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How to Access and Sign in an Old Hotmail Account sign in.

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Hotmail used to be a popular email platform. But sadly, all of it changed in 2013 when Microsoft revamped it into the new Outlook app that we all know and use today. Now, Outlook has additional helpful features for its users.

Normally, Hotmail disables an account if it’s not used for more than a year. So, if it’s been that long since you last used your Hotmail account, you can’t revive it again now. When you try to log in, you might see the “Account doesn’t exist” message. 

But, if you have used it on and off, there’s a chance that you can still use it. For users who have not used Hotmail before, you can still create a new ID with @hotmail as the domain. But the website will be redirected to Outlook and not the old Hotmail.  

How to Access and Sign in an Old Hotmail Account?

The simple norm here is that only the platform has changed. But the data is the same. So, Microsoft probably still has your old Hotmail emails. However, it depends on your period of inactivity as well. 

Nevertheless, if you still remember your password correctly, all you need to do is log in to Outlook using the same address effortlessly. After that, you can get back to your old emails when it used to be Hotmail. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Visit Outlook on your browser. Click on Sign in
  2. Type in the same email address that you used to open Hotmail. Click on Next
    Sign-in with Hotmail ID
  3. Then, enter the old password as well and click on Sign in
    Hotmail-Sign-In-Enter-Password

If you can’t access your old Hotmail account, it can be that it’s been over a year or several years since you last used it. If that’s the case, there’s a chance that Microsoft has permanently deleted your account. If so, you won’t be able to recover your account. 

However, if it’s been less than a year and/or you forgot your password, you can get back into your old account using the Recovery method. 

Recover Your Account

Here’s what you’ll need to do to revive your old Hotmail account. 

  1. Open any browser and go to Microsoft Recover Your Account page.
  2. Type in your associated email address. 
  3. Click on Next.
    Hotmail-Recover-your-account 
  4. Select the radio button and type in the recovery email address.
  5. Click on Get Code.
    Hotmail-Email-Recovery-Get-Code
  6. Microsoft will send you a code to verify your identity. Enter the code and proceed. 
    Hotmail-Email-Recovery-Enter-the-Code
  7. Then, type in your new password on the Reset your password page. 
  8. Re-Enter your new password and click Next to confirm. 
    Hotmail-Password-Reset

Create a New ID

If you can’t recover your account in anyway, you can create your same old Hotmail email address in Outlook. Although you won’t find any of your old data, your email address will become valid again. Here are the steps for it:

  1. Go to the Outlook login page.
  2. Click on Create Free Account at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the new page, you can enter your old email address. Next to it, you can select either @outlook.com or @hotmail.com as the domain.
  4. Click on Next.
    Create-New-Hotmail-ID
  5. Now, enter a new password for your ID. Click on Next to proceed.
    Create-Password-for-New-Hotmail-ID
  6. Add your name and follow the suggested instructions to finish up creating your account.

If you’re still having issues, you can check the service status of Outlook to see if all the services are running properly. Lastly, you can also contact Microsoft Support to see if you can recover your Hotmail account. 

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How to Connect AirPods to Samsung TV? (Step-by-Step Guide)

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AirPods are generally designed to work with Apple products like iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. However, you can use it with other TV sets as well, provided that your TV has an integrated Bluetooth function. Although you can easily pair and use AirPods with your Samsung TV, you are unable to access some advanced features like Siri and automatic ear detection.

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Step 1: Check Bluetooth on Your TV

Since the AirPods use a Bluetooth interface to connect to your Samsung TV, you should first verify if there is Bluetooth on your TV. Else, you won’t be able to create a connection.

  1. Go to the lower left corner of your Samsung TV’s home screen and choose Source.
  2. Tap Connection Guide.
    source-connection-guide
  3. If your TV is Bluetooth enabled, you will see the Bluetooth option there.
    connection-guide-window

Tip: There are also other methods to check if your TV has Bluetooth. You can consult this detailed guide on how to check Bluetooth in TVs. If your TV does not have Bluetooth, you may get a compatible Bluetooth adapter and then pair AirPods with it.

Step 2: Enable Pairing Mode on AirPods

Once you verify your TV has Bluetooth, now you should enable pairing mode on the AirPods. Depending upon whether you own the latest AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, or earlier generation of AirPods, the steps to enable the pairing mode are pretty different.

Moreover, you should unpair the AirPods from your iPhone or other devices if you have connected them earlier. Else, you might face a problem connecting it to the TV.

On AirPods Pro and Other Models

Follow these steps to enable pairing mode on AirPods Pro, 2nd generation AirPods and 3rd generation AirPods.

  1. Take your AirPods near the TV and open the top cover of the AirPods casing. But, do not take the AirPods out.
    open-airpod-casing
  2. Now locate the small button on the AirPods case.
    pairing-button-in-airpods
  3. Press and keep pressing the button till the indicator starts blinking white. It indicates that your TV can now discover the AirPods.
    white-light-blinking-on-airpods

On AirPods Max

If you own AirPods Max, the over-the-ear headphones from Apple, go through these steps and activate the pairing mode.

  1. Grab your AirPods Max and locate the Noise cancellation button.
    airpods-max-noise-cancel-button
  2. Keep pressing that noise cancellation button until you see a white indicator, beside the charging port, blinking.
  3. Your AirPods Max has now entered pairing mode.

Step 3: Configure Connection on TV

Now that you have enabled the pairing mode, the TV can discover the AirPods under the Bluetooth device list. You can then pair and listen through the AirPods.

  1. Open Settings from the home screen. You can also directly press the Settings button on your remote.
    settings-menu-on-samsung-tv
  2. Move down to Sound and select it.
    sound-menu-on-tv
  3. Choose the Sound Output option.
    sound-output-option
  4. Go down to Bluetooth Speaker List or Bluetooth Audio and tap it.
    select bluetooth audio
  5. Your TV will now start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. You can Cancel the process and Refresh the search window if it does not discover your AirPods.
    scan for airpods
  6. Tap the name of your AirPods.
  7. Then press Pair and Connect.
  8. Go back to the Sound Output window and you will see your AirPods name listed there.
  9. You can now listen to your TV through the AirPods.
  10. Increasing or decreasing the volume of your TV will adjust the volume on your AirPods accordingly.

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5 Ways to Connect Headphones to TV

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With the advent of modern technology, TV manufacturers have started integrating Bluetooth modules into their TVs. It has made connecting Bluetooth devices like wireless headphones to your TV a breeze. However, older TV models may lack support for Bluetooth. In such cases, you can make use of a 3.5mm audio port on the TV.

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Using 3.5mm Audio Port

If you are planning to use wired headphones with your TV, you can simply use the integrated 3.5mm headphone port on your TV. The headphone port is generally located at the rear or side panel of your TV. However, all the TVs may not have a headphone port on them. So, first, inspect if the port is available and then connect your headphones accordingly.

  1. Locate the 3.5mm headphone port on your TV. It looks like this with a headphone symbol.
    headphone-port-on-tv
  2. Connect the 3.5mm audio jack of headphones to the headphone OUT port.
    3.5mm-headphone-jack
  3. If your headphones use a USB power source, connect the USB connector to the USB port on the TV. If the USB port is not available on your TV, you may use a separate USB adapter for the power supply.
    headphone-with-usb-power-source

After setting up the connection, you need to change the sound output device on your TV. Let’s see how to do it on Samsung TVs.

  1. Go to the lower left of the home screen and open Settings.
    settings-menu-on-samsung-tv
  2. Choose Sound on the Settings window.
    sound-menu-on-tv
  3. Tap Sound Output on the right side.
    sound-output-option
  4. It is set to TV Speakers by default. Change it to Audio OUT.
    select-audio-out-on-speakers
  5. You can now listen to the TV audio through your headphones.

Note: You can not listen to your TV using a headphone that only has a USB connector. They are designed specifically for PCs. The USB ports on TV are designed for power supply and taking inputs from the USB drives only. It does not have a sound module to output the sound from your TV.

Using 3.5mm to RCA Adapter

Next, you can use a 3.5mm Female to RCA Male Adapter if your TV does not have a dedicated 3.5mm headphone OUT port. But, your TV must have an RCA Audio OUT (Red and White ports) to use this adapter.

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  1. Get the adapter from your nearby electronics store.
  2. Connect the 3.5mm audio jack of your headphone to the female side of the adapter.
    connecting-headphone-jack-to-rca-female
  3. Then connect the RCA jacks to the Left and Right RCA Audio OUT ports on TV.
    connecting-rca-cables-to-tv-audio-out
  4. Plug the USB power cord of headphones into the power supply.
  5. Change the default speakers to RCA on the sound settings of your TV.

Using Optical Amp/DAC Converter

Most of the TVs today come up with an Optical OUT port. So, you can use an optical cable to connect the TV and Optical Amp/DAC Converter, then plug in the headphone to the converter. It provides a pleasing sound experience with minimal lags and interference.

  1. Plug one end of the optical cable into Optical OUT on the TV and another end into Optical IN on the converter.
    optical-out-port-on-tv
  2. Turn on the power supply of the converter.
  3. Connect your headphone to the Headphone port on the converter.

Using Bluetooth

Listening to TV with wired headphones can be pretty clumsy. It will create a mess around your room making it difficult to move around. Not only that, the shorter cable length prevents you from maintaining distance with your TV, resulting in eyestrain.

Tip: You may get a 3.5mm audio cable extender of suitable length to sort out the issue but rather than that, you may opt to use Bluetooth headphones.

If your TV has Bluetooth, you can easily pair the wireless headphone to the TV. The steps to pair a Bluetooth device to your TV are quite similar in most TV models. Here, we are referencing Google TV for demonstration.

  1. Turn on the pairing mode on your Bluetooth headphones. Generally, these headphones have a dedicated button to enable pairing mode.
    pairing-button-on-wireless-headphones
  2. Then go to your TV and tap the Profile picture logo on the home screen.
    profile-picture-logo-on-google-tv
  3. Tap Settings.
    settings-on-google-tv
  4. Move down to Remote & Accessories and tap it.
  5. Tap Pair remote or accessory on the right side.
    pair-remote-or-accessories
  6. Your TV will now start searching for nearby devices.
    searching-for-accessories
  7. Select your headphone from the device list.
    select-device-to-pair-on-google-tv
  8. Tap Pair on the Bluetooth Pairing Request screen.
    pair-headphone-to-google-tv

Using Streaming Devices

If your TV does not have a Bluetooth function, you may get a compatible Bluetooth adapter for your TV and use it. Besides, if you have streaming devices like Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick or gaming consoles like Nintendo, you can also easily use the integrated Bluetooth functionality to pair your wireless headphones to the TV.

However, with these streaming devices, you can only stream the content available on their platform. You won’t be able to watch other TV channels that are available through your cable operator. Let’s see how to add Bluetooth headphones to Amazon Fire Stick.

  1. From the homepage of your Fire TV, open Settings.
    settings-on-fire-tv
  2. Select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices tab.
    controllers-and-bluetooth-devices
  3. Choose Other Bluetooth Devices.
    other-bluetooth-devices
  4. Tap Add Bluetooth Devices.
    add-bluetooth-devices-option
  5. Select your headphone on the list and follow the on-screen instructions to pair it with your TV.

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Dell XPS Not Charging? Try These 6 Fixes

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Even if you have one of the top-of-the-line laptops as the Dell XPS, they only function for a couple of hours without a charger. So it is definitely a cause for concern when your charger stops working. 

Several components need to function simultaneously to charge the laptop when you plug it in. These components include the charger, the battery itself, and the charging port. Even if these components are functional, an outdated battery driver or the BIOS could stop the battery from charging. 

Due to all possible components failure, it can get quite troublesome to find one particular solution to fix the charging issue on your Dell XPS. 

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Before We Begin

First, make sure that the charging port on both ends, the laptop and wall socket, are functional. Try disconnecting and reconnecting the charger from both laptop’s charging port and the wall outlet.

The charger brick or the adapter may also be at fault. Some laptop chargers will have an LED on the charger’s brick. Check if it light ups. If it does not light up, the brick is likely causing the charging issue.

The LED located on the side of the charging port should also light up when the laptop starts to charge. If your OS does not indicate battery level on the action bar you can also check the charging LED.

Check if the charger has any noticeable physical damage. Physical damages may include broken or exposed wires. We also recommend that you check the laptop’s charging port to ensure that the port does not have any visible damage to it.

The laptop’s AC charger also needs to have the correct voltage for it to charge the laptop. To make sure that the AC adapter you are using supplies the correct amount of voltage, you can check the recommended laptop’s voltage.

  1. Check the base of the laptop for stickers from the manufacturer.
  2. Here, you should see the recommended voltage for the laptop.
    check laptop and charger voltage watt
  3. If your laptop does not have a voltage recommendation, we recommend that you check the laptop’s user manual.
  4. The recommended voltage should match the voltage supplied by the AC adapter.

Once you are certain that the issue is not with a loose cable, damage to the component, or the charging port, you can try to power cycle the laptop to see if it fixes the issue.

Power Cycle the Laptop

The motherboard on your laptop has multiple capacitors that store charge. When you turn off the laptop the capacitors may still hold a charge. To make sure there is no residual charge on the capacitor, you need to power cycle the laptop to give the charging component a fresh start.

To discharge the capacitors, you first need to remove any power source from the laptop. This includes the charger and the battery.

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If you are using an older XPS model, the laptop should have a detachable battery. In that case, you can simply slide the battery out of the laptop.

For the newer XPS mode, you need to remove the back panel to access the batteries. 

  1. Disconnect the charger from the laptop.
  2. Remove all the screws on the back side of your Dell XPS.
    remove all screws on dell xps
  3. Insert one end of the pry tool between the laptop and the backplate. 
    open dell xps back plate charger not working
  4. Slightly turn the tool until you hear a click to unclip the backplate from the laptop. Repeat this process all around the backplate.
  5. Once you unclip the laptop’s backplate, gently remove it.
  6. Now, you will have access to the entire laptop battery.
  7. Check for a cable that connects the battery to the laptop’s motherboard and disconnect it.remove battery cable motherboard

Once you have removed the battery, it is now time to discharge the capacitors.

  1. Gently open the laptop’s lid.
  2. Press and hold the power button for one minute to discharge the laptop.
    press power button on dell
  3. Connect the battery cable back to the laptop’s motherboard.
  4. Clip all sides of the backplate back to the laptop and screw it in.
  5. Connect the charger to the laptop and see if it starts charging.

Turn On the Laptop Without Batteries

Discharging the capacitors may not fix the issue at hand if you have a dead battery or a broken charger. To determine the exact cause of the problem, you can try turning on the system without the battery.

  1. Remove the AC source from the laptop.
  2. Disconnect the battery connected to the laptop.
    remove battery cable motherboard
  3. Discharge the capacitors on the laptop.
    press power button on dell
  4. Plug the charger directly into a wall outlet and connect the charger to your laptop.

If the XPS turns on, the problem is likely with the batteries, and replacing it would be the best course of action.

Run Power Troubleshooter

The Power troubleshooter checks the power issues on your laptop and changes settings that could result in lowering power consumption. It also helps identify and fix any problem with the laptop’s battery.

Try running the power troubleshooter to see if it fixes the charging issue on your laptop.

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing the Windows + I key simultaneously.
  2. Navigate to System > Troubleshoot.
    open troubleshooter dell xps
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
    other troubleshooter windows dell xps
  4. Run the Power Troubleshooter.
    run power troubleshooter dell laptop xps

Change Dell Power Manager Configurations

Dell power manager allows Dell laptop users to access several power management settings. These include battery health, charge status, and battery settings. It also allows you to schedule when the laptop charges.

Besides this, you can also start and stop the AC supply to the laptop depending on the amount of charge left on your laptop. When enabled, the laptop only starts to charge after it falls below a certain percentage. If you have these settings enabled, the laptop will not charge unless certain criteria are met.

To ensure that this is not the case, disable Dell Power Manager.

  1. Press the Windows key and click on All apps.
    all apps dell power manager
  2. Select Dell Power Manager.
  3. On the left panel click on Advanced Charge and disable it.
    disable advanced charge dell xps
  4. Similarly, select Peak shift and disable it.
    disable peak shift dell xps laptop
  5. Check the action bar to see if the laptop starts charging.

Check Laptop Batteries Health

Dell computer allows you to check your laptop battery health using BIOS. A healthy battery should have a Health indication that says Excellent or OK. If the Health says Poor, you should consider replacing the batteries and it could be why the laptop is not charging.

  1. Repeatedly press the F2 key during boot to enter BIOS on Dell computers.
  2. Under Settings, click on the + icon on General.
  3. Click on Battery Information.
  4. On the right panel, check the battery’s health.
    battery info on dell xps laptop

Alternatively, you can also check the battery’s health using the command prompt.

  1. Simultaneously press Windows + R to open Run.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter.
    open command dell xps laptop
  3. Type powercfg /batteryreport and hit enter to save the battery life report to a certain file.
    run battery report command dell xps laptop
  4. Copy the file path from the command prompt and paste it into the file path in File Explorer.
  5. Open the .html file using any browser to see your battery’s health.
    battery health dell xps laptop

Here, check Full Charge Capacity and Designed Capacity. If the current full charge capacity is lower than the laptop’s designed capacity, the battery on your Dell XPS is failing. In that case, you should replace the battery to fix the issue.

Update/Reinstall Battery Driver

The battery connected to the laptop may not function properly if the battery driver has issues. Furthermore, an outdated driver may face multiple complications when communicating with the OS. The battery driver is also responsible for the battery icon you see on the action menu. 

Any issues with the battery driver could be why your Dell XPS is not charging. To fix this, try updating the driver.

  1. Press the Windows icon and the X key simultaneously.
  2. Select Device manager.
  3. Expand Batteries and double-click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  4. Go to the Driver tab and select Update driver.
    update battery driver dell xps laptop
  5. Click on Search for drivers automatically.

If updating the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver does not work try reinstalling the driver entirely.

  1. In Device Manager, expand Batteries and open Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  2. Go to the Driver tab and press Uninstall Device. Once the process completes, the battery indicator will disappear.
    uninstall battery driver
  3. Restart your PC to install the battery driver.

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