Meltdown/Spectre Intel and AMD Processor problems

About the Meltdown/Spectre Intel & AMD processor flaws that give rise to security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals and hackers According to their manufacturers, hardware flaws in Intel and AMD processors render them vulnerable to the critical Meltdown/Spectre security vulnerabilities discovered in January 2018, which can be exploited by hackers and cyber…

AMD Ryzen 3, 5 & 7 processors (CPUs)

AMD Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 processors (CPUs) strike back hard at Intel dominance The big question currently hanging over the processor market March 18, 2017. – The big question currently hanging over the processor market is: Will the AMD Ryzen processors revive AMD’s fortunes?  – AMD has faded badly in recent years in competition…

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…

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?

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 ORY007 made…

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?

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 air cooler.…