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Month: January, 2013

Why does my PC Crash? Reason 3 of 7

Heat is thy enemy

Computers get hot. We know this from the loud fans bolted inside our desktops, and the alarming burning sensation we feel on our legs after using a laptop for too long. Everything inside a PC generates heat, and heat can cause components to become unstable and crash your PC. Indeed, computers are designed to crash as a last-ditch effort to protect their own internal components from permanent heat damage.

If you suspect your PC isn’t effectively dispersing enough heat, first check to make sure all your fans are spinning properly. If one isn’t moving, or appears to be spinning abnormally slow, check its connections to make sure it’s properly powered. If all appears fine, but the fan still isn’t doing its job, it’s best to replace it.

Next, make sure that all of your PC’s vents, grates, and filters are unhindered by dust, pet hair, and other gross materials that prevent proper airflow. These areas are hotbeds (pun intended) for heat buildup. If you find any problem areas (see the disgusting example below), use a can of compressed air to clear the airways.

For laptops, make sure that the machine is on a hard, flat surface that won’t “smother” the chassis around its vents, thus restricting airflow

Filthy PCNot only is it gross, it’s also killing your computer.

Windows 8 Deal Ending.

If you are planning on upgrading to Windows 8 sometime, DO IT before the end of the month. The price of $39.99 for Pro is amazing. It will cost $199.99 on February 1st. If you have no desire to upgrade, then ignore this message.

Why does my PC Crash? Reason 2 of 7


Bad memory is to blame for many blue screens and failed boots. Fortunately, however, your RAM modules are some of the easiest components to check and replace.

First, use the software utility Memtest86+ to ensure your RAM is the problem. If errors arise, you next need to determine exactly which memory stick is to blame. To do this, remove all the sticks from your system—save one inserted in the primary memory slot. If the system boots fine, and no errors are detected in Memtest86+, continue testing in the same fashion—one stick at a time, inserted in the primary slot—until the system fails to boot, or Memtest86+ indicates problems.

Eventually, you’ll nail down exactly which memory module is causing trouble, and then you can replace it with a fresh, clean stick (just make it’s fully compatible with your motherboard and other sticks of RAM

Bad RAMMemtest86+ found some errors with this system.

Why does my PC Crash? Reason 1 of 7

Hardware Conflicts

Many blue screens are a result of hardware and installation conflicts. All of your system’s components consume IRQs (interrupt request channels) when installed, and every device requires its own channel to function properly. When two devices share the same channel and are used simultaneously, a crash can occur.

Thumb through your Device Manager, and look for any devices marked with a yellow exclamation point. These are the ones with issues, and can usually be fixed with a driver update. Just search your device manufacturer’s website for the latest driver software, or, in a pinch, reinstall the offending hardware itself.

Device Manager
The Device Manager will show you devices with conflicts with a yellow exclamation point.

Thank you PC World for this excellent description.

Do you hate Microsoft?

Do you hate Microsoft? Here is an interesting article about the feelings we have for Microsoft and how it’s making it worse. Not many people would attest to actually liking the company, but do you feel outright animosity toward it? If so, why?

Apple says it’s made maps improvements

Apple says it’s already made a number of fixes and improvements to its error-ridden Maps software, and has “more improvements” coming throughout 2013.

Update Windows Regularly

For Windows 7 Users:
Windows Update helps keep your PC safer-and your software current-by retrieving Microsoft’s latest security and feature updates.
• Easily find updates with the Action Center function.
• Action Center consolidates alerts from key Windows maintenance and security features, including Windows Error Reporting, Windows Defender, and User Account Control.
• To check for updates, just click the Action Center icon on the taskbar.

Windows XP lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure. Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes to XP, and it gives you the opportunity to install optional drivers and software. This is as important to your machine as keeping your BIOS updated as you utilize the latest and greatest hardware and software on your computer.
In Windows XP, turn on and use Automatic Updates
• Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then press ENTER.
• Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click to select one of the following options. We recommend that you select the Automatic (recommended).

Windows Vista – We recommend that you use Windows Update to check for the updated hardware drivers.
• Click Start, type update in the Start Search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list.
• In the upper-left corner of the Windows Update window, click Check for updates. Click View available updates when you are presented with a summary of available updates.
• In the View available updates window, click to select the updates that you want to install, and then click Install.

Should we be concerned about Java? YES.

Should we be concerned about Java? YES. How concerned? I don’t know.

How to remove Quickstart programs

How to remove Quickstart programs

Quickstart is a feature of software applications that allows part of the program to load when a computer starts up. This allows a full application to launch more quickly. But while Quickstart applications can be helpful, they can tie up memory resources. To alleviate this issue, you can disable Quickstart programs to prevent them from running automatically.

• Go to your Windows Desktop and click My Computer. Select your hard drive, usually known as C:, by double clicking it.
• Navigate to the folder: G:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
• Look through the programs listed within the folder. Find the ones you’d like removed from startup.
• Right click on the program to be removed, and select Delete.
• Confirm the delete action when prompted with the question, “Are you sure you want to remove?” Repeat this process for all the programs that you want removed from startup.
• Quickstart programs can reappear after this process. They can sometimes be permanently deleted by reinstalling the software they are associated with or using the Add or Remove programs utility in the Control Panel.

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How to delete Temporary Internet Files

How to delete Temporary Internet Files

Typically, Temporary Internet Files take the most amount of space on your hard drive because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later. By simply clearing them, you’ll open up more space. Delete your Temporary Internet Files once per week, or at least once per month.

• Windows XP. Start >> Control Panel >> Internet Options >> Delete Temporary Internet Files button (wait for operation to complete)

• Windows Vista. Start >> Control Panel >> Internet Options >> Delete Browsing History button >> Delete Browsing History window will appear >> Delete Files button a Confirmation window will appear >> Click Yes (wait for operation to complete).
Note: You will also have the ability to delete Cookies, History, Form Data and Passwords from this window. Depending upon the security of your machine, these are at user’s discretion.

Alternatively, you can use a program like CCleaner to do this automatically.