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Tim Fisher

Updated Articles and Resources

By Tim Fisher

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How Do I Test the Power Supply in My Computer? Created: Saturday, January 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      You can test a power supply with a multimeter or you can use a power supply tester. Here are complete tutorials on both PSU testing methods.
    • How Do I Start Windows in Safe Mode? Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Tutorials on starting Windows in Safe Mode. These are specific walkthroughs for accessing Safe Mode in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
    • How Do I Automatically Repair Windows Problems? Created: Monday, May 18, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The Startup Repair, Repair Install, and Refresh Your PC processes automatically replace damaged or missing Windows files. Here's how to do it.
    • How Do I Find My Default Gateway IP Address? Created: Monday, November 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The default gateway IP address is usually the IP address configured for your router. Learn how to find the default gateway in Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP.
    • How Do I Update Internet Explorer? Created: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      It's really simple to update Internet Explorer, which involves either downloading and installing the latest version, or using Windows Update. Here's how.
    • How Do I Update Drivers in Windows? Created: Saturday, July 05, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Links to detailed instructions on how to update drivers in Windows, specific to your particular version of Windows.
    • How Do I Change My Router, Switch, or Other Network Hardware Device Password? Created: Thursday, November 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      It's usually very easy to change a router, switch, or AP password but the process differs depending on the make and model of the network device you have.
    • Latest Windows Service Packs & Updates Created: Saturday, May 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Where to download Microsoft Windows updates and service packs, updated July 2014. Download Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, & more.
    • Latest Microsoft Office Service Packs Created: Monday, May 24, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Where to download the latest Microsoft Office service packs, updated July 2014. Download Office 2013 SP1, Office 2010 SP2, Office 2007 SP3, etc.
    • Windows Update Created: Monday, May 18, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Windows Update is the service used to download and install updates to Windows, as well as to device drivers and other Microsoft software.
    • Power Supply Voltage Tolerances Created: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A list of power supply voltage tolerances. Included are tolerances for the +/- 12VDC, +/- 5VDC, +5 VSB, and +3.3VDC voltages output by a computer PSU.
    • DLL File Locations in the DirectX Redistributable Download Created: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A alphabetical listing of DLL files included in the DirectX Redist download from Microsoft including the CAB file that the DLL is located in.
    • Device Class GUIDs for Most Common Types of Hardware Created: Thursday, September 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Finding the GUID for a device is useful when tracking down driver information in the Windows Registry. See this table of GUIDs for popular types of hardware.
    • Floppy Drive Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The floppy drive is the piece of computer hardware that's used to read and write data on 3.5 or 5.25 inch floppy diskettes.
    • Sound Card Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A sound card is the piece of hardware in a computer that turns digital sound information created by software into real sounds.
    • Battery Backup Created: Sunday, August 12, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A UPS is a device that helps provides consistent power to a computer system. A UPS can also be called a battery backup or uninterruptible power supply.
    • Hardware (Computer Hardware) Created: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Hardware refers to the physical parts of a computer system. Some basic computer hardware includes the motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive, etc.
    • Mouse Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The mouse is a computer input device used to move a cursor around the screen. The buttons on a mouse are used to interact with whatever is being pointed at.
    • Keyboard Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The keyboard is a device used to input text into a computer or other device. A keyboard typically connects wirelessly or via USB.
    • Monitor Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A computer monitor is the device that displays the information produced by the video card. A monitor can come in either LCD or CRT format.
    • Optical Disc Drive Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      An optical drive is any storage device that uses light to read and write information. Common optical disc drives include CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives.
    • Hard Disk Drive Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A hard disk drive is a hardware device that's used to store information like software and files. The primary hard disk in a PC is often called the C drive.
    • Power Supply Unit Created: Monday, August 14, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A power supply unit (PSU) is the device that converts AC power from the wall into the right kind of power for the individual parts of your computer.
    • Motherboard Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The motherboard is the main circuit board in a computer. A motherboard provides a way for hardware in a computer to communicate with each other.
    • Random Access Memory (RAM) Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      RAM (Random Access Memory) is where data is stored that's being accessed by the CPU. More RAM usually means a faster computer.
    • Video Card Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      The video card is the device in a computer that outputs visual information to the monitor. Video cards are also called video adapters or graphics cards.
    • DHCP Created: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a system used in computer networking to automatically assign networking information to a client.
    • Get More Help Created: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Need some more help figuring out a computer problem? Here's how to find me on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook, plus my recommendation on computer help forums.
    • Help Me! Created: Thursday, June 20, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Help Me! is a daily Google+ conversation where you can get computer help and guidance from me and other industry experts.
    • How To View a Device's Status in Device Manager in Windows 8 Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Here's how to view a device's status in Device Manager in Windows 8. Checking a device's status is a good first step when hardware isn't working.
    • Why is There a Yellow Exclamation Point in Device Manager? Created: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      A yellow exclamation point next to a device in Device Manager means that there's an issue with the device. Here's what to do.
    • How To Install Windows 8 or 8.1 From a USB Device Created: Monday, August 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Here's how to install Windows 8 or 8.1 from a USB device like a flash drive. You'll need to properly format the USB drive and then copy the Windows 8 files.

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