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Month: February, 2013

Perplexed by Windows 8?

Want to know some tricks to get around this brand new operating system? Go here….


Microsoft Surface Pro review

The word on Microsoft Surface Pro… Incomplete

Time to get rid of Java on Macs.

Its not worth the risk any more.

Windows 8 users… Get rid of the tiles…

Great information on tweaking your experience. Tired of the tiled “Metro” screen? Get rid of it…

Apple, and Macs specifically was hacked.

Apple, and Macs specifically was hacked. Apple is being targeted more and more often recently. It is time to start thinking about tougher security than the out of the box security that Apple offers.

Why Does My PC Crash? Reason 7 of 7

The Dreaded Virus

Yes, malware is a significant cause of blue screens. But, luckily, the solution is simple. Start up your trusted antivirus program, make sure it’s up-to-date, and give your system the most robust scan available.

Boot Options
Starting in safe mode (press F8 while the computer is starting) is an easy way to go behind a virus’ back to destroy it.
If the virus has disabled your ability to start up your antivirus software, mutter angrily to yourself while you restart in safe mode by pressing F8 before the Windows logo appears. Safe mode will disable any extraneous programs and drivers from launching, and allows just the core operating system to load. Once in safe mode, you should be able to run your antivirus program, and complete a thorough scan from there.

Why Does My PC Crash? Reason 6 of 7

A Cluttered Registry

Your PC’s Registry is a vast library of system settings—settings that can sometimes lead to blue screens and other instabilities. Indeed, even when programs are uninstalled, their Registry settings can stay behind. The settings are useless to the daily operation of your PC, but can nonetheless lead to system bloat, conflict and errors. Your computer continues to scan these error-ridden Registry entries, slowing everything down. Too much of this, and you can kiss stability goodbye.
Registry Editor

A good Registry cleaner, such as Free Wise, is the perfect tool for clearing away the clutter. Free Wise will scan your Registry, find the problems, and exterminate them, leaving your Registry obstruction free.

Why Does My PC Crash? Reason 5 of 7

Fragmented hard drive

Your hard drive can become a bit more fragmented—and unstable—every time you save a file, install a program, or delete something. Not only does this slow down the hard drive, it can also give your OS trouble when trying to find necessary files to function. So your system will eventually give up and try again—with a crash.

Fragmented Drive

Defragmenting your PC is as easy as pushing a button.

Run the Disk Defragmenter in your System Tools every week or so to keep your files straightened out. The process is a pain in the butt while using the PC (you can’t save data to the disk while it defragments), and it can take upwards of an entire day to complete. So set it and forget it before going to bed or work.

One very important note, however: Defragmenting isn’t necessary for solid-state drives. SSDs already store data in a sequential order (as opposed to random order) and can be susceptible to damage if defragmented.

Why Does My PC Crash? Reason 4 of 7

Not enough power

It’s always fun to cram more powerful components inside your PC, and of course overclocking your CPU will yield performance dividends. But you can only upgrade so far before you begin running low on juice. Your PC will become unstable and unexpectedly restart if you put too much strain on your power supply.

There’s no easy way to determine which components are drawing the most power, but your component manufacturers’ websites might list power consumption specs online. From there, you can calculate your approximate total power consumption, and compare it to the output of your power supply.

More PowerA 650-watt power supply should be adequate for most systems.

If you determine your power supply can’t handle the load of all your components, you have to make some difficult decisions. If you overclocked your CPU, you can return the processor to its original state. Otherwise, you can replace your power-hungry components for less needy ones, or follow the most sensible path and simply upgrade your power supply. A 500- to 650-watt power supply should be able to properly power an average performance PC.

Why does my PC Crash? Reason 3 of 7 part 2

Heat is thy enemy

If everything looks good with your airflow but the temperatures continue to rise, check your BIOS settings. If you’ve messed around with voltage settings during some kind of overclocking escapade, reset the values to their defaults. The more voltage a component receives, the hotter it becomes.

If you have recently installed a new CPU, the crashing could stem from a poor application of thermal paste. So remove your heatsink, clean your surfaces with a cotton ball and a little rubbing alcohol, and try again.

Thermal Paste
The pea method for applying thermal paste.

There are competing theories on how to apply thermal paste, but your goal is always the same. The thermal compound fills the microscopic valleys on the surfaces of the CPU and heatsink to provide the most even and full contact between the two components. The paste is ineffective when too little—or too much—is applied. So I use the pea-drop method: I place a small, pea-size drop in the middle of the CPU, and then place the heatsink directly on top, letting the natural pressure of the heatsink spread the paste evenly.