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…

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…

Which Intel dual-core processors and RAM memory can I use to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 530 PC and how will I know if a BIOS update is required in order to upgrade?

Follow Us PROBLEM: I have a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop PC with 2GB of RAM memory and a 2GHz Intel E4400 Core 2 Duo dual-core processor. I want to install two more gigabytes (2GB) of memory and, if possible, upgrade to an Intel E7500 Core 2 Duo dual-core processor. My PC’s motherboard – model number…

When overclocking an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU is it safe to exceed AMD’s spec of a maximum processor temperature of 61°C by a little way?

Follow Us PROBLEM: I have read that processors [CPUs] can run safely at up to 80°C but that when overclocked or otherwise the temperature should be kept below 60°C. My desktop PC has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor, which has a high level of overclocking potential, and a Scythe Katana 3…

My PC was overclocked when I bought it. Did a forced clean reinstallation of Windows 7 undo the overclocking of my PC’s processor?

Follow Us PROBLEM: When I bought a PC, according to its specifications, it was overclocked by the manufacturer. It has a Gigabyte Z77-DH3 motherboard and an Intel Core i53750L processor. According to the manufacturer, the processor has been overclocked from 3.4GHz to 4.5GHz. Unfortunately, the PC crashed while loading a program and entered Windows Restore,…