Cleaning your computer can sometimes improve its performance in addition to making it look better. One example would be cleaning the dust that builds up around the fans designed to move hot air out of your computer’s case. Cleaning up some of this dust can improve air circulation inside your computer and help cool components […]

Most network connection problems can be solved by following some simple troubleshooting steps: Begin with the easiest solution. With networking, this is checking to make sure the network cable is properly connected to both the computer and the network port on the wall. If you do not see a blinking light on your network card, […]

Depending on the school, you may not be able to connect your computer to the network to access the internet, or to use iChat or other collaborative software. Fortunately, if you have more than one laptop in your room, you can use the wireless capabilities of your Mac laptop to create a temporary wireless network. […]

This is the name given to the wireless networking standards by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the governing body for all networking standards. The IEEE has released a number of different standards over the years as wireless hardware has become faster. The original IEEE 802.11b standard only supported a maximum speed of […]

Your school may have a typical Ethernet network that uses “Category 5″ cables to connect the computers to the network, or it may have a newer wireless network. Most classrooms in your school will have one or more data jacks on the wall where you can connect a computer to the network using a Category […]

It’s easy to connect your iBook or PowerBook laptop to a projector with a special mini-VGA to VGA Cable. This cable should have been included with your laptop. Simply connect one end of the VGA adapter to the output port on your laptop (this port is next to the headphone connector on the iBooks), then […]

If you only have one printer in your classroom that you want to share with several student computers, you can connect that printer to your computer and then share it so that it is accessible from any computer in the room. To share a printer, you must first add it to your system the same […]

As with most computer problems, you should begin with the easiest solutions before moving on to more advanced troubleshooting steps. First, make sure the printer is on and has paper in the tray. You may also want to check that it has ink if you are using an inkjet printer. Next, check to make sure […]

If you know you are always going to be using the same printer (and you have more than one printer installed on your computer, such as a local printer and one or more network printers), you can make that printer the default printer that will be used each time you print from your Mac programs. […]

Whenever you print a document, that document enters a print queue, a line of documents waiting for their turn at the printer. A printer icon may appear in your dock to let you know that the queue is active. You can open the print queue and do some document management. To open the print queue, […]

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