Keep Your PC Cool


Your computer creates a lot of heat when it is turned on and being used, especially if you have been using it for long hours. Parts like the CPU can get extremely hot. The thing about computer is, if it overheats, it won’t function well. To avoid ruining your computer by overheating, you should follow these simple tips.

  • Always clean your computer – What slows the fans inside the computer is the dust that it accumulates. The more dirt it gets, the slower the computer gets. If it gets too dirty, it will eventually stop.
  • Keep the case closed. It won’t help cool the computer if you keep it open because of the dirt it will get when it’s out in the open.
  • Make sure that your computer is placed in a cool and clean area. If it gets too hot in one position, it will start overheating.
  • If you have a particularly old computer, consider replacing and upgrading the CPU fan.

Best PC troubleshooting websites

There are so many people with computers but not everyone will know what to do in a situation where it stops working. The first thing most people do in times like this is to panic and take their computer to a professional who can fix i for them. Before you spend hundreds of dollars, it might be smart to just go over different PC troubleshooting聽on聽websites. In fact, don’t wait for your computer to be broken, read simple troubleshooting instructions now from the most helpful websites online.

1. Crossloop- This is a 24 hours support group website. If you are having any difficulties, there are many experts in this site that can assist you in fixing the problem.

2.Techspot – This website is filled with different reviews, forums and news about everything computer. You are likely to find a common PC problem being discussed in this site.

3. Geeks to go- Aptly named, this website is filled with information from the computer geeks that will be extremely helpful to PC users.


My Computer Is SLOW


One of the many frustrating things that can happen to a person is when they are trying to work using their computer but the computer is running too slow. I personally have a mini- heart attack when this happens. This is such a common PC problem but a lot of people do a lot of complaining instead of troubleshooting. The truth is, most slow computer issues can be fixed easily. The first step is to reboot your computer. Some might not have been reboot for awhile and computers need this. Next step is to check if your computer still has room. You should at least have 200-500MB free hard drive space. If your computer has enough space, make sure there is nothing physically wrong in your hard drive by running the ScanDisk test.

Another reason for slow computer is when it is over heating. Make sure you give enough air flow. If you are in a particularly hot area, the best solution is get some air from an AC or fan to reach your computer. Spyware or other virus is also a big factor in slowing down a computer.


Slow XP booting?

It may seem that when you first installed your Windows XP, it booted up really fast. You tend to wonder all the horrible stories you’ve read that Windows has a very slow boot up. A few years down the road, you feel it–you begin twiddling your fingers and asking yourself as to why it takes you 3 minutes to be able to do anything on your PC. What do you do?

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.

More info here.


Most Common PC Problems


A lot of people panic whenever they encounter a computer problem. What most are not aware of is that a good percentage of the time, computers don’t need to be taken to an IT professional for it to be fixed. Most have very easy and simple solutions that you yourself can do at home. Here are the most common PC problems.

1. Computer won’t turn ON – this could be because of a failing power supply. Check if computer is plugged properly.

2. Blank screen but computer is ON – If the problem is on a laptop, much better to take to a professional. If it’s on a regular computer, then make sure that the monitor is plugged in a power point.

3. The screen is frozen – Press and hold the power button until it turns off, wait for a minute or two and restart the computer.

4. Overheating- when your computer is getting hot, it is advisable to turn it off and let it rest. Make sure that the cooling fan is working properly.



Computer Making Noise


Sometimes, something happens to your computer that makes us almost have a heart attack. It could be the lack of internet connection, computer not turning on or computer making intimidating noise. What do you do when this happens?

When a computer is making an unusual sound, this means there is definitely something wrong with it. The best explanation to this is that your computer has gone through a lot already. Your hard drive is working double time and it needs a rest. The fastest way to get rid of the noise, then shut your computer down and let it rest for an hour or two. When you turn it back on, the noise won鈥檛 be heard but eventually, it will do the same thing.

To get rid of the noise permanently is to replace your hard drive. It is actually cheaper to get a new hard drive than get your hard drive fixed.


Computer Won’t Turn ON

The worst way to start your day is when you discover that your computer won’t turn on. Thoughts enter your head such as “What if I lose all my files?” “I don’t know how to fix this.” There is no need to go on a full on panic. There are many reasons why a computer won’t turn on and it is likely that you can fix the problem yourself. First thing to do is to check if everything is plugged on to the power sockets properly. If that’s not the problem, move on to the second step. Perform a lamp test which is making sure that the power source is working well.聽 Another step is to test the power button on the front of the computer case. It could be damaged and needs replacing. If all else fails, the next thing to consider is to replace your mother board. If you are not confident enough to do this, then that’s when you hand the problem over to the professionals who know what they’re doing.


Flopy disk fail


Oh yeah, a problem that always occurs. Don抰 panic, my dear friend. If a message stating this error pops on your screen, then it means that you have one of these problems:

Your Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) cable is loosely connected. Check the IDE cable and make sure if both ends are fully plugged in.

Another problem may be that the IDE cable is reversed. Yes, this can happen. Check if one or both ribbon cables are actually connected in the right way. What right way? Pin 1 should align with Pin 1 on the drive. Just look for the side that is incorrect and flip it around.

If it抯 not the IDE cable, then it may be your power supply. Check if you have power to the floppy drive.

Another variation of the problem is that the drive is probably attached to the wrong side of the twist. The twist reverses voltages and is found between the two drive connectors of IDE cables. You can swap the floppy drive by enabling it in the BIO. It is simpler though to just attach the drive to the other plug.


Sound card problems

video card
Sound cards actually run with three things: IRQ (Interrupt Request), Direct Memory Access (DMA) and Memory Address. Any inconsistencies with these three devices will result to sound glitch in your pc.

The most frequent problem that usually occurs with sound cards is IRQ related. In this case, changing the IRQ is a sound idea. If it still doesn鈥檛 work, perhaps you may want to switch BUS types, and make sure there is no overload in the system to avoid further trouble.

Sound cards are also susceptible to EMF, the electromagnetic signals in the system. This can be avoided by not situating the sound card near other elements of the system.






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