troubleshooting

Diagnose And Fix Common Errors With Google Play

Ah, the old mysterious error code! You would think it’d be easy for OS, web and software developers to put more helpful information in their error messages, but the truth is it’s not always clear what’s specifically causing an issue. Google Play is no exception, with its fair share of cryptic missive for unsuccessful operations. Fortunately, you can usually fix these problems yourself after being pointed in the right direction.


Icon Ping Tells You At A Glance If Your Connection Is Terrible

Mac: Iconping is a simple network utility that lets you know at a glance if your connection is slow or dropping. As long as the icon is green, everything is OK. If the icon turns yellow, things are slowing down. If it’s red, you’re probably disconnected.


Banish Mouse Lag In Video Games With Microsoft's 'Fix It' Tool

Windows 8: Is your mouse lagging in your favourite PC game? Microsoft has a free tool that can fix it for you.


Use Your iPhone 5s Camera To Help With Troubleshooting

The iPhone 5s’ high-speed camera can be used to take pretty pictures — or to assist in troubleshooting if you’re having trouble reading a system alert.


Access Windows 8's Advanced Startup Utility With A Simple Shortcut

Windows 8 comes with a handy tool for troubleshooting your computer: the Advanced Startup tool. Accessing it can be fiddly, but you can launch it from the command line.


Re-Create OS X's Recovery Partition If You've Removed It

If you’ve deleted the recovery partition on your Mac, you might find yourself unable to use certain features, like FileVault and Find My Mac. Recovery Partition Creator is a simple script that will bring it back.


How To Get The Best Experience From TeamViewer

It’s no secret that TeamViewer, the remote desktop client for Windows, Mac and Linux, is popular in our neck of the woods. It’s free and easy to use, but remote access sometimes feels awkward and sluggish. These tips will make your TeamViewer experience so smooth you’ll think your home computer is right in front of you.


Yasu Cleans Up Mac OS X And Fixes Glitches

Mac: While OS X has a reputation for being more stable than other desktop operating systems, it still has problems at times. If your Mac has some glitches, running Yasu is a good first step.


Learn To Decipher The Blue Screen Of Death And Troubleshoot Your PC

Although the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) has changed a bit in Windows 8, Windows computers still crash. Those messages display a bunch of cryptic phrases and numbers, and they aren’t very helpful. Maximum PC has a useful guide deciphering the BSOD.


A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Better Tech Support

When you need help fixing your computer, the last thing you want is a communication problem. Before you call tech support or file a bug report, there are a few things you should do to make sure you get the best help possible.