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Where Is the CMOS Password Stored on a Laptop?

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Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors store small amounts of information, such as passwords, on computing devices. Laptops cache the Basic Input/Output System settings within the CMOS, requiring proper recall for functions such as the Power-On Self-Test process, hardware/network configurations and date and time. Without the CMOS, your laptop would revert to standard BIOS settings programmed by the manufacturer. If you forget the CMOS password, you can’t recover it from the laptop, but you can reset or bypass it.

How to Reset the Memory on a Sony Vaio

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Sony's Vaio line of laptops features a recovery system similar to other laptop computers, which enables you to restore your device to factory defaults. Unlike other laptops, the Vaio uses a Sony proprietary recovery system that can be accessed both at boot and from within Windows. Depending on whether you only want to recover the drive C partition or the entire hard drive, you may need to create a Vaio Recovery Media Kit first.

When Buttons Won't Respond on a CD Recorder

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Burning a CD with an optical drive should be a relatively simple procedure. However, complications can arise in both hardware and software that lock the drive and prevent you from retrieving the disc. If you are pressing buttons on your CD drive and receiving no response, some quick troubleshooting may establish the cause.

How to Cancel Things After You Have Sent Them to the Printer

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After you've sent one or more documents to a printer, you can display the print queue through the Windows Notification area and selectively cancel print jobs in the queue. If the document you want to cancel is currently printing but doesn't appear in the print queue, it means that Windows already sent the document to the printer, which is holding it in memory. Cancel the document using the printer buttons or power cycle the printer to clear the document from its memory.

Why Is YouTube Giving a Blue Screen?

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No one wants to see the Blue Screen of Death while surfing online, especially when you're trying to check out the new cat video on YouTube. Although the site itself cannot cause your computer to crash, the various components you use while visiting the site can. Various hardware and software conflicts can cause your computer to crash while streaming videos, and so can hidden installed malware programs.

How to Clean Up Your Mac When It's Behaving Erratically

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If your Mac is performing less efficiently or starting to experience glitches, it could be a sign that it needs basic maintenance performed or that you need to free up some memory. Check for any disk errors, free up memory and clean up some extra space on your hard disk to troubleshoot any slowness or performance issues. You can perform many of the troubleshooting steps yourself without needing to take your computer to an Apple store.

How to Take a Snapshot on Skype With a Mac

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Skype offers many different functions, including instant messaging, video calls and sharing documents. If you want to make a permanent record of your interactions on Skype, a snapshot is often the best way to do it, as you can look at it offline, edit it and transfer it between computers. Using functionality included as standard in Mac OS X, you can take a snapshot of any Skype window, from your chat history to a video call.

How to Uninstall Adobe CS4 on a Mac

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Adobe began shipping Creative Suite 4 in October of 2008. Creative Suite 5 replaced CS4 in April of 2010. When troubleshooting CS4 or upgrading to CS5, you may need to uninstall CS4 from your Mac. Installing CS4 on a Mac automatically places an installer program on your computer. Because CS4 installs files in a variety of locations on your computer, use the installer to uninstall rather than dragging the application folders to the Trash.

How to Enable ActiveX on a Mac

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ActiveX is a type of code that allows certain Web features and applications to be shown on Internet Explorer. If you run Internet Explorer as your browser on your Mac, you may want to enable ActiveX to get the best out of your Web experience.

How to Set Up Email on a Mac

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The Mac OSX comes with Apple Mail pre-installed. Apple Mail is an email management program developed by Apple and compatible with all major free email providers such as Google Gmail and Microsoft Live as well as most private email services.

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