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How can I troubleshoot a sound card issue?

Episode 1023

Chuck from

Chuck says that his Windows Media Center has lost all it's sound. Leo says it could be as easy as a bad or loose speaker wire, or most likely a corrupted sound driver. It could also be a poorly coded video which prevents the audio from being played. Leo recommends playing it with VideoLan's VLC Media Player. If you can hear the audio, then you know that Windows Media Center is causing the issue. If it doesn't, then Leo recommends playing back with headphones. If that works, then you know it has to be your sound cables.

'CBS This Morning' Segment Spreads Misinformation About Importance of Passwords

Episode 992

Leo plays and corrects commentary from actress and comedian Faith Salie on passwords. The segment aired Sunday on CBS This Morning. Since Salie isn't a security expert, and is an actress and comedian, Leo doesn't completely lay the blame with her. It's more on CBS for allowing such a segment to air, which could severely misinform people who aren't as tech savvy.

How can I use an Apple TV without an internet connection?

Apple TV

Episode 992

Pat from San Bernadino, CA

Pat wants to know if he can use an AppleTV without an Internet connection. Leo says that if he doesn't need to stream anything from the internet, he could still use it in Airplay Mode, or connect it to his network and stream content from there. He may run into some error messages with the Apple TV trying to connect to the internet, though. If he selects any of the internet enabled apps, they obviously wouldn't work. It should work fine within his own network, though.

Backup Your DVDs

If you have movies or TV shows on DVD, it's a good idea to get them onto your computer. This serves two purposes -- it will preserve them, and allow you to watch them on more of your devices including smartphones and tablets. To do this, you'll just need a computer with an optical drive (most newer computers will take DVDs), and the software to rip and encode them. Here's how to do it:

How can I fix my DVD recorder?

Panasonic VHS/DVD Recorder

Episode 951

Morgan from Southern California

Morgan has a Panasonic VHS / DVD recorder and she's trying to record TV sequentially on her DVD. She gets error messages, though. Leo says that the recorder could be finalizing the DVD as it stops recording. It could also be the media discs that Morgan is using. They could be cheap or defective. There are companies online that sell DVD sampler packs. She can also try DVD-RW discs. Morgan is having trouble with both formats, however.

Netflix Changes Strategy, Launches Original Content to Compete with HBO

Episode 951

Leo is back from the Super Bowl, and he says football is a lot like the tech world. High risk, high reward plays in football can result in a touchdown. Much like an app, such as Instagram. Then there's companies that grind out a running game, and switch directions - pivoting when there's trouble up ahead. Leo says that's Netflix.

What's the best cloud backup option for music?

Episode 936

Leslie from Washington, DC

Leslie has a very large iTunes music library, and she'd like to back it up. She wants to be sure not to lose it. Leo says that Leslie's best bet is iTunes Match. For $25 a year, her collection gets matched with copies that Apple has, and the ones that aren't matched are uploaded to Apple's servers. She can then stream them and download them again from there. Google has a similar service for free called Google Music.