printers / scanners

Why do motherboards die?

by Andy Turner
Coastal Computers & Design

In this, the third article in the ‘why do components die?’ series (Why has my power supply died? and Why do hard drives die? are the other ones), I’ll look at the most important (and usually most expensive) computer part in any system – the ‘brawn & brains’ of a PC if you like.

The motherboard is visible from the back of any modern computer – all the sockets where you plug the keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers into are mounted on one edge of this large printed circuit board. It is where all the I/O (input/output) devices connect to which also includes the hard drive, DVD writer as well as the previously mentioned peripherals. It also has the socket for the brains – the processor – and the memory store – the RAM modules. Motherboards are incredibly complex pieces of kit and are – or should be – one of the most reliable components. After all, there are no moving parts (unless you count the cooling fan on the processor) and if it is well designed with quality components that don’t get too hot, expected lifespan should be well over 10 years – well, unless it becomes obsolete before then anyway! Continue reading

Image Scanning: The Best Way to Store Data

By: Kip Goldhammer

For computer users image scanning is the only way to look at electronic files. By this process the scanner converts text and graphic paper documents and films to digital images and the conversion process can be analog or digital.

Image scanning is a simple and easy process and the more one works with the scanner, the more efficiently and variably one can use it. It is widely used for commercial purposes, but home and hobby users also enjoy image scanning, especially if they are hobby photographers. A lot of artistic creativity also goes into it and it can be fun as well as useful. Continue reading

The best printer does not come cheap

by Florie Lyn Masarate

Are you one of those who tend to go cheap when buying a printer? Think first…In all your money saving effort, you will end up paying more in the long run.

Even though inkjet printers are very inexpensive and affordable, the cost of the replacement inks can drive up the overall cost over the time of ownership. Sometimes the cost of the ink is way expensive than the printer was.

The best way to go about buying a printer? Continue reading

Laser Toner Cartridges:Your Questions Answered

by Alan Wilson

Long an essential tool for businesses, laser printers are becoming more and more popular with home users because of their speed, accuracy and precision. Laser printers are increasingly affordable, too. If you’re contemplating buying a laser printer, here are the answers to the common questions about the all-important subject of laser toner cartridges.

How Long Do Laser Toner Cartridges Last?
Laser printer toner cartridge life is measured in terms of yield. Continue reading

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