Category: Hardware

Steps To Install Ambient TV Back-lighting

Having ambient TV back-lighting is not something most people consider when setting up their home theater. LED and OLED televisions are extremely vibrant and bright and watching them in a darkened room for an extended period of time can cause eye strain. Adding back-lighting reduces eye …

Stylish Surge Protector With Functionality And Protection

One of the most often overlooked, yet most important component for your electronics is the surge protector. What makes a good surge protector? What is the perfect balance between functionality, style and quality? There are many features to consider when purchasing your first surge protector or replacing …

Anatomy Of A Good Computer Case

What makes a good computer case and what makes me qualified to give my opinion on this delicate topic? It’s simple, I like hot dogs. I like eating hot dogs on a potato bun with crushed Doritos on top. I then sprinkle on some onions, add …

Troubleshooting USB Devices

There’s nothing more frustrating than plugging in a USB device and watching as nothing happens. The device does not appear at all or fails to install. In an ideal world, you would plug in a device, Windows would recognize the new hardware and then install the …

Computer Signs Of Impending Doom

Your computer is a machine destined to fail. While we’d all like to think our machines will boot faithfully until the end of time, it’s just a matter of time before your hardware fails. Hardware failures can occur all of the sudden, but there are often …

What To Do If Your Recovery Disks Do Not Work

You’ve been responsible. You’ve either created those recovery disks like you were supposed to or you saved the disks that came with the computer. Yet when you try to use them, the recovery disks do not work or the first couple of disks work but it …

Hard Drive Recovery Types

Hard drive recovery is a serious matter. Many of us use our computers for business and personal tasks, and losing data on the hard drive for either of those can result in financial or emotional complications. Whether it’s a business proposal or family pictures and movies, …

Should You Buy An All In One Computer

Should you buy an all-in-one computer? As you may already know, an all-in-one computer is a desktop built directly into the monitor. Consider it the PC version of Apple’s popular iMac. They’re growing in the marketplace and many of them also have touchscreen capabilities. When you …

NVIDIA’s New GTX 700 Series

In the latter part of last month, NVIDIA dropped its new successor to the crown.  The GTX 700 Series of video cards isn’t quite the pinnacle of gaming performance but it ranks in the upper tier with many new upgrades over its predecessors allowing it to …

Tablet Tutorial for First-Time Buyers

Before buying a tablet PC, spend some time going over this tutorial. It could help you choose an option that matches your needs and your price range. Decide How Much You Can Spend Android-operated tablets usually have lower prices than Apple iPads. A Google Nexus costs about …

NES Custom External Hard Drive

What to do with all of the extra data you have laying around.  I know, le’ts put it in a nice safe external hard drive!  But not any old off the shelf one, a super secret, top of the line, custom NES cartridge one!  Below, I …

What To Look For When Buying RAM

From the outside looking in, RAM can be one of the most confusing pieces of hardware to buy for a system.  With all the types/sockets, speeds,  placement, and settings available, I can see how it can be a daunting task.  Anyone without experience wouldn’t know what …