PC / Computer randomly reboots and then warns to run Chkdsk

Follow Us Hard disk drive problem: PC reboots randomly and warns to run chkdsk hard-drive diagnostic tool My desktop PC runs Windows 7 Professional. Sometimes it reboots of its own accord. Recently, at startup, dire warnings appeared asking me to run Chkdsk with a surface scan. It seems to be getting worse with time. I…

Useful free PC diagnostic tools / utilities

Follow Us Useful free PC diagnostic tools/utilities that provide useful information on a computer’s components, diagnostic tests or that monitor their activities   There are several very useful free diagnostic and information and monitoring tools that are either provided as part of Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10 or by third-party developers. The following list of free tools can…

Desktop PC suffers Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) events

Follow Us RAM memory problem: Desktop PC suffers  suffers several Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) events The following Blue Screen of Death problem could have several causes but is most likely to have been caused by RAM memory that is itself faulty or which has not been installed properly. Problem After not being in use…

Identify a PC’s motherboard in order to obtain driver an BIOS updates

Follow Us Identify a PC’s motherboard in order to obtain driver and BIOS/UEFI updates The make and model of the motherboard installed in a computer is not identified in the Windows Device Manager – in the Control Panel in Windows 7/8.1/10 – and it might also not be possible to identify it by opening the…

PC/computer hardware diagnostic flowcharts

Follow Us Using diagnostic flowcharts to diagnose and fix hardware problems with PC components As you can see from looking at any of the diagnostic flowcharts made available from the following link, there are no photo-illustrations or explanations of basic computer functions. The intended audience is the hobbyist or technician who already has some experience…

Power supply problem: At startup my computer hangs at the Staring Windows screen in Windows 7

Follow Us PROBLEM: I have a startup problem in Windows 7 64-bit version. The PC runs an Intel Q9550 Socket LGA775 dual-core processor on an EVGA 790i motherboard, overclocked to to 3.6GHz, 8GB RAM memory, not overclocked, an EVGA 570 Classified graphics card, water cooling, a 1000W power supply. The startup hangs at the Starting…

Power supply problem: Computer won’t switch off, screen goes black, fans still spin, pressing the power button starts Windows again

Follow Us PROBLEM: All of a sudden, when I shut my desktop PC down that is running Windows 7, the screen goes black, I can hear the fans working, but when I press the power button on the front of the case, it resets itself and Windows reboots. Nothing happens when I keep the button…

Replace the motherboard of a PC without reinstalling Windows 7/8.1/10

Follow Us Motherboard problem:  Can I replace the motherboard of my PC without having to reinstall Windows 7? Problem My computer running Windows XP Professional SP3 is using an elderly AMD Athlon X2 4600+ dual-core processor and Socket 939 motherboard, so I am looking to replace the motherboard, processor and RAM and upgrade to Windows…

I want to upgrade a desktop PC with an Asus A8V motherboard running 32-bit Windows XP SP3 to the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium

Follow Us PROBLEM: My 8-year¬old desktop PC uses an Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard, a 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3000 processor and Windows XP Home SP3. I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Microsoft’s Upgrade Advisor advised to do a custom installation of the 32-bit version. However, I believe my motherboard and processor support…