How To’s

Guides and how to tutorials to fix common PC problems.

  • How to Create Basic Android Game with Unity

    In a previous Appual’s tutorial titled “How to Create a Basic Unity Platform Game” (and its part 2), we went over using Unity and the built-in WebGL plug-in to create a simple HTML5-based browser game – in this similar tutorial, we’ll be going over how to create a basic Android…

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  • Fix: Scanning and Repairing Drive Stuck

    If you turn your computer off abruptly, you will probably get a message from the system that it is scanning and repairing your drive. When Windows is running, it is continuously reading and writing data to and from your hard drive, RAM’s, etc. If you close it abruptly, it may…

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  • How to Use SD Card as Extra RAM in Android

    RAM is a crucial part of smartphones – mostly, it holds your phone’s data and allows for multitasking. The sweet spot seems to be around 4GB of RAM. Phones with 1GB of RAM suffer tremendously in performance, whereas phones with 6B of RAM see barely any performance gains over 4GB.…

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  • How to Move the Libraries folder above “This PC” on Windows 10

    If you’re familiar with using the right-hand pane of File Explorer to get around more quickly, you might have noticed that with the launch of Windows 10, the Libraries folder has been moved under the “This PC” (Computer) folder. Until now (on Windows 8), the Libraries folder was located above…

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  • Fix: D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing

    ‘D3DCompiler_47.dll’ is a shared file that enables running of many games and is required by many applications in their operations.  The error “D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing” is very common in launching games, applications, or running a program for a specific purpose. The workarounds involved to solve this error are very straight-forward…

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  • Fix: Cannot Unpin Windows 10 FTP Links from Quick Access Menu

    Some users are reporting being unable to unpin FTP locations from the Quick Access menu on Windows 10. This issue mostly occurs if the user tries to access an FTP server using File Explorer and ends up pining it to the quick action section to facilitate easy access. Sometimes the…

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  • Fix: NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM

    Users experience the error message “NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM” when there is a problem with the SSL connection and Google Chrome browser cannot verify SSL certificate. SSL is a secure method which encrypts data from your computer and sends it to the server. This helps to keep the data private when you are…

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  • How to Restore Windows 10 Administrative Tools Shortcuts

    There’s a weird glitch going around on Windows 10 where the Administrative Tools folder is suddenly empty and all the shortcuts are apparently removed. Apparently, the issue is as old as Window 10, but since the pool of affected users is small, Microsoft never bothered to address it. If it’s not…

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  • How to Start Cleanmgr (Disk Cleanup) with All Items Checked

    If you’re one of those people that take extra care of their PCs, this next trick is right up your alley. The Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr) tool is pretty solid for the most part, but one of the biggest complains that users have is that it’s not configured to remember your…

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  • Fix: Windows Defender Error 577

    While Windows Defender is certainly not the world’s best antivirus, it’s less intrusive, does it’s job fairly well and comes pre-installed with the latest Windows versions. But as with all software, this tool is not perfect and might malfunction to the point where it becomes unusable – such is the case…

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  • How to Edit and Trim Videos on Windows 10 with the Photos App

    Since Microsoft decided to stop including Movie Maker with the newer Windows releases, some users are left without an intuitive way to edit short videos taken by themselves. Most users looking to edit a video turn to a third party solution believing that Windows isn’t equipped to do this by default.…

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  • How to Make Taskbar Translucent or Fully Transparent in Windows 10

    By default, the taskbar on Windows 10 is a little transparent and changes with the color that you select. It already looks pretty slick, but you can achieve an even cooler effect by increasing its transparency. Sadly, there is no built-in way to make your taskbar completely transparent. The built-in way…

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  • How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt on Windows 10

    A lot of the fixes and tweaks featured on the web will require you to open a Command Prompt window as an administrator. This can be confusing for non-technical persons because a lot of articles don’t mention the actual steps of opening an elevated Command Prompt. Most of the time,…

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  • Fix: Windows 10 Background Slideshow Not Seeing Subfolders

    Windows 10 is certainly an improvement over the older Windows versions. But in Microsoft’s classic style, there are are some things that worked perfectly on Windows 7 and Windows 8 that we’re unnecessary redesigned on Windows 10. Such is the case with the built-in desktop background slideshow. Until the launch of Windows…

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  • Fix: Civ 6 No Compatible Graphics Device Found

    Civilization 6 is a turn-based strategy game in which each player competes to become a global superpower by establishing their civilization. It has been around for quite some time and there were previous versions of the game as well. As the title suggests, users might experience an error condition where they…

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  • Fix: Netflix Keeps Freezing

    Netflix is one of the world’s biggest online streaming company which provides TV shows and Movies for you to stream on your devices. It has been around for more than 2 decades and since it is web-based, it is always trying to release more applications and adding more compatibility. Not…

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  • Fix: Devices and Printers not Loading

    Some users have been reporting a weird problem where the Devices and Printers window seems to glitch and remains empty even though the user has several different devices that should be present in there. As it turns out, the issue is much more common on Windows 7 and can occur due…

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  • Fix: Chromecast not working

    Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google and is designed on a small dongle. It enables users to control and initiate playback of various content on high-definition televisions using computers and Android devices. It has been there for quite a while and is used by numerous people around…

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  • Fix: Your Connection is not Secure Firefox

    Whenever Firefox connects to a secure website, it verifies that the certificate presented by the website is valid and the encryption is strong enough to protect your privacy. If the certificate cannot be validated or the encryption is not strong enough, Firefox will not proceed with the browsing and display…

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  • Fix: Xbox One Mic not working

    Many Xbox users have faced a frustrating issue where they are able to listen to in-game sounds but unable to communicate with other players using their mics. This issue has been ongoing for 2-3 years and has proved to be a menace for most of the players. There are two…

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  • Fix: A Fatal Error Occurred during Installation

    Users experience the error message “Error 1603: A fatal error occurred during installation” when they are either installing a new program or they are updating a program to a newer version. This error usually occurs when you are already trying to install an application which is already installed. Or the…

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  • How to Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter in Windows 8 and 10

    Microsoft introduced its OTA update process for Windows OS with the introduction of Windows 7. It really helped them to deal with the issues by pushing an update for that one. If you are using Windows, you might come across different errors, unless you are lucky enough, while trying to…

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  • How to Root the OnePlus 6

    The OnePlus 6 is the latest flagship device from OnePlus, released just this month of May. It sports a 6.28” screen at 1080×2280 resolution, the Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage versions, and a 16MP primary camera. Rooting the OnePlus 6 is a fairly…

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  • Fix: ssh_exchange_identification: read: connection reset by peer

    Fortunately, the ssh_exchange_identification: read: Connection reset by peer error is quite rare, but you might run into it if you’re trying to ssh into any type of Unix server. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Windows with cygwin to access Ubuntu or macOS with the terminal to ssh into Arch,…

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  • Fix: Power Surge on USB Port

    The error message “Power Surge on Hub Port” or “USB Device has exceeded the power limits of its hub port” is usually displayed when you plug a device into the USB port of your computer. It can also occur when you have already plugged in a device and it stops…

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