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PC Quick fixes

It Takes 5 minutes to get my regular desktop page

If you have too many programs listed on your startup items your desktop page might be taking a long time to load. It would be a good idea to clear up.

To get your desktop screen to load faster here are a few options you could try:

Option 1: Do away with the Prefetch folder.

The prefetch folder is used for speeding up your system. Windows is configured to prefetch application and program components so that when you load them it appears to be very quick. Prefetch when unattended can also slow down your system. This is because over time Windows will retain a copy of a portion of a program in the prefetch folder even if you use it only one time. Since you may not use the program again, this may impact the performance of your system by having portions of a program you do not use, loaded in your system's memory. Also systems with very low hardware resources such as memory and hard disk space will definitely be affected by an over-bloated prefetch folder.

  • Click on Start and click on My Computer. Double click on Local disk C.
  • Go to Windows. Select Prefetch. Select all and Delete.

Option 2:  

You can clear programs you don’t use regularly from your Startup, so that your desktop page loads faster. But make sure you don’t disable any Microsoft services. Here’s ho w:

  • Click on Start , go to Run and type msconfig in the Open box. Now click on OK .
  • On the System Configuration Utilities window click on the  Startup tab.
  • Now uncheck all the applications that you don’t want Windows to run on startup like your Yahoo Messenger.
  • On the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All .
  • Click OK , and then Restart your system.

It is a good practice to Clean up your system from time to time to ensure that your system does not slow down.

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My PC hangs whenever I open a large file

Boot the computer in safe mode and then try to access the file. If this does not resolve the issue try to increase virtual memory. To do this, try the following steps:

  • right click on the My Computer icon and go to Properties.
  • Select the Advanced tab in the System Properties window.
  • Now click on Settings under Performance.
  • Select the Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory click on Change.
  • Select Custom size and change the initial size and maximum size and click OK.

For XP users the recommended initial size is 1024 and the maximum size is 2048.For 98/NT/ME/2000 users the recommended initial size is 384 and themaximum size is 756.

If the problem doesn’t seem to be resolved another option you could try is to Increase your RAM.

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My system keeps starting in safe mode only

Safe mode is a special startup sequence during which only files and drivers required for Windows to operate get loaded. This mode comes in handy while troubleshooting any of the Windows components. Sometimes certain problematic drivers or services can cause Windows to start in safe mode. To restore your system back to normal mode here’s what you could do:

  • Click on Start Go to Run and type in msconfig.
  • In the System Configuration Utilities Window, click on the BOOT.INI tab.
  • In the window that opens, make sure that the /Safeboot box is unchecked.
  • Click on Apply.
  • Now click on the General tab.
  • Make sure that the Normal Startup has been enabled. Click on OK.

Restart your system now. It should startup in Normal mode.

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My monitor is blank. I don’t see anything on it

Sometimes, your PC which was working perfectly suddenly encounters problems like a blank monitor and you have no idea what to do. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to determine if it is a problem with your monitor or if something else in your system is causing your monitor to go blank.

  • Check if the monitor is plugged into a power outlet and is connected to the computer securely.
  • Unplug the monitor cable from the CPU and check if you get a message “No display check video cable” then the monitor is working fine.
  • Try to increase the contrast and brightness. To do that, press the brightness button at the right hand bottom panel of your monitor.
  • If the power light is on and nothing comes up on the screen when you boot your computer, it is possible you have a bad video card.
  • Check the AGP card on your computer.
  • Test your monitor with another computer to see if it works with another video card. If it does, try starting up your computer in safe mode by holding down the F8 key as the computer boots up. This should solve any screen resolution or color setting conflicts that may prevent your monitor from displaying an image.
  • If the monitor doesn’t work even when connected to another machine, the monitor has probably gone bad.
  • Try to check for any beep sounds from your CPU tower.












If you hear 2 short beeps and an error message appears on your screen, troubleshoot according to the error code.

If you hear a continuous beep then the problem might lie with either your power supply or CPU or keyboard and not with your monitor.

If you hear repeated short beeps then the problem might be with either your power supply or CPU or Display adapter or your Enhanced Graphics adapter.

Troubleshoot accordingly.

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My screen goes blank after few minutes

This happens usually when your PC has gone into hibernation mode. Hibernation mode is a power management option used by the PC to enable operations to resume quickly when the PC is turned back on. The hibernate option saves an image of your desktop with all open files and documents, and then it powers down your computer. Check your power management settings if hibernation has been enabled. Here’s how:

  • Right click on Desktop and go to Properties.
  • Select the Screensaver tab and click on the Power button.
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  • Set the Power Scheme to always on and everything else to never.
  • Click on the Hibernate tab and disable Hibernation.
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  • Click on Apply and then on OK.

This should fix the problem.

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Applications are taking a long time to open

sure you don’t have too many applications running at the same time, eating up your processor speed. Also run a virus scan and try to remove any spyware or virus that may be on your system.

If this doesn’t help and if it is one particular application that is taking too long to open then try to un/reinstall that application. To do this:

  • Go to Startclick on control panel .Now select   Add or remove programs.
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Case 1: 

To Uninstall an application:
Select the application and click on uninstall.

Case 2: 

To reinstall an Application.
If the application already exists on your system and shows up on the Add or remove programs list select it and click on Install or add.
If the application is not listed in the Add or remove programs list then use the CD which came along with the application and install it again.

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This should take care of your application and you should now be able to open it without any problems.

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Windows XP stops responding at the Logon or Welcome Screen

The Operating System often hangs if you have too many applications loading on Startup. Sometimes a faulty peripheral device or a new application you installed could also be responsible for this. Here are some troubleshooting processes you can run yourself to check why your computer is hanging.

Case1: Check if any peripheral device such as a printer or a modem is interfering with the start up process.

  • Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
  • Disconnect all peripheral devices except the mouse, keyboard and monitor.
  • Hold the power button on the CPU/tower for about a minute and then plug the power cord back in.
  • Turn on your computer.

If Windows now starts up properly and you are able to log in, try to isolate the device that might be causing the problem by reconnecting the devices one at a time and restarting the computer each time until you identify the device causing the issue.

Case 2: Start your computer from the last restore point before this problem occurred. But remember any software installed after the restore point will no longer be available on your system and you will have to re-load them. To do this:

  • Turn on the computer and while it is booting press F8 key repeatedly until a menu appears.
  • Select Last known good configuration.
  • Press Enter to start Windows XP.

Now if you are able to log in and your system seems to be working fine then you can prevent non essential programs from launching when Windows starts up.
Software that starts up and launches with Windows may interfere with other programs that are trying to start at the same time.

  • Restart the computer and while it is booting press F8 key repeatedly until a menu appears.
  • Scroll using the Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys to select Safe Mode.
  • Press Enter to start Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  • Select StartRun, and type the following into the Open field: msconfig
  • Click OK. The System Configuration Utility window appears.
  • Click the Generaltab, and select Selective Startup.
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    • Select the Startup tab and remove the checkmarks from any task that does not contribute to the system and is unwanted. Never remove a checkmark if you do not know what the task does.
    • Click on Apply and then on OK to accept the changes, and restart the computer.

    This process helps to remove programs that start up when you boot the computer. These application icons are stored in the task bar on the bottom right hand corner of your desktop screen next to the system time. Keep only essential items such as the anti-virus and firewall systems in the task bar as far as possible. All other applications can be started from the Start – Programs menu.

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