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What to Do If Your Computer Does Not Start

1. No Access to the Keyboard During the Boot Process?

Help, I can’t access my keyboard at boot!

If this is the case, I would recommend:

1-1. If using a USB keyboard, plug the keyboard into the primary USB ports on the back of the computer (on the motherboard). Restart the computer and try again.

1-2. Try another known working USB keyboard plugged into the primary USB ports on the back of the computer (on motherboard). Restart the computer and try again.

1-3. Try another known working PS/2 keyboard, restart the computer and try again.

1-4. If using a PS/2 Keyboard, try replacing your keyboard with a USB keyboard, restart the computer and try again.

1-5. If these steps fail, remove your keyboard connection and shut the computer off with the power button. While computer is off, plug the keyboard back into the computer and start the computer.

Still doesn’t work? Please go to “I need to flash my bios” section and proceed with flashing your bios.

2. Does Your Computer Freeze at Bios?

Why is my computer frozen?!

2-1. Remove all devices from your computer including removable hard drives, additional USB devices, and printers and faxes. Restart the computer and try again. If no result, go to step 2-2.

2-2. If you can see your bios screen, please tap the key to go into your bios settings. While inside of bios, make sure that your hard drive, memory and video card ( is applicable) are detected. If it is not, try re-seating or replacing the unit that is not being detected. If no result, go to step 2-3.

2-3. While looking in bios and all of your hardware is getting detected okay, please reset the bios back to its default settings and choose “save and quit.” The computer will restart and you should be looking at the operating system loading page at this point. If no result, go to step 2-4.

2-4. Open the computer, remove all but 1 memory module (usually closest to the CPU) and disconnect all hard drives. Also disconnect and PCI or AGP add on cards and start your computer. If you see “operating system not found” or a similar message, progress has been made. Then start adding back 1 item at a time, restarting the computer after each item to see when it fails.

How to Build a Computer and Component Selection

I get asked the same question very often, how to build a computer? It can be very deceiving to the average person’s eyes when they glance into an open computer. There are different “pieces” to be found and quite a few wires running around from one part to the next. All of this can be quite confusing and discouraging. The best advice I can give is that it looks more complicated that what it actually is. Don’t be afraid to do some trial and error to figure things out, within reason. Of course you have to be careful and not force components in spots they do not belong, but it is difficult to mix up as most things can only go one way, and will only fit in the correct location. Over the years it is how I learned most of what I do today, trial and error. One something goes wrong, there is always a way to fix it, and sometimes it just takes some patience and research to figure out a way to fix the problem.

I started building computers around 1996, when I was ten years old, and it became a hobby of mine which led into a business about 16 months ago. Over the years there has been a lot to learn and pick up on, and that is the thing with technology and computers. Computers are always changing and updating for more performance, reliably, smaller size, ease of use and less energy consumption in more recent years to become “green” on the environment.

But that is enough with the history, it is now time to move onto the actual computer building process from start to finish. There is quite a bit to cover and there are many ways to go about the process, but I will share my personal views and opinions along the way.

To start things off you have to ask yourself what you want the computer for. It could be a basic machine for simple web browsing, such as Facebook and E-mail. Another need could be simply for a media center, a computer hooked up with an entertainment center for movie watching purposes, music, recording, and internet television as well as any other uses hooked up to a television full time. The machine may be used primarily for gaming. A gaming computer can be a touchy subject as everyone’s views are different. Some may just be happy with playing a game on lower setting, and others may want everything turned up to the max with room to spare for future game titles. The final use I will touch into would be photo and video editing. A lot of times a high end gaming computer, and a photo/video editing machine will have many similarities. You do not necessarily have to have an extremely powerful system for videos and photos, but it will certainly cut down on the time required. If someone is looking to produce lengthy videos, it could take ages to accomplish on a less powerful computer. One thing I will say is no matter what you are looking to build a computer for, figure out a budget of available funds and go from there. There is no sense in looking at very costly premium components, when there is just no budget for it. Many would be quite surprised at how inexpensive a fairly powerful system can be “now days.” I never recommend to buy the latest and greatest as it will cost a premium and will be replaced by something better in around six months’ time. That is just how the computer world works.

Why You Get Eyestrain and the Need for Computer Glasses

Computer eyestrain is the number one office-related health complaint in the U.S., with some 60 million Americans suffering from computer eyestrain according to the American Optometric Association. Computer use at work and home continues to grow exponentially. Computer use is associated with a number of visual and physical symptoms experienced by 50%-90% of all computer users. So, if you have experienced fatigue, headache, eye strain, blurred vision, dry or irritated eyes and neck or back aches at the computer it is possible that you are suffering just some of the symptoms called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Solving the symptoms of CVS requires a visit to your eye doctor to determine if you need corrective lenses while working at the computer, especially if your computer use is two or more hours a day. The reason for computer vision related problems is further explained with a simplified description of how the eye and brain processes visual information.

Working at a computer is more visually demanding than doing other standard office work such as reading printed documents. Human vision is not designed for staring into a computer screen. Your eyes require constant sharp edged images like the characters found on ink and paper to process and focus on comfortably. The eye system of lens focusing is referred to as accommodation. Computer images are made up of tiny round dots, known as pixels. Since your eye cannot focus on the tiny round pixels, you must constantly refocus or accommodate to keep the images sharp. The eyes can’t keep a constant relaxed focus on the computer screen, even when you increased the number of pixels per square or max out the computer’s refresh rate. The monitor is constantly being “redrawn”, and this eventually leads to repetitive stress of the eye muscles and fatigue.

Bifocals are not helpful at the computer. In fact, the bifocal only increases the problem since the reading portion of the bifocal is designed for a shorter distance than a computer screen and for a much lower visual angle. The tendency to lift the chin up and move closer to the screen just leads to lower back and neck problems. Progressive lenses (eyeglasses without bifocal lines) have the same shortfalls since the area for intermediate computer vision is found in the lower half of the glasses and the area for viewing is limited.

If you spend two or more hours working at the computer CVS can be a real problem at home or in the workplace. Savvy employers are beginning to recognize that increase work production can be realized with eyewear designed for computer use. Visit your eye doctor who is ready to help you eliminate the problems of Computer Vision Syndrome with a dedicated pair of computer glasses. You can benefit from a natural head and neck position with computer glasses or the new ergonomically designed clip-on computer reading glasses.

You can choose to have a dedicated pair of computer glasses custom made or you may be wondering how to convert your existing general purpose pair of eyeglasses that you use for distance and reading only into computer glasses. Well, there is an easy and affordable way by using a new innovative clip-on lens to view a computer monitor. Simply clipping the lens on to the bridge portion of your general wear eyeglasses that you are already wearing, and you can immediately feel and see the difference while working on a computer. Save your eyes from nagging eyestrain and improve your ability to be productive in the workplace as well. A pair of dedicated computer glasses or the new clip-on computer reading glass will do much for you in all aspects of work, as well as and make you a feel better outside of work since they will eliminate much of the eyestrain, lower back discomfort and neck pains that you are experiencing.

What Is Computer Speed Memory?

Increase Computer Speed Memory by Increasing the Ram (Memory)

Did you know that if you increase the memory on your computer, you can increase the speed? When you try to open a program on your computer, it needs to load itself from the hard drive into the memory. If the memory resources are low because there are too many programs open at the same time, or you have too many programs on your computer, this all takes memory to make things happen. The result will be a computer that runs very slow.

Nobody likes working with a computer that is slow. To have a computer that performs with speed, making the action process happen in 2-5 seconds, it is important to have ample RAM (memory) installed on your computer for computer speed memory. Many of the older computers might have 1 Gigabyte of memory if they are lucky, usually less. This is way too low by today’s standards. You should have a minimum of 5-6 Gigabytes of RAM and preferably 8-10 Gigabytes if you can afford it.

Each action performed, every program installed, takes up and uses computer memory. Don’t overload your computer. You can combat that by increasing the memory (RAM). Freeware contributes to a slow computer because it quite often comes bundled with other freeware that is installed on your computer. Many of those programs are just using up memory and are never used.

Tips for Computer Speed Memory Performance

There are several tips you should be aware of for computer speed memory to keep your computer running at maximum speed. Having the proper security programs on your computer is a must. If you try to shortchange yourself and your computer by not installing these mandatory programs just to save some money, you will ultimately pay the price down the road.

Security programs guard your computer against viruses such as worms, Trojan horses, adware, spyware, malware and other damaging viruses (just to name a few), to your PC. Use the best antivirus software, and keep it updated by version and daily updates. There is a constant new supply of viruses that attack your computer on a daily basis. Keeping all your programs updated, especially your security programs, should keep your computer protected.