PC Problems – Woe is me…



I just received a very nice e-mail asking me if I work on computers.  Well yes I do!  The e-mail explained that he has computer issues two to three times a year.  I use my computer(s) for months without issue.  Occasionally a hard drive will begin to show signs of wear and need to be replaced, but mainly my WinXP computer and LINUX servers stay fully operational for months.

I am still collecting information about the above mentioned individuals issues, but I thought a post with some basic computer things to do would be in order for my readers.

1. Get a UPS!  Uninteruptable Power Supply.  It’s a battery and a DC/AC converter.  It keeps your computer running when the electricity goes out.
You need this to protect the integrity of your computer’s data!  To help speed up your computer data is saved in memory and written to the disk at a later time.  If you lose power some of that data waiting to be written can be lost.  Power drop outs are not always just an off situation.  There would be a drop in voltage, or a spike in the voltage.  This can be especially true during a thunder storm.  If you think you can get by without a UPS, you’re wrong.

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Got an old IDE drive?

What’s an IDE drive you say?  :D

It’s easy to tell.  Look to see what kind of cable is connected to it.  If it is a flat wide cable chances are it is a IDE PATA drive.

If the data cable is more of a rectangular shape and about 1/2 of an inch wide, you probably have a SATA drive.

You may have bought a new computer but you would still like to use that old computer’s drive, or you have pictures etc… that you’d like to access.  Many of us buy a new computer when the old computer becomes unusable.  Windows dies, or the computer is infected with viruses and malware.

It IS possible to move those viruses/malware to your new system so BE CAREFUL/WARNED before accessing that old data.

Many of you have used USB flash drives to save/access data.  Well you can do the same thing with that old hard drive.  All you need is a IDE to USB drive enclosure.  Since IDE is an old technology you can get an enclosure for next to nothing.  I recently found this for a customer who’s system would not longer boot to Windows, and they didn’t want to spend the money to have it repaired.  They DID want to access several home movies that were still on the hard drive though.

A little research and I found this for them.

Rosewill RX234 Aluminum 2.5″ USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Newegg (at the time of this writing it was $9.99 plus $2.99 shipping!)

You simply install the IDE hard drive (2.5″) in the enclosure and then plug the enclosure into an available USB port on your functional PC.

Newegg.com also carries enclosures for the 3.5″ drives, like this one for $19.99 plus shipping click here.

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Diamond Computer Systems Registory Protection

I highly recommend you download and install the “FREE” application from Diamond Computer Systems RegProt “Registry Protector”.

Registery Proection

Registery Proection

This will alert you to when programs are trying to put themselves into the system registry.  Many mal-ware programs will do this so they will be able to start each time the system is rebooted.

I have used this application on Win XP home and Win XP Pro

** Always back up your computer’s information prior to loading any new software.  Suggestions by MUCCS are just that, suggestions.  You must assume the full responsibility for your computer’s data integrity and make your own decisions as to how you should proceed.  Take our suggestions at your own risk.

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