If you had all the cash in the world, then perhaps you can upgrade you computer as often as a new chip and computer specification parts are available in the market. But seriously, you have to be practical when you upgrade. It all depends on the need of the upgrade especially for people who put premium in using their computer as their main source of income and profession.
Computers usually last for a couple of years. But for some, if they can upgrade part by part, they would. This includes replacing lower memory chips and video cards with the higher ones. It is all like coping up with the times especially if you talk about trying to maintain the level of competency of your computer.
When a power supply conks out, the symptoms comes to you as both mysterious and confusing. Several scenarios start to pay inside you head like the computer hanging unexpectedly, shuts down all by itself or may suddenly restart.
Should your PC exhibit some of these annoying scenarios, you might want to check the power supply and if damaged, replace it. But before you do anything, try asking yourself first you’ve done in the past. Have you been using the CPU or chipset too long?If the answer is YES, then this kind of prolonged abuse quickly eats up wattage and harms your PSU bit by bit. Try to remove and disconnect unnecessary stuffs and observe if the computer’s performance improves.
There comes a time in a PC’s life where in a little cleaning comes to order, especially when your cooling fans fail to achieve their optimal speed due to excessive dust. High temperatures can send a computers sensitive parts into the recycling bin, burning out chips that can handle the heat but not for too long a time.
The basic setup has your computer’s power supply, processor(CPU) and occasionally the high end video card having their own cooling fans to take the heat away from the parts they are installed onto. Dust hampers the cooling power of these fans and even insulates the several hundred if not thousands of components contained within the board from the cooling airflow from them.
Dusters in cans are the best tool and they come from many manufacturers but best use moisture free ones that will not cause more damage that you aim to prevent. Remove the cover of the PC’s CPU and unplug all wires and connectors(of course remembering where they all came from so you could plug them back in).
Computers are pretty much designed to help make your life easier but what happens if it is suddenly your very own problem? And what if you are not a computer genius and know nothing about fixing your computer. Before you haul it to the nearest repair shop, try troubleshooting and fixing it yourself. It never hurts to try.
Computer wont turn ON: Don’t panic, it is likely that all your files are safe. Verify that the power voltage switch is set correctly. or check unplugged or loose power cable. Test the power button on your computer case, it could be damaged. If you’ve done all tests, the problem might be with the motherboard.
Blue Screen /Stop Error occurs when Windows suffers a serious error and is forced to “stop” completely. there’s a very good chance that the change you made caused this. It could be something you installed, a hardware. Undo the change you made and test again for the STOP Error.
Page not Found: Reload the webpage. Double check if you have typed the URL wrong.
Ever wanted to speed up the booting of your Windows XP OS? Well, look no further as we have just one of the way to do so.
According to the experts the best way to go about this is to find the source:
Legitimate programs usually put an icon in the SysTray, next to the clock on the Windows Taskbar. Right-clicking an icon will often let you tell the program not to load. However, Microsoft provides msconfig, a good utility for controlling how Windows starts up. To run it, click Start, select Run, type msconfig in the box and click OK. The Startup tab on the far right lists the programs being loaded, but it’s worth looking through the other tabs. Microsoft has a trouble-shooting guide to using it: search Google for Q310560.
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If this is your first time, get hold of a can of compressed air specifically developed for cleaning computers and not from your garage compressor. Canned air is moisture free to avoid contaminating the electronics. Hold the Power supply for a few minutes while you take a look inside to admire the parts (this discharges any static electricity from you) Check all vents for the internal fans along with the one for the power supply. If they are dirty try to blow air through them to remove all dust and debris from all visible parts. If the said computer is visually dusty, you might want to do this outside the house. Also pay close attention to the CPU and blow air onto the fan and heat sink. Once you are satisfied and all visible dust and fido hairs are gone, you can reverse the process and take the camera shots to re-connect all the cables and chords that you took out and boot up. A clean computer runs cooler and more efficiently, besides too much dust on any of the internal components can lead to parts failure due to the insulating properties of dust.
Well, this might not be a sound you would want to hear from your hard drive, for it might be in it’s death throes. The screeching sound may be the bearings that make the platters spin breaking down or they have been in use for so long they have worn out the hard metal coatings on the teeny tiny bearings. The first thing you do is to copy as much data that you can to another hard drive to prevent total disaster. Most drives will continue to function for sometime before total failure of the drive. You’ll be glad to know that they have become more reliable than ever but that does not mean totally.
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.
Now, 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.
We 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.