10 PC Troubleshooting Tips

As I was reading through the blogs I came across this great article on .
10 PC Troubleshooting Tips Here is the first two paragraphs of the article. To read the rest of the article click on the link at the top of this post.

We’re a busy lot, here at the ExtremeTech laboratories, and we can’t always personally answer your email. We certainly do hear you, however, especially when you write in with PC and tech conundrums that have you stumped.


The emails keep coming. Your computer won’t boot. Your roommate’s PC ingloriously shuts off at random intervals. The game your sister is trying to play doesn’t look like it should. Your daughter spilled milk into your keyboard.The troubles don’t stop with PCs, either. Your Xbox 360 is flashing the dreaded Read Rings of Death. Your PlayStation Portable can’t read its Memory Stick anymore. What gives?There are times we swear that our technology is haunted. We’ve had problems that induced us to check every cable, every connection, and every slot and socket, and conclude that the problem must be gremlins. Even the harshest of stumpers, however, can almost always be explained—or at least worked around through brute force. Stroll with us through ten scenarios and what just might be the solutions you’re looking for. Even if we don’t figure out your particular dilemma, remember one thing: Gremlins are best killed with a big hammer.

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Online File Conversion

I discovered a gem of a website a few weeks ago after reading one of our organizations blogs. The website is http://www.zamzar.com . Basically it is a free online file conversion website. This is a very handy application to have because many times you may need a specific file, let’s say a Word doc file, to be a PDF file. If you go to this website you are able to convert the Word file to a PDF file in just minutes. Sometimes there is a little wait, but it is free so no complaining on my part. Here are some file formats that Zamzar converts:

  • Document formats
  • Image formats
  • Music formats
  • Video formats
  • Compressed formats

There is a maximum upload of 100 mb which can be split between up to five different files.  The process of converting a file is simple:

  1. Select the file to convert.
  2. Choose the format to convert to.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Click on convert.

In a matter of minutes or sometimes longer you will receive an email message containing the link to your new file.