Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How Can I Crack a Windows 7 Password?

Windows 7

Episode 1812

Lynn from Selmer, TN

Lynn's brother-in-law passed away, and he's trying to get into his Windows 7 laptop to download the data. Leo says that Windows 7 is a lot easier to crack password-wise than Windows 10. In fact, there's a hidden administrator account that has no password to make it easier. Here's how - https://thegeekpage.com/hack-windows-7-password/. Here's another - https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-reset-a-windows-7-password-2626297

What's a Good Wireless Fire Alarm?

SimpliSafe

Episode 1812

Chuck from San Diego, CA

Chuck wants to know if there's a smoke detector that can alert you remotely if there's a fire. Leo says that SimpliSafe (a sponsor of the TWiT network) has a system that will alert you wirelessly of fire, but also carbon monoxide, broken glass, everything. But you need to get the base station. Fire Alert uses something called Wireless Interconnected to alert you as well. It's basically smoke alarms to talk to each other, and when one alarm goes off, they all do.

How Can I Make a Video Wall in My House?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1811

Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Steve wants to use TV screens to create a large screen photo gallery in his home. Leo says he could use a Chromecast or Apple TV for each TV screen and stream photos from Google Photos. He would also want to join all screens together for one big picture. Leo says that could be a bigger challenge because each TV has to join with the other. A Raspberry Pi could perhaps do it, but you'd have to write custom code to be able to create a Video Wall Mosaic.

The Giz Wiz and the Really Useful Travel Gadget

Giz Wiz

Episode 1811

Dickie D is here with a "really useful travel gadget." It's the Anker PowerExtend USB-C 3 Cube, a plug adapter that offers high-speed charging: with a 30W USB-C port equipped with Power Delivery to charge phones, tablets, and even some laptops at high speed. In total, the cube has 3 AC outlets, 2 USB-A ports, and 1 USB-C port. That's enough to deliver power and charging for up to 6 devices. At less than 2 ½ cubic inches, this compact power strip is perfect for your travel bag or even on your nightstand at home.

The Giz Wiz and the Light Up Fan

Giz Wiz

Episode 1810

Here's an easy way to keep cool and to light up a tent at night this summer. It's the X10 Portable Camping Fan/LED Lantern with 7800mAh rechargeable battery. It has a racketing 180° head rotation that stays in place where you set it. A fold-out hook makes it easy to hang in a tent, on a branch, beam, etc. The entire device is small enough to pack. It has USB-C charging in, plus a 2A quick charging out function. That means the 7800 mAh battery can also be used as emergency power to charge your phone, GPS, iPod, etc.

How Can I Recover My iPad Pass Code?

iPad

Episode 1810

Jeff from Knoxville, TN

Jeff has an iPad and he can't remember the four-digit code to log in. How can he figure that out or should he just start over? Leo says there is no way to bypass the code in the iPad, and after ten times trying, the tablet will rewrite it. Chances are, his iCloud account has all the data, so that won't really be a big deal if the tablet gets overwritten.  Apple has a process if a user forgot their AppleID password.

What's a Good Projector for Watching Movies Outside?

Epson Home Cinema

Episode 1810

Brian from Rancho Cuca Monga, CA

Brian wants to project movies on the back of a house because it seems to be the best color for watching movies outside. What projector should he get? Leo says the brightest projector he can get! 25' is a great distance for a projector, and it won't be cheap to get one that can handle a long throw and have a brightness of over 1000 lumens. Epson makes a long throw projector called the Home Cinema that is 3300 lumens for around $600.

How Can I Upgrade Windows 10 on My Old PC?

Windows 10

Episode 1810

Storm from Texas

Storm's Windows 10 machine is being forced to upgrade to Windows 10 2004, but it fails every time and reverts to version 1909. She can't do anything because of it. Leo says that sometimes a Windows update gets stuck and you can't get past it. Check out this article on how to fix a stuck update. She can also try deleting all the updates and hotfixes and then try and run the update again.

How Can I Make Room on My Hard Drive?

winderstat

Episode 1810

Jack from Huntington Beach, CA

Jack's computer hard drive is only 256GB and it's full. Leo suggests moving the data to a secondary drive and using the main drive for just the operating system and the programs. He can then tell Windows in the hard drive settings where the data files should be written to. Check out the program WinDerStat. It'll give a color-coded chart on what is taking up room on the hard drive. What about user accounts? Leo says that Windows doesn't like it when the user directory is in a different drive.