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How to build your first PC

While there are plenty of off-the-shelf solutions that you can buy, you'll get the most reward by getting down and dirty and building your own PC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to do.

By October 24, 2012


40 ways to fix your PC before you call an expert

Windows can be scary place if you're no computer expert and your PC goes wrong, but most glitches can be solved by following these tips.

By September 21, 2012


Building a computer disaster recovery toolkit

On call to mum and dad? First point of contact whenever a friend's PC dies? Here are some things that you should always have strapped to your utility belt.

By May 27, 2012


Quick tip: check your RAM immediately after you upgrade

If you've just upgraded or replaced your RAM, then the first thing you should do is test it.

By March 13, 2012


How to test your RAM in Windows

Bad RAM can cause unpredictable behavior in Windows. If you suspect that your RAM is the culprit of your woes, we'll show you how to test it.

By December 14, 2011


What to do with your USB flash drive: Scan for malware

What do you do when a virus or trojan horse cripples your system? Your favorite security app may have a bootable rescue CD you can use or you can use the free AVG Rescue CD. In part six of "What to do with your USB flash drive," we'll show you how to install it onto your USB flash drive.

By July 26, 2011


No easy way to diagnose a bad memory module

Why is it so difficult to determine whether Windows errors are because of faulty system memory?

By April 8, 2009


Why you want a Linux Live CD

I make a case that all Windows users should keep a Linux Live CD at their beck and call.

By July 10, 2008


Figure out why an application hangs

Find the source of mysterious program freeze-ups by searching the Web and running free diagnostic utilities.

By March 27, 2008