Faulty processor/CPU makes Win10 fail to install

What to do if a faulty processor/CPU is the cause when Win10 fails to install on a new build PC Faulty processor/CPU problem An amateur system builder builds a desktop PC using brand new components from a mainstream online computer store  – PC case, RAM memory, motherboard, power supply, processor/CPU, graphics card and M.2 NVMe…

AMD Ryzen PC freezes due to automatic BIOS overclocking

High-end AMD motherboard and Ryzen CPU PC freezes due to automatic BIOS overclocking set by default The lock-up/freezing problem A high-end desktop gaming PC randomly locks up – freezes – several times a day. The system builder, with decades of experience, tested the PC thoroughly before shipping it to the buyer. The solution – Automatic…

PC freezes every 15 minutes requiring a reboot or shuts down

PC freezes: My desktop/laptop PC keeps freezing every 15 minutes requiring a reboot PROBLEM – PC freezes regularly My elderly desktop PC runs Windows 7 SP1 64-bit version with 4GB of RAM and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Socket AM2 processor. Of late. The PC freezes regularly, about every 15 minutes, which requires a restart…

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…