The Trials and Tribulations of A Confused Computer

Written by Donna Sweat

During a recent period ofrepparttar fretted PC breakdown,I came to realize that I took my computer for granted.I thoughtrepparttar 107906 high tech machine would never let me down and I was never further fromrepparttar 107907 truth. Just when I thought things were going smoothly,"BANG",I was in deep trouble.

Home-based businesses should be aware that computer down time can and will mess up your schedule.After only a week,I was behind and a bit discouraged to sayrepparttar 107908 least. I was lucky enough to be able to fix my pc myself,but this isn't alwaysrepparttar 107909 case. Sometimes it takes an expert to bail you out and it can be costly. Professionals charge $50.00 per hour,and up, to find and correct problems. It may be wise to stash a bit inrepparttar 107910 bank for such an occasion.

I found backing up your files is ofrepparttar 107911 utmost importance. Store your important pieces on floppy or Cd-Rom. Do not wait too long and be sure to format those floppies. I stored information on a floppy and found after I was back to normal,repparttar 107912 floppy was no good and would not open my files. Never store a program on a floppy, it will not work properly when you try it. Programs must be reinstalled. A good example is Aureate Group Mail or something you downloaded online. If you have an opt-in list,that can be saved to floppy.

Think you know your computer? Take a look at its contents. Go to my computer, C drive, Wow,I was amazed atrepparttar 107913 contents andrepparttar 107914 worst of it was I did not know what everything was. Another great place to seerepparttar 107915 internal contents of your computer isrepparttar 107916 Control Panel, Go to my computer,control panel,system, and device manager. This place is a maze of high tech content. Do not change anything unless you know what you are doing. The results can be disastrous. I have had my share of problems with down time,ranging from installing anew Cd-rom, to blowing dust from my tower. Yes, dust is a common culprit! Fans get clogged with dust quickly,andrepparttar 107917 result is overheated components and leads to computer failure.I blow outrepparttar 107918 dust using a vacuum cleaner and also being careful not to disturb delicate parts.

PC problems sometimes develop from a loose connection. It may be a cord or a circuit board withinrepparttar 107919 tower. Gently pushing in a loose connection may solve a problem.

Booting intorepparttar 107920 safe mode is a safe way to fix problems. When booting, afterrepparttar 107921 start up screen,pressing Ctrl, putsrepparttar 107922 pc in this mode with internet access, and many programs disabled, sorepparttar 107923 problem can be found and corrected.

Cure for "Illegal Operations" Sydrome

Written by Mike Smith

"You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION, repparttar program will be shut down!" But I didn't do anything! Really, I was just sitting here. :-(

You did update Windows, right? And haverepparttar 107905 current drivers for all of your other hardware and software, don't you? How important is it? Well if you are experiencing a lot of crashes this may just berepparttar 107906 cure. Very few people understand what happens in Windows when you install new software and hardware. Since Bill Gates wants to berepparttar 107907 boss, obviously he put everything into Windows to make it work with Microsoft products.

Now allrepparttar 107908 other companies that sell you things have to make theirs forrepparttar 107909 Gates configuration. Some are not too good at it and some are just careless. For those you getrepparttar 107910 Blue Screen of Death. Ever see this one?

"You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION,repparttar 107911 program will be shut down!"? Then a whole bunch of numbers and stuff even a Geek may not understand.

Well it is really a simple matter of shared files not getting along in your Puter. One says "I am going to decide how this operation is done" andrepparttar 107912 other one says "no you're not!" Sorepparttar 107913 one withrepparttar 107914 newest info may win but you get blamed for it becauserepparttar 107915 program didn't do itrepparttar 107916 "Gates Way" andrepparttar 107917 result is thatrepparttar 107918 program could not start.

Now you get a new program out ofrepparttar 107919 box, put it on your Puter and guess what? The program probably has a whole ton of updates available to make it get along with Windows. Windows has a whole bunch of new updates to screw withrepparttar 107920 other companies but "You performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION". Feel a little insulted? I do. Then there are some companies that really don't want your Puter to cooperate with Windows. They want a piece ofrepparttar 107921 Giant and guess who pays for it? Yup, we do.

I won't mention any names but AOL and Netscape are 2 ofrepparttar 107922 biggest offenders. After that comes Real Player and a list a mile long. But let's not makerepparttar 107923 problem too simple. Several companies are out to get each other and at your expense. Yeah, right. They tell you it is someone else that isrepparttar 107924 cause and that company swears that it is another one. So here you are caught inrepparttar 107925 middle and nobody has bothered to tell you that something as simple as downloadingrepparttar 107926 latest updates and drivers just might solverepparttar 107927 problems they are busy blaming each other for.

Here are a couple of solutions for you. First try and find out what all your hardware is. Printers are easy,repparttar 107928 name and model are onrepparttar 107929 front. But what about your CD ROM, Audio System, and monitor? A lot of times, they just don't have that information available. Yup even keyboards can have updated drivers. Drivers? Updates? Hardware? Software?.

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