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  • Learn to build a PC in under two minutes

    Building a computer is a great way to get a custom configuration, save some money and have fun. In a how-to video, we'll show you how to build one in less than two minutes.

  • How to script: A Bash crash course

    An easy step-by-step guide to the Bash command-line shell and shell scripting

  • Laptop not charging

    Reader Bballgurl84life's laptop battery isn't charging.

  • How to use touch to control your Windows 7 PC

    QUESTION: I want to use touch to control my Windows 7 Home Premium PC. Is it as simple as plugging in a touchscreen display? I'd also like to view a 3D image - will I need a new graphics card?

  • Initialise your PC's microphone

    QUESTION: My Windows 7 PC plays audio through headphones but is unable to pick up sound from them. I've got a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi card and a Logitech USB phone/microphone. The drivers are up to date.

  • How to troubleshoot your home-built PC

    Building a PC is a little like walking a tightrope without a net. Okay, it's not quite that dangerous, but unlike buying an off-the-shelf system, you have to be your own tech support staff.

  • Laptop tips: Add RAM, recycle a hard drive

    It's been almost a year since I served up some nice, hot laptop tips--and that's inexcusable. I'll make it up to you this week with some useful advice on adding memory to a laptop, turning an old laptop hard disc into an external drive, and using your laptop's power settings effectively.

  • Fix Outlook 'general failure' error for e-mail links

    So out of the blue today, I click a link embedded in an e-mail, and Outlook gives me this error: