4 tips on fixing BSOD on Windows

If you have get a ‘blue screen’ error or BSOD then it means that there is something seriously wrong with your computer. There are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot your computer whenever you experience a blue screen error.

1. Boot in safe mode

First you need to switch off your computer. When you boot it back, press the F8 key before the Windows screen appears. This will boot the computer into the Advanced Options screen where you can select advanced boot options. Press the ‘down’ arrow until ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ is enabled. Then press enter. If you think that you have a virus that connects to the Internet right away then boot your computer and select ‘Safe Mode’. Look closely when the screen scrolls through each driver as it loads each into memory. Note down where it’s taking long time to load. Check out these files on Google and find out which driver is failing. You can then reinstall that driver. If there is no driver problem, then go to the Control Panel, click on System and then on Device Manager to find out whether there are any hardware conflicts.

2. Run spyware, adware, virus and registry scans

Run all the spyware, adware, vius and registry scans when you are in safe mode. This will disable any virus present. These scans will also find out if you have any registry problems.

3. Install updates

In the start box of Windows, type ‘update’. Choose Windows Update from the list of results. Click on ‘check for updates’. Review if there is any pending update and install the updates properly.

4. Install the latest drivers

You must install the latest device drivers on your system. You can go to your computer’s manufacturer and check on the driver’s latest version. Blue screen errors may be caused due to incompatible device driver. You can try to remove any device driver that you have installed recently and restart your computer.

The seriousness of the blue screen problem varies. Sometimes, the problem may not be that serious and may occur due to a virus or because some hardware that you installed created conflict. You can use these tips to fix the problem yourself. If these tricks don’t work, then take your computer to a professional for fixing.

Another good read about how to install the latest drivers for your windows can be found on our good friend Raymond’s site.

6 steps to fixing a hard drive

If your hard drive goes bad, you need to fix it immediately. But unless you know what the problem is or have the necessary skills to fix it, you will be in trouble. If your disk head or motor hasn’t been damaged, then you should consider yourself lucky. This means that the problem is in the controller board or printed circuit board (PCB). Due ot power surge or overheating of the drive, this board can be damaged. If this is the case, then you can easily replace the PCB and bring your hard drive back to life. Here are the steps how to do it.

1. Take drive details down

Get a replacement PCB that is same as your current one. Note down the model number, the P/N, the Firmware code, Site code, Data code and the Main Controller IC number.

2. Search for it online

Go to hdd-parts.com and enter the model of the dead into the search box at the top of the page. Look through the list of results and find the drive that matches all the numbers you noted down. Once you find a match, buy it.

3. Check your parts

You will get your new PCB within 6 to 10 working days. You will receive your PCB, along with a torx screwdriver and installation instructions.

4. Remove the old PCB

On top of the PCB there are five screws that connect to the hard drive. Undo them using a torx screwdriver. Once you remove all the screws, put them on a zip-lock bad so that you don’t lose them.

5. Attach new PCB

Before putting on the new PCB, you must ground yourself first. You can upt on an anti-static wrist band and then take our the replacement PCB carefully out of it’s anti-static bag. Place it on your old hard drive. Make sure to line it up with the original screw holes. Take out the screws from the zip-lock bag and screw the PCB down, making sure that the screws are tight enough.

6. Try out the hard drive

After you have successfully placed the new PCB, turn on the computer and see if it works. If the problem was due to faulty PCB, it will work.

If your hard drive fails to work due to damaged PCB, then taking the above steps can easily solve your problem. If your hard drive still doesn’t work, you need to take it to an expert for fixing it.