Troubleshooting Windows Registry (Part 1)

Written on 29 October 2014 by

Windows registry is known as a very important filing system acting like the central nervous system of your computer. It stores all the settings information and preference for permissions, file associations, administrative settings, and individual user settings for hardware and software. This registry is made up of different folders and files which varies in name and location depending on your Windows version.

Windows will constantly refer to the registry as you use your computer. This is why corruption, clutter, and registry errors can lead to severe problems in your computer. Some examples of registry-related troubles are runtime errors, ActiveX problems, dll errors, freezes, crashes, and overall sluggish performance.

Ground that PC

Written on 22 October 2014 by

Many people fail to observe proper grounding of their computer’s power supply. Ground is supplied in the round pin of the plug that sadly some people take out. Grounding is important for it dissipates electricity that may leak from the computer’s power supply and other peripherals sending it to the user rather than to the grounding system of the house or power company where it dissipates safely. Having improper grounding can short out the computers many parts as well as shock anybody who touches the computer’s casing.

An easy way to check for this is through the use of those ground testers that you can get in any hardware store that lights up when current is available. Use that to touch any part of the computer’s casing and should you find the indicator glowing, better check that grounding. It saves you from that painful jolt when you do touch the PC case when barefoot or touching something that is grounded. So be safe and get grounded, in the electrical sense….

Knowing When It’s Time to Throw Out Your PC

Written on 15 October 2014 by

broken computerA lot of people fall into the trap of buying newer PC models even if their existing ones are still more than serviceable. This is understandable given the tempting options released by different manufacturers each year. This is also why the rare individual that opts to just stick to their PC year after year despite many temptation should be lauded for their financial discipline.

If you are one of those people with old model PCs then good for you. However, if you are reading this blog because your old PC keeps on conking out on you and may actually be on the verge of a CPU failure then maybe it’s time to invest in a new one. What you should realize is that the money you invest in your latest model PC will not go to waste since you can keep it for quite some time again with its higher specs and better features. On the other hand, not replacing your problematic old PC right away causes you to lose out in the time and effort spent troubleshooting for problems that will just keep on coming back.

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PC does not Boot Up

Written on 8 October 2014 by

You are getting ready to work so you turn on your PC and, for some reason, it won’t boot into its operating system. One of the most scary scenarios is when you press the power button and nothing happens. Lights wont turn on, fans wont turn on, and you don’t hear the sound of the hard discs. It’s like theres no electricity at all. This situation happened many times in the past and i am pretty sure that the solution to this dilemma is very simple. This may seem like a stupid suggestion but you have to see the electrical outlet first because you may have forgotten to plug the computer.

Beginners Guide: Computer Repair (Part 1)

Written on 1 October 2014 by

As a beginner, repairing your computer can be a very tedious task. You have to ask yourself which part of the computer needs repair since computers can have a single error or multiple problems that needs to be solved. Here are the simplest questions:

1. Is it on? – If your computer does not turn on, you have to check if it is plugged and also check if the surge protector (if any) is plugged on as well.
2. Is it on but producing a strange error message? – This may be a software problem. Windows are sometimes developing errors over time, which may not be your problem, but nevertheless, it needs to be addressed.

Turning to Forums for Fixes

Written on 24 September 2014 by

online forumOnline forums are very useful for getting feedback and advice from other, usually more knowledgeable, people. From questions on the economy and the financial market to that of computer repair, you will find a forum dedicated to the topic you are interested in.

In case of PC troubles, you can go to an online forum to ask for tips on how to fix your problem. Sure, most computer manufacturers and software companies have help pages that are meant to serve as a beginner’s guide for repairs, but they usually do not contain the hacks and quick fixes that actual experienced people can give you on weird computer issues. Just make sure that you choose a forum where participants are obviously really knowledgeable in computer repair and are quite active, because if you don’t you are apt to end up with a computer that’s even more messed up or at the least, wasting your time on fixes that don’t really do anything.

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My monitor is Dead!

Written on 17 September 2014 by

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Oh my gosh! I see dead monitors! Check these things before you panic.

The first thing to you need to know is whether you have power available to your PC. Are the LED lights on the system case lit and is the power supply fan blowing?
Is there power from your main socket wall? Plug another appliance into it. If it turns on, then you have power there.
Are you using surge protector? Try bypassing this. Try to plug it in the main.
Check on the PC’s power cable.
Most PCs have an On/Off switch at the back of the case. Make sure it is turned on.

All of these steps are to check for Power within your PC sysytem. If somehow these doesnt work, try checking on a certain Windows application called Advanced Power Management or APM. Try to research and tweak a bit. Maybe its because of a nisconfigured setting all along.

Beginners Guide: Computer Repair (Part 3)

Written on 10 September 2014 by

To junk some of your unused files and clean the Windows registry, you have to grab yourself a cleaner software program. Once you have this program, just close all of your applications and open the software. Click on “Clean Now” and you will see that the program will remove almost all of the temporary programs or files in your machine, which are normally the cause of many common problems. Then you will see the result on the screen on how much files were removed.

Then, click on the “Repair Errors” button. Click “Scan for Errors,” and when the process is complete, just click “Fix Errors” and it’s all complete. Restart the machine and if the problem is not yet fixed, you already have a more serious problem which needs a technician to troubleshoot it for you.

Are Refurbished Computers Worth It?

Written on 3 September 2014 by

refurb-macmini-thunderboltBig name brands like Apple sell refurbished computers at a very reasonable price. This is a big draw to customers who would like to replace their old computers for newer models but cannot afford them at full price. If you look at it from the financial standpoint, refurbished computers are definitely worth it. But are they really just as good as brand new ones?

The truth is that refurbished computers are labelled as such for varied reasons. One of the reasons that computers are “sent back to the factory” is because of cosmetic defects. If you get a computer that was refurbished with only cosmetic defects being the original problem, then you can bet that you’re getting a great deal since the issue will definitely affect your computer’s performance.

If the original problem is due to something serious like CPU failure, then it is understandable to be more wary. However, remember that the problematic part has been replaced. The only real problem is that refurbished computers usually have shorter warranties. Still, if you have a limited budget, they are indeed worth looking into.

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Home Computers Troubleshooting (Part 2)

Written on 27 August 2014 by

More common problems are internet connection problems and sound problems. This is maybe due to some cable fault, network interface card problem, or simply a weak strength of your internet connection. There may also be sound problems. This can be caused by bad placement of speakers or incorrect sound settings. This will surely affect the output quality of the sound.

Still, there are other problems that would require you to have knowledge on basic troubleshooting so you can resume the smooth functioning of your PC. To avoid all of these problems, you have to consult an IT troubleshooter to provide regular computer check-ups.

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