Thursday, July 27, 2006

XP reboots/shutsdown as soon as u login

If its caused by a virus or a crashing program this might work.
This is a tricky one ... n u got to be quick
Once you are logged in open Start->Run ( or better you can use the shortcut keys windowskey+r)
type shutdown -r and hit enter
The shutdown or restart would stop.

Now open run again and type msconfig and hit enter.
Here under the startup tab click "disable all" and click ok .
Your PC will reboot, upon reboot check if the problem exists, if its gone its one of the programs in the start up, you can find the culprit by checking the paths.
If msconfig does not help try running a virus scan after the "shutdown -r"

Thursday, July 20, 2006

PC runs too slow

Your computer becomes slow due to several reasons. I have listed here generalized solutions, that you can try to improve the speed of your PC.

Defrag your system using Windows defrag utility. ( Start => Programs => Accessories => System Tools => Disk Defragmenter )

Try disabling unwanted Auto run software's. ( you will see a few in the systary)

Try running scandisk on all your partitions.( Start => Programs => Accessories => System Tools => Scandisk )

Run your antivirus with its latest virus definitions. A virus may be the cause of pc slow down.. ( You can use a good free anti virus like AVG free edition.)

Run your anti spy ware software to find and eliminate any Spy wares installed on your computer. (In most cases this is the real problem)

Un-install all unwanted software's and games. ( Start => Settings => Control Panel => Add Remove Programs ).

If your system has less RAM (Primary Memory), Better add more RAM. A min 256 MB fro XP, the more the better!

Delete all unwanted files ( You can use System Mechanic for this ).

Turn off your PC. Open your system cabinet and check for cable loose connection. Some times loose cable connections also cause system slow problem.

Download and update your hardware drivers.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

PC Power on problems

You turn on your computer and there's nothing and you hear repeated loud beeps!

What it means :: Hardware trouble you probably need to replace something

Description :The beeps you hear are called beep codes and they are usually associated with a malfunctioning hardware.The type of beep signifies the type of hardware that had failed (cool isn't it?)

Now its not as simple as that, different BIOS have different beep codes ,the two most popular BIOS are AMI and Phoenix.

Their respective beep code info can be found here

Solution:Once you identified the correct interpretation of the code you will know what is gone faulty and you can replace that hardware, most often its the RAM or Video system failure.

PC gets stuck at the Windows XP loading screen and there seems to be no hard disk activity (the hard disk read/write light does not flicker)
(Or)The Computer powers on and you see the OS choices menu (if you have more than 1 OS) but gets stuck when you select something
(Or) The Computer powers on and you get a black screen in windows XP

Description :

PC powers on but when I choose an OS it goes into a black screen and there is no hard disk activityTried reinstalling windows, restoring system. This baffled me for quite a while.

What it means :: Hard disk trouble a reformat would help

Solution :

Format the hard disk partition where you have the OS.Reinstall windows and run a good Virus scanner on the rest of the partitions.
CAUTION: Removing or reformatting a partition will delete all of the data that exists on that partition.

PC Problems

Here is a collection of all the PC problems I faced and the solutions that worked for me ...updated as and when I run into more trouble :)