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Adding a Generic CD ROM DriverThe following details how you can add a CD ROM driver that should work with most IDE CD ROMS1.Copy the OAKCDROM.SYS (41 K) file to your floppy disk2.Add the fillowing line to the CONFIG.SYS file DEVICE=OAKCDROM.SYS /D:mscd001...
A. Your first stop should be PC Pitstop's Vista Readiness test, which runs right in your browser (Internet Explorer required) and offers a brief comparison of your system's hardware to Vista's minimum and recommended system requirements. Microsoft's own W...
Floppy disks were good in their day as a means of storing data. In fact, they were crucial in the "olden days" of computing. If you have used a computer for any length of time you probably have some laying around with who knows what stored on th...
 It is not advisable because some brands of memory are incompatible with other brands regardless of whether the speed is the same or not. We recommend that you use only one brand of memory in your computer system.
Yes, but it is not advisable because the system will only use the memory speed of the slowest memory chip. In other words, if you had two 32-Mbyte 7 ns memory chips and one 32-Mbyte 8 ns chip, the system memory will operate at 8 ns. We recommend you ac...
Cause:Another drive or device has been loaded.Solution:When another peripheral is installed into the computer, the CD-ROM will automatically be defaulted as the last drive.
Bad or dirty CDMake sure you've tested more than one CD in the disc drive, it is possible for one CD to be bad or dirty and not be read properly.  If all CDs work but one or two fails, it is likely that CD is bad or dirty. If after cleaning the CDs tha...
Any time you attempt to swap out a system board on a computer with another make and model, you are almost always going to find that the system won't boot properly.In most cases you will be presented with a stop error of some type and be stuck at a blue sc...
Quick linksIntroduction How often should I clean my computer? General cleaning tips Cleaning tools Case cleaning CD-ROM / other disc drive cleaning CD / DVD cleaning Floppy drive cleaning Hard Disk Drive cleaning Headphones cleaning Keyboard cleaning Lapt...
Remove added memoryIf you've recently added or tried to add additional memory to the computer and have started getting these beeps. Remove all new memory you've added to the computer. If the computer works fine after removing the new memory you're encount...
Keyboard or other non POST issueIf the computer appears to be working normally (you have a display and it's booting) apart from the constant beeping or solid beep it's likely you're encountering a keyboard related issue or system case issue.Not passing PO...
POST ABCsThe computer POST (Power On Self Test) tests the computer, insuring that it meets the necessary system requirements and that all hardware is working properly before starting the remainder of the boot process. If the computer passes the POST the c...
Reference number: CH000034Computer speakers do not work.Issue:Computer speakers do not work.Cause:This issue could be caused by any of the below reasons.Sound card does not work Speakers are not connected properly No power to the speakers Volume on speak...
If your XP computer won't boot and you get an error message that says "Windows could not start because of a hardware disk configuration problem," there are several different causes and methods for fixing the problem. Even worse, if you try to...
It may be required for older computers and or programs that the modem be setup through MS-DOS.Solution:The below chart lists all the settings that the DB9 Serial port.SERIAL PARAMETERSCHOICESSERIAL PARAMETERSCHOICESBaud Rate300 600 1200 2400 4800 9600 19....
Improper installation of the motherboard and CPU can cause instant failure. We like to install the CPU and RAM modules on the motherboard before installing the motherboard in the case this is because it sometimes requires some effort to get the heat sink ...
Creating your own console is a very handy tool, but don't use it to upgrade a system or boot partition to dynamic disk!On  a W2K/XP machine, when you click 'Yes, restart' at the prompt, then the MMC in the background will ask you to save its settings, ...
Yes, the majority of USB 1.0 or 1.1 devices and hubs are compatible with USB 2.0. However, a USB 1.0 or 1.1 devices are not going to have all of the capabilities and features found USB 2.0. If you are having trouble getting a USB 1.x device working ...
Cause:This issue can be caused by chipset drivers that are not installed or not installed properly.Solution:Download the latest motherboard chipset drivers for your computer and your version of Microsoft Windows. Install these drivers onto the computer an...
 Fixing the Master Boot RecordThe first sector of a hard disk is called the Master Boot Record. This contains the partition information for the hard drive and which partition is bootableOccasionally the Master Boot Record can be corrupted by viruses. ...
You have to press the Del button to go in the BIOS and then go to BIOS FEATURES SETUP to adjust the Boot sequence to SCSI, and also you have to go into SCSI BIOS to adjust the CD-ROM Boot function to "Enable" mode
Bad memory can cause an assortment of different issues on your computer. Below are just a few of the possible issues you may encounter if your computer memory is bad. It is important to remember that the below issues can also be caused by more than jus...
Verify that you are not shorting a power supply input or motherboard run to the system chassis Remove all peripheral hardware devices such as the hard drive, video board and memory. With only the CPU, system speaker and power connected you should hear...
Answer:There are multiple ways of determining the speed of the computer processor. Below is a listing of the methods of determining the speed. Note: Before following any of the below steps it is important to realize that software settings can be adjust...
Users running Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, or XPMicrosoft Windows users can easily determine the type of sound card currently installed in their computer by following the below steps.Click the Start Button and then click the "Programs" folder. Ne...
How do I determine what type of video card I have?Question:How do I determine what type of video card I have? Answer:Below is a few different methods of determining the type of video card in an IBM compatible computer. Although most of these methods ar...
Is the USB device or USB ports on computer labeled as USB Hi-Speed?Many devices and computers using USB 2.0 will indicate if products are USB 2.0 ready or that they are USB 2.0 Hi-Speed. Computers and devices that have this are Hi-Speed are USB 2.0 compat...
Alert: Before working inside a computer, disconnect all the cables from the back of the computer and make sure you're aware of the potential dangers of ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD).Unfortunately, there is no standard for how to open a computer case, whic...
There is no minimum or maximum amount of times a computer should be restarted. Unless your computer is requesting that it be restarted or that it needs to reboot leaving your computer on without restarting will not harm the computer in anyway. In addition...
Surround Sound is the term commonly used to describe a system in which the sound output appears to surround the listener — that is, the technology gives the impression that sounds are coming from all possible directions. Surround sound is a way ...
The manual is always going to be the quickest and easiest way to determine what chipset your motherboard uses. If you have any documentation that came with your motherboard it is recommended you first refer to that documentation. Windows IdentificationIf ...
Below is a short listing of each of the different methods of determining the type of motherboard in your computer:If the motherboard is in a working computer there are several different software programs capable of determining the type of motherboard in t...
·         How to recognize the beep errors o    Very short beep o    Short beep o    Long beep followed by 3 sequential short beeps. o    Short beep followed by three sequential long beep...
Most likely, you would not be able to run a 233MMX CPU on an old P90 motherboard. The reason is that the MMX technology requires dual voltage on the motherboard and most Pentium-level motherboards were not equipped with that. Someone might tell you that y...
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, and ME usersMicrosoft Windows 95, 98, and ME users can look at their registry to determine the manufacturer and/or model of a PCI device installed in their computer. To do this follow the below steps, if you do not with to edit t...
Ensuring the modem is connected properly.Issue:Ensuring the modem is connected properly.Cause:A modem that is not connected properly will cause the modem to not operate properly or not work at all. This can cause the computer to generate errors or not be ...
Cause:Users who may not have any available Serial port or USB ports on their computer may need adapters that convert one port into another port. Solution:USB to serial adapter This section applies to users who do not have USB ports or users who wish to...
If you are talking about a laptop screen or a flat panel LCD the answer is YES. It can be very harmful. The solvents can actually damage the display. I suggest only using a soft, damp cloth to gently remove dust and smudges from these types of displays.
The 4-bit processorsFirst single-chip microprocessor4004Introduced November 15,1971 Clock speed 740 kHz1 0.07 MIPS Bus Width 4 bits (multiplexed address/data due to limited pins) PMOS Number of Transistors 2,300 at 10 um Addressable Memory6...
Warning The information in this article includes suggestions regarding the examination and cleaning of hardware. If you do not have chip-maintenance experience, Microsoft recommends that you closely examine your hardware warrantee information to avoid inv...
 Computer is sparking or smoking Recommendations: Disconnect any non-essential peripherals, such as the printers, speakers, scanner, etc. If this resolves your issue, it's possible the other peripherals are causing this issue to occur and should be loo...
Cause:If a computer is able to successfully startup if it is restarted several times, it is likely that the computer is encountering one of the below issues.Computer not passing POST Bad power supply or inadequate power supply Bad hard disk drive Other ha...
 Check the Power cable of the monitor than check VGA cable of the monitor which is in blue colour and haveing 15 male pins. Reconnect the cable properly and Switch ON the computer. If the same problem occurs than Buy Thermal grease from the market a...
The fixed disk is your computer's hard drive, and this is where the Operating System is stored. If you receive this error, it is because the BIOS could not locate a hard drive that can launch an Operating System. Your PC may report this error for several ...
If you use a desktop computer, you might already know that there isn't any single part called the "computer." A computer is really a system of many parts working together. The physical parts, which you can see and touch, are collectively called ...
You should have already done this before trying to power up the PC, but a lot of novice PC builders will skip this step in anticipation of powering up their new machine. This step may save you time and money. First, triple check to make sure the CPU is si...
This issue can be caused by any of the below situations.New hardware conflicting with old hardware. Bad or failing hardware device. Connections not connected or connected properly. Recent electrical storm that caused a surge that damaged computer. Other h...
Having correct airflow through your PC case is critical to your system running properly. Heat buildup in a computer case can cause lockups, slowdowns and even shutdowns. You should carefully consider the direction of the air when building a PC or when mod...
While the words CPU and microprocessor are used interchangeably, in the world of personal computers (PC), a microprocessor is actually a silicon chip that contains a CPU. At the heart of all personal computers sits a microprocessor that controls the logic...
The PCI Bus has 5V, +12V and -12V being supplied to it. The 3.3V connector is necessary for compliance with the PCI specification. If you require 3.3 volts supplied to the PCI bus, you will need a special power supply or voltage regulator
Today just about every PC comes with Universal Serial Bus, or USB ports. In fact, many computers will even have additional USB ports located on the front of the tower, in additional to two standard USB ports at the back. In the late 1990s, a few comput...
Ground : Pin 2,4,6,7,8,10,14,15,16. VCC : PIN 1,9 P0- : PIN 3 P0+: PIN 5 P1- : PIN 11 PI+ : PIN 13
Cause:This can be caused by one following possibilities:Keyboard has a stuck key. Computer has a password. System Chassis alarm. Computer does not pass POST. Solution:Keyboard has a stuck keyA stuck key or a keyboard that has failed can cause the computer...
Keyboard has a stuck keyA stuck key or a keyboard that has failed can cause the computer to beep abnormally.  Turn off the computer and temporarily disconnect the computer keyboard and turn on the computer. If the beeping does not occur when the comput...