My PC Tutorials


Tutorials to Common Computer Questions

How do I burn a disc image to a CD? How do I know if my hard drive is failing? How can I speed up my computer system?
What is the best antivirus? How do I know if my computer problem is a software or hardware issue? Ipad, Iphone, Android tablet, Smart phone, What is the difference?
What is the difference between a Laptop, Notebook and Netbook?

What is the difference between an e-book reader and a tablet or an android tablet?

Finding a linux distro and making a live operating system CD

What is my Computer/Laptop Worth?

Nothing depreciates faster in value than consumer electronics.  When considering having your computer evaluated or repaired by a computer professional,  it is important to keep in mind the resale value of your system to ensure that you are not wasting money.  Anything is fixable but it is not feasible to spend more fixing something than it is worth.  Here is a rough gauge for 2012 pricing:

Processor Desktop Value(tower only) Laptop Value  
PIII 0 Under $20  
P4, Celeron, Sempron ~$50 ~$50-$100  
Dual Core, Athlon x2 ~$75-$150 ~$125-$175  
Quadcore, Sixcore Current market Current market  

As you can see from the above chart, if you had a P4 computer that developed problems, you could take it to a repair shop and diagnostic fees, labor fees and for parts which could cost over a $100 dollars or you could find another P4 computer on your local craigslist for $50 dollars and add your existing hard drive to that computer as a second hard drive to have all of your files.  This would save you money.  You could also take the money you would have paid the repair shop, add a few more dollars and buy a dual core tower and upgrade to better performance.

My PC Tutorials web site created these 'how to' articles to address some of our most frequently asked computer questions.  Check back often as we are constantly updating the articles as our clients' frequent questions change.

The Most surprising question we ever received: " I don't think I have the right keyboard for the computer.  It is telling me to push any key to continue.  I do not see the 'any' key.  Where is the 'any' key? "

 These articles and tutorials will by no means make you a computer expert.  They are meant to assist you with some of the task that we are most frequently asked about.  They are proven methods and presented in good faith.  We will accept no liability for loss of data or loss of equipment resulting in the attempted use of our tutorials.  We always recommend getting your questions and problems addressed by a qualified local computer technician.


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