Yesterday a client rang about a slow computer, it had recently had a virus removed from it but still wasn’t working quite right. Closer inspection revealed that a lot of the Windows Services were corrupted and would not start at all, while others were missing completely!
Some of the error messages that you might run into that are symptomatic of this problem include:
- Windows Firewall service (MpsSvc): Error Code 5 or Error Code 0x8007042c.
- Windows Update: Service cannot be started or service is missing from services list.
- Base filtering engine (BFE): couldn’t be started (Error 5: Access is denied).
Continue reading Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection
If you have a large digital music collection then you’ve probably realised at one time or another that it would probably be difficult to recover if anything were to happen to your computer.
Sure, you can make local backups onto external hard drives and the like, which is fine. Until your house burns down. You could also use a cloud based backup service such as Carbonite or Dropbox but they cost money! (Unless your music collection is less than 2GB, you could use the free edition of Dropbox). Continue reading Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!
I was having some trouble with playing audio through my new USB headset and desktop speakers at the same time earlier, but after a bit of searching and trial-and-error managed to find a solution. Continue reading Windows 7: Playing Audio Through Your Headphone & Speakers Simultaneously
If you have ever used Windows Backup to create a System Image, you may have noticed that it creates a large ‘.vhd’ file (or Virtual Hard Disk file). Often these are used to restore your PC back into a working state, along with all of your data and programs in the case of a major failure or system corruption.
A lot of people don’t realise that you can also use these .vhd files to restore individual files and folders without having to restore the entire image. Continue reading Restore Individual Files From A Windows System Image
Short and simple guide to creating a custom post type for a WordPress theme or plugin. There are a few guides out there that will take you through the in’s and out’s of
register_post_type() such as smashingmagazine.com so I will keep this short and sweet. Continue reading Custom Post Type – WordPress
Recently I tried to update the cover photo on my Facebook page. I clicked the ‘Change Cover’ button, attempted to upload a new image and waited…..and waited…..and waited. Nothing. So I tried to do the same thing in three different browsers; Internet Explorer, Firefox & Chrome as I had read that many users solved the problem by doing this. It didn’t work for me though! So I got to messing around with some of my Internet settings for IE and managed to figure it out, Continue reading Solved: Facebook Cover Photo Not Uploading
Occasionally, after the installation of an Automatic Update, Windows will prompt the user to reboot their computer or postpone the reboot for up to 4 hours. This is possibly one of the most annoying of all of Windows “features” as quite often I have been caught off-guard when downloading a large file or leaving the computer for a few minutes only to find that I’ve missed the prompt and the computer has restarted. Which can obviously be extremely frustrating!
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix permanently. Continue reading Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates
A fantastic and hilariously sarcastic post from Redditer; Nuseramed answering a question posed by Reddit.
Q: “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about today?”
A: “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.”
The terms ‘sleep’ and ‘hibernate’ used in the tech sense aren’t really self-explanatory so you may be forgiven for not actually knowing what is going on when you put your PC or laptop into one of these states. Many notebook computers enter sleep mode automatically when left idle for a defined amount of time. Continue reading The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.
Difficulty figuring out how to convert a .bin or .nrg CD/DVD disc image to an .iso image probably isn’t the most common problem in the computing world, but I figure if you’re reading this then you have just this very issue. If you have no idea what a .iso disc image is then my other article entitled “What are ISO files and how do I use them?” might be worth a read, they’re very handy. Anyway, I’ll keep it short and sweet and demonstrate the most simple and painless way that I have found to resolve this problem.
Read on and follow these 5 super simple steps to .ISO conversion glory.
Continue reading How To Easily Convert A .BIN or .NRG Disc Image To An .ISO
Here is a way to possibly solve the annoying NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” issue which is frequently associated with a flickering screen, flicking to black, having a completely black/blank screen or even rebooting your computer unexpectedly.
This is the method I used to fix a client’s PC which every now and then his monitor would randomly turn black and recover a couple of seconds later with the following error. He was running Windows 7 64-bit but this fix will apply to most other editions of Windows as well.
Upon inspecting the system log in the ‘Event Viewer’ I found that it was the file ‘nvlddmkm.sys’ which was causing the crash. The’ nvlddmkm.sys’ file is located in ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers’. Continue reading Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error
Here is another real quick tip for all you iPhone user’s out there. Seen as though you internet-types these days have an attention span of about three seconds I will cut straight the point!
After a while your iPhone may seem to bog down and not run quite as well as it should, the following steps are a very quick and simple way of possibly improving performance. Continue reading Super Simple Way To Fix A Slow iPhone
Here is a quick fix to what can be a really frustrating problem.
If when trying to open Microsoft Outlook at you are faced with the “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window” error you simply need to go to Start > Run (or hold down the Windows Key and press R on the keyboard) and type in ‘Outlook.exe /resetnavpane’.
Outlook should now open!
I hope this saves someone some grey hairs.
Here are some super simple tips to make your blog or website more readable and easier to follow, decrease your bounce rate and increase your ad clicks. I have personally implemented ALL of the tips below and saw an almost instant improvement with my average time on site, page views and bounce rate stats in Google Analytics. Continue reading 7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Website RIGHT NOW
Sometimes websites ban or make unavailable some of their content to people in certain countries. This is often done because of copyright laws. In this article I will explain how to use a free proxy server service to bypass these restrictions.
Video sites such as Hulu and television stations use this on their online video streams. For example the BBC only allows people from the UK to view their catch up television shows online.
Continue reading How To Proxy: Use Free Proxy Servers To View Restricted Websites