Refilling Ink Cartridges

The new cartridge is much smaller now this changes things a lot with regard to refilling. The problem is that the entire sponge must be filled with ink in order to hold the recommended amount of ink. This is hard to achieve for the amateur because of air in the sponge.

The professional filler fills the cartridge under a high vacuum this removes the air and then the ink is injected. Only after the sponge is filled completely is air let back into the cartridge. This works very well and if the empty is a good one it almost always results in a working cartridge. Now we are talking about the small cartridges produced in the last 2 or 3 years. That is like the small the HP 56 and 57and The Lexmark 16 and 26.

So what can you do to increase your chances of success? First thing is don’t try to fill the cartridge to it’s full capacity. For instance the HP 56 originally had 19 ML so only put in 8 to 10 ML of ink. Trying to fill it full will only result in leaking and other problems.

Because of the

Flash Drives

So where should you buy a Flash Drive? What should you use it for? What size Flash Drive should you buy? What precautions should you take in using a Flash Drive? These topics and more are covered in this article.

Flash Drives can be used to back up files created on nearly any computer that has a USB port. This is especially useful if you are using a program such as Microsoft Word at a public library or a university. Flash Drives are also useful for ordinary tasks such as copying files between two computers in your home, or your computer and a friend’s computer. While you can also accomplish these tasks using CD or CD rewrite media, flash is often more convenient and easier to use.

Flash Drives can also hold large amounts of mp3 or picture files. For example, a 1 GB Flash Drive can hold 16 hours of MP3 music or more than 1000 digital photographs (depending on the resolution of the photographs).

You can get a great deal on a flash drive by watching the sale flyers of national computer discount stores such as Staples, Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Max, and

Cheap Laptop Batteries

There are many types of batteries that include nickel-cadmium batteries, Lithium ion batteries and nickel hydride. The price of these batteries depends on the material that is used for manufacturing them. A nickel cadmium battery is the cheapest among all the three types of batteries mentioned above.

The price of a nickel cadmium battery can range from $50 to$100 whereas a nickel hydride battery is slightly costlier compared to cadmium batteries. The price of a nickel hydride battery can range from $80 to $150. A lithium polymer battery is more expensive compared to the other two types of batteries that are mentioned above.

Another invention that is revolutionizing laptop batteries are the new external batteries that offer a run-time of about seven hours (also depends on the programs being used on the laptop) at about half the price. Many vendors on the Internet offer batteries at low cost if bought in bulk. Some companies offer discount on batteries if the same company manufactures the laptop.

Alkaline batteries are the cheapest among batteries, but incur the highest cost per cycle. Other cheap batteries include lithium ion polymer and lithium ion batteries. Cheap batteries are also available

Surplus Computer Parts

Pick up any local classified, and you will find that there are literally hundreds of ads claiming to give you the best deals on surplus computer parts. When buying surplus computer parts, always be careful and buy it from a reputed dealer. This way, the chances of a part going bad or not working at all is minimized.

When buying any used part, look out for minor damages that are not visible at first. For instance, if you are in the market for a used laptop screen, look in the corners for any chipped plastic around the LCD screen. Such attention to detail is necessary to avoid future hassles. What this means is that virtually any component that you want to buy should be checked thoroughly. Wires are a good example. An overheated wire, for example, could be potentially dangerous to use. Same is the case with a melted cord or power box.

Any accessory that you need to purchase should be cross checked before you make your ultimate purchase decision. For instance, batteries may have been working for a long period of time, and it is always better to check the batteries for leaks or

Computer Overheating

If you have an unused fan port of any size, from 40mm to 120mm, you can install a fan. This is easy to do. They’re mounted with just 4 screws, and can be attached by a standard Molex plug by means of a 3 to 4 pin adapter. The adapter will almost always be included with the fan. Perhaps the best thing of all about these fans is their price. They cost about $5 for an 80mm, and around $10 for a 120mm.

If you don’t have a fan port, and don’t want to go to the trouble of case modification to make one, there is still a fan you can use. It’s a turbine fan, that mounts in a PCI slot. They’re thin, only the width of a slot, and somewhat disk shaped. Despite their small size, they can pull more air out of a PC than a regular 80mm fan. They can be attached to a Molex plug, and cost about $10.

Another way to attack the problem of airflow is to remove obstructions in the case. One place to start is with the IDE cables. Often called “ribbon cables” these connect your hard

Decide On A Printer

Usually the big deciding factor on what kind of printer you are going to end up with is the price. Good inkjet printers can be had for one hundred dollars especially if you are not interested in printing in color. If you are intending to print photographs however then you have to start looking for a high quality bubble inkjet printer in the two hundred to three hundred dollar ranges. If you want to find an all in one printer that can do it all or a high quality laser printer then you can expect to pay three hundred dollars or more for the unit.

The absolute cheapest option for what you get are the inkjet printers and you can get one for fewer than fifty bucks by shopping on the Internet. These cheaper printers are slower and only print about ten pages a minute and have a reasonably high resolution of 1200 dpi resolution (dpi means drops per inch.)

The best inkjet printers that have the best value when it comes replacing the cartridges will be the ones that come with two cartridges – one unit for color and another for black and white. If

Video Conversion

DVD players are taking the place of VHS players. The old video machine we are familiar with is becoming redundant in the face of the DVD player. This means that DVD’s are generally replacing videos. Certainly, there are a number of beneficial factors for DVD’s over VHS tapes. To name a few, these include longevity, hardiness, storability and picture quality. This means that Video tapes do not last as long as the DVD disk, they are more durable when compared with video tapes, they are smaller and easier to store, and finally, the quality of your DVD picture can be better than that of the VHS tape.

Thanks to modern technology, your old video tape can be digitally re-mastered, and edited to improve the end result and viewing appreciation. This means that the overall effect, and the degree to which you enjoy your movie, can be improved when converting your old VHS video to DVD. So, if you think video conversion would be beneficial to you, consider the following as your options.

You can choose to make the conversion yourself, by using bought software or hardware, all available from your computer shop. In these cases you

Choose Suitable Wireless Router

Check What Wireless Standard you Need

There are many wireless routers supporting different wireless standard, such as 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n (draft n), so which standard should you use?

The most popular and mature standard is 802.11g but the latest is 802.11n (draft n), however I would advise to choose the one with 802.11g standard if possible.

802.11g can support bandwidth up to 55Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. It’s compatible with 802.11b products because they both use the same radio frequency. That means 802.11g wireless router will be able to talk to 80.11b wireless adapter. The only problem of 802.11b/g is its interference with other electronic devices that utilize same 2.4GHz radio frequency and this will affect the wireless signal strength.

Then how about 802.11b? Since 802.11g is backward compatible with 802.11g, so I don’t recommend you to use 802.11b product. 802.11a wireless router is not so popular and normally used by business users, so you can forget about it.

As for the router with 802.11n (draft n) standard, it’s still new and the standard is yet to be finalized by IEEE. The expected speed is 10 times faster than 802.11g and

Buy a Flat Panel Monitor

Arguably the best thing about the flat panel monitors is that they save over a square foot of room on your desk. Old school monitors are big, bulky and outdated. Most people are looking forward and changing over their offices to flat panel monitors. If you are looking for a new alternative for the large, bulky monitor you have in your home, a flat screen is the perfect solution. Many models are able to covert to a televison screen simply by pressing a button! This way you can have a high def experience while sending emails or watching your favorite show!
Another great feature about the flat screens are the USB ports. Say goodbye to the old days of having to move your big bulky computer around to plug in your digital cable. Today’s flat screen monitors have USB ports right on them so it’s easy to plug and play.

Flat panels are quickly becoming more known for their clear picture. The flat panels are brighter which makes graphics and text easier to see. Although the flat panels are generally crisper, some come with the option of digital or analog. Most have capabilities for both, but digital

Bar Code Label Printers

Bar code label printers are generally the most common dot matrix, laser, and ink jet and thermal printers. Dot matrix printers are one of the oldest printers used for printing bar codes. In these printers, the lines are built dot-by-dot as a solenoid-driven needle strikes an ink ribbon, transferring the ink to the paper. These printers are inexpensive, can print any form and are easily accessible. However, the quality dot matrix printer is unacceptable today. Ink jet printers are one of the most commonly used printers, especially for high-speed applications. They can also be used to print directly onto a carton where a label has already been affixed.

However, they are suitable for only high-speed printing and may not be very cost-effective for small-scale bar code printing operations. Ink jet clogging, limited barcode resolution, “bleeding” ink, and poor contrasts are some of the disadvantages. Laser printers are quite good as far as the quality of the print is concerned. They have very good resolutions and can scan quite well. However, they cannot effectively print smaller labels. The adhesive on the labels has to be good enough to take the heat and pressure from the printer as most