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Laptop Q&A: Power Off Quickly, Fix Sticky Keys

What do you do when your laptop won't turn off? And how can you fix sticky, broken keys? Rick Broida has the answers.

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.

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.


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 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.