Articles tagged: hardware failure

Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

I’ve noticed a couple of patterns in the questions I get, and both boil down to a form of jumping to the wrong conclusions.

Blue Screen of Death

What Do I Do About a Blue Screen on Shutdown?

Blue screen on shutdown could be indicative of an issue with either hardware or software. We’ll walk through some steps you can take to deduce the problem.

An Active Hard DIsk

Can I stop an “idle” computer from hitting the hard disk at all?

I’ll show you how to reduce the last little bit of disk activity happening on your computer, but is that really going to help?

Open Hard Disk

Why Am I Getting “Open Block” Errors from My Photo Program?

This feels like a hard-drive failure to me. There are several things you can check, but the most urgent thing to do is back up!

Open Desktop PC

My computer lights up and turns on but nothing happens, why?

Diagnosing a computer that won’t boot can be very difficult. In particular, spinning disks and blinking lights don’t mean as much as you might think.