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Wondering what's inside your computer or some of the basics of how various types of computers and parts work? Get informed here.

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How Sound Cards Work

Sound cards truly ushered PCs into the world of multimedia. Before the invention of the sound card, a PC could only beep! Learn how a sound card allows a computer to create and record high-quality sound.


Are You Computer Savvy? Quiz

 Are You Computer Savvy? Quiz

Are you confident about your computer know-how? Test your computer savvy quotient with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is your computer built to break?

 Is your computer built to break?

New gadgets hit the market every day, but are they actually designed to be replaced so fast? Visit HowStuffWorks to get the answer. See more »

How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

 How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

How can hot water cool a supercomputer? Find out how hot water cooling works for computers. See more »

Does powering down your computer wear it down?

 Does powering down your computer wear it down?

Does powering down and restarting a computer really lead to wear and tear? Find out if powering down your computer will wear it out. See more »

5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Keep Your Computer Healthy

 5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Keep Your Computer Healthy

Do you know how to keep your computer healthy and avoid tragedies? See these five everyday things you can do to keep your computer healthy to learn more. See more »

10 Most Popular Computers in History

 10 Most Popular Computers in History

Do you remember your first computer? These 10 models gave many of us our first glimpse at the digital world. See if your favorite made the cut. See more »

How are computers made?

 How are computers made?

Interested to know how computers are made? We'll take a peek at the parts and processes that create computers and explore how computers are made. See more »

What was the first portable computer?

 What was the first portable computer?

Back in the '70s, 'portable computer' had a very different meaning. Find out what was the first portable computer and the history behind it. See more »

10 Major Players in Supercomputers

 10 Major Players in Supercomputers

These 10 players have gotten really good at building supercomputers. See who is behind the supercomputer-scene with this list. See more »

Top 10 Supercomputers

 Top 10 Supercomputers

If you're not up on the latest supercomputer news, you're in luck. See this list of the top 10 supercomputers to learn about the major players in computing. See more »