How To’s

Guides and how to tutorials to fix common PC problems.

  • Fix: ATH.exe has stopped working

    Some users have reported seeing the “ATH.exe has stopped working” error everytime they try to sync their iPhones / iPads with iTunes. From our investigations, the issue is restricted to 32-bit versions of Windows. Also, the frequency of occurrences seems to be higher on Windows 7. Most users report getting the “ATH.exe has…

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  • Fix: Shift Key not Working

    The shift key is a modifier key present on your keyboard whose main function is to capitalize lower case letters and help in selecting distinct objects in the file explorer or your desktop. Shift keys are also used with the combination of other keys (Ctrl, Esc, Alt) to perform other…

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  • Fix: Another Computer is using the printer

    Printers have become increasingly important in the 20th century allowing you to print all your important documents with a click of a button. However, to this date many people have various problems when printing their documents. One such problem is where the computer refuses to print the document stating that…

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  • Fix: Skype Messages not Sending

    Skype is a telecommunication software which specializes in providing video chat and voice calls to users around the globe. Microsoft currently owns Skype and has provided support for various platforms. However, despite being the most used application on the PC for video calling, the application is far from perfect. There…

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  • Fix: Startup Repair Cannot Repair this Computer Automatically

    The error ‘Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically’ occurs when Windows is unable to fix the computer for misconfigurations present and fails to boot it in a normal state. There are several reasons this error might pop up; your hard drive might be damaged, there may be some bad…

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  • Fix: This browser does not support video playback

    The error ‘this browser does not support video playback’ occurs in different browsers namely Mozilla and Internet Explorer. This error message pops whenever the browser comes across a video whose format is not supported. There are numerous workarounds available for some cases. There are some instances where there is no…

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  • Fix: Unable to Boot ‘Please Use a Kernel Appropriate for your CPU’

    Most problems that users have with GNU/Linux are well after they’re booted and trying to work with some software package, but what happens if you get a message that reads unable to boot please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU while you’re trying to start? If you’re working with…

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  • Fix: Unable to Correct Problems ‘You have Held Broken Packages’

    You might find that when you’re trying to install a package on Linux you find a dreaded line that reads E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages. The installation then refuses to progress beyond this point. You might find this on any Linux distribution that uses apt-get…

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  • Fix: psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory

    PostgreSQL promotes itself as the most advanced open-source database application platform, and Debian Linux certainly has plenty of packages that make it even more complex. You can also find boatloads of packages for PostgreSQL if you’re working with Ubuntu Server or any of the various Ubuntu spins, since they’re based…

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  • Fix: iTunes Could Not Connect to the iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch because it is locked with a passcode

    Many iFolks cannot sync their iDevices with iTunes because getting this error even if they DO NOT have passcodes on their devices. “iTunes could not connect to the iPhone “User’s iPhone” because it is locked with a passcode. You must enter your passcode on the iPhone before it can be…

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  • How to Add ‘Tones’ or ‘Ringtones’ to iTunes

    If you’ve updated iTunes to the version 12.7 or later you may have dificulties when trying to set custom ringtones. The well-known Ringtones section has been removed, but you can still transfer and copy ringtones to your iPhone or iPad using iTunes 12.7. Here is how can you do that.…

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  • How to Forget a Network / WiFi on Mac

    If your Mac constantly connects to some open Wi-Fi network, and you don’t want to, you can forget it from your computer. Here you can find how to do it. Forget Wi-Fi Network Click the Wi–Fi icon on your menu bar, and choose Open Network Preferences from the drop-down menu.…

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  • How to Open Task Manager Mac

    If you want to close an application that seems to be stuck open on your Mac, you can use Apple’s version of Windows end task (Force Quit Applications) or Mac’s Task Manager (Activity Monitor). Here is how can you launch these apps on your Mac. How to Launch the Force…

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  • How to: Password Protect a Folder on MacOS

    If you want to lock a folder on a Mac (macOS and OS X), you can achieve that by creating an encrypted image and then mount the folder as a virtual drive. Whenever you open that encrypted image file, macOS (or OS X) will ask you to type a password…

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  • Fix: TrackPad Scroll Not Working on MacOS

    Many Mac users reported touchpad scroll not working problem. Some are unable to scroll up and down anytime, and in any app, using the built-in 2-finger scrolling gesture. For others, the scrolling feature works fine after booting up, but it stops a couple of minutes later. The problem occurs on…

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  • What Is: 521 5.2.1 AOL will not accept delivery of this message

    Users receive the “521 5.2.1 AOL will not accept delivery of this message” error when trying to send certain emails. This is usually indicative of a problem with the reverse DNS lookup. As it turns out, the error code is displayed either because AOL’s mail server rejected the connection, or because…

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  • Fix: Required privilege is not held by the client (on Executables)

    The “Required privilege is not held by the client” error occurs when users open certain installer executables on Windows 8 and Windows 10. This variation of the issue is restricted to installation executables and other setup packages. The issue is likely caused by an external antivirus suite that is not…

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  • Fix: CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode

    The “CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode” error is usually encountered by users after trying to run a CHKDSK command on the OS drive (C:/) or an external drive. This particular issue usually occurs due to a write protection, if the disk is read-only, or because the drive in question…

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  • How to Find Your Skype ID

    Skype users can sign in to their Skype accounts using their Skype names, the email addresses associated with their Skype accounts or the phone numbers associated with their Skype accounts (and, obviously their Skype accounts’ passwords). Your Skype name is the username you signed up for Skype with when you…

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  • How to Copy a DVD in Windows 7

    Sometimes people need multiple copies of the same DVD, and making copies of one single DVD can befuddle computer users who only have a single CD/DVD drive on their computers to work with. Is it actually possible to clone a DVD if your computer only has one CD/DVD drive? It…

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  • How to Type a Letter Using Microsoft Word

    Letters are still an important part of the world’s ecosystem. Even though letters have become an endangered form of communication, they are still important in formal settings and people still need to write letters for a multitude of different reasons. That being the case, even the computers of today are…

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  • How to Disable Automatic Updates on a Windows Computer

    On all versions of the Windows Operating System, there exists Windows Update – a utility designed to help keep Windows up to date with the latest service packs, patches, fixes and updates available for it. Windows Update can operate in a number of different capacities, and the capacity the utility…

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  • How to Delete Your Xbox Account

    Almost every person who owns and uses an Xbox has an Xbox account, and so do a number of people who play Microsoft games. Xbox accounts can be of a ton of help while using an Xbox or when playing Microsoft games on other platforms such as Windows for computers…

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  • How to Mirror Text in Word

    Sometimes, users need to mirror text in Microsoft Word for any of a number of different reasons. Mirroring text basically refers to flipping it – text can be flipped from one side to the other, or be flipped upside down depending on how you want it. Unfortunately, there is actually…

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  • How to Use the Print Screen Feature

    While most people use third-party services and applications to take screenshots on their computers, the screenshot functionality is readily available on the Windows Operating System from the get-go. People who use third-party services and applications to take screenshots on their computers do so because the process of taking screenshots through…

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