Slow PC Start-up? (Part 2)

Written on 18 December 2014 by

Try to look for little icons on the lower right hand corner of your screen and right click each one of these. Then, select the option to turn off the automatic start-up function.

Another cause for slow computer start-up is registry problems. This is an important part of your operating system that deals with software and hardware configuration as well as system preferences. If the registry has corrupted files and would get bloated, this can slow down your computer and cause a slow start-up. You can purchase a registry cleaner to put your registry back in line. Most of these cleaners have a free scan to let you know right away if the registry is the one corrupted or not.

Screech….ing hard drive – Re-configuring the secondary Drive (Part 4)

Written on 11 December 2014 by

hdfail3.jpgNow, to make the secondary drive your primary drive (after you have transferred all necessary files to that said drive), open the casing and locate your hard drive. Don’t forget to discharge any static electricity by touching the casing for a few seconds to ground yourself discharging the offending static charge in your body. Turn the power off and remove all the cables from the rear and front of the casing. Unscrew the hard drives and try to find the master and slave which can be seen in the jumper settings near the drive connector, also disconnect the power supply from the drives. If you have managed to identify the master and slave drives, remove the failing drive and change the jumper setting of the slave to configure it into the master drive(this would be easier if the master and slave were both formatted with their own MBR’s or main boot records). Connect all necessary cables and power up your computer and begin the setup procedure of your OS. Once the OS is re-set-up, reinstall all applications, drivers and other programs you may need and you can now transfer the copied files to their rightful place for use.

Computer Mysteriously Reboots on It’s Own

Written on 4 December 2014 by

scratch headWe all know that computers don’t always necessarily act the way they should, which often leaves the average joe perplexed and frustrated. When it comes to computer woes though, one of the most common perplexing problems is when your computer keeps on mysteriously rebooting on its own.

The problem with this issue is that the cause can be caused by a number of different things, from software issues to your computer’s power supply or a defective memory (RAM). This makes it really difficult for someone who knows little about PC troubleshooting to pinpoint the real cause. If this is the situation you’re in, it is advisable that you turn to online forums for help. Just make sure that you provide as many details as possible to make it easier for people to help you figure out the cause. It might also be a good idea to spend some cash and bring your computer to a repair center though if the problem doesn’t appear to be a software issue unless you have an extra power supply or RAM to help you test your hardware.

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Blue Screen of Death – Part 2

Written on 27 November 2014 by

bsd2.jpgThe �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.

Computer Basics : Essential for troubleshooting Part-1

Written on 20 November 2014 by

pctt5.jpgIt 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.

Dust and Grime may cause your PC or Gadget to malfunction

Written on 12 November 2014 by

Every gadget that has electrical contacts will always have some sort of failure sonner or later. Whether it is caused by dust, dirt, corrosion, or just plain wear and tear it will happen.

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.

Moving Old Files to your Slave Disk

Written on 5 November 2014 by

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.

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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