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5 Reasons Your Computer Is Running Slow and How to Fix Them
Should You Shut Down Your Computer Every Night?
What's the Difference Between Restarting and Shutting Down My Computer?
How Parallel Ports Work
PCI Express Image Gallery
What is the main difference between FireWire and USB?
How to Overclock Your CPU
Is Moore's Law outdated?
What is computing power?
How to Wipe a Computer's Hard Drive
How to Fix the Black Screen of Death
Should I move my hard disk to the cloud?
How Secure Digital Memory Cards Work
Computer Memory Pictures
What is virtual memory?
What are the three types of VPN?
What do you need to build a private WiFi network?
What is a network server?
6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Computer Cool Without Using Electricity
How to Keep Your Dell Laptop From Overheating
How to Know when Your Computer Battery is Dead
What is the world’s fastest supercomputer used for?
Set Your Computer for Energy Savings
The Most Important Thing to Know Before Upgrading Your Desktop Computer
How to Force Quit on a Mac
How to Split Screen on a Mac
Is Apple building a hydrogen-powered computer?
Are tablets changing the way we shop?
Are tablets changing the way computers work?
How the Kindle Paperwhite Works
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Computers send data through parallel ports, serial ports, or network connections. How does a computer's parallel port work? And how can I design things to attach to a parallel port?
Up to a point, adding RAM (random access memory) will make your computer feel faster on certain types of operations. However, upgrading the CPU may make it several times faster across the board.
By Talon Homer
Surely you've noticed the grinding noise that sometimes happens when you open a file on a computer. Is it normal? What causes it?
Will this keyboard combination shut your computer down or render it inoperable? It's not likely, but it's always better to ask.
Celeron and Pentium chips have a lot in common, but there are some features that separate them. Which one is right for you?
By Talon Homer
The main thing that separates a Zip disk from a floppy disk is the magnetic coating used on the disk. How does this coating make such an impact on the disk's storage space?
A computer can tolerate slight differences in power, but a significant deviation will cause the computer's power supply to fail. A UPS protects a computer against four different power problems.
In this article we'll tell you which processor is faster and why. Learn how chip designers make use of transistors.
A microprocessor will perform without error when executed at or below the maximum indicated speed. Why can't they speed them up? There are two things that limit a chip's speed.
The RTC chip, or Real Time Clock, does more than keep your computer set to the correct date and time. Without it, you wouldn’t even be able to boot up.
Several factors determine whether you should leave your computer on or off overnight. Networking, economic factors, and stressed-out components all play a part.
The head crash -- it's one of the most terrifying and frustrating computer glitches because it can destroy all of your data. Find out how long you can expect a hard disk to last before a head crash happens.
Networking two or more home computers provides many conveniences, but how do you get started? Start here for the answer.
Running out of USB ports is annoying, but it doesn't have to stop you from adding components to your computer. Check out this list of USB accessories and learn how to get them connected.
Caching increases the speed at which your computer pulls data from memory. Do you know how it speeds things up? How can a little cache go a really, really long way?
By Guy Provost