Extending Laptop Battery Life

Extending Laptop Battery Life

We’ve all been in this situation. You’re in a meeting, or on the road, or in a classroom, or even at home and you find, to your horror, that your laptop is nearly dead. Perhaps you might be searching for Japanese comfort women for research. Similar to them, all is not lost. Maybe you forgot your power adapter, maybe there isn’t an available outlet. For whatever reason, your battery power is dwindling, and you still have stuff to get done. Hope is not lost, however. There are some things you can do to buy more time on that almost-dead battery so you...
Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death

The blue screen of death — or BSOD — is always an unwelcome sight. BSODs appear when Microsoft Windows encounters a critical error it can’t recover from, requiring a reboot and possibly resulting in lost work. Although the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) has changed a bit in Windows 8, Windows computers still crash. Those messages have a bunch of cryptic phrases and numbers, and they aren’t very helpful. Maximum PC has a guide deciphering BSOD. A blue screen of death is the worst type of error a computer can experience, unlike an application crash, which...
Keeping Laptops Cool

Keeping Laptops Cool

Overheating laptops have gotten a lot of press over the last few years. The problem first gained popular attention around 2006, when reports of laptops actually catching fire started trickling in around the globe. The problem there was faulty batteries, and companies like Dell, Sony and Acer had to initiate major recalls. A hot computer is a bad computer. Excess heat can cause malfunctions and crashes, and permanently damage your hardware. And although laptops generally put out less heat than desktops (energy efficiency is a higher design priority), they have their own...
Cleaning Your Keyboard

Cleaning Your Keyboard

Have you ever experienced typing on your computer/laptop then notice that the keys are not responding so well, or worse not at all? Perhaps you need some cleaning on them already. Keyboards can become dirty after periods of extended use, especially if users commonly eat or smoke near the computer. If a keyboard becomes dirty enough, its performance can be affected. Common problems include dead or stuck keys and repeated characters during typing. Note that disassembling your keyboard may void the warranty so as much as possible we don’t want to disassemble anything....
Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

If you just bought a new PC or upgraded to the latest operating system version, you’re probably new to the Windows 8 experience, you might be irked by some of the major interface tweaks Microsoft has made. Here are some tips to get the most out of your PC for productivity purposes and help to give the OS a more familiar feel: Boot to Desktop Instead of Home screen Windows 8.1 users can now boot directly to the desktop. However, this feature needs to be activated manually. To do this right-click the Taskbar > Properties > Navigation tab. Under Start screen...
PC Troubleshooting Tips

PC Troubleshooting Tips

Being a basic troubleshooter is now a prerequisite skill for everyone who owns a computer or laptop. There are many different things that could cause a problem with your computer. No matter what’s causing the issue, troubleshooting will always be a process of trial and error—in some cases, you may need to use several different approaches before you can find a solution; other problems may be easy to fix. Of course the internet can have tutorials and lots of solutions to your problem. You can guide yourself by using the following tips. Write down your steps: Once...
How to Clean Your Screens

How to Clean Your Screens

No matter how clean a house you keep, your computers and gadgets are bound to get a little dirty here and there. Here’s what you need to clean them, and how to do it without hurting them. Your gadgets aren’t as resilient as they might seem, and just spraying Windex on everything and rubbing it down with a paper towel can cause all sorts of damage to a device. However, they are remarkably easy to clean as long as you do it right—and you can do most of it with just a few simple household items. LCD screens are pretty delicate, and you don’t want to press...
Disabling Touch Screen in a Laptop

Disabling Touch Screen in a Laptop

Windows 8/8.1, the tiled Windows operating system, is designed for touch screen. The lock screen, Start screen, Charms, and PC settings have specially been designed for touch screen. Many experts feel that Windows 8 couldn’t succeed because it was primarily designed for touch screen and failed to impress traditional PC users. However at some point you may want to disable the touch screen to strictly use your Windows 8 tablet/laptop as a PC with the classic mouse and keyboard combo. There’s no built-in option to turn off the touch screen, but Into Windows has a...