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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Slow Computer

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Q:
Lately, I’ve noticed that my computer has started to run a lot slower than usual. I didn’t really do anything different, so I’m not sure what could be going on. Do you have any suggestions for me?

A:
I’m glad you asked this question, because we haven’t run a tip on this in awhile and this is always the perfect refresher for everyone. If your system seems… Continue reading

CPU Usage

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Do you consistently monitor your CPU usage? If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world, but it is a good idea to keep an eye on that every once in awhile. What do I mean by CPU usage? Well, it’s basically the percentage of your computer system (programs, other applications, etc.) being used at a particular time.

If you’re

Monitor Mayhem

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Monitor Mayhem

As promised from yesterday, here is a tip on how to troubleshoot any problems you may be having with your monitor. Yesterday, we discussed troubleshooting a “dead” PC and how to bring it back to life. Well, today we’re going to hopefully revive your monitor and breathe some life back into it. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

If your computer seems to be working just… Continue reading

Revive Your PC

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Are you having computer problems? I mean, serious computer problems. Is your computer refusing to turn on or does it look completely dead? If this happens to be the case, you just need to do some troubleshooting techniques to try and bring it back to life. Follow the steps below to hopefully bring your computer back to “workingland.”

1.) The first thing you should check is the power supply just… Continue reading

Working With Firewalls

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Working With Firewalls

A firewall, in simple words, is a system or a group of systems that enforces an access control policy between two networks. Further, in even simpler terms, you can express that there is a two-way system present in all firewalls. Out of these, one exists to block traffic, while the role of the other is to permit traffic.

In order to avoid any interference and to prevent… Continue reading

Wireless Networking

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Wireless Networking

Do you know what wireless computer networking really is? If not, follow along with me through this tip as I talk a little about wireless networking. You may learn something new, you never know!

Wireless networks utilize radio waves and/or microwaves to maintain communication channels between computers. Wireless networking is a more modern alternative to wired networking that relies on copper and/or fiber optic cabling between network devices.… Continue reading

Master Boot Record

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Q:
I must have done something to my computer somewhere along the line, because every time I restart my computer (with Windows XP), I get a “MBR Corrupt” or an “Error loading operating system” error message. What do you think I did and how can I fix it?

A:
Very good question! These errors could have started from a number of things. If you were trying to remove… Continue reading

Partition Your Hard Drive

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Partition Your Hard Drive

Maybe you’ve been thinking about dividing up your hard drive for awhile, but you’re just not sure how to go about doing it. It is somewhat of a lengthy process and it could get complicated, so if you’re going to attempt to do this, make sure you understand what you’re doing and be confident in your work. If you are, things should go fine. Also, make… Continue reading

Mystery Computer User

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Q:
I think someone has been using my computer when I’m away. Is there any way I can find out for sure and see what they’ve been doing while on it?

A:
This is a pretty common problem that occurs. Maybe it happens at the office when you’re home for the evening or maybe when you’re on vacation. An overnight worker could take the initiative to access your… Continue reading

Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you found out how you can change the appearance of your computer screen to help with any eye problems you may have. By the end of the article yesterday, your computer was completely “eye friendly.” Well, today we’re going go over eliminating some mouse usage for a “mouse friendly” environment!

Along with my eye trouble, the palm of my right hand… Continue reading

How To Configure a Dial-Up Connection

Are you still one of the several people who use dial-up? Maybe you live out in an area where you can’t get anything other than dial-up (like in the boonies) or maybe you just choose to use dial-up because it is sometimes cheaper, etc. Well, either way, you need to know how to configure a dial-up connection, right? Right!

Well, if you are reading… Continue reading

CD AutoRun in XP

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Q:
How do you turn off the CD AutoRun for Windows XP? I see that you show how to do it for 98 and ME, but how about XP?

A:
You’re right, we do have a tip that tells you how to turn off the AutoRun feature for Windows 98 and ME. If you’re interested in that, read here. If you happen to be an XP… Continue reading

Unknown Device

Friday, July 7th, 2006

If you have several external devices that run through your USB ports, you may have come across an “Unknown Device” error before. This error will show up in your Device Manager (right click on the My Computer icon, choose Properties, Hardware tab, Device Manager button). If you’ve ever wondered what could be causing this error, you may want to check out these troubleshooting techniques.

One problem could be that the… Continue reading

Missing CD ROM

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Maybe this has happened to you. You want to use your CD ROM drive for something and you go to look for the icon and it has suddenly disappeared. It was there a couple days ago, so how could it be gone now? For example, you want to play a CD on your computer, but when you go under My Computer to open up the

No Dial Tone?

Friday, June 30th, 2006

No Dial Tone?

Do you still use dial-up connection to use the Internet? Well, if you do, I’m sure a very common problem that you have faced while connecting to the Internet is the “No Dial tone” error. Am I right? The Internet connection may have been perfectly fine just a few seconds earlier, but now it comes up with this error. Fortunately, this issue can be fixed by following… Continue reading

Prepare for a Network

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Q:
I read your peer to peer networking article in a previous newsletter and I was just wondering what type of things should be set up and ready to go before putting my computer on a network. I use Windows XP.

A:
I’m glad you asked that question, because it’s very important to prepare your computer for a network type setting. Here are a few things you should… Continue reading

The POST

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

The POST

Have you ever wondered what your computer goes through when it’s booting up each time you restart your computer? Sometimes computers will start up so quickly, but other times, they drag, don’t they? Well, every time a computer is booting up, it has to go through what is called a POST test. POST stands for Power On Self Test and it’s just a little personal start up test… Continue reading

Peer to Peer Networking in Windows

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Peer to Peer Networking in Windows

Today, we’re going to be talking about peer to peer networking in different versions of Windows. We’ll start with XP. Please keep in mind that this tip is only for people who have XP Professional, Windows 98 or 95. It is also for advanced users only who have some experience with networking.

To begin, Windows XP’s peer to peer networking capability is based on… Continue reading

Blue Screen of Death

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Blue Screen of Death

Has your computer ever been caught by the dreaded blue screen? It’s probably happened to all of us at one time or another. In fact, it has probably happened to you one too many times, am I right? I know I’ve run into the blue screen problem and it can be the most annoying thing to get rid of.

So, what is the blue screen I… Continue reading

MDATA.DAT Error

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Q:
I often get an error message of MDATA.DAT every time I restart my computer. What does this mean?

A:
That’s an interesting question! Maybe several of you get this message every time you turn your computer on and you’ve just been living with it, because it doesn’t really do anything to your system. Although it may not hurt your computer, it can be rather annoying, so it… Continue reading

Lunchtime Special

Friday, June 9th, 2006

When you use your computer (especially if you’re using it all day long), you probably open and close several applications through the course of time. Well, each time you open a new program and close it out, your Windows operating system retains tiny fragments of those applications and they are not removed completely off your system until you shut your computer down for the day.

For example, every time you… Continue reading

One More on the Defrag

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

One More on the Defrag

Thanks to a very helpful reader, we have yet another tip on running a smoother defrag on your computer. Last week, we talked about changing some of your startup settings so the defrag could run without interruption.

While it’s a good idea to do all of that, an even easier procedure would be to change your screen saver settings. Most of you probably… Continue reading

Smooth Out the Defrag

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Smooth Out the Defrag

Many people have problems running the Windows defragmentation program. The program seems to start perfectly fine, but after it reaches 10 percent or even 20 percent, it keeps restarting itself, telling you the “Drive contents have changed.”

This happens because there are all sorts of “invisible” programs running in the background that keep changing the information on your hard drive. This makes the defrag process think… Continue reading

Defragmentation

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Defragmentation

If your computer has been running slower than usual or if it’s just plain sluggish, it may be time for you to defrag your computer. The defragmentation feature is an important utility that comes along with Windows and it helps you to fine tune your Windows file system and it just ensures that everything is running properly. Defrag (short for disk defragmenter) organizes your file system to help Windows… Continue reading

Lost Connection

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Q:
I seem to lose my Internet connection quite often. What could be causing this?

A:
There are different reasons why an Internet connection fails and it also depends on the Internet connection type you have. If you have a dial-up connection, the cause could be extra noise running through the phone line, you let your computer sit in idle mode too long or maybe you have some… Continue reading

Beginnings of Virus Infections

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Q:
How does a virus begin to infest itself on a computer system? I would just like to know the beginning basics of it.

A:
If you are an avid WorldStart newsletter reader, you know that we have done several articles on viruses in the past. We’ve warned you about what they can do to your computer system, we’ve talked about antivirus and other protective software and we’ve… Continue reading

Don’t Restart

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Don’t Restart

When you go to shut down your computer, you may notice that there is an option there for you to restart your computer as well. This option is there for all the times you just want to restart your computer instead of completely shutting it down, but did you know that it also plays a part in system failures? Basically, Windows is set to automatically restart your computer… Continue reading

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