Category: Hardware

Hardware – Mainly computer hardware for Windows PCs and OSX Mac computers. This includes internal components like hard drives and motherboards, as well as external peripherals like external drives, printers and scanners.

‘Offline’ Printer Status Message On HP Printer

‘Offline’ Printer Status Message On HP Printer The Offline printer status message displays on the computer and the printer does not print. An Offline printer condition indicates that the computer is not able to communicate with the printer. The offline printer message can appear for several reasons.  It is shown when the printer is powered off, […]

Guitar Pick – Indespensible Electronics Tool

Guitar Pick – Indespensible Electronics Tool I need to get to the capacitors inside monitor, but I’m having trouble with the plastic clips that hold the case together. I’ve got the screws out and the base off, but I don’t want to screw up the plastic by prying on the wrong spot  or in the wrong way. […]

How to Reset a Samsung Security DVR

How to Reset a Samsung Security DVR Why Reset a Samsung Security DVR? If you have forgotten your admin password on a Samsung Security DVR, most experts would suggest that you have to contact Samsung and/or send it back to Samsung to have the administrator password reset.  While this is true in some cases, it […]

Best Notebook Displays of 2016

Best Notebook Displays of 2016 For me, THE most important aspect of a new notebook evaluation is the display. It directly impacts the amount of work I can get done in a given period of time and the amount of fatigue I’ll experience (or not, or even joy) in the process. These are the 25 best […]

How to Fix a Paper Jam Error When There isn’t a Jam

How to Fix a Paper Jam Error When There isn’t a Jam It is possible for a damaged sensor to cause a persistent paper jam message when there isn’t a jam. But first, let’s exhaust all other possibilities. Take a piece of card stock or something similar, and, with the printer unplugged, force it through […]

Reset BIOS Password on HP EliteBook 6930p

Locked out of your HP EliteBook? Reset the BIOS password.

Reset BIOS Password on HP EliteBook This article will show you how to Reset the BIOS Password on an HP EliteBook. If you are having a problem using your EliteBook because you cannot remember or don’t know the BIOS password, don’t worry.  Although there are some computers that make resetting or recovering the password impossible, this […]

Canon Color Network ScanGear in Windows 8

Scan to Windows 8 with the Canon ImageRunner Series

Canon Color Network ScanGear in Windows 8 This article is primarily for the purpose of walking through the installation of network scanning functionality for the Canon ImageRunner series of multi-function devices.  I will cover the installation for Windows in general, but my reason for writing the article is that installing Color Network Scangear on Windows […]

DYMO Labels Require Activation Code

DYMO Labels "back of the roll" activation code.

I’m being asked to enter an activation code for labels. WTF? DYMO Labels require activation codes? I bought a DYMO Label Writer 450 Twin Turbo label printer and it’s asking me to enter an activation code for the labels.  Do DYMO Labels require an activation code? Well, yes and no. An activation code is required […]

Slingbox Error Codes

If you are having a problem with your Slingbox, you should be receiving one of several Slingbox error codes indicating the issue.  With this error code, troubleshooting will be much easier.  Note the error and compare to the table below to determine your course of action. Error number Error text that you might see What […]