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When you have a rather new laptop, the last thing you want to experience is a problem with the battery. But what do you do if it happens? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post offers up some advice for a frustrated reader.

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Upgrading your laptop’s hard drive is a great way to get some extra life out of an old machine (or resurrect a dead one). Read on as we walk you through the prep work, the installation, and the followup.

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Go shopping for a PC display and you’ll see ones advertising support for technologies like NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync. These work in concert with modern NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to provide a smoother image.

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Whether it is a matter of low remaining internal hard-drive space or just a personal preference, external hard-drives can be useful in many ways. With that in mind, is it safe to use an external USB hard-drive for the /home mount in Linux? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post discusses the question to help a curious reader.

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You might have heard Apple mention Metal in recent keynote addresses, so we thought we might take a moment to explain what Metal is, and what it will do for graphics rendering on Apple computers.

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Worried your USB charger is under performing or out of spec? Think you’re not getting the real charge time out of that new power bank you bought? If you’re willing to geek-out a little then you can test your USB devices to see if they’re up to snuff.

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Google has thrown their hat in the router and smarthome ring at once with the introduction of their OnHub router, a router that promises to be the easiest and most hassle free router experience you’ve ever had with super easy setup, automatic security updates, smarthome integration, and more. Does it live up to that promise?

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Like many staples of a pre-smarthome age, the humble leak detector has made the jump to the 21st century. Read on as we show you how to integrate a smarthome leak detecting sensor into your home protection arsenal to receive alerts not just at home but wherever you are.

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Dolphin is an open source Wii and GameCube emulator that supports the majority of games for both consoles. Dolphin will run your collection of Wii and GameCube games very well at 1080p on most new PC’s, and even older systems still can crank out playable speeds at 480p, the native GameCube resolution. Installing Dolphin is easy, although if you want to put your collection on your computer, you will need a Wii and be willing to homebrew it.

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What do you do when your computer only recognizes your hard-drive part of the time? Is it simply a matter of the hard-drive going bad or is it a BIOS setting that needs adjusting? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful advice for a frustrated reader.

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In a world that was divided by a glut of sub-par, aimless entries from Windows laptops up against sleek/wallet-gouging Macbooks, Google saw a hole in the market, and thus, the Chromebook was born. A new type of light, functional, and durable laptop which wouldn’t break the bank of investment-weary consumers, but could still pack in enough features to stand up with the big boys.

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Most people have the basics of throwing a movie night down: you get a movie, you get snacks, you get comfortable, and boom, you’re done. When it comes to throwing a movie party in the backyard, however, things get a little trickier. Read on as we show you how to do it stress free.

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The Xbox One Controller is a fantastic gamepad, and although Microsoft has only recently started bundled the drivers for it in Windows 10, there are drivers available for Windows 7 and 8 on their website. Mac users do not have an official driver, but there is an lightweight open source solution that works well.

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In late 2014 Microsoft released the Band. It came out of left field. Rumors had been rolling around about Microsoft possibly doing a wearable, but details were non-existent. When it came out people were… well, confused. And rightly so. What is this thing? Is it a fitness tracker? Is it a smartwatch? Is it any good? The answer to all three questions is yes.

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Consumer router security is pretty bad. Attackers are taking advantage of lackadaisical manufacturers and attacking large amounts of routers. Here’s how to check if your router’s been compromised.

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You have a brand new high-capacity flash drive that can store more than the hard drive of your first three computers combined, but when you go to copy a large file it denies you. What gives? Read on as we show you how to solve your flash drive frustrations.

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Windows 10 includes the ability to stream your Xbox One games to the Xbox app on your PC. It’s a pretty cool feature that we’ll talk more about today.

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Networked, or IP, security cameras are readily available and, with each new generation of products, increasingly sophisticated. Digging through the available options can be overwhelming though; read on as we walk you through the process with a handy security camera shopping checklist.

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The premium router market is increasingly saturated with high-priced and powerful routers. Even in such a market the D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router stands out both in size and styling as well as performance. Read on as we take a closer look at this flame red and feature packed model.

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If you tend to focus more on aspect ratios like 16:9 and 4:3 when thinking of screen resolution sizes, then you may find yourself wondering what it going on with the popular laptop screen resolution 1366×768. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused reader.

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The Apple Watch is packed with features that aren’t immediately visible at first glance. The music app on the watch immediately (and intuitively) controls the music app on your iPhone but it can also stand alone as its own Bluetooth-enabled iPod-like device. Read on as we show you how to link it to Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

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We’ve all done it: you misplace something important and you spend a lot of time (with a lot of stress) backtracking to locate it again. With Bluetooth tracking devices you can make the hunt a lot easier, less stressful, and even avoid losing the thing in the first place. Read on as we highlight the pros and cons of Bluetooth trackers.

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Upon unpacking your new wireless router, you’re puzzled about why there are two networks, a 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Is the 5Ghz network more powerful? Does it make any difference?

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Windows 10 is the biggest and most aggressive Windows rollout to date. Before you take the plunge you need to image your hard drive so, should you wish to return to the familiarity of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can do so with the click of a button.

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The suffix lettering for Intel processors can seem like some kind of secret code at times, but what do they actually mean or stand for? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused reader.

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