Hardware and Sound

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

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.

Simple Questions: What Is USB or Universal Serial Bus?

USBEveryone has used at least once a device that was connected to another device with the help of a USB port. Whether we are talking about flash memory sticks or other peripherals like printers, many devices are using the USB standard connector. In this article we will share what USB stands for, what it does and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using USB to connect devices.

How To Change The Default Playback & Recording Audio Device

sound devicesOne of the many creative options built into Windows is the ability to record and play back multimedia files. Windows even makes it simple by selecting a default device for audio recording and playback, but what if you'd prefer that another device be used? Let's take a look at how to change the default and how to troubleshoot certain problems.

Tech Lolz: Halloween in a box, a speaker-box!

weird soundsPoltergeists, ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires and what not. This is what you might see going along the street in this time of the year. That doesn't necessarily freak you out now, does it? Well what about if you do not have to go out but still encounter one of the above without a possible or reasonable explanation? Would that freak you out? Don't be a hero for nothing. If you were the guy in this week's episode you would reconsider your priorities and faith. You would reconsider the fine line between the "dead" and the "living". In other words, you would crawl right back to your mommy.

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.

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