Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can I use a Chromebook with an ethernet connection?

Episode 1317

Warren from Pennsylvania
BobJGear USB to RJ45

Warren is thinking about buying a Chromebook now that it can run Android apps. He needs to be able to connect via ethernet, though. Leo says Warren can get an ethernet adapter as long as it's compatible, and all USB to ethernet adapters are compatible with the Chromebook. BobJGear USB to RJ45 adapter is a good one and it's under $20. What about security? Leo says that Chromebooks are more secure than any other computer out there.

Why doesn't my iPhone sync with my Mac?

Episode 1317

Jay from Chicago, IL
Apple iOS 10

Jay has backed up his iPhone and installed the iOS 10 Beta. He's having issues with iCloud sync with his iPad and Mac, along with the universal clipboard. Leo says that a beta version will always have some things that don't work. Leo suggests restarting everything to see if they sync back together. He also should make sure everything is updated to the latest version. Being on the same Wi-Fi network also helps.

Why is my computer running so slow?

Joe from Valencia, CA

Episode 1316

Joe has a Dell Inspiron i7 and it slows down a lot. He's found that the best way to speed it up is to reboot, but he doesn't want to do that all the time. Leo recommends looking at his system's usage with Microsoft's Process Explorer. It could point to what applications are experiencing a memory leak. That's when programs don't release the memory when he's done using them. It could even be an extension running in the browser or Flash. It could also be a flakey hard drive.

Why doesn't my old laptop connect to the internet?

Sue from Redondo Beach, CA

Episode 1316

Sue bought a new router/modem and her laptop won't connect wirelessly anymore. She's been told that her network card is bad. Leo recommends taking the laptop to a coffee shop to see if it connects via Wi-Fi. If it does, then it's just a configuration issue. Since the laptop is Windows Vista, she wants to just get a new computer. Leo says that's a much better option since Windows 10 is far better than Vista.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1315

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack. It features an all-black rugged exterior that offers rapid-access compartments protecting a laptop, iPad or tablet, with room for notes, files, etc. It helps you be organized by letting you keep things in zippered packs so they don't fall down to the bottom of the bag. A special crush-proof AC 'adaptor garage' holds all your cables and doesn't let them scratch your other electronics. There's even a hidden zippered water bottle pocket.

Can I put an SSD in my new MacBook Pro?

Episode 1315

Jimmy from Inglewood, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

Jimmy got a new MacBook Pro and he's looking to get an SSD that a neighbor was selling. Leo says it may not work because of the design of Apple laptops. Every laptop is designed specially and it may need a custom fit SSD. If it's a standard SSD, he may be OK.

How can he clone his hard drive to the SSD? Leo says to use SuperDuper. He can then make it bootable. Once he knows that works, he can then remove the old drive and then put the SSD in.

How can I edit security camera videos?

Episode 1315

Paul from Culver City, CA
Nest Camera

Paul is looking for an HD security camera, where he could save and then edit the videos. Leo says the Google Nest cameras are good for that. They are very high resolution, but they use a lot of bandwidth upstream - 1 Mbps per camera. That could kill his internet in some cases. He may also have to pay for offline recording. He'll be able to download the video and edit it, though. That's probably the easiest way. Otherwise he'd have to wire the cameras to his computer and capture it directly.