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

Motherboard problem:  Can I replace the motherboard of my PC without having to reinstall Windows 7? Motherboard and Windows 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…

UPS – Plagued by power outages – Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) unit

UPS – The solution to power outages crashing desktop PCs and internet connections – Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply unit Laptop computers working from the mains electricity supply have a built-in solution to sudden short power outages – their battery, which kicks in as soon as a power outage occurs without losing any unsaved work.…

PC / Computer randomly reboots and then warns to run Chkdsk

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 have tested…

Useful free PC diagnostic tools / utilities

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 provide useful…

Desktop PC suffers Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) events

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 for about…

PC/computer hardware diagnostic flowcharts

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 of repairing…