HARDWARE ARTICLES / RASPBERRY PI, DIY, GADGETS, AND MORE

When you start digging deeper into your computer’s internal hardware to monitor or tweak it, you may occasionally run across a listing that seems strange and unexpected, like HAMP, for example. What does it mean? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

about 2 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

There has been much ado about Apple’s removal of the headphone jack in its latest version of the iPhone. That means you only have one port on the phone–so how do you charge and listen to music at the same time? We have some options for you.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

If you’re fed up with your current carrier and want to switch to a better one, you might be wondering if you can take your current iPhone with you. This is a lot more straightforward than it used to be, but there are still some things to keep in mind.

about 2 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

If you’ve migrated your operating system from a mechanical hard drive to a solid-state drive, the partitions may not be properly aligned. This could result in slower performance, which you can fix by re-aligning them.

about 2 months ago - by  |  21 Replies

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and monitor that both support NVIDIA G-Sync, you can use it to eliminate screen tearing and make the games you play look better.

about 2 months ago - by  |  7 Replies

Android has had native screenshots for ages now, and seeing as that’s a pretty important feature, all of the Google-made accessories also support this functionality. While the setting is in an easy place on Android Wear, it’s well-hidden on Android Auto. Here’s how to find it.

about 2 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

If you have a DSLR camera with a hot shoe, it’s easy to attach various flashes and other accessories right to your camera. But with a couple of cheap attachments on hand, you can mount your GoPro to your DSLR camera as well.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Whether you’re on vacation or just spending a fun afternoon at the park, a GoPro can turn any activity into an interesting story with the right tools and know-how. Here’s how to get the most out of your GoPro camera.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

If you ever browse through your Task Manager window, you’ve likely spotted a process named “System interrupts” and then probably ignored it. But if it’s using up your CPU and you’re wondering what you can do about it, we’ve got the answer for you.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

The latest version of NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience software brings a new in-game “Share” overlay that replaces the old “ShadowPlay” feature. Install GeForce Experience 3.0, sign in, and you’ll see icons appear at the bottom right corner of your screen every time you launch a game. If you don’t want to see those icons, here’s how to get rid of them.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

These days, more and more people turn to their phones for GPS and music in their car. And why wouldn’t they? Google Maps is way better than whatever lame system is built into your vehicle. Enter Android Auto: the best of what your phone offers, but built in to the head unit of your dash.

about 2 months ago - by  |  14 Replies

While the GoPro is one of the best action cams out on the market right now, the battery life leaves something to be desired. However, here are some settings that you can optimize to squeeze out as much battery life as possible from your GoPro.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Steam offers multiple library folders, and you can choose where you want to install games when you download them. There’s no obvious way to move a game to another drive after the fact, though–but it is possible, without re-downloading the entire thing.

about 2 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

If you have your Ring Doorbell all set up, and were looking forward to a live view of the Ring’s camera, you might be disappointed to find that it’s missing from the Ring app. There’s a very simply answer as to why that is.

about 2 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

So you’ve built yourself a powerful gaming PC, and even gotten a case with a side panel window so you can see all your glorious work. The only problem? It looks a little…drab. Maybe the colors don’t match, maybe it’s too dark, or maybe your build is just a little messy. Here are some tips to take your custom PC from boring to badass–without spending a fortune.

about 2 months ago - by  |  Leave a reply

While you can easily back up your text messages to your computer so that you don’t lose them, sometimes a text message conversation is so important that you also might need a paper copy to keep in a safe place. Here’s how to print out text message conversations so that you’ll always have a physical copy available in case of emergency.

about 2 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Want to put your computer’s screen on your TV? You could hook it up with an HDMI cable, but then your computer’s placement depends upon the length of the cable. With Google’s Chromecast, however, you can mirror any browser tab or your entire desktop–wirelessly–in just a few clicks.

about 2 months ago - by  |  16 Replies

You may already know about smart outlets, or outlets with integrated USB ports. But you might be surprised at how many “normal” outlets you can actually buy for your house. They’re all built for different situations, and you want to make sure that your house is equipped with the right outlet for the job. Here are the different kinds of electrical outlets you can buy.

about 2 months ago - by  |  9 Replies

The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great little device for $50, but even though it runs Android, it doesn’t feel like a true Android device. Here’s how to get a more traditional Android home screen on your Fire Tablet–without rooting it.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

When it comes to saving money on your electricity and other utility costs, getting something like a smart thermostat or smart outlet to monitor and optimize energy usage can be helpful. But there are a ton of things you can do that require little to no money or effort, too. Here are eight really easy tasks to do around the house that will instantly save you money on your bills.

about 3 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

VLC’s developers have been working on Chromecast support for some time, and it’s finally here. In the latest bleeding edge Windows versions of VLC, you can stream video and audio files from VLC media player on your PC to your Chromecast.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Chances are, you have some old gadgets lying around your house you no longer use. Why not get some money for them? Craigslist is one of the best places to sell your unused junk, and you can pretty much list anything you want on there. When it comes to selling your gadgets for the best price possible, though, there are a few things to keep in mind.

about 3 months ago - by  |  10 Replies

Most of the time, your GoPro will be attached to a helmet, car, bike, or other piece of moving machinery. But if you want to capture better audio, and don’t mind a bit of added bulk to your setup, here’s how you can connect an external microphone to your GoPro.

about 3 months ago - by  |  4 Replies

You installed a new hard drive in your computer and, to your dismay, it’s nowhere to be found. Don’t panic, you just need to give Windows a little nudge to bring it online.

about 3 months ago - by  |  6 Replies

Getting a smart thermostat to control the heating and cooling in your house can potentially save you money depending on how you use it, but a thermostat isn’t going to save you money all by itself. Your home also needs good airflow and insulation, and the attic is the biggest piece of the puzzle.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply