Troubleshooting "Hints n Tips" Sticky

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  1. Big Adam

    Big Adam Super Moderator

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    This thread does exactly what it says on the tin.

    Post away with your tips and and tricks on what to do when the poop hits the fan PC-wise.

    Single posts only please and no discussion. This is meant as a one-stop tip-spot.
     
  2. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

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    A very good first port of call if you suspect you are suffering from hardware-related issues is to go to :-

    www.ultimatebootcd.com

    From here, you can download an .iso image of a utility CD that contains various license-free bits of software to assist in debugging a problematic system. Download the image, burn it onto a CDR, then insert into your PC and boot of it.

    It includes lots of utilities (detailed on the above website) including :-

    • Hard Disc inspection utilities
    • Hard disk wipers/formatters
    • Partitioning tools
    • Password recovery tools
    • CPU testers
    • Burn-in (stress test) software
    • Memory testers (memtest86+)
    • Benchmark utilities
    • Anti-virus tools

    If you suspect your PC hardware to be at fault, you can do a lot worse than try this first. Faulty hard drives or memory are often the root cause of unreliable, randomly-crashing PC's.
     
  3. BaTMaN

    BaTMaN Watching Over Gotham

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    Simple tip...but often miss looked....

    Games not working properly?
    PC Freezing now and then?
    Instability??

    Well mayby it's time you upgrade your Drivers.....
    Nvidia has new GeForce Drivers.....
    And there's also New VIA Hyperions...(Aswell for Win64)

    :)
     
  4. Fat Jez

    Fat Jez Master of the High Five!

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    Before installing new drivers, make sure you have completely removed the existing ones. Drivercleaner has support for most chipset, sound and graphics drivers and should ensure that there are no vestiges left lingering in either the registry or buried in the Windows folder. It can be downloaded at http://www.drivercleaner.net/

    Cheers,
    Stephen
     
  5. bluspikez

    bluspikez Super Kustomer

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    If windows is bogging down and running sluggishly, run an antivirus scan and some spyware scans. Ad-aware and Spybot: Search and Destroy are good choices. Also, microsoft has a beta spyware cleaner out, Microsoft Antispyware. It finds many things that Ad-Aware and Spybot didn't for me.

    By getting rid of spyware, you can free up your CPU for when you are doing CPU intensive tasks (gaming, video editing, etc.).
     
  6. UbT

    UbT Formerly NapsterUK

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    Oh and no one has suggested www.google.com!!! :) you can find everything and anything on here if you look long enough :)
    Remember! Google's your friend!
     
  7. Don Corleone

    Don Corleone lentamente gira diment

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    Use CrapCleaner : www.ccleaner.com

    "CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)"

    It also fixes registry issues, great wee program ;)
     
  8. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

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    There are many out there, but it's a good idea to regularly test your firewall and internet security by visiting somewhere like www.grc.com (ShieldsUP and port probing). Particularly if you're on broadband!
     
  9. Cosmo_1847

    Cosmo_1847 Kiss of death

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    Great software doesn't have to come at a price. There are lots of free software out there. And some of there are for more than just windows :)

    Browsers
    FireFox
    Opera
    Safari (Mac OSX, Win)
    Flock
    Camino (Mac OSX)

    Anti-Virus
    Avast
    AVG
    ClamXav (OS X 10.4+)

    Firewall
    Sunbelt's Kerio

    FTP Clients
    FileZilla
    Smart FTP
    Cyber Duck FTP (Mac OS X 10.3.9)

    Graphics - Drivers and Codecs
    ATi Graphic Drivers
    Nvidia Graphics Drivers
    MicroSoft DirectX
    DivX

    Graphics - Programs / Editors
    GNU Image Manipulation Program (All)
    InkScape (SVG, all)

    Music
    iTunes (Win 2000, WinXP, Mac OS X 10.2.8)
    WinAmp
    MusicMatch Jukebox
    Windows Media Player
    Real Alternative (Win)

    Videos
    Quicktime (Mac OS X 10.3.9 for quicktime 7)
    Windows Media Player
    VLC Player(Win, Linux, Mac OS)

    Programming
    Vim / GVim (Advancted text editor)
    Nvu
    Xcode (Mac OSX)
    Virtual Studio 2008 Express (Win)
    BloodShed Dev-C++ (Win) *New* [url=http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm]Notepad++ (Win) *New*

    Misc
    MySQL tools (all)
    iTerm - Command line with tabs (Mac OSX)
    Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe - Game (All)
    CocoaMySQL - Mysql Tool (Mac OS X)
    Cord - RDP (Mac OS X)

    Updated 20.11.2008
     
  10. digit

    digit 01011000111100

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    Need to find out what codecs you have installed to find out what problems you might be having with media playback? Gspot tells you what codecs you have installed so you can identify either dodgy codecs or codecs you need to play back a certain media type

    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/
     
  11. stdRaichu

    stdRaichu Reincarnated User

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    Find out you need a whole plethora of codecs to play stuff?

    Try ffdshow. Rather than being a codec pack, it's a specialised decoder library based on the UNIX ffmpeg project and can decode MPEG4 (DivX, XviD), H264, MPEG2, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora and a boatload of others. It also boasts some imprrssive post-processing options to help boost the apparent quality of low bitrate movies.

    A nice addition is also AC3Filter which, like the name implies, is an incredibly comprehensive AC3/Dolby decoder.

    Sick of Real and QuickTime nagware? Try RealAlternative and QuickTime Alternative. Play back RealMedia and QT streams in any DirectShow-based media player of your choice.

    Speaking of media players, there are few others at playing movies than the awesome Media Player Classic.
     
  12. TiSwAs

    TiSwAs Kustomer

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    Another good tip...
    If you suddenly find your system playing up after installing a new piece of hardware - remove it and roll back the system (OS dependent) or alternativelty just remove the program/drivers.

    Cheers
     
  13. (PANICMODE)

    (PANICMODE) Kustomer

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    graphix

    on older cards such as the nvidia 5600 fx or the 9250 pro to get a little better performance and fps make sure "write combining" in the display properties / troubleshooting area id OFF, write combining is designed to build packets of info and data relating to what displays on ur screen, its a wonderful desing older crds can suffer..

    there my tip lol
     
  14. spikeboy4

    spikeboy4 Super Kustomer

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    Usefull Tip:

    every 6 months - 1 year, backup everything, reformat and re-install

    always a hassle the first time, but it speeds everything up forces you to get rid of all the junk that accumulates over time
     
  15. nicky munchkin

    nicky munchkin Nick is not responding...

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    crypthacks New Member

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    Some DAMN good advice. Much appreciated.
     
  17. latency

    latency Existentialist

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    Found this today while fixing a broken iTunes installation:

    Windows Install Cleanup Utility
    (Download link about half way down page)

    This tool allows you to remove programs from the Windows Installer Database. This is useful when programs won't uninstall, or insist they're already installed.

    Once the program is gone from the database, it will re-install correctly, or you can delete it's program files without leaving a mess in Add / Remove Programs.
     
  18. magichater

    magichater New Member

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    that's excellent thanks for the tip :)