PC nightmares

Software Errors

Error messages, incorrect software installed, registry issue, and driver conflicts.


Connectivity Issues

Faulty cables, wrong connection configurations, and interference.


Overloaded Hardware

Overloaded hard-drives, memory, and slow processors.

 Input Devices (Keyboards, Mice, Joysticks)


The PC Toolbox

Legal Recourse's for Lemons

Your PC won't come on

It hangs and crashes

Fatal exception errors

The boot up process

Freezes with no response

Starting the Operating SYstem

Error messages

Task Manager

Hard Drive Not Found!!! message

Stack Overflow message

CMOS Checksum Error message

File Not Found message

PC restarts without warning or shuts down

VMM32.VXD file is missing or corrupted message

Error Starting Program message

hardware resource conflict

Device Manager

Hardwae not recognised

Registry Problems

Missing icons

Start Menu is slow or your icons are black

.DLL file conflict

Windows protection error message

File attributes

CD-ROM won't play

Sound/Audio issues

Hot hardware

Problems with power management

Printer drivers

Having trouble burning CDs

Hardware cleaning

Using information in HelpPrint System Info

Create Start-up Disks

Backing Up Your System BIOS


Backing Up Your Hard Drive

Backing Up Your Configuration and Initialization Files

Organizing Backups for Data Files

Backing Up the Whole Enchilada

Restoring the Computer and Reinstalling Windows

Computer Fall Down, Go Boom

What the...?

Tips for New PCs

Shareware and Freeware Utilities

Specifications Form

Perform a clean installation of Windows XP

Accessories and Miscellaneous

AntiVirus, Security Programs, and Password Managers

Audio and Video Utilities

Browser Add-ons and Bookmark Handlers

Calculators and Mathematical Utilities

Calendars, Clocks, and Time Management Utilities

Chat, Phone, and IM Clients and Utilities

Desktop Themes, Font Handlers, and Interface Modifiers

Disk, Maintenance, Hardware, and Diagnostic Utilities

E-Mail Clients and Add-ons

File and OS Utilities

FTP Clients and Download Managers

Graphics Utilities

HTML Editors and Web Page Creation Utilities

ISP and Network Connection Management Utilities


Online Services

Operating Systems

Spreadsheet, Financial, and Data Management Programs

Word Processor, Document Handler, and Text Editor Programs

Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Maintenance

Formatting Floppy Disks

Deleting Unnecessary Files


Hard Drives

Using Scandisk

Defragmenting Your Drive

Scanning for Viruses



Some Nightmare Areas and Issues



The IT Fortress can resolve many of the issues detailed in the small list below, and can provide you with instructions for resolving such issues and information on prevention techniques.

Below is a list of some points to bare in mind




Your software programs can experience problems when installing, uninstalling, uploading, downloading, opening, closing, and processing which could include your PC operating system. One of the many reasons for this to happen is the unfortunate presence of Malware (malicious software, viruses).



Another common reason for this happening is the overloading of software onto a PC with limited internal space. You may have a low capacity hard-drive, you may not have enough Random Access Memory (RAM) to cope with the tasks you carry out on your PC, or it could be that your PC processor is just not fast enough to cope with the instructions sent to it. I will give you a simple example of an instruction that your PC will have to deal with; when you single or double click your mouse button that is one or two instructions, when you move your mouse that is another instruction your processor has to deal with and that is on top of all the functions your launched programs are tasked to do and the services that the operating system and other software runs in the background.





There are a number of common reasons why your PC won't turn on and please in advance accept my apologies for quoting what might seem to many as stating the obvious but believe me the most obvious of possibilities are often overlooked.


Your PC will not work without power so the first thing to check is to ensure that your power cable is plugged into the wall socket, the wall socket switch is turned on, make sure the power cable is securely plugged into the back of your PC and you can see
luminated LED lights on the front of your PC when turned on. I have been called out to locations whereby users say they have no power and the wall socket switch hasn't been switched on.


If you are happy that the above has been done then we dig a little deeper, it could be that the fuse in the plug as blown, or the power unit inside your PC has burnt out and replacements will be required for both scenarios. However, be aware that there is a fan
inside the power unit and could still spin round if the power unit doesn't work.

Keeping in mind that computers can be frustrating and when they don't perform the way they should then these can very quickly become nightmares.


However, you will find that most of the time these nightmare issues are pretty much simple fixes.

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