Monthly Archives: December 2014
“Windows has encountered a problem and your system has been shut down to prevent damage”.
If just saw this, FYI you have just been struck by the Blue Screen of Death. Anyone who uses Windows will be familiar with this. What can you do? More importantly, how can you prevent it from happening?
The number one reason why Windows crashes is hardware conflict.If there are a lot of devices, or if they are not installed properly, two of them may end up sharing the same IRQ number. When the user tries to use both devices at the same time, it will crash. A simple way to check if your computer has a hardware conflict is through the following route:
- * Start-Settings>Control Panel>System>Device Manager.Often if a device has a problem a yellow ‘!’ appears next to its description in the Device Manager.The best way to fix this problem is to remove the problem device and reinstall it.Sometimes you may have to find more recent drivers on the internet to make the device function properly.
RAM (random-access memory) problems might bring on the blue screen of death with a message saying Fatal Exception Error. Sometimes it may mean the RAM is damaged and will need replacing. One way around this problem is to enter the BIOS settings and increase the wait state of the Ram. This can make it more stable. Another way to troubleshoot a suspected Ram problem is to rearrange the Ram chips on the motherboard, or take some of them out.
- BIOS settingsEvery motherboard is supplied with a range of chipset settings that are decided in the factory. A common way to access these settings is to press the F2 or delete button during the first few seconds of a boot-up.Once inside the BIOS, great care should be taken. If you are unsure as to what changes you made in the bios which caused the crash, look at the bottom of the screen, there should be a key assigned to reverting all settings to the default. Press the indicated key, save changes and exit.
Hard disk drives
After a few weeks, the information on a hard disk drive starts to become piecemeal or fragmented. It is a good idea to defragment the hard disk every week or so, to prevent the disk from causing a screen freeze. Go to
* Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Defragmenter OR Press the windows key on Windows 8/8.1 type disk defragmenter and select “settings” on the side bar. Click the application once it shows. Analyse to see the degree of fragmentation, and do the defragmentation.
Hard disks will slow down and crash if they are too full. Do some housekeeping on your hard drive every few months and free some space on it. Open the Windows folder on the C drive and find the Temporary Internet Files folder. Deleting the contents (not the folder) can free a lot of space.
Empty the Recycle Bin every week to free more space. Hard disk drives should be scanned every week for errors or bad sectors.
Often the first sign of a virus infection is instability. Some viruses erase the boot sector of a hard drive, making it impossible to start. Virus detection require constant vigilance. The first place to check for viruses is the task manager. Right-click the taskbar and click on task manager. If your task manager is greyed out and cant be started, it means you have been infected. If task manager is working, click on the processes tab and look for unfamiliar processes such as; tazebama.dll,whatdafuck.exe, porn.exe, wscript.exe etc. Svchost with username other than “system” or “network” is also likely to be a virus. Next, check the “Startup” Folder by going to; C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Again check for some of the unusual names as stated above.
- In our next post we will giving you tips on how to remove viruses from your computer without the help of any antivirus programme, so stay tuned and post your comments. We’ll be glad to help you solve any problem you are having