Advice On Using Computer Forums for Learning and for Help

imageWhen you experience stubborn computer problems, one of the best starting points to research the problem are the computer repair and information technology related forums. Many times, by simply conducting a search of the forum, you will find that someone else may have experienced the same issue you are experiencing that will give you clues to a potential fix.

imageAlso, if you are a student of technology, the forums are excellent resources to read about and experience the computer problems people are facing in the real world. If you are tech savvy enough, join a reputable forum and begin polishing up on your helpdesk skills by assisting others. Remember, as a student of technology, the first attitude adjustment to get under your belt, that should become your motto is, “there are no dumb questions”. Never make the person you are assisting feel like they are beneath you.

imageAs with anything on the internet, “believe nothing and verify everything!”. Just because you see a potential solution, to your problem, in a forum; make sure you validate the solution and the person offering the solution. I often use computer based forums to search for clues to problems then validate potential solutions by using Google to search the solution. Believe me, no one out there knows the answer to every computer problem.

If you would like to check out and experience how forums work, a good launching point is a website called Computer Technician.


Visit the page titled Top 10 Computer Repair Forums and Message Boards.


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#46)

Geek Squeaks’ are links to articles, that are presented weekly, here on the blog to give recognition to the author’s who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  The articles you see were randomly selected and were recently created within the past (7)-seven days.  I encourage you support these blogs (and sites) by becoming a regular visitor.


Big Geek Daddy
Resize Pictures for Email with a Free Image Resizer

Freeware Pharmacy
NotePad ++

Free PC Security
PC Tools Firewall Plus V6 – Free

Simple Passwords Remain Popular, Despite Risk of Hacking –

Tech-for Everyone
Another Way To Install A Program On A Netbook
Native tool to install Windows 7 from flash drive

Know How Likely You Are to Get Audited

Crazy World of G
Media Monkey

thePC Security
Free Data Recovery from HDD, USB Flash Drive, Memory Card – DiskDigger

AKS-Feel The Change
Scan and Fix Windows XP/Vista Problem Online

Carol’s Vault
Spliter Cell: Conviction delayed again from February to April 2010
How to Remove AntiMalware Defender

Teck~Line Lounge
Screenpresso Free Alternative For Snagit (Windows)

Plato On-Line
Beware of Browser Fingerprinting

Evilfantasy’s Blog
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7
for x64-based  Systems (KB947821)

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Computer Infection? – Search Engine Links Might Be The Culprit

Recover/Restore deleted files or delete files forever with FileWing

TTC Shelbyville
Control Two Computers with One Mouse and Keyboard

Google Social Search – Watch Video

I Love Free Software
6 Best Free Password Managers

Worthy Tips
Philips DC315/37 – A Portable iPhone/iPod Speaker
With FM Digital Tuning

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat DTR review

TuneUp Blog
Performance Check: How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5 Best Desktop Computers

Internet Security Blog
Folder, File Manager Utility for Multi-Pane Drag & Drop – QDir

A What’s On My PC Relic
Get better lighting for your computer…


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#36)

image Welcome to the weekly roundup of articles from the developers of the blogs that are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.  To these authors, I say Thank You!

AKS – Feel The Change
Windows SteadyState- Powerful tool to Protect Shared Computers

Carol’s Vault
Introducing Mind & Brain: A Graphic Guide sample
How to Remove SystemVeteran

Teck~Line Lounge
Free CodySafe Portable Start Menu By Codyssey

The Spyware Biz Blog
Were you tricked ot treated?

Plato On-Line
Deceptive Credit Card Practices

Geeked Up
Mini Notebook Computers

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Fix Your Computer with Free PC Fixer a 4.5 Star Utility

Right On Technology
Apple $30 a Month TV Service for iTunes

The PC Security
How to Crack, Open or Access
Outlook PST File without Password

Computer Too Slow
How to disable CD/DVD autoplay in Windows

Crazy World of G
Are You In Sync?

Replace Library Icons
Customizes Windows 7 Library Icons [Downloads]
Colorbrewer – excellent color schemes resource

Sugarloaf Tech
Just say no to toolbars

Tech-for Everyone
Is It Worth Upgrading? (Two quick reco’s)

Nokia Recalls 14 Million AC Adapters – Gearlog

Free PC Security
Facebook Virus – UPS Virus – Using SUPERantispyware

Tune Up Blog
TuneUp Utilities – Enjoy your PC

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa round 3

Computer Maintenance
Delete Temporary Files/Cache and Speed Up Your Computer

Canadian Tech News Blog
8 Must Have Applications

Freeware Elite
Launchy: Great flashy launcher

Winners of Google Wave Invitations Giveaway!

Worthy Tips
How to detect what .Net version installed on your machine?

Microsoft Security Essentials A Free Anti-Virus From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
Fastest Free Disk Imaging Software: Macrium Reflect

Domain names extensions in International scripts

TTC Shelbyville
Resize Photos Online

Tux in the Midwest
Flirting with Androids

Client for Google Translate

Freeware Pharmacy
Hulu Desktop

What’s On My PC…
I Want That Video…


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Technibble’s (portable and FREE) Computer Repair Utility Kit

I currently maintain on my flash drive numerous software utilities that literally have taken me years to accumulate (after careful testing and review). I use these utilities when I am assisting others on their PC’s. Recently Technibble, a web site resource for computer technicians who are looking to start their own computer business or improve their existing one, came up with a combination of  “portable” computer repair tools in one easy to use pack. As I mentioned, I have been collecting utilities for years and the list of “portable” repair utilities that they came up with is phenomenal, to say the least.  It even comes with an easy to use “right click” menu to launch each utility.


You can download the entire package at their web site.

Technibble - Computer Repair Utility Kit

If you are not interested in downloading this package you can preview the listing below and “google” any of the utilities that you may be specifically interested in.  All of the utilities I see on this list are reputable utilities.

The “Computer Repair Utility Kit” is 88.4mb as a ZIP file and it extacts to 188mb and currently consists of the following utilities:

File Management

CCleaner – Cleans up Windows systems. Clears temporary internet files, cookies, history etc..

JkDefragGUI – An advanced defragging tool far superior to the built in Windows one

DriveimageXML – Hard drive imaging tool. Allows you to get a single file out of a whole image too

Explore2fs – Allows you to explore hard drives with Linux file systems

Double Killer – Finds duplicate files and deletes them

Deep Burner – CD/DVD Burning software

7-Zip Portable – Archive creating and extraction tool. Can handle most compression formats

PC-Decrapifier – Cleans out the crap that comes installed on new brand name computers (Norton trials, toolbars etc.)


Process Explorer – Allows you to view system processes

System Information – View lots of information about a system (specs, passwords, temperatures etc.)

ProduKey – View software cdkeys and serials

Autoruns – Autostart program viewer

HWMonitor – View hardware information

GPU-Z – Show video card information (chipset, bios version, shaders, memory size etc.)

Wireless Key View – Shows saved wireless network keys

TreeSize Free – Show how much space each folder on a system uses

Game Key Revealer – View CDKeys and Serials for popular games

USBDView – Allows you to list and manage USB devices (including devices that arent currently plugged in)

TrID – Identifies file types for extension-less files

Codec Installer – Finds and analyzes video codecs

Unknown Devices – Tells you what a “Unknown Device” in system properties actually is

GSpot – Video analyizer

Repair Tools

Norton Removal Tool – Removes Symantec products

McAfee Removal Tool – Removes McAfee products

LSPFix – Fixes broken Winsock entries

Dial-a-Fix – Repair Windows files and registries


Recuva – Recovers deleted files

Restoration – Recovers deleted files

Photorec – Recover deleted/damaged files from Flash memory (like digital cameras)

DBXTract – Recover emails from damaged DBX files (like Outlook Express)

Network Tools

Wireshark – View network packets

Network Scanner – Scans the network for devices

Putty – SSH/Telnet/RLogin client

Network Stumbler – Wireless Network Scanner

Virus and Malware Removal Tools

Clamwin Antivirus – Virus scanner/remover

Rootkit Revealer – Detects rootkits on a system

Combofix – Malware finder and remover

SmitFraudFix – Malware finder and remover

RogueFix – Malware finder and remover

Hijack This! – Malware remover

SUPERAntiSpyware – Malware scanner and remover

Malwarebytes – Malware scanner and remover


Mozilla Firefox – Web browser

JavaRa – Find and remove old Java versions

Monitor Tester – Test monitors from problems

Dead Pixel Tester – Finds and fixes dead pixels on LCDs

ChkFlsh – Check flash drives for errors or test their real size (as fake ones appear on eBay)

Double Driver – Driver backup tool

SumatraPDF – Lightweight PDF viewer

Revo Uninstaller – Advanced application uninstaller


TweakUI – Windows XP tweaking tool

VistaTweaker – Vista tweaking tool


Quickly Make a System Restore Point – Makes restore point

Reset Network – Releases/Renews IP and flushes DNS

Clear Printer Spooler – Clears stuck print jobs from spooler

Stop Automatic Updates – Stops “Windows has installed updates, restart now” dialog temporarily

Start Automatic Updates – Switches it back on

UPDATE 4 – 23 – 2010:  Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts has posted an article about  the 2nd version of Technibbles Computer Repair Utility Kit and where you can get it.  I encourage you to [ click here ] to visit Bill’s blog to read “57 Free PC Repair Apps for Your Flash Drive

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