Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category


Has My Hard Drive Failed?

Dear Computer Lady, I have a 4 year old quad core desktop running Win 7 Ultimate. All of a sudden my hard drive made noises and turned itself off. I ran Spinrite for 3 days and it seemed to “cure” the problem. However, the PC shut down after a couple of hours of normal use. […]

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Cleaning Your Computer

Dear Computer Lady, My Windows Vista goes to sleep everytime I dust the key board off. I try to avoid the sleep key (it has a moon on the button) but it’s very sensitive. I always have to shut down the computer completely and turn it back on to WAKE it up. What can I […]

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Blue Screen of Death Causes

Dear Computer lady, I have just had my first and hopefully my last bout with “The Blue Screen of Death.” I have windows 8.1 on an HP desktop. The tech that got me back working again, feels that the AVG program I was running was responsible. I have been using AVG anti virus programs on […]

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Startup Repair

Dear Computer Lady, For the last 2 months my toshiba pc, running win vista, keeps doing a startup repair every time i start it, but then it tells it could not fix it and to send info to microsoft, and then it shuts down. I start it again and 50/50 it starts up,,but not always […]

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Can I Delete Files on D?

Dear Computer Lady, C & D have the same identical files. Can I delete the D files? Teddy

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Turning Off Power Strip

Dear Computer Lady, Your newsletters have provided me with a lot of good information over the years. In the last newsletter, there was a question of whether shutting down the computer was a good idea. My question is whether shutting off the surge protector where my computer and printer are plugged in would be a […]

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Where To Get Free RAM?

Dear Computer Lady, I’m using Vista Home premium, and McAfee Total Protection. Recently my preset weekly scan wouldn’t start. I contacted them. They said I have low Memory, that I need to have atleast 2-3 RAM (to do their upgrades). I have gotten a Windows pop-up about low memory. McAfee told me I can add […]

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Can I Use Laptop as Monitor?

Dear Computer Lady, How can I hook up my lap top to my motherboard computer. I can’t afford a new monitor and I need to access my files. Thank you for helping me with my computer, Sandi

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How To Print Section of an Email

Dear Computer Lady, How do I print a section of an email that I open in my inbox on gmail? When I try to print it does the whole page and won’t let me select the highlighted part to print. Thanks, Diane

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White Flashing Laptop Screen

Dear Computer Lady, I am running Windows 7 and my browser is Mozilla Firefox…. On my Dell Inspiron 17 laptop, I keep getting a flashing white screen. I have to shut the lid on the laptop, turn my laptop back on, and log in again. This is getting very frustrating. At no specific time does […]

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