Hardware and Sound

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

Project To Another Display From Windows 8.1 Using The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft Wireless Display AdapterMiracast is a wireless technology that your Windows 8.1 devices can use to project their screens to TVs, projectors, and streaming media players that support this technology. However, if your TV or monitor doesn't offer Miracast, you can purchase the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and use it to project wirelessly to any display with both an HDMI port and a powered USB port. Here's how to project from a Windows 8.1 computer or device with support for Miracast, to any display, using the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter:

The Best Benchmark Apps For Android Smartphones And Tablets

BenchmarkHere, at 7 Tutorials, we always want to test more and more devices each day. Recently, we asked ourselves… why wouldn't we also get into the Android business? So we did, but the first thing we had to do before being able to measure the performance of many Android devices, was to find which are the best and most reliable benchmark apps available for this platform. After some research and lots of testing, we've come up with a list that we think is pretty complete. Read on to find which are the best Android benchmark apps.

Simple Questions: What Is The Clearblack Technology And Why Is It Great?

ClearBlackRecently, some of our friends asked what ClearBlack is and why we always say it's so great. Unfortunately, we couldn't tell them anything else except that the ClearBlack screens available on our Lumias look really good. The "black is black" and you can see what's displayed on them even when you're outdoors, in bright light. As you can imagine, we felt frustrated about our not so helpful explanation. So we started digging on the Internet, in order to find more about Nokia's ClearBlack technology and why it is awesome. Here's what we've found:

Simple Questions: What is S.M.A.R.T & What Does It Do?

HDD driveA lot of us have experienced a hard disk failure; some of us have even tried to find out more about the reliability of hard disks and their deeply hidden prediction function that's part of a technology called S.M.A.R.T.. One might argue that S.M.A.R.T. is not as reliable as it does not predict failure in all cases. This fact is partly true, but the actual inner workings of this self-monitoring system are not so simple. So let us try to remedy this uncertain situation and examine how S.M.A.R.T really works. Let's get started:

How To Test The Health Of Your HDD Drive

HDD driveI had the misfortune to find out, not long ago, that a computer owner's worst nightmare is a failing hard disk drive. Not because of the need to buy a new one, but because you will face the risk of losing part or even all of your stored data. Moving on from the initial apocalyptic view, as the life expectancy of a hard drive is between 3 to 5 years, it is necessary to check its health on a regular basis. So I propose a short analysis which includes several programs that you can use to analyze your HDD. Let's get started.

Simple Questions: What Is TRIM For SSDs & Why Is It Useful?

HardwareIn the last couple of years, solid state drives have increasingly gained popularity. It's also very probable that you've read or at least heard a more technical friend talking about how fast a SSD (Solid State Drive) is when compared to traditional hard drives. If you are already using or you want to buy an SSD in order to improve your computer's performance you should know that TRIM support is important. What is TRIM and why does it matter in the context of SSDs? You can find the answers to these questions in this guide:

How To Defragment Your Disc Drives In Windows 8.1

Optimize DrivesThe good old Disk Defragmenter tool that suffered a series of changes in Windows 7 has been changed again in Windows 8.1. It has a new name - Optimize Drives - and some new inner-workings. As a result, defragmenting drives in Windows 8.1 is a little bit different from what it used to be in previous versions of Windows. Read on to learn how to defragment your disc drives in Windows 8.1.

How to Install A Color Profile For Your Monitor, In Windows

Color ManagementOne important element when working with images, video and even when playing games, is color. Every monitor has a different color profile, rendering it slightly different from other displays. It's important to make sure that the colors your monitor displays are as close to reality as possible. That's why you should always install your monitor's correct color profile. In this tutorial we will explain what color profiles are, why they matter and how to install them in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If we made you curious enough to learn more, don't hesitate to read on.

Why And How To Calibrate A Monitor In Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

DisplayIn a previous article, we discussed installing color profiles for your monitor, and where you can find those profiles for your own equipment. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 include a Calibrate Display Color wizard that can help you calibrate your monitor for the best possible color display. In this article, we'll discuss how to use that wizard to set everything to your liking.

How To Save Battery Power While Browsing The Web In Internet Explorer

Internet ExplorerOne of the great features of Internet Explorer is the ability to save battery time while browsing the web. All you have to do is adjust a setting of your active power plan in order to make this web browser use less power. This article will show how this is done and share a rough estimate about the performance impact it has on your browsing experience.

How To Import Pictures & Videos From A Camera Using Photo Gallery

Photo GalleryIf you are the type of person that always has a camera ready for that perfect candid photo, Photo Gallery may become one of your favorite tools. It allows you to import and arrange your photos, do minor edits and share them with friends. It even has some advanced functions that allow you to combine multiple photos in interesting ways. However, in this tutorial, we will first demonstrate how to use Photo Gallery to import pictures and videos to your Windows computers and devices, from just about any digital device: digital cameras, smartphones and memory cards.

How To Customize The Sound Scheme Used On Your Windows Computer

Windows has a set of sounds applied to events and programs, such as "Close Program", "Default Beep", "Maximize", "Minimize", etc. The collection of all these sounds is called a sound scheme and is associated with a Windows theme. For example, the themes that come bundled with Windows are using the Windows Default sound scheme. When you change your Windows theme, the sound scheme is also changed according to the new theme's settings. If you are not happy with a certain sound scheme, you can easily customize it so that it uses the sounds you want. You can even create your own sound schemes. Let's see how it all works.