Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Major computer components, specific systems, upgrades, motherboards and more general articles covering topics of a more general computer system nature.
64 bit PCs bring more power to computing, but not necessarily more security. It sometimes seems like bigger is always better, but not always.
As with all computers, keeping them well ventilated and clean helps with heating problems. Do that and your mini tower should be just fine.
Windows configures itself to the hardware it finds, but changing everything at once by moving the system disk to a different machine might be too much.
The fact is 256 MB is not sufficient to run any of the current operating systems. That means that you're in a difficult place.
A computer memory upgrade can be an easy and inexpensive way to imrpove system performance, but how do you know if an upgrade is called for?
Several components in your computer definitely use power and generate heat in proportion to how they're used. I'll review the two biggies.
The decision of when to replace a computer is not an easy one. It involves not just replacement costs, but the cost of your time as well.
Computer turning itself on at night could be the result of a faulty switch. It might not be an easy fix mechanically although there is one easy solution.
Airflow through your computer is an important part of keeping it cool and running well. Frequently fans are just blocked by dust and dirt.
Diagnosing a computer that won't boot can be very difficult. In particular, spinning disks and blinking lights don't mean as much as you might think.
Ultimately, when you're getting beep codes, it is indicative of a hardware problem. It's not necessarily terminal!
Overheating is the most common cause of random crashes in an old machine. If that's not the case, there are a few more things to look at.
Extending the life of older computers can be a challenge, especially when current versions of important tools like anti-malware scanners fail to run.
Processors are generally available with single, dual and quad cores. We'll look at what that means, and how you might select which is right for you.
Microsoft Surface is Microsoft's entry into the tablet arena dominated by Apple's iPad. I have decidedly mixed feelings about the device to the extent that we know what it is today.
A major purchase like a computer for a loved one can be very difficult. I'll review a few areas to consider when purchasing a computer as a gift.
A brand-new computer should work right out of the box. Mine didn't. I'll review my experience and the steps I took.
First steps with a new computer would be to insure it is set up just the way you like, and then take recovery images of the new machine.
The terms RAM and Memory Module are occasionally used interchangeably, but in fact they're two different ways of looking at computer memory.
Computer longevity from turning it off or leaving it on is a question without a real consensus of opinion. Not dropping it is really the best plan!
The best laptop is the one that will fit your needs. To decide what you want you'll need to first look at how you'll use it.
Random crashes are annoying and difficult to diagnose. I'll review common causes and steps you can take to determine what's happening on your computer.
Games are processor heavy and could be generating a lot of heat. This is the first thing to look at with sudden shut-downs.
Installing the maximum 4 gigabytes of RAM into your computer may not result in all 4 gigabytes being available. We'll look at why.
The noise could be from several culprits, but the first suspect should always be the fan.
Some laptops don't have the proper ventilation to handle a high CPU load for a length of time, which causes them to protectively shut down or crash.
Multi-core processors add an additional layer of complexity to software design - the result is that multiple cores are often underutilized.
The way dual core processors work is quite complex. They allow the computer to do two things at a time, but that may only help for programs that are written multi-threaded.