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How to install Wifi and Bluetooth card to PC

In this tutorial, you will find out how to install a wireless cart to a desktop PC. If you are fed up with using USB wifi sticks, this tutorial is for you.

I do not why but even though I built my PC myself I did not buy a wifi card for it. I thought that I will use a USB network card instead but had a lot of problems with it recently. So finally, one year later, I have decided to upgrade my PC and install a proper, internal wifi card.

To my surprise, it turned out that WiFi cards come these days together with Bluetooth functionality so you can easily sort out two issues at the same time.

This is what I did.

How to upgrade your PC to wifi and Bluetooth card

1. Check if PCIe slot is available and buy WiFi/Bluetooth card

If you have a fairly modern PC, it is almost certain that it will contain at least one empty PCI Express slot and in the first step, you can just buy your card. I have bought Ubit AX/AC WiFi 6 Card Dual Band 2974 Mbps AX200 PCI-E Bluetooth WLAN Network WiFi Card with Bluetooth from Amazon for around £29 but of course there are many types available on the market.

If you look closely at the picture above, you will see the type of connection. It says PCI-Express X1. PCI Express slots can be of different physical configurations: x1, x4, x8, x16, x32. The number after the x tells you how many lanes that PCIe slot has. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.

As mentioned, if your PC is not too old you should be fine but if your PC is fairly old (over 5-6 years) it is worth checking if any PCI Express slots are available. You can basically, open your PC and have a look. Before you take the side panel from the case, please make sure the power cable is unplugged and the power switch set to0. Be careful, do not touch any components just have a look at the available PCIe slots.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can insert a PCI Express x1 card into a PCI Express x16 slot, all the details informing about correct configuration will be included in the instructions that come with the card.

As mentioned, my PC and motherboard are fairly and I could put the WiFi card into a few different locations. Below the picture of my motherboards with PCIe X1 slots marked.

Asus motherboard

2. Attach the USB cable to the card and make space for the card by removing a small metal piece at the back of your PC

Once your card arrives, read the instruction 🙂 If it is similar to mine, you need to connect USB cable to the card. Technically you can do it later when the card is installed but is easier to do it beforehand.

OK, now again take the precautions, unplug the power cable from your PC, but the power switch to 0, and open the side panel. Depending on your cover, you may remove one or more screws. Again, be careful, do not touch any components, you just want to install the card.

Check where the available PCIe slot is. Also, make sure there is a nearby USB slot to connect your cable.

At the back of your computer, remove a small metal or plastic piece so that the part, where you connect the antenna, can be slightly sticking out of the back of your computer. It is sort of difficult to explain but I am sure you will figure it out.

3. Insert the card, secure, connect USB cable

Now carefully put the card into the slot. It should go fairly easily if it doesn’t, do not force it! Take this out, readjust and try again. Once it goes nicely in, secure the card to the PC by putting a screw.

The last stage is to connect the USB cable to the motherboard. If you look closely, in one of the corners of the cable there is no hole for the pin so it is not possible to connect it to the motherboard incorrectly. Realign the cable so the part without the whole meets the missing pin, and delicately insert it fully.

4. Finish the installation and switch your PC back on

That is all, but the cover back, attach two antennae and switch your computer on.

Once your PC is switched on, right-click the icon of This PC, choose properties and Device manager (alternatively you can press the Windows key and start typing Device manager).

Analyse the devices and check if both Network card and Bluetooth are discovered by your PC. In my case, they were discovered straight away but it may happen that you should install the drivers that came with the card.

PC device manager

Once the drivers have been installed, both cards should work correctly and you can use fast and reliable WiFi and Bluetooth.

I hope this has helped you to install wifi and Bluetooth card to PC. Trust me, I was surprised how easy it was.

In the following days, I will try to make a short YouTube video where I will show you the exact process. As always, please feel free to ask me any questions about this topic.

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Lost or forgotten Windows password – how to reset it

In this article you will find out how you can reset Windows 10 password.

A friend of mine brought me his two laptops and told me that he had forgotten Window passwords and if I could help.

After booting both computers I encounter the familiar screen asking to put the password which, of course, I didn’t know. After about an hour I have managed to reset these passwords and unlock both laptops. I thought that there must be quite a few people with this problem and that it is worth to write about it an article.

When you google and try to find a solution to this problem, you are likely to find official Microsoft guide advising using so-called Reset disk. The problem is that the majority of people did not bother to have one so this solution will not work.

But there is a solution in the form of a handy little program called Lazesoft Recover My Password. First, we need to download this program and use it to create a drive. Then, we need to change the BIOS settings of our computer. Finally, we need to reset Windows password. Here are detailed instructions on how to do all these steps 🙂

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How to move from Windows to Mac

After using Windows PCs for almost 20 years I recently bought my first Mac. Here’s some information how to move smoothly from Windows PC to Mac.

This move can be a bit frustrating not to say painful, especially if you still use two operating systems. I still use Windows Desktop for my main work but started using MacBook for Ruby on Rails programming and when I need portable computer. What made matters worse was that I sometimes use the same keyboard for two different computers. But you can certainly do quite a few things to move from Windows to Mac less painfully. Here are some ideas and tricks I used that will help you.

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How to change PC display for night time and sleep better

Looking at your desktop or laptop screen just before going to bed may interfere with your ability to fall asleep. I do not have exact science behind it, but I suspect that when you see bright light your brain ‘thinks’ it is the middle of the day and will not let you sleep.

I myself certainly experienced it. I often use my laptop in the evening in bed (watching Netflix, Youtube videos, browsing the net and so on) and quite often struggle to fall asleep. Of course, there maybe some other reasons that cause my ‘insomnia’ but I think it makes sense to change the display to ‘Night light’ and see if this helps. Making the change in Windows 10 is very easy.

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How to change the size of desktop icons in Windows

Today a relatively simple task, we will be changing the size of desktop icons in Windows. Windows 10 to be precise but I think it should be pretty much similar in other versions.

There may be a few different reasons use these settings, people with impaired vision may tweak them to see things better for instance. I suppose that modern screens with very high screen resolutions are also to blame and for many users the desktop icons are simply too small.

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