Hardware and Sound

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

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.

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?

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