Jan
24

Computer Motherboard

computer motherboard

The motherboard is the machine, so the typical manifestation of a fizzled motherboard is a totally dead framework. Fans, drives, and different peripherals may turn up if the motherboard is dead, yet all the more frequently nothing at all happens when you turn on the force. No beeps, no lights, no fans, nothing. On the off chance that you think you have a dead motherboard, reconsider. The probably reason for a dead framework is a blown wire or breaker at the divider repository. In case you’re sure the framework is getting force and you have quite recently introduced the motherboard, its substantially more probable that you’ve fail to unite a link or made some other essential lapse than that the motherboard itself is terrible, expecting obviously that the issue motherboard is a highquality item. In a working system, it’s very uncommon for a high-quality motherboard to fail other than from lightning damage or other severe abuse. In particular, it’s nearly unheard of for a motherboard to fail while it is running, as opposed to when you start the system. A dead system is more often caused by a dead power supply than a dead motherboard, so the first step to troubleshoot an apparently dead motherboard is to swap in a known-good power supply. If the system remains completely dead with a known-good power supply, it’s likely that the motherboard is defective and must be replaced. It’s not uncommon for a motherboard to fail partially. It’s possible to work around such partial failures; for example, by disabling the failed function in BIOS Setup and installing an expansion card to replace the failed embedded function. We recommend against this practice, however, because a partial motherboard failure is often soon followed by a complete failure.

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Jan
22

Game Has An Error When It Attempts To Load

error screenshot when launching a game

In the event that the game is a CD game, make beyond any doubt the right CD is in the computer when attempting to play the game. Sometimes, it might be important to have the first or last CD in the computer when beginning the game.  Verify the game documentation makes no mention of the error you are experiencing. Many times the error and explanation to how to resolve the error are documented. Verify no patches or updates are available from the developer of the game. See the game developer page for a listing of links to game company pages. Many game developers list the available patches and updates. If you are not sure who the developer of the game is, use a popular search engine and search for drivers for your game. In most cases, games start with version 1.0. If the game utilizes Microsoft DirectX you may have an issue with DirectX that happened during the installation of another game or program. Make sure you have the latest version of DirectX installed on the computer. Additional information about DirectX is on our DirectX page. Some games may require other programs such as OpenGL or QuickTime to be installed in order to play them. If you did not install all the programs during the installation, try running the install again. Make sure to close other programs before you run the game. Make sure the computer has rebooted at least once after the game is installed. In some cases, the game may install files that cannot initialize until the computer has rebooted. If the computer is overclocked, try to reduce the speed back to the computer’s correct settings to ensure that the overclocked settings are not causing the problem. If the above recommendations do not resolve your issues, install the game again.

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Jan
21

Fresh OS Install

One interesting way to think about computers is to regard them as cars. Just like any responsible car owner, you will find yourself having to do maintenance on the computer and even bringing it to the repair shop every now and then as the car starts to underperform.

One thing tech experts recommend people doing is to freshly reinstall one’s operating system every year or two. In comparison to a car, this could be considered an oil change – but unlike a car this doesn’t take all that long and isn’t expensive either. Many people also take this opportunity to either upgrade their computer in the hardware department or upgrade their operating system.

While things such as defragmentation and file management do go long ways to maintain a system and keep it up to speed as much as possible, there are only so many things you can do in the long run. When you do a clean install, you essentially revert the computer back to the conditions it was in on its very first start up, which can be a rather satisfying feeling.

Of course, this implies that you will lose all your data on the internal hard drives, so it is crucial that you back up everything that you need. A fairly effective method of doing this is either via an external hard drive or keeping everything backed up online. There are plenty of instructions online on how to perform a clean install, which can also be one’s final solution to getting rid of a pesky virus.

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Jan
16

Interference On Your Monitor

vertical and horizontal lines on screen

Some Korean comfort women use computer to meet their clients and their report shows that most of the problems they’re encountering when using computer is the sudden problem with their monitors. CRT screens are regularly more inclined to outside obstruction than LCD screens. Impedance can be brought on by gadgets that transmit radio frequencies , or gadgets that deliver attractive fields, for example, an engine in an electric fan, or even by simply having a tangle of force links on or close to the screen. Radio signals can interfere with the signal going between your computer and monitor, and in some cases can cause horizontal lines to appear, as well as other interference. To reduce interference, move the RF device away from the computer, or move the computer and monitor away from the device. Moving magnetic fields such as from an electric motor can cause flickering when near a CRT screen. A static magnetic field, such as from your computer’s speakers, can cause color shifts or incorrect colors in the area near the magnet. This color shift is caused by parts of the screen becoming magnetized. Occasionally the color shift will remain after you remove the source of magnetism.

man in front of a monitor

To help reduce or eliminate the color shift, you can use the degaussing option on most monitors. Most newer monitors automatically degauss when you turn them on, while older monitors might require you do to it manually. Most monitors have a button or menu option that enables you to degauss it manually. Degaussing a monitor will de-magnetize the inside of the monitor, removing the color shift. Unfortunately, if the monitor is exposed to the source of magnetism for too long, degaussing will not be able to clear it up, requiring you to repair or replace the monitor.

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Dec
25

PC Power Supply Problems and Improvements

PC Power Supply

The PC power supply is likely the most disappointment inclined thing in a PC. It warms and cools each time it is utilized and gets the first as a part of hurry of AC current when the PC is exchanged on. Regularly, a stalled cooling fan is an indicator of a power supply failure because of subsequent overheated components. All devices in a PC get their DC power through the power supply. A typical failure of a PC power supply is often noticed as a burning smell just before the computer shuts down. Another problem could be the failure of the vital cooling fan, which allows components in the power supply to overheat. Failure symptoms include random rebooting or failure in Windows for no apparent reason. For any problems you suspect to be the fault of the power supply, use the documentation that came with your computer. If you have ever removed the case from your personal computer to add an adapter card or memory, you can change a power supply. Make sure you remove the power cord first, since voltages are present even though your computer is off. Recent designs in Web servers include power supplies that offer a spare supply that can be exchanged while the other power supply is in use. Some new computers, particularly those designed for use as servers, provide redundant power supplies. This means that there are two or more power supplies in the system, with one providing power and the other acting as a backup. The backup supply immediately takes over in the event of a failure by the primary supply. Then, the primary supply can be exchanged while the other power supply is in use.

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Dec
22

Keyboard Problem Troubleshooting

Keyboard Troubleshooting

If your keyboard is not functioning the first thing you need to do is to verify its connection, make sure that it is connected correctly to the computer. Check all the keyboard’s plugs to make sure that there are no loose connections. Connect the keyboard to your computer by using a different USB port. Bypass any port replicator, USB hub, KVM switch, or similar component, and connect the keyboard directly to the USB port on the computer. If this resolves the problem, confirm that it is this additional connection device that is the source of the problem. Contact the manufacturer to see if they can provide a solution to allow you to use their device. If an adapter (PS/2 to USB or PS/2 to AT) is being used, verify that it is the adapter that was included with the keyboard or that the keyboard supports adapting to a different port. For example, the Internet Keyboard does not adapt to a USB port, and a PS/2 to USB adapter will not work. It does not include an adapter. To connect or to disconnect the keyboard to a PS/2 port, shut down the computer. Plug your device into the correct port. Make sure that the plug is pushed securely into the connector on the computer. Restart the computer. Microsoft Windows detects the change, and then installs the drivers on the new port automatically. If the issue continues to occur, try connecting the keyboard to a different computer. If the keyboard functions correctly on a different computer, the port to which the keyboard was connected on the original computer may be damaged. If this is the case, contact your computer manufacturer to inquire about how to repair or replace the damaged port. If the keyboard does not function correctly on another computer, the keyboard may be defective. If this is the case, and the warranty on the keyboard is still valid, you can exchange the defective keyboard for a new keyboard.

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Dec
21

Computers that are Rebooting by Themselves

Self-rebooting computer

Computer viruses such as the blaster virus are written to reboot your computer without warning. Usually these viruses make the computer reboot every 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes after the computer has booted. If you believe your computer may be infected with a virus or are uncertain if your computer is infected with a virus make sure your virus scanner definitions are up to date. Many computer today are designed to turn off or automatically reboot if the computer, processor, or other device in your computer gets to hot. If you have heard any abnormal noises coming from your computer recently such as a high squealing this could indicate a fan may be failing in your computer. First, verify the fan on the power supply is working by examining the back of the computer and seeing if the fan is moving and moving smoothly. For all other fans in the computer you need to either open the computer and verify all fans are working, e.g. processor fan and case fan. A temperature gun like that shown in the picture can also be used to help gauge how hot components or integrated circuits are running the computer. If your BIOS monitors the RPM of the fans enter CMOS Setup and verify it does not report any errors. Note that if this is a laptop computer, there is still a fan located on one of the sides of the laptop that can be checked. Make sure this fan is blowing or that you can feel hot air coming from the laptop. You may also consider getting a cooler pad if you find your laptop is getting hot often.

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Dec
21

Basic Monitor Troubleshooting Steps

Shaky/fuzzy screen

There are several basic steps to help determine if the monitor is causing a video problem you may be experiencing. After each step, determine if the video problem is still apparent. Reseat the monitor video cable. Turn off the computer and the monitor. Disconnect and then reconnect the monitor video cable from the back of the monitor. Check for bent pins on the connectors. Turn on the monitor, and then turn on the computer. If that does not resolve the issue try the following steps. Plug the monitor and computer power cables directly into a known good outlet. Connect the monitor to a different computer. Connect another monitor to the current computer. Refer to the self-test section of the specific monitor. Remember that when running the self-test, follow the instructions listed for that monitor. Test to see if a video issue is present in the BIOS. Refer to your computers manual on how to enter the BIOS. Test to see if a video issue is present in Windows Safe mode. You can enter Safe Mode by pressing F8 on start up and selecting Safe Mode, then following the prompts. Confirm that the brightness, contrast, and all other monitor controls are set for optimum viewing. Review all other applicable troubleshooting steps, issues, and frequently asked questions before replacing a monitor. Some causes of video problems may originate with the video card, video driver, or an incorrect display setting. If these basic troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issue, refer to your model monitor’s Users Guide and product information for specific support documents, driver installations and frequently asked questions. If you are unable to correct your monitor with these methods, your monitor may require further troubleshooting or repair, feel free to contact the manufacturer.

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Dec
04

Computer Audio Troubleshooting

Computer Speaker

Troubleshooting audio problem screenshot

Audio is a big part of our everyday lives. People use it whenever they need to talk to someone else using phone or computers. According to study, most comfort women nowadays use video call using their computers but issues on the sounds of computers are regularly because of various reasons, which is being the reason why some client get disappointed. There are a few ways for diagnosing, resolving and determining the loss of sound on a computer system. Materials needed are driver and application recovery CDs and updated sound driver software.Make certain that all the output devices such as headphones or speakers are turned on and plugged in. Additionally, be sure to check whether the output device has not been put on mute. Also, check the volume control settings of the program. Make sure that it is set high enough to be heard by the user. Always verify that the sound issues are not because of faulty speaker connections. The simplest way to test this is substituting speaker connections with headphones to check if the sound is getting out. The volume control settings could be accessed by clicking on the ‘Start’ button followed by ‘All Programs’, ‘Accessories’, ‘Entertainment’, and lastly, ‘Volume Control’. You may also simply click on the speaker icon located on the System Tray. Check the settings of both the mute and volume. When the check boxes of mute have checks on them, uncheck them. If this still does not work, the sound problem may be caused by other factors. Performing System Restore is required when the sound from the speakers of the computer is audible and is suddenly lost. This is done by clicking on the ‘Start’ button and then the ‘All Programs’ button. Thereafter, click on the ‘Accessories’ button, ‘System tools’ and then ‘System Restore’. Lastly, users would have to finish the System Restore Wizard. If this does not work again, the problem may be due to something else. In order to resolve the sound problem, you may have to delete and reinstall the sound driver. The sound driver could be missing or is corrupted that is why it is not functioning properly. When this is done however, the menu of the restore utility will not be available. Begin the process of deletion and re-installation by clicking on the ‘Start’ button, then the ‘Control Panel‘ and ‘System’. What follows is the ‘Hardware’, the ‘Device Manager’ and lastly, the ‘Sound’, ‘Video’ and ‘Game Controllers’. Click on the sound device displayed on the Device Manager and then delete using the ‘Delete’ key of the keyboard. When prompted whether or not to continue with the deletion, click ‘OK’. Uninstall all the sound devices listed in this manner except the Legacy Audio Drivers and the Audio Codec. Restart the computer and reinstall the sound drivers that have been deleted by means of the Driver and Application Recovery CDs that had come with the Operating System.

Nov
29

Preventing Disk Space warning

Registry Editor

Sometimes, when you try to open the C: or D: drive in your computer, you will get a warning about low disk space. Even when you try to delete files, you may still get the same message. Here’s what to do.

  1.  Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE)
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.
  3. If it’s not there, create a DWORD value and call it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks.
  4. Double-click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks, and enter the value 1, and press OK.
  5. Check the messages. It should be fine now.

This would disable the pop up messages saying you have Low Disk Space warning messages but would not really solve the main problem of you having low disk space. This is useful if you are constantly annoyed by the pop up message even if you delete some files and it still would not work. The 200 MB threshold is the line that Windows has drawn for optimal performance. Once you fall below this threshold your system automatically takes actions to maintain minimum performance capabilities.

Here’s a potential risk of running too low on hard drive space. When your Windows system runs out of physical RAM memory, it will try to create virtual memory by using a chunk of hard drive space. If there is not enough hard drive space available, your applications may fail, you may not be able to open large files, or your system may just fall down and go boom.

So instead of disabling the pop up messages it is still better to fix the problem that is already at hand.

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