24 de fev de 2012

32GB in 1980 and in 2010

30 de jan de 2012

Diagnosing a Blue Screen of Death Error in Windows

Diagnosing a Blue Screen of Death Error in Windows:

For many years now the famous Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) has been the ultimate indication that something disastrous has happened to make your computer die, but how useful is the information in the BSoD and the respective crash dump file that Windows produces?

The best article I ever found explaining the BSoD in depth is here on the Microsoft website, however it’s quite technical and doesn’t discuss how to actually troubleshoot a problem. The crash dump file is just technical details of what was being held in the computer’s memory at the time of the crash, and this will include details on every driver and service that was loaded, and every piece of software that was running.

The most useful pieces of information are to be found on the BSoD itself and are highlighted on the screenshot below. These are the BSoD error name, the stop error code and the name of the driver or service that has failed (this last one might not always appear). Performing a search online for these in conjunction, and the long string codes after the main stop error can give much more information, can help considerably in diagnosing where the problem lies.

But is it even easier than this to diagnose a BSoD stop error? Commonly a BSoD will be caused by something that has recently changed, such as a Windows Update where a new hardware driver has been installed. Windows has to support completely limitless combinations of hardware and software and so, no matter how much testing Microsoft might put hardware drivers, and software patches through before releasing them on Windows Update, there’s never any guarantee that a particular driver, service update or patch won’t cause problems with your particular mix of hardware and software.

One of the things I highlight in my book Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out is the importance of working through a problem to figure out what’s new or what has changed on a computer system. If you don’t change anything then it’s extremely unlikely that a system that runs perfectly stably for weeks, months or even years will suddenly produce an error later on (unless a critical file has become corrupt after an event such as a sudden restart). So it’s very likely then that something new or changed will have cause the error, perhaps a graphics card driver as these are embedded deep within the Windows system.

There are ways around this, such as running a System Restore to roll back the system to before changes were made. You can then, for example, check Windows Update to see if it tried to install any drivers and if necessary, right-click on them to hide them completely. If the system is really unstable you can use Safe Mode or Windows Safe Boot mode to start the computer in a reduced functionality mode.

One other scenario however that can commonly trigger a BSoD is a computer’s fans becoming clogged with dust, especially for the processor and power supply. You should always clean (carefully!) the inside of your computer on a regular basis and clean out accumulated dust to make sure that the computer doesn’t overheat.

Armed with this information it shouldn’t be too difficult to diagnose a BSoD and repair the problem that has caused it. Whatever happens you can be sure that you will not be the first person ever to have encountered this problem, and usually you will find an article or forum post online where somebody is detailing exactly what the issue is. Failing that, a little bit of lateral thinking and diagnosis usually saves the day.

2 de jan de 2012

The Best Windows Software of 2011

The Best Windows Software of 2011:

This is the third part of the Ghacks best of 2011 series. In this top list, I’m going to look at the best software for the Microsoft Windows operating system that we have reviewed in 2011 here at Ghacks. We posted a total of 937 Windows related stories in 2011, of which the majority were software related.

It took quite some time to go through that list to pick the applications that should be included in the best of list.

Keep in mind that this is a personal selection. Please leave a comment if you think a program is missing from the list.

Close The Door – Displays the list of open TCP and UDP ports, useful to harden the system by closing ports that do not need to be open.


Connectivity Fixer – Attempts to repair the Internet connection automatically.

internet connectivity fixer

Desk Duster – Program that hides desktop icons automatically after a set period of time.

Elpis Pandora Desktop Client – A free desktop player for the popular Pandora Internet radio. (Alternative for non-US users: Listen to and Download Music from blocked Music Services)

elpis pandora radio client

Game Downloader – Links to more than one hundred free games that are available for download on the Internet.

pc game downloader

Mailstore Home – Use it to backup, archive and restore email accounts. The program supports several popular desktop clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird, and direct downloads via Pop3 and SMTP.

mailstore home 5

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator – Create custom keyboard layouts with the help of this program.


MSI Afterburner – A program for nearly every video card – and not only cards by MSI – that can be used for various purposes, including overclocking, undervolting, recording videos and reducing the speed of the video card fan to reduce the noise it generates.

msi afterburner

msi afterburner software

Mouse Without Borders – Official Microsoft software to use one mouse on multiple computer systems. Options to copy files and clipboard entries included.

mouse without borders

NirLauncher – A graphical user interface for all Nirsoft applications.

nir launcher

No Dupe – A fast duplicate file finder for the Windows operating system. Alternative: Dup Scout


Steam Tool Library Manager – Lets you move individual Steam games to different partitions or hard drives to make room on the default Steam partition.

steam tool library manager

Streamwriter – Can be used to download multiple Internet radio streams at once to the computer. Great feature set, easy to use.


streamwriter interface

TDSS Killer – A program to remove some of the nastiest trojans and rootkits from a Windows PC.


VDownloader – Excellent program to download web videos. The program can play and download YouTube videos and videos from several other sites such as Megavideo.

download videos

Windows Firewall Notifier – Improves notifications and manageability of the built-in Windows Firewall.

windows firewall notifier

Windows Password Resetter – Use it to restore or reset Windows account passwords.

changing windows account password

WinFlushPrintJobs – Flush the printer queue to recover from stuck print jobs.

Did I miss a program? Let me know in the comments.

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