General Computer Problems

Below are some of the most useful tips I've gathered over many years of troubleshooting PCs and despairing at the number of browser toolbars unsuspecting pensioners install. And no, I'm not going to come around to "take a look". Work your way through all of these first.

Be Google smart


Google can be a huge help when it comes to specific error codes and very detailed problems. It's less useful for "my PC is running slowly" queries. Include as much detail as you can, putting "+" before keywords that must be matched and "-" before keywords to exclude.

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How to System Restore PC


Windows' built-in roll-back feature will undo recent changes to the registry and hardware and software setup of your computer, without affecting your personal files and holiday photos. It's a good place to start if something has very recently gone wrong. You'll find System Restore via Control Panel


How to enter computer Safe Mode


Tap F8 during boot-up to access the boot menu. Choose Safe Mode to launch a special stripped-down version of Windows that keeps drivers and background utilities to a minimum and looks like it's straight out of 1995. Safe Mode can be used to uninstall programs or devices, or run fixes, if you can't get into Windows normally.

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Why is my Computer Overheating


If your PC crashes at seemingly random times -- in other words, there's no particular software program or hardware device that prompts it -- it's possible that your computer or laptop is overheating. Invest in another fan or a laptop cooler if you think this may be the cause.

More Computer How to fix.


How to boot to Selective startup

If you find any superfluous entries in Task Manager, chances are they're being launched with Windows. Scour the Startup folder on the Start menu to find and remove anything you don't really need all of the time. For more control over the Windows startup process, type "msconfig" into the Start menu search box and hit Enter -- the subsequent dialog lets you make detailed changes to which services and tools can launch automatically at the same time as the operating system.

Windows won't start

Windows comes with various system recovery options (besides Safe Mode) that you can use if the operating system won't boot. Tap F8 when booting and choose 'Last Known Good Configuration' to revert back to the settings in place when Windows last launched. Another trick you can try is to unplug all non-essential peripherals -- sometimes a badly configured device will cause the startup process to hang.

Computer Laptop issues how to fix


Motherboard beeps

If your PC gets so far and no further, and you find it beeps at you and shuts down before Windows even starts loading, the problem is at a lower level. Motherboards will alert you to what's gone wrong by the number of beeps -- check the user manual to find out what they mean, or look for a digital copy on the manufacturer's website.

How to fix windows Registry cleaning

The labyrinthine settings file that is the Windows registry can cause errors, program crashes and system restarts if something has gone wrong deep within it. There are plenty of third-party tools that will scan it for problems for you, though not all of them are trustworthy -- Glary Registry Repair is one of the ones you can depend on (though as with any advanced tweaking tool, use at your own risk -- you do back up, right?).

How to Test the hard drive

Modern hard drives have something known as SMART (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology) built into them. It's a standardised technology the disks use to report their status and general health back to Windows. Plenty of free applications can read and report this SMART data -- HDD Health is one example, which also supports SSD drives -- and they will display warning signs if you need to buy a replacement drive in the near future

4 How to fix Internet Problem


Find the fault

First step: find where the problem is. Check if you can connect to the web on other computers and devices. Ideally plug a laptop into the router directly and run the router's built-in testing diagnostics -- your ISP may be experiencing issues. If there's only one PC that can't get online, there's likely to be a problem with its network adaptor or settings.

Adaptor problems

If you suspect the adaptor is to blame (a wireless USB dongle, for example), check the hardware tips above. Try updating the adaptor's driver, uninstalling and reinstalling, or simply plugging it in another USB port

Update firmware

It's possible there's a firmware update for the router that you're using, though some ISPs frown on users taking this much control over their network setup. The best place to start looking is the customer forums for your ISP, where you should find details of which free router you've been lumbered with and how you can update its firmware.

Reboots all round

The reboot process is something of a troubleshooting cliche, but that's because it often works -- turn the router off for 30-60 seconds to re-establish the connection and reset the router. Reboot your PC for good measure to attempt to connect again.

5 Network management


Network management

Delve into the Network and Sharing Centre in Windows to make sure there aren't multiple programs trying to manage your wireless connection. Laptop manufacturers will often bundle their own network management software with their machines, which is fine as long as these applications aren't trying to work concurrently with Windows' own utilities.

Browser woes

Switching to an alternative browser is a simple way to test if your Internet-related problems are being caused by your favourite browser. If the browser is to blame, try some of the software tips I mentioned earlier, and take a long hard look at the plug-ins and extensions.

 Firewall settings

Firewalls can be temperamental and might be blocking the site, service or program you're trying to use. Consult the incoming and outgoing settings when you've found them (if you're using the Windows Firewall, head to Control Panel). If you're struggling to get online with a particular game or networking tool, you might find instructions for allowing firewall access in the supplied documentation.

View connections

Head into the Network and Sharing Centre to make sure your PC is trying to connect using the right connection (wireless versus wired, for example). While all of this should configure itself automatically, rogue programs or security tools can make changes they shouldn't. There are also some troubleshooters built into the Network and Sharing Centre, which are surprisingly useful

Is it down?

If you're having issues with a particular site, look it up on www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com -- the problem may not be at your end. Note that if something large scale suffers a failure -- like Amazon's S3 storage -- it can affect many different sites and services at once.

6 Slowdowns


Slowdowns

PC owners should regularly clean their registry, empty cache files and update software. Five-year-old machines are typically still in good order if diligent maintenance is done. Generally, a visit to Start/Accessories/System Tools (in Windows XP) does the trick. Disk cleanup and disk defragmentation usually take a few hours and are well worth the down time. The tools needed to check your system (computer management and system performance) are under Administrative Tools.


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Lockups

 

Perform a few diagnostic steps to clean up spyware, which causes many system lockups. There are shareware anti-spy programs on the market that load the basic software onto your PC for free and have premium upgrades for a charge. Three reputable programs are Ad-aware, Cyber Patrol and Spybot

Freeze and Crash

When your computer cannot find an updated driver, it will lock up and freeze. Hardware drivers should be updated on a regular basis. It also helps to augment your computer's RAM by increasing your PC's virtual memory

Blue Screens

 

Hardware issues can also cause computer problems. Attribute these problems to fading power supplies or defective parts, including cooling fans. Keep the fan cleaned and make sure all cables and plugs are tightly connected. If all of this fails, see the "Blue Death Screen" resource below

Clicking Sounds

 

This is another hardware issue. Noises like clicking, squealing, whirling or whining might come from damaged electronic components. Remove the computer case and let the computer run to see if you can find the problem. Save yourself some money and fix it yourself if you can, but your best bet is to call a technical expert if you're not confident with internal computer repair.

How to fix

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How to Reset Cisco


cisco reset

how to reset cisco router or firewall, please refer to the cicso manual or website for more information.

how to reset router

all routers have a reset pin hole in the back, you need to use a pin and hold down the reset button for 10 sec while the router is on.

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Columns + Padding

Column layouts with added edge padding.

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Company

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Products

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Services

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Solutions

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