simple Windows tweak can goose its operation.

Get Windows 7 Performance on Your Current PC

Windows 7 promises quicker boot-ups, slick tools, and better looks. Here’s how to get the new OS's top features on your current Vista or XP PC without taking a chance on beta software or waiting for the final version of Windows 7 to arrive.


Windows 7: Five Unique Features

Is Windows 7 necessary? Yes, because some of its improved features simply aren't available for Vista or XP. Here are five reasons you'll eventually want to step up to Windows 7.


Windows 7 Look and Feel on a Vista or XP Machine

Windows 7 takes interface improvements seriously, with such innovations as Aero Snap, shake response, and a pinnable taskbar. Here's how to upgrade your Vista or XP system with those smart new features.


Windows 7 Features on a Vista or XP System

Windows 7 features like ISO image burning, Windows Search, and the great new Windows 7 Calculator are a big part of the new OS. Here's how you can get them--or features just as good--on your current Vista or XP system.


Make Remote Backups On the Cheap

Trade bandwidth with a friend or business so they host your backup and you host theirs.

DIY Netbook Linux

There are a variety of netbook distros out there, but you can have a little fun creating your own. Here's how.

Fix a Laptop's Sticky, Broken Keys

Don't consign your laptop to the scrap heap just because it has a worn-out keyboard. You may be able to replace it with a few bucks and a few minutes.

Save Money While Controlling Multiple PCs

Depending on your needs, you can use fewer displays, input devices, or even PC systems, and still get the benefit of multiple computers.

Navigating Return Policies for Netbooks and Mobile Gear

Here's how to shop more carefully and avoid having to return tech items--and paying restocking fees.

Tips Galore: Silence Laptops, Make Posters, and More

Here's a grab bag of tips, including how to clean your laptop fan, track Netflix usage, and make your own posters.

Check Out On Hotel Wi-Fi Fees

A simple Wi-Fi finder utility can sniff out open networks for a free alternative to hotel Internet fees.