Hardware and Sound

Tutorials and how-to guides about managing hardware and sound devices in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When Is Each Sound From A Windows Sound Scheme Played?

soundA few days ago, one of our readers asked us an interesting question: "is there a place where I can check when does a Windows sound play?". While we have shown how to customize the sound scheme in Windows, we did not talk about when each system sound is played. That's why we decided to answer this question and detail when each system sound is played by Windows. Let's get started:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Scan App To Scan Documents

Scan appIn Windows 8.1 Microsoft has included a new modern app that you can use to quickly scan documents and pictures. All you need is a scanner that's connected to your Windows 8.1 PC or device and the new Scan app that's included with the operating system. Here's how this app works and how you can configure its settings.

How To Update The BIOS Of Your Computer's Motherboard In 5 Steps

BIOSOne of the most important things that you should not mess up is updating the BIOS of your computer's motherboard. Yes, the process is not that complicated even though it is not easy either but there are so many things to you must get right, that it might seem overwhelming. We decided to help and share a list of best practices that will help you update the BIOS without problems from your very first try. Let's get started:

6 Ways Of Learning Your Computer's Motherboard BIOS Version

BIOSYou may need to know the exact version of the BIOS that's installed on your computer's motherboard. Traditionally, this meant that you had to restart your computer, manually enter the BIOS and check the version information that it displayed. This is just one way of doing it and definitely not the quickest. If you're using a Windows computer, there are several other ways of learning the BIOS version and, in this article, we will share them:

How to Restore Your Network Card's Original MAC Address

networkingAs discussed in some of our previous articles, you might find yourself in situations where you need to change the MAC address of your network adapter in order to connect to a certain network. But what do you do when you have to restore the original MAC address and you don't know what that is? Luckily, you can easily restore the MAC address by using either the Network and Sharing Center in Windows or a third party application, like the one we will share in this article. Read on to learn how to restore the original MAC address of your network card.

How to Check the Remaining Battery Of Your Xbox One Controller

controllerAfter using your Xbox One controller for some time, you might want to know how much battery it has left. If you go through Xbox One's settings you won't find anything related to the battery of its controllers. However, this piece of information can be easily learned by using a couple of steps and button presses. Here's how:

Tech Lolz: What To Do When Running Out of Space?

disk spaceAnybody remembers the frustration that that little pop-up in the corner used to bring us when our hard drives were around 40-80 GB in size? I know you know it. It said something like "You are running out of space on drive C. Click here to clear some space". God how I hated it. I would have to uninstall a game, or clean up some pictures or whatever crappy things I used to copy from CDs. Or even worse, start writing CDs with my stuff and hope that they wouldn't scratch or would be readable in the future. But that was only if you had a CD-writer, which, most likely, in the beginning you didn't. You had a diskette God damn it. 1.44 Mb of endless fun…

How To Disable a Virtual WiFi Network Adapter in Windows 8.1

wirelessIn a previous tutorial, we've shown how to turn any Windows 8.1 laptop or device into a WiFi access point. The process involved creating a virtual wireless network adapter that was used to broadcast the wireless network. When you are done using your Windows 8.1 device as a WiFi access point, it is good to disable and remove the virtual wireless network adapter that you have created. Here’s how this is done:

Do You Save Battery When Using a Dark Background in Windows Phone?

power savingsWindows Phone allows for plenty of visual customization, especially in the new Windows Phone 8.1. One question we have asked ourselves was whether the background color has an impact on how long the battery lasts. In order to answer this question, we took four Windows Phones with different prices, specifications and sizes and we have run some battery tests. Now we can answer the question: does the battery last less when using a light background versus a dark one?

Simple Questions: What is the MAC Address & How to Change it in Windows?

networkingMAC addresses are another key part of computer networking. Much like IP addresses, which we have discussed in a previous article, MAC addresses might be a confusing concept for someone without a technical background. Nevertheless, I will share enough information about MAC addresses so that you can understand what they are and why we use them. Read on to get into more detail and also learn how to change the MAC address in Windows, when you need to.

Tech Lolz: Can I Use Vodka to Clean My Keyboard?

keyboardEver since my college years, I have had the impression that vodka has far better uses than cleaning up a keyboard. Also, does everyone out there have a bottle of vodka just sitting around? In the end vodka is a pretty expensive remedy to sticky keys on the keyboard. On a more serious note, real people actually had this dilemma: can they clean their keyboard with vodka? In this first episode of Tech Lolz we would like to take both a serious and a fun look at this question and see whether you should do this or not.

7 Ways to Shut Down or Restart a Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 PC or Device

When you first use Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will have a hard time figuring out how to shut down or restart your computer. Only Windows 8.1 Update improves the situation and offers an intuitive and “in your face" menu for shutting down your device. In this guide I will share all the methods you can use for shutting down a Windows 8. PC or device. You'll discover several new ways of doing this, so read on.

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