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The 6 Computer Maintenance Steps [Pic]

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The 6 Computer Maintenance Steps [Pic]. Damn, this is the story of my life every time my crappy work PC craps out.
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Hits: 16645 | Favorites: 0 | Emailed: 1 | Rating: 2.2 | Category: Technology | Date: 04/19/2012
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Male, 13-17, Europe
 425 Posts
Saturday, April 21, 2012 4:45:59 AM

Have you ever considered getting some more RAM? Or perhaps a newer OS? You sound like the kind of guy who thinks "they don't make `em like they used to" and still runs XP and complains when it crashes
I run simulation software on Win7, and in the mean time I`m surfing, I have pdf/word documents open, skype, all that jazz. Maybe even play a game for a while on top of that. Never had a crash...
Check your hard drive isn`t failing on you (or your RAM sticks)
You computer isn`t supposed to crash at all....you act like Bill Gates wanted computers to crash

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 12925 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 10:43:51 PM
...some companies pushing out updates without proper testing and then fixing the bugs from said updates. this isn't typically the larger companies (apple/microsoft), but it happens often enough that I let newest versions of things to be established for a few weeks before I even considering updating.

Are you serious? MS puts out nothing but half-baked beta crapware, and then lets us find the bugs for them. They quit supporting Office `97 5 yrs ago, and they NEVER DID get the bugs out of that. "What? You have a new OS? Call me when you release SP3." And it`s not just MS, but they`re the worst.

Most people don`t have crashes because they don`t make their computers work. When I`m working, I have 8-10 browser tabs, 4-5 Word files, 2 email clients, and 1-2 Excel files, and yes, from time to time it crashes. I curse the bloody hole from which Bill Gates was spewed, and then I go back to work. When I`m just surfing, though, it NEVER crashes.

Male, 13-17, Western US
 1081 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 10:32:07 PM
it's not really that hard to figure out what`s wrong...just check temps and hard drive health with free and user-friendly software. if there are obvious signs of ram/slot failure (random frustrating BSODs) then run memtest86. 90% of the time you can pinpoint the problem, and from there it`s easy to fix

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3658 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 12:51:16 AM
Or - build your own system without all the backdoors and useless add-ons, with solid hardware and an OEM OS for about the same price - and learn how to use safe mode.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 12925 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:36:44 PM
Langer, there's one other difference: in business, they pay you $40k/yr.; in academia you pay THEM $40k/yr. And syncing Outlook to a phone is a useful skill that is probably beyond the capabilities of most computer science professors.

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