How come my computer is getting slower and slower after installing service pack 3? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: On my Dell XPS 400 I am running XP and Norton 360. Since installing XP SP3 the XPS is getting slower and slower. I heard there’s a DLL conflict between XP and Norton 360 but I can’t find it documented anywhere. Does anyone know the answer to this issue?

 
 

What is the best cleaning agent to use for removing old dried out thermal grease from a CPU? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: What is the best cleaning agent to use for removing old dried out thermal grease from CPU and CPU cooler?

 
 

How come it takes days to unformat my hard drives? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: I have a EIDE drive that is being used as a secondary drive. My question is that recently I had a main hard drive failure. I used the manufacturer’s recovery kit and restored the system but instead of just formatting my main hard drive it formatted my secondary hard drive too. I have tried using Spotmau’s PowerSuite Professional disc at boot up to recover the data by doing a unformat process. During that the file list creation it takes days probably weeks if I let it run and still doesn’t get the file list created. What do I need to expedite and complete this process?

 
 

What programs can I stop from running in the background? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: What programs can I stop from running in the background?

 
 

How can I get my pictures off my cell phone when the cell phone has no service? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: My mom shut my cell service off and I need to know how I can get my pictures off my memory card onto my computer?

 
 

How do I allocate more space to an existing partition? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: How do I allocate more space to an existing partition without fdisk or deleting files or programs?

 
 

Install using a DVD on a system with only a CD player 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: How do I reinstall the operating system on an old Compaq Presario SM1103WM desktop computer with a CD reader when all that I have are DVD operating system disks?

A: You cannot install software on a DVD using a CD player, it is just not possible. You do, however, have a few options. If you feel comfortable you can take the DVD player out of one of your other computers and install it in this computer so you can get your software installed. After you do the install you can then put your DVD player back in the computer it came from. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

How come my system says %Recycle.bin is using up lots of space and can I delete it? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: I noticed today when using a utility that I have a huge volume of space being consumed by something called “%Recycle.bin”. AVG also has a “$……” on the machine. Is this a cache and regardless can I safely delete all of it?

 
 

How come videos on my new computer are choppy? 

by on February 28, 2010

Q: I just bought a new computer with windows 7 installed on it. I used an external hard drive to transfer my movies and documents to my new computer, however, every time I play a video on my computer, it’s all choppy and freezes at times. Why is it doing this and what can I do to fix it?

 
 

How can I find out if my PC has been hacked into? 

by on February 27, 2010

Q: How can I find out if my PC has been hacked into and if it has how can I stop it?