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How to perform computer maintenance

The computer is a device that make part of our daily life, we us it every day for several tasks, work, game, entertainment etc.  More than any other device computer need a good and continues maintenance, to keep it running well and fast, doing all the tasks we need. Actually there are several menaces that can harm our computer. The most of them are coming from the internet, when we connect to the internet we are a target of virus, adware and malwares that can harm our computes, the majority of people that have basic skills in computing thinks that installing an antivirus resole all problems, this is false, even with the best antivirus out there we still in risk.

The proper functioning of any computer depends on the software installed, the memory used and the user itself.
Before talking about the problem of the internet and the virus, we need to know that even without internet we can have problem with our computer. In order to keep your computer healthy and fast you need to do some basics step periodically, if you have programs that you never use uninstall theme.

When you use your computer don´t open a lot of windows, people like let a lot of windows open even they don´t make use of theme, all open windows consume memory so if your computer have a enough memory this can slow down your machine. It is a good practice to defragment your disc to make the file system reorganized for simplifying file access and make it fast when you shut down your computer shut it down with the proper shutdown program and not with unplugging the energy cable, because this can damage your system file and generate a no starting of the system.

Before connecting to the internet it is important to install antivirus to protect your system and your data.
Configure your antivirus to scan your computer periodically; instead you can do it manually on running the antivirus scan. Some sites on the internet are harmful and install a malware script in your computer, it is better to no open this kind of sites (pornographic sites are an example).

Browsers like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer advise you about bad sites.

Internet is not the only place you can get a virus, if you are in a network or you use unknown pen drive or external disk you risk to get your computer infected, so before e connecting any external device to your computer it is recommended to scan it with your antivirus first.

If you are a beginner or do not give winds to your curiosity, don´t try to configure, delete, or change system file (for example register editing) Don´t forget to search for upgrades to keep you system with the last fixes, it is better to set automatic upgrade.

Before Installing any hardware (like camera, mouse or other devices) read the manual and be sure that the device you are installing is compatible with your computer. The use of the computer is personnel; this is why the PC means Personnel computer, so if you let other people use your computer the risk to your computer is damaged is higher.
Periodically it is a good practice to delete temporary and unused files.

If your computer run several services that you never use in the startup, it is better to deactivate those services or programs, this make your computer startup faster. On installing new software read carefully the instruction during the installation, because some software comes with third party plugin like browser toolbars that are checked by default and that will be installed with the software even you will never use them.

It is not recommended to install toolbars in the browser if you do not use theme for any purpose. When you navigate on the web do not install downloaded programs if you done know the publisher.

Following these steps you will keep your computer healthy for a long time without any problem, and if you have trouble with your computer download this tool and let it fix your computer for you automatically.

 

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Download Modem Drivers

A driver is a software program or component that is compatible with a device, like a modem, that allows you to have the device installed and function in the computer.  Of course, it is a must that you continue to update your drivers regularly to keep it functional.

Modem drivers are sets of instructions that give directions to the operating system how to apply and use it.  To optimize performance, modem drivers (or any other hardware drivers for that matter) are being upgraded. Once upgraded, the drivers will surely function in their best performance level.

When you have modem drivers downloaded in your computer, you need to make sure that it is not a bad driver. Bad drivers are those that do not function well. They can also cause a hardware device to experience malfunction. And the worst part is that when the bad driver is prolonged, it may cause system instability. If you have a bad driver and it keeps on malfunctioning, the best action that you can take is to look for other modem drivers download.

Modem drivers are very important and are needed when you log on to the Internet. A modem driver is the only thing that will allow you to use the Internet, unless you have an Ethernet cord with plug and play components. In case you do not have plug and play Ethernet cords, then the modem driver is indeed the only way. With the driver, you can have your Windows operating system understand how to make use of the device. Likewise, if you have no driver, the operating system will not be able to recognize the device.

Now that you know how important modem drivers are, the next thing to do is to download it into your computer. If you have a computer with Windows XP operating system, then this article will be very useful to you. In here, the step-by-step process of downloading modem drivers will be discussed.

The first step is to look at your modem and write down its model and make. Next, locate the Internet connection. To download the Windows XP modem drivers, you would need to go to someone’s home or library. In case you have other working modems in your home, you may download them directly into your personal computer. Once you have done this, the next thing you should do is go to the official website of your modem’s manufacturer. You may also opt to visit the Windows XP web page of modem drivers. Driver Support Registry, Windows XP Drivers and Drivers Kit have Windows XP operating system modem drivers. Then, click on the modem device and select the appropriate manufacturer. Some sites are for Windows XP only while some are for all types of operating systems. When you have chosen the manufacturer, click the Download tab. Wait for a few minutes and then burn to disk. If ever you are in another location, you will have to burn to a CD/DVD for transportation.

These are the simple steps for downloading modem drivers into your Windows XP operating system. If your operating system is not Windows XP, you may go online and look for the operating system that you have.

Updating HP Pavilion 6730 drivers

I got the pleasure of getting my aunts computer dropped off for a cleaning up and speeding up maintenance the other day.  This seemingly simple task was severely exacerbated by the insane amount of games and toolbars that this computer had installed on it.

Not than anyone cares but updating HP Pavilioon 6730 drivers is not the most interesting thing to do on a wonderfully sunny weekend.

If you find your self needing to speed up a computer I highly recommend you download PC Updater and let it do the work for you.

Have a great day everyone!

Real Computer Maintenance

 We have all read hundreds of articles on how to make our computers run faster, how to tweak the operating system, or how to secure them. The one thing you don’t see many of are articles on simply keeping your computer stored and cleaned properly.

We all seem to know how to clean our homes, and we can recognize the dust layer on the table or dust bunnies under the couch. Well you must understand that if you have to clean your house once a week to keep the dust and dust bunnies out then you must do the same for your computer. Your computer is even more at risk down there….in that little computer desk cubby hole….underneath everything!

The easiest way to make sure your computer collects as little dust as possible is to insure it is in a well ventilated area. Air circulation as well keeps your computer from over heating. Even with ventilation any computer will require cleaning internally. Over heating can cause a computer to lock up unexpectedly, shutdown intermittently and even cause slow performance.

Cleaning your computer is not as complicated as most people might fear. All computers have an access panel. Some OEM manufacturers hide them as well as they can to prevent users from accessing internal components, but don’t worry…..it is there.

All you will need is a can of compressed air (Which you can pick up at your local computer store) and ten minutes of your time. Please remember to unplug your computer when doing this, because if for any reason you dropped a screw or anything metallic on the system board while it was plugged in or turned on it could be catastrophic.

There are a couple of areas you will really want to focus on. Not that you should ignore the rest of the computer.

The CPU heat sink and fan– Very important to clean as this component keeps your CPU cooled.

Fans– Any system fans should be blown out as they draw in cold air or push out warm air.

The power supply– The power supply may or may not contain a fan internally that needs to be cleaned, but it should still be blown out regardless.

A good overall spraying of the system board and any other hardware is a good idea as well.

Now that your computer is cleaned (And it cost you all of what? three or four dollars for the can of air.) you will have the peace of mind that it wont over heat.

So how often should you do this? Well that depends on many things that I cannot address here, but in general take a look at your computer at least every 30 to 45 days to see if it might need your attention.

If you are experiencing slow performance aside from heat issues it as well can be due problems internal to the Windows registry. The fastest and easiest way to scan the registry for invalid, incomplete or missing data would be to use the PC Registry Cleaner. Not only will it remove these types of errors from the registry, but it also has embedded registry optimization entries which will improve the overall performance of a PC.

Lets not forget the fact that the manufacturer offers free support for any ongoing issue. You can download the trial program using the following link.

 http://www.pcregistrycleaner.com/download/PCRegistryCleaner_setup.exe

PC VS Mac

According to some recent benchmarks the Mac hardware out performs PC based systems when running Windows. Consider they use almost identical hardware it makes you wonder why this is.

Well for starters the Mac does not have the x86 memory limitations. In a Mac when you have 2gigs of memory that is exactly what it sees; whereas a PC has the 640k limit in which it must break up the 2gigs worth of memory. Thats not to say Mac’s dont have their issues with memory.

The main benefit I believe comes from a standard hardware set. If you have a set type of hardware then you can test that hardware for a more efficient design of the overall computer. Unfortunately with the typical PC based OEM system hardware is not picked by best performance, but rather the lowest bidder. This is where you can run into trouble. I know I have experienced issues with PC based systems having compatibility issues between hardware devices.

PC based systems might reap the benefits of atleast somewhat standardizing the equipment (atleast between models), and before you say it; yes I understand the impact it would have on the hardware industry, but maybe performance is atleast one cause for the increase in market share that Apple is enjoying.

Troubleshooting Driver issues in Vista

People are still scrambling some what with software design and implementation for Windows Vista. Even software such as device drivers for hardware can be problematic.

After experiencing some issues with device drivers on my own computer I figured I would try and locate any pertinent information which might help not only me but you as well. My issue started with an Intel driver update in which there was a more recent update than the one I had installed.

I tried installing the latest version and the system did not recognize the new driver after multiple installation attempts. After a few hours of frustration I located an article published by Microsoft which outlines basic driver troubleshooting for Windows Vista.

The article was outlined by Microsoft as follows:

 I just installed a new hardware device, and it is not working correctly.
 There are several things you can try:

• Make sure that the hardware device is compatible with your computer and version of Windows. If the device is not compatible, you will need to find the correct driver. Check the information that came with your device. You can also search for the device on the Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) website. This website contains a comprehensive list of computers and devices that have been tested to work with Windows Vista.
 
• Many devices require special drivers to work properly. Be sure that you have installed any software discs that came with the device.
 
• Restart the computer. Restarting the computer might be necessary if the driver requires it or if the driver did not install correctly.
 
• If the device is a universal serial bus (USB) device, disconnect it and then plug it in to a different USB port. Windows should detect the device and install the drivers. Windows will notify you if the device drivers did not install properly.
 
• Updated drivers might be available through Windows Update. When you check Windows Update, click View available updates to determine if an updated driver is available for your device. For more information, see Install Windows updates.
 
 
 My device used to work, but now it doesn’t.
 There are several things you can try:

• Updated drivers might be available through Windows Update. When you check Windows Update, click View available updates to see if an updated driver is available for your device. For more information, see Install Windows updates.
 
• If you can’t find a new driver through Windows Update or the manufacturer’s website, find the disc that came with the device and place it in the computer’s CD drive. With the disc in the CD drive, update the driver for the device. See Repair or update a driver.
 
 
 I can’t connect to the Internet to update my drivers.
 You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

If you do not have a connection to the Internet, you might need to update your network adapter driver manually. If you have the disc that came with the device, place it in the CD drive and follow the steps to manually update the driver.

If you can’t find the disc, try to connect to the Internet from another computer and download the device driver from the device manufacturer’s website. Once you have the device driver files, copy them to the computer with a problem. Follow these steps to manually update the driver.
 1.  Open Device Manager by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Device Manager.?  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
 
2.  In Device Manager, locate the device under Network adapters, and then double-click the device name.
 
3.  Click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver.
 
4.  In the Update Driver Software wizard, click Browse my computer for driver software.
 
5.  Click the Browse button and go to the location on your computer where you saved the new driver files.
 
6.  Click OK, and then click Next to install the driver.
 
 
 
 I get an error message about Internet protocol (IP) bindings.
 IP binding problems are typically caused by an out-of-date network adapter driver. To fix this problem, update the network adapter driver by following these steps:
 1.  Open Device Manager by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Device Manager.?  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
 
2.  Double-click Network adapters.
 
3.  Right-click the network adapter name, and then click Update Driver Software.
 
 
Hopefully this information will aid you in a resolution without having to spend hours researching and troubleshooting.

Vista memory utility

Windows Vista has the ability built in to check for memory problems. Issues with RAM can cause your system to become unstable, lose data and fail randomly. Checking the memory should be the first step in any diagnostic process.

To access the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool, you can go to desktop search box and type memory. You may also access them by using the Admin Tools area of the control panel or by booting off of the Vista DVD and using the Recovery Environment. 

If using the utility from inside Windows you will be prompted with the option to restart your computer to begin the test or begin the test the next time you boot your PC. When your PC restarts, the diagnostic tool will begin and present you with a few test options: Basic, Standard and Extended. The Standard test is selected by default. Simply designate which option you wish to run.

These tests can take a while to complete so you may want to find something else to do with your time. The computer will report the results the next time you login. If you have a bad memory stick you should replace or remove the faulty module immediately. Memory errors can impact your Windows installation and/or performance.

Power management a problem in Vista?

There seem to be many forums inquiring as to why laptop batteries are not charging. Well there is at least one legit reason for this. Microsoft has designed the power management in Windows Vista to extend battery life.

 The way this is done is through a setting which details when the computer actually starts charging the battery. This is done through the advanced battery settings. You can change when your battery starts charging as well as at what point it stops charging.

Still many users are experiencing legitimate issue with power management in Windows Vista. I myself have had this wonderful experience. The computer manufacturer has replaced the motherboard, battery and even the charger, and the battery still remains at 2%.

I cant say as to what may be the cause, but at this point having replaced every piece of hardware trying to resolve the issue, I know it cannot be due to a hardware failure.

I am still in the process of working with the OEM manufacturer on this issue. As soon as a solution is found I will not the cause and resolution. Not to say that my resolution will fix every instance, at least it may help you in finding a starting point.

Intel’s New Notebook Processor

On Monday Intel announced the release of the new Intel Dual Core note book chip. The new chip was released to better compete with AMD in the fast growing notebook market.

Intel has released the new Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor to PC manufacturers. It should be available for purchase within two weeks. The new chip will boost performance for gamers and power users alike.

Demand for notebooks is increasing. Global notebook shipments have increased ove the past few years and are estimated to increase this year to 25.3 percent.

This has prompted Intel to regain its competitive edge by boosting performance of the notebook platform CPU. In an effort to increase sales of the notebook platform CPU Intel made another effort to push sales by launching the Santa Rosa bundle of mobile processors and chipsets which is an upgrade to the popular Centrino platform.

Intel hopes to regain it’s edge by expanding the Core 2 Extreme brand from high-end desktops to high-end notebooks. The 2.6 GHz Core 2 Extreme X7800 notebook chip for is slated to sell for around $851 initially. Of course demand versus production could dictate a change in the initial price at least for the first few months of sales.

Typically with new processors you will see a decline in price as new and faster versions are made available for purchase. Before purchasing your new processor you may want to wait at least a little while until the initial price comes down.

Intel or AMD

Which CPU do you prefer for your particular use? Intel and AMD have been rivals for what seems like forever.

Each users preference is different just as each users particular reason for choosing a processor brand for a particular application is different. Whether choosing a processor for gaming or choosing it for number crunching. The reasons can vary as much as the number of different types of processors.

Now may be the time to upgrade as AMD has recently slashed prices of most of their processor models. Intel is slated to follow suite in mid July. So if you have been considering an upgrade you may want to watch for announcements from Intel in mid July so you can shop comparatively.

For any users that have not replaced a CPU there are a couple of things that you may want to remember.

Often when replacing a CPU as well you may have to replace your motherboard due to a socket change. As well you might have to replace your RAM memory. Be sure to review any documentation on the CPU of your choice and review it against you current hardware configuration. Otherwise a couple hundred dollar purchase can easily turn into two or three times as much.

Of course both CPU’s seem to benchmark well, especially when most of the benchmarks are completed by their own manufacturer. If peak performance is high on your list for a particular application you may want to find a benchmark completed by an unbiased third party.

I have always used an Intel product by choice. Of course AMD has come a long way in the past few years. Let me hear what you think of the choices. Post a comment and if you have benchmark numbers that support your reason for the choice be sure to leave a reference to the documentation. I’m sure everyone could use a second opinion before deciding which brand to choose.

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