Computers

1-34 of 34
installing parts in home built computer
How to Build a Computer

Control cost and performance by assembling one yourself.

taking a hard drive out of a laptop computer
Recover Data From Your Dead Computer

Take out your drive and connect it to another machine.

DIY Logo
5 Advantages of Using a Powered USB Hub

If you're in the market for a new USB hub, you would do well to consider purchasing a powered hub.

DIY Logo
Video Editing on a Computer

The days of video tapes and clumsy video tape editing systems are numbered.

DIY Logo
Different Types of USB Cables Explained

Iin the market for USB cables, you're probably wondering which type of cable is the right one.

Firewire
How to Install a Firewire Port into Your Computer

Sometimes a firewire port is needed for a computer.

firewire cable connectors
5 Common Firewire Cable Problems

The term firewire cable is actually an Apple brand name.

DIY Logo
Computer Compatibility

You have almost surely run into computer compatibility issues.

desktop with computer, flowers, and accessories
7 Different Types of Computer Viruses and Spyware

Computer viruses and spyware have become more sophisticated.

DIY Logo
Powered USB Hub vs Non Powered USB Hub

You may be having a difficult time choosing between powered and non-powered USB hubs.

DIY Logo
Choosing the Best Graphics Card for Streaming Video

As streaming video and computer graphics have improved dramatically in recent years.

A mom an daughter use a computer.
How to Install Antivirus Software on Multiple Computers

Protect all your devices.

DIY Logo
Troubleshooting a Laptop Video Card

Usually, you’ll have no problems with your laptop video card.

DIY Logo
How to Install a PCI Serial Port Driver

If your PCI card is plug-and-play, it is not necessary that you install the PCI serial port driver.

plugging a USB into a computer
USB Splitter vs USB Hub

To decide between a USB splitter or a USB hub, you'll need to consider what you will use them for.

A USB in a laptop.
Troubleshooting Common Problems with a USB Extension Cable

USB ports are the most common ports for device connection.

A graphics card set against a white background.
4 Types of Graphics Cards

The graphics card on your computer can be upgraded as needed, but you should learn more about the different types before you try.

A computer user typing on a desktop keyboard.
5 Types of Antivirus Programs

Viruses are everywhere and can destroy your computer or steal personal information. Protect yourself with one of these programs.

DIY Logo
How to Add a Wireless Bridge

Adding a wireless bridge is an easy task even if you’re not very knowledgeable with computers. The bridge is used to bind 2 or more connections together in order to allow them to use the same resources, such as a printer or the Internet. Follow these steps to add a wireless bridge to your network connections.

DIY Logo
How to Replace a Laptop's Wireless LAN Card

If you can't log on to the Internet, it might be time to replace the wireless LAN card on your laptop. This is a moderate computer repair task that takes a little more research before you begin, but the physical part of the job should take about 20 minutes. Tools and Materials Needed: Small Phillips

DIY Logo
Installing a Wireless LAN PC Card

A wireless LAN PC card is an external device that allows you to use your laptop computer to connect to any compatible wireless network in the area. Whether it is a local area network you set up yourself or a public wireless network set up by someone else, the technology is the same. These days, many

DIY Logo
How to Securely Erase a Hard Drive

To erase a hard drive is a simple task. The hard drive of a computer is considered as the main storage location of the computer. All personal as well as professional data gets stored in the hard drive. Complete deletion of all kinds of files and folders from the hard drive becomes necessary when you

DIY Logo
2 Wireless Router Security Tips

If your home or place of business features a wireless Internet connection, you should familiarize yourself with a few wireless router security tips. Below are some of the simplest, most effective ways to ensure the security of your wireless network. 1. Reduce Your Signal Strength One of the best wireless

DIY Logo
Building a Wireless Ethernet Bridge

You can connect every piece of electronic equipment to a wireless network as long as it has an Ethernet port and you have built a wireless Ethernet bridge. For example, even if your laptop is not wireless, with a wireless Ethernet bridge it will be able to access the Internet wirelessly simply by accessing

DIY Logo
How to Install a NIC Card in Your Computer

Almost every computer manufactured currently has a NIC card factory installed, but if you're building a PC from scratch, it's a simple enough process to install one. The Network Interface Controller (NIC) is sometimes called a network adapter, and you won't be able to connect your PC to your home network

DIY Logo
How to Recover Crashed Hard Drive Data

It used to cost hundreds of dollars to recover crashed hard drive data, but there are some very simple and affordable options available to consumers these days. The two methods covered here will involve a hard drive enclosure (retails for $40 to $120) and new freeware program that's creating a lot of

DIY Logo
Building a Wireless Antenna

The application of a wireless antenna network has become popular because it is efficient and economical. Building an antenna is simple and does not consume much time and money. One of the best methods to improve a wireless signal is to use a wireless antenna. In a wireless antenna there are five categories

DIY Logo
Building a Wireless Signal Booster

The Internet is largely available everywhere now but people struggle with getting a Wi-Fi signal to their computers and generally require a wireless signal booster. You are able to buy the hardware to do this job but it can be very costly. With just a couple of dollars though, you can create a wireless

DIY Logo
ATI Video Card Troubleshooting

An ATI video card is responsible for giving your computer smooth graphics display and fast rendering process. If your ATI video card is causing you problems, follow the instructions below. Uninstall and Reinstall the Device Drivers Uninstall the device drivers presently used by your ATI video card. To

How to Set up a LAN

Setting up your LAN network is easy with this guide.

LAN port
Ethernet LAN Cable vs Ethernet Crossover Cable

You can tell the difference if you know what to look for.

USB VGA Adapter.
8 Common USB VGA Adapter Problems

When connecting a USB VGA adapter, you have some problems.

A smart card reader.
Fixing Common Problems with a Smart Card Reader

There are two types of smart card readers available.

Man looking stressed staring at a computer
How to Fix a Computer That Has Water Damage

If your computer gets water damage, here are ways to fix it.