The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.

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.”

How To Easily Convert A .BIN or .NRG Disc Image To An .ISO

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. ūüėõ

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Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error

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”

Super Simple Way To Fix A Slow iPhone

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”

1 Step Fix for “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window.” error

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.

7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Website RIGHT NOW

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”

How To Proxy: Use Free Proxy Servers To View Restricted Websites

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.

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Windows Shortcuts That Everyone Should Know

Having used computers for most of my life I have learned a lot of things that I now take for granted. Many of these things I falsely ¬†assumed that most people know but every now and then I watch people who aren’t so computer savvy taking a long time to do the simplest tasks. So I would like to share with everyone a quick list of shortcuts that I use almost every single time I am on the computer. Continue reading “Windows Shortcuts That Everyone Should Know”

Best Free NetStumbler Alternative

A few years back I started dealing with wireless network installations in homes and business. I was relatively new to the technology and one of the tools I found that helped me greatly was NetStumbler. NetStumbler scans for wireless access points and gives you a pretty graph of signal strength so you can move the access points around and test antennas to get the best reception. It was also useful for testing the range of a particular device. Continue reading “Best Free NetStumbler Alternative”

Fill-In Curry Judge Can’t Stand The Heat. Hilarity Ensues.

If you can read this whole story without laughing then there’s no hope for you.

Note: Please take time to read this slowly. For those of you who have visited Natal, you know how typical this is. They actually have a Curry Cook-off about June/July. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Royal Show in PMB.

Judge #3 was an inexperienced food critic named Frank, who was visiting from America. Continue reading “Fill-In Curry Judge Can’t Stand The Heat. Hilarity Ensues.”

How To Easily Reveal Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks ****

If you work¬†with computers a lot¬†you would have, at some point,¬†forgotten passwords, either online in your web browser¬†or inside Windows applications. Quite often these passwords are saved by Windows and displayed as asterisks * ***. So what do you do if you need to reveal the password that is hidden underneath those asterisks? Continue reading “How To Easily Reveal Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks ****”

Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!

Today I was fixing up a laptop for a friend. It was an Acer Aspire 6930 running Windows Vista Home Premium (x86), it appeared that the MBR (Master Boot Record) needed repairing. So using the Vista Recovery CD I was able to use the BOOTREC /FIXMBR and BOOTREC /FIXBOOT commands. Unfortunately that didn’t solve my problem and I needed to access the laptop’s recovery partition, which you would normally get to by holding Alt and pressing F11 during boot up (other laptops have similar key combinations) but I think because I had mucked around with the boot record that the Alt + F11 shortcut was no longer functioning. Continue reading “Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!”

Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method

Today I was in a bit of a pickle. I needed to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to use the ‘fixboot’ and ‘fixmbr’ commands on a PC that I was repairing but I didn’t have an XP CD handy that included the recovery console. Microsoft provide a utility to make a set of 6 floppy disks to do the job but who uses those anymore? Luckily Dean Adams over at ‘Proposed Solutions’ has come up with a very tidy way of getting to the Recovery Console using two simple bootable ISO images (One is XP SP1 and the other is XP SP2, I am not sure what the difference is but I used the SP2 image). Continue reading “Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method”

Terraria: So Addictive It Turns Minutes Into Hours

Once in a while you come across a game that is so much fun to play that you just can’t put it down. I recently came across the title Terraria which was produced by a small team of programmers a couple of months ago this game has quite often been the reason for some really late nights.

Recently I have been making a return to indy games and moving away from the more serious titles that I usually play like Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Starcraft and I am glad I found Terraria.

It is the kind of game you sit down to play for 5 minutes but end up playing for hours. A word of warning, if you get addicted to video games easily approach this one with caution because you might end up wasting away glued in front of your computer screen! Continue reading “Terraria: So Addictive It Turns Minutes Into Hours”

Solved: ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ When Booting From WinXP CD

Here is a quick tip for fixing an issue that caused me some grief this afternoon when I was trying to downgrade an installation of Vista back to XP on an ASUS F6A notebook computer. This fix may well apply to a lot of other systems too.

When I tried booting from my WinXP installation disc, the system began loading all the files and drivers as it normally would and then froze and went to the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD. After a lot of rooting around it turned out a setting in the BIOS was the cause of the problem.

To fix it, I simply entered the computers BIOS while it was booting up by pressing F2 (most computers use the Del key). I then went to ‘Advanced’ -> ‘IDE Configuration’ -> Changed ‘SATA Operation Mode’ from ‘Enhanced’ to ‘Compatible’ and then Exit & Save Changes by pressing F10.

Boot from your XP CD and voila! It should work.

Happy XPee’ing ūüėČ