How to Speed Up Your Hardware’s Performance

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Most people are not informed about the necessity to have a computer registry cleaner. The primary reason for having a registry cleaner is to increase the speed of the computer’s performance. While you install several programs and make use of your computer hardware, there is a greater tendency that your registry has unwarranted entries in the registry.

To ensure that your computer is running smoothly and speedily, it would be an imperative to avail a registry cleaner rather than manually doing the cleanup of the registry. With a software, you can clean your registry and keep them free from errors by just simply clicking the mouse. Aside from a registry cleaner, it is also important that your computer has an antivirus software in it. The combination of a registry cleaner and an antivirus software will definitely safeguard your computer from various threats and keep it running in an improved speed.

What is the usual cause of a system slowdown? Every time you install a program or hardware to your computer, additional entries are made in your computer registry. You might assume that uninstalling a program might avoid having additional entries to the registry. However, this is not the case because removing a program does not necessarily remove such entries in the registry.

In the end, adding and removing programs reduce the speed of the system’s operation. Furthermore, there is a probability that unnecessary entries in the computer registry are infected with adwares and malwares that bring about computer problems such as pop up’s and alteration of the page. With these taken into account, it is important to have a registry cleaner installed in your computer to maintain smooth operation of your computer.

To speed up your hardware, you may consider buying supplementary hardware. However, installing a new hardware could be quite expensive. For practicality’s sake, you can consider some other cheaper alternative ways to speed up your system.

On a regular basis, run a Disk Defragmenter. With regular defragmenting, the period of time needed for searching and merging fragmented files in the hard disk could be sped up.

If errors are present in the disks, such errors must be identified and fixed at once. This fixing of errors can be taken care of by an effective registry cleaner. Such errors in the hard disk slow down the system and may not allow writing of data in the hard disk. To avoid these problems, you can make use of the Error Checking Utility, a feature in Windows that identifies errors as well as bad sectors in the hard disk and fixes such errors immediately.

Rendering the indexing services of your computer also enhances the speed of the system. You can also disable other operations such as the settings that you do not regularly use. You can also do away with the speed fonts that you do not normally use. These measures allow less activity to your system, making it run more smoothly.

The best measure to speed up the system performance is to install added RAM memory. Greater RAM memory efficiently assists in operating most programs and retrieving information more quickly. Also, if you conduct a Boot Defragment, you can reduce the startup time. Installation of antivirus and antispyware software is also a great help in protecting your computer from threats of viruses.

If you want your system to function at its best condition, then you must regularly eliminate disk errors, take out temporary files, and organize your data.

How Hardware Affects Your Computer Speed and Efficiency

If you are concerned that your computer may not be running at an optimal speed, you are not alone. In a world where technology continues to get faster and better, it doesn’t take long to fall behind! Not only that, it can be difficult to find the source of the problem-especially when your attempts to increase computer or Internet speed fall short of their anticipated improvements.

If you are tired of failed attempts to boost your computer speed with some great new upgrade or expensive software tool, you may need to learn a few things about how your computer works. One of the most important things with which you should be acquainted is your hardware, and how it affects your computer’s efficiency.

Your hardware is the actual physical components that make up your computer unit. There are the obvious parts, like the monitor, tower, keyboard, mouse, and printer. There are also some parts that are attached inside your computer that are important to know. These elements are usually considered the computer’s specs. These internal components effect what your computer is capable of.

Sometimes you can significantly increase the speed of your computer by updating your hardware. For example, if you have many programs downloaded on your computer, this information must all be stored in your hard drive. The more advanced technology gets, the larger these programs are, and the more programs are available that would interest you. In order to take advantage of all these programs, you have to have the space for it. A computer that is nearly full performs much slower than one that is only half full.

Your RAM, or random access memory, is where data is temporarily stored for programs that are currently running on the computer. This way, your computer can access and manipulate data that’s currently being used, instead of retrieving and storing everything from the hard drive. If you don’t have enough RAM, your computer will stumble over performing more than one task at a time or boot up sluggishly. Obviously, if this is the reason your computer is slow, downloading another program to increase your speed will not help, but actually hinder your connection and processing speed.

In some cases, hardware simply needs to be replaced. Many computers can be easily upgraded with a few hardware and software changes, but every once in a while, it is simply necessary to replace your hardware, or your computer entirely. Today’s computers and computer hardware, even the cheapest ones, are probably a hundred times faster and more capable of modern computer processes and adaptability than those built even 5 years ago. As technology improves, new methods for Internet service and computer tasks are developed, which means that older models are often not compatible with these new methods. For example, many older computers have a floppy disk drive. Floppy disks have now become useless, because storage advancements have improved so drastically.

Diagnosing And Troubleshooting Computer Hardware

What is Hardware?

Are these terms familiar to you? Monitor, RAM, CD drive, CPU, graphic cards are all hardware, or more accurately, computer hardware. These components make up a computer, working together with computer software to make a computer work.

Simply put, hardware is the tangible parts of your computer, parts you can touch, feel and so on.

Hardware Failures

As mentioned before, hardware and software work together to form a fully functional system, theoretically. However, rarely do you get a fully functional system all the time. There will almost certainly be malfunction of hardware, be it within the electronic circuits or even the whole component itself. Sometimes, the originating factor of the hardware failure is not the components of the system itself, but due to outside factors such as environmental disasters like fire, earthquakes and lightning storm.

Recovery of failed hardware components is not a big problem by itself. It is basically identifying and replacing the problematic component. However, hardware failures are most deadly, when it affects daily routine and affecting critical personal or business data. This is especially true of the most important component of a computer system when it comes to storage of data, the hard disk.

The following is a list of common hardware failures:

RAM Failures
Power Connector
Hard Disk
Overheating
LCD Failures
Motherboard
USB Box
RAM Failures

Bad RAM is somehow harder to diagnose as similar symptoms may be caused by software problems, other hardware problems or even motherboard failure. However if you experience any of these symptoms, users should check for bad RAM before attempting any other troubleshooting.

Symptoms:

Windows doesn’t start showing different error messages each time.
Windows crashes (blue screen) or freezes frequently.
Windows crashes as soon as you try to start a program.
Unexplained random crashes and freezes without error messages.
Power Adaptor
The common weak spot on any laptop is the DC power jack. If someone trips over the power adapter cable while it is still connected to the laptop, there is a high possibility that the power jack will get severely damaged.

On most laptops, the DC power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard and there are only three or four small pins holding it in place, which makes the power jack rather weak. Any sideways pulling of the DC power cord while attached to the laptop will usually dislodge at least one of these pins, breaking the solder around it. Modern laptops use quite a lot of power, from about 70W to 120W or even more. The bad electrical connection from the dislodged pin will cause sparks and heating that will eventually burn a hole through the motherboard and can even be a fire hazard.

Symptoms which indicates poor contact between the DC power jack and the motherboard:

The battery is not charging properly or stays at half charge despite having to use the power adaptor.
The screen flickers (the brightness is changing) while the power cord is plugged in. This is caused by the laptop switching between DC power (screen is brighter) and battery power (screen is dimmer).
The DC plug gets hot after a few minutes of use and may even smell of burning.
There are “scratching” sounds coming from the DC jack.
How to test for broken power jack:

1. Remove the battery

2. Plug in the power cord

3. Start the laptop

4. Gently wiggle the DC power plug on the back of the laptop

If the laptop shuts down abruptly (looses power), find the dealer to re-solder or change the DC power jack as soon as possible as the motherboard has already started to burn around the dislodged pins. The manufacturer might offer to replace the whole motherboard; however the price of a new motherboard together with the labor charge for installing it will usually cost more than the current value of that laptop and sometimes can the pricing can cost over a thousand dollars.

Replacing or re-soldering the DC power jack is not an easy job. It usually takes a few hours depending on the damage and the model of the laptop. To reach the power jack, the laptop has to be completely disassembled and have the motherboard taken out. Then if the board around the dislodged pin is badly burned, the power jack has to be un-soldered and the board has to be patched.

After that a different power jack has to be installed, attached to the case of the laptop and connected with wires to the motherboard, as the patched board wouldn’t be strong enough to support the original type of power jack that was soldered directly to the board.

Hard Disk

Hard disk failures are the most common computer hardware problems. And laptop hard disks fail more often than desktop hard disks due to the portability of a laptop as compared to the rather stagnant laptop. If user knock hard or drop the laptop even a few inches while the hard disk is being accessed or powered up, damage can be done to the hard disk.

Symptoms:

The laptop starts as usual but when Windows starts to load it goes to blue screen with either “UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME”, “hal.dll is missing or corrupt” or “WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM” (or similar) is missing or corrupt. All these error messages indicate a file system problem. Sometimes it can be fixed by just scanning the hard disk for errors. However more than half of these cases indicate that the hard disk is starting to go bad and is probably developing bad sectors.
The laptop starts as usual but Windows freezes on the initial “Windows XP” screen, although the blue bar continues to move, and users are able to hear feint but continuous clicking. Hard disks have to be replaced.
As soon as the laptop is started there are loud clicks or grinding sounds and Windows doesn’t load. Hard disks have to be replaced as well.
Shortly after starting the laptop a message appears (usually on a black screen) “SMART test failed. Backup your data immediately and replace the hard disk” or similar. Well, that says it all. S.M.A.R.T. is a self-test that is build into the hard disk.
In almost all cases the laptop can be started from a “live” bootable CD and everything works normal. In rare cases the hard disk PCB (printed circuit board) may get short circuited and even burn. In this scenario, the laptop won’t start unless the hard disk is removed.

A good tool to use to check for hard disk lifespan is ADRC’s hard disk checker. It will scan the hard disk for bad sectors and inform you if the drive is still of good usability.

Overheating

Overheating happens when inadequate airflow from outside the computer’s case across the CPU and motherboard and back out of the case usually via the power supply fan and other case fans.

Once the airflow is disrupted, heat builds up rapidly within the case. This causes components to either shutdown, if such protection is built in or performs erratically. Over the long term, overheating can irreversible damage components.

It is also advisable to keep the computer in a dry and shaded room, which is clean and little dust.

LCD Failures

The most common LCD or “Liquid Crystal Display” screen failure is the inverter, cable and backlight.

Symptoms:

The laptop appears to start as usual but the screen is black, if users move it, it turns on and works properly. Failed cable.
The laptop appears to start as usual but the screen is very dark, although it changes colour a little and users can see a very feint image. Failed inverter or cable 90%/10%.
Immediately after starting the screen has dark pink/red tint and turns dark after a few seconds. Failed backlight.
The screen flickers a few times but then turns dark, if users move it or tap it lightly on the sides, it flickers again. Failed cable or LCD 50%/50%.
Screen is either black or white (no picture) and external monitor works. Failed cable or LCD 30%/70%.
There are stripes on the screen (either vertical or horizontal) that change when users move the screen or tap it lightly on the sides. Failed cable or LCD 10%/90%.

Motherboard
Most motherboard related failures are due to the “On-board” regulated supplies and component failure within those circuits. The on-board power supply circuit had partially failed and was overloading subsequent components else the problem would be with the capacitors which are defective in the first place.

A motherboard failure on a laptop that is out of warranty would usually mean that it’s time for a new laptop. The price of a new motherboard is usually higher than the current value of the laptop.

Symptoms:

Plug in the power adaptor and try to start the laptop.

Nothing happens.
The “ON” light comes on, the fan spins, but nothing on the screen (black) and you can’t hear the HD working after 10-15 sec.
The “ON” light comes on, the fan spins, but after a few seconds the light goes off.
After pressing the “ON” button the screen stays black and you can hear a quiet high-pitched sound coming from the laptop.
Corrupted or improper device drivers and operating system
Invalid or corrupt device drivers can wreck havoc on a server, rendering the system unbootable in some cases. Device drivers may also conflict with certain application programs and cause problems with the computer system.

As Windows Vista has just made its launch, chances are some hardware is not supported or not supported fully by the new operating system.

Also, system updates, driver updates can also fix your “hardware” problems.

See updating and fixes

Also, it helps (occasionally) to call the respective support service for help on the driver that is with that particular hardware.

Controller Failure:

A controller failure can act much like a drive failure. However, when a drive fails, users cannot access that particular drive; when a controller fails, users cannot get access to all the drives, devices and any other components that is attached to that particular controller.

A controller fails because a component or components on the on the controller board fails. When users trying to boot the system, they cannot switch on, view, access, or even get hardware conflict messages.

Controller failure occurs due to one of the following reasons:

Devices/components not connected properly
Verify that the cables are properly connecting the device /component to the controller
If the component fits into a slot, see that the it is flushed in and not loosely connected.

Devices/components not setup properly
Verify that the devices/components is being properly detected and setup in the respective controller setup screen

Bad connectors
Replace the bad connectors with new working ones

Bad components
Replace the component

Bad interface board or motherboard
It is recommended that these components be replaced or that the computer be sent in for servicing

Hardware Failure: The big issue
The big problem, as mentioned earlier, is not replacing or repairing the non-functional hardware, but the time lost, interruptions to daily routine (especially for businesses), and the loss of critical data. If you need a running system at all times, have a backup system as a fail safe, or even two. If users want to ensure that none of their critical data is lost in the event of a hardware problem with their computer, there is only one way to do it — Back up the data as often as possible.

There are many different ways to ensure that the data is backed up, and as technology becomes advances, back up methods become much simpler.

Let’s look for a moment at what a back up is. Backing up of computer files means that users are making a copy of the data that will be stored somewhere other than on the computer. Everyone should always have a back up of at least the most important files, because should anyone experience a hardware problem, they could still be able to access the files.

Many people don’t back up their files, because they don’t know what they need to back up. Start with those files that cannot easily be recreated. Then, move on to files to which you make frequent changes just in case you accidentally change something that you shouldn’t have. Back up your music collection – because this can be quite expensive to replace in the event of data loss.

Tips To Follow Before You Buy Computer Hardware

Desktop-Computer-Hardware-Myths-300x300For a computer to perform as efficiently and effectively, good hardware configuration is a must. From the very basic functioning to running the most advanced softwares, the hardware set up holds the key. The component of a computer hardware usually includes keyboards, monitor, mouse, printers, scanners, Central Processing Unit (CPU), disk drives, digital flash drives, audio and video cards, motherboard, processor, graphic card, memory chips, RAM and cables. For proper programming and functioning of the computers, it is necessary that the above mentioned hardware is in proper functioning. However, while you are seeking to buy computer hardware, you need to recognize the several options you have at bay.

Although there are traditional ways you can opt while you look to buy computer hardware, you must also explore the dimension that online domain has brought forth. Today, there are innumerous hardware shops which operates online and facilitate online buying and selling of hardware products. The growing trend of online shopping provides you an array of options of choosing a large number of hardware products that are available under different brands and series. So, you may visit a large number of products with scrolls and clicks of the mouse.

If you favor visiting a hardware store to find out the suitable hardware product, then there are comprehensive benefits as well. Not only the fact that you can have a good look at the stuffs you are buying, there are technical staffs at your service who will intimate you with any of your latent queries.

Regardless of the fact that whether you decide to buy computer hardware online or from a dealer, there are certain things that you ought to take care of. In the following paragraph, we will discuss some of the key points that are necessary for you to remember before finalizing a deal.

1. Validation – Whether you are buying hardware articles from a retailer or via online, proper validation is an absolute necessity. This validation is in regards to whether a company selling computer hardware products is a registered one. There are few stores and websites which profess to deliver high grade products but in reality may ultimately fraud you by dumping the cheap computer hardware articles to you.

2. Reputation – Before you decide on the final buy, make sure that you have gained knowledge about the history of the company. In this regard, you may take references of the customers these companies have served and verify the record of their services as well the quality of products.

3. Reviews – It is a common fact that the online stores that sell computer peripherals and hardware accessories generally lists the impressive comments of the customers and upload them on the website. So, in order to derive the unbiased side of the story, you can rely on the reviews. These reviews which are written by professionals and experts uphold the unprejudiced views about a company, the services they render and also the customer’s comments. Thus, before you decide to purchase hardware or computer peripherals from a traditional store or via internet, make sure we have made a thorough glance over these reviews.

4. Quotes – If you wish to avail hardware articles at budget friendly price, then always ask for quotes from the company. Almost all the online hardware shops have a separate page wherein you can request a quote and they will get back to you through e-mail. So, before closing a final deal, make sure that you have availed quotes from multiple companies. High prices seldom determine quality of a product, so devote time to avail something that will suit your budget as well as leave its mark in terms of quality. The same applies when you decide to buy hardware from regular computer stores. Make sure that you have visited such multiple shops and have acquired the approximate costs and then decide accordingly.

While you wish to avail hardware products, at a low price, you need not necessarily have to compromise with quality. So while buying hardware, look around every possible niche, research every brand and finally make invest your resources to make sure that you get the best thing for your system.