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…

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…

I need a suitable half-height graphics card because my slim Media Center PC uses integrated graphics not powerful enough to play the latest games

ANSWER: Your slim Media Center PC has either a micro-ATX or mini-ITX (SFF) motherboard that provides only a few adapter slots and most graphics cards capable of playing the latest games at 1080p screen resolution and high detail levels are too large for the slim case and they have big cooling units, which means that…

How to troubleshoot/diagnose video/graphics card and monitor problems

Troubleshoot monitor and video card problems – “Display problems are among the most common difficulties people have when upgrading either Windows or their computers. Here are solutions to some common display problems.” – The following page on Microsoft’s site says “Applies to Windows Vista”, but the information is relevant to any version of Windows. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-monitor-and-video-card-problems…