Hardware and Sound

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

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.

Simple Questions: What is WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)?

wirelessIf you have configured a wireless router on your own, you have encountered the term WPS in its configuration menus. Or you have have seen a button named WPS alongside all the ethernet ports on the router's back. Do you know what WPS is? What does it stand for and how is it used? Which devices and operating systems provide support for WPS? Learn the answers to these questions and more, from this tutorial.

Simple Questions: What is the BIOS & What Does It Do?

BIOSIf you are a casual computer user, you may have heard about the BIOS, or BIOS failures or Dual - BIOS motherboards, but you may not understand very well what all these terms are. What is a BIOS except a weird-sounding acronym? What does it do and why is it important? If you read this article you will learn the answers to these questions and more.

How to Update the Firmware on Your Xbox One Controller & Headset

firmware updateOne of the lesser known facts about the Xbox One is that this console provides separate firmware updates for its controllers and headsets. When you update the console itself, the controllers and headset(s) do not get updated in the process. You have to perform a separate firmware update for them. Unfortunately these updates are not actively advertised by the console even when they are available, so you need to manually check whether they need updating or not. Here's how to update the firmware on your Xbox One controllers and headset(s):

Simple Questions: What is NFC (Near Field Communication)?

NFCNFC is an acronym that is often used when referring to modern smartphones and tablets. But what does it mean? And what does NFC do? I've seen many people who have very expensive smartphones with NFC but they have no idea what NFC is or how they can use this technology. If you would like to learn more about it, including how to tell whether you have NFC on your smartphone or not, read this guide.

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