The �blue screen� as it is more commonly called can be a simple sign that your computer is overheating and more ventilation is needed. This can be addresses with a couple of extra cooling fans or that the existing fans might be dirty and chock full of dust and grime. This can even be a sign of memory module failure which can also be attributed to overheating ( some memory modules literally cook on the boards giving off the nasty smell of burned plastic). Cooling improvements and replacement can remedy the situation granted that no other motherboard components have been cooked to a crisp.
It is true that not many people know how to tinker with their computers which doesn�t mean that one cannot handle minor repairs. Repairs and preventive maintenance such as cleaning can be carried out by you and me with the most elementary of cleaning tools and a little elbow grease to go with them. First, to ensure you experience less problems try to get the computer CPU cleaned at least once a year. If you live in a dusty environment or if you have a Fido or Fifi in he house then this might become a regular routine. Before you take off the cover which is normally screwed down ( be sure to check for any warranty seals on the casing, breaking them would void the warranty terms) with four Phillips type screws be sure the power chord is removed and all devices are unplugged from the respective connections (tip: if you assume that you won�t be able to return all those wires to the proper places, get hold of your camera phone or digital camera and take a few shots as a visual record). Slide the cover off to get a glimpse of the innards of your personal computer.
Moving on, everything from CF cards to flash memory cards, from batteries to USB peripherals can encounter this problem. I remember that the same thing happened to me with my PlayStation Portable unit. When I inserted the Memory Stick Duo, it was not recognized. I was sweating profusely and I restarted the unit and turned it on again, much to my shock that it seems it was empty. All my photos, saved games, or movies seemed lost. It was almost a year since i cleaned my memory card so i proceeded to clean the contacts using the eraser on my pencil and inserted it back to my PSP and Voila! The Memory Stick was alive again.
Normally, you will find yourself running out of space when folders such as you’re documents directory would soon be filled up. People want to leave their files in their directory since most of the time that is the first directory that applications such as Word and Excel would point to.
You can do one of two things. One of which is to change the target directory of your software via the options or preferences panel or second, just make another directory on the secondary hard drive to serve as historical files data. That is why when you format your hard disk, it would be best to split it into two so that in these cases, you have a logical way of storing files as archived ones.
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.
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….
A 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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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.
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.
Online 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.