Operating System problems


All Tech Development : To the rescue!!!

When Hardware doesn't work      
  Whether were talking a new harddrive freshly installed or an existing harddrive that has been in use and
suddenly failed, an inoperative harddrive is no fun! Ditto goes for printers, scanners, cdroms, monitors,
modems, ethercards(nic's) sound boards etc.

For Windows people : use of the device manager under controlpanel->system or the new hardware
wizard is your place to try and resolve the reason.

For Linux users : if your using a mandrake release try using harddrake to resolve the issues.

There are so many variables the process of illimination is your best answer.

Are We There YET!      
  Nobody likes a slow system. You scrimp and save for the fastest system money can buy and what
happens? it slows to a crawl doesn't perform well and keep issuing these persistant error messages.
There are many factors that effect system performance. There is harddisk fragmentation that slows
loading and saving of files (not an issue with linux), memory fragmentation (also not an issue with linux)
memory leaks (not an issue with linux) , excessive swapping, bloatware, and redundancy.
  1. Stop windows from using a variable size swap file. Set the swap file size to 4 times your memory
    as both the minimum and maximum values. See PC-MEDIC::CDROM
  2. Place your swap file on a partition of it's own to reduce drive fragmentation. See Partitioning
  3. Stop windows from hogging all memory by setting the vcache see PC-MEDIC:CDROM
  4. Install a free program FDefrag to monitor memory and fix memory leaks and releases.
  5. Install all the needed windows updates then shut off windows update wizard so it doesn't
    hog your system resources constantly scanning for new updates.
  6. If you have done all this and still have slow system look at internet explorer the biggest memory
    hog a system can have. Most of it's features are never used by normal people. In addition, it
    handles many things really poorly in the name of being everything to everyone. If your
    performance decreased after installing a new ie version remove all versions with a free program
    called ieradicator then reinstall ie. Performance will increase substantially.
  7. If you prefer you can totally remove ie with ieradicator and go for 98lite which gives you a
    saving of over 30MB in normal use or replace ie with opera which will both give you a memory
    saving, faster response, and hundreds of enhanced features that run on demand without tying up
    your system.
Multiple Drives      
  Multiple drives can have great benefits for your computer experience. They are used for everything from
segmenting storage space to better facilitate backup strategies to increasing storage space. Your system
usually can handle up to 4 IDE devices (hardrives/cdroms/dvd's) If you have less than 4 units in your
system you can add another harddisk also providing you have room in the cabinet for it. Before you can
use the new drive you need to partition it with fdisk (see partitioning) and format it. If you define many
partitions they each need to be formatted. Note that adding a drive will result in the first partition of that
drive being assigned drive d: as it's letter. So if you have logical drives C: D: E: F: on the first drive and
add a new drive with 4 logical drives then the first drive will contain drives C: E: F: G: and the second
one will have D: H: I: J: adding a third harddisk will again bump drive letters such the the third drive will
contain E: L: M: N:. For linux users this is no problem since drive 1 will be hda1,hda5,hda6,hda7 and the
second will be hdb1,5,6,7 the third will be hdc1,5,6,7.

Note that if you install a new harddisk some or all of your programs may not work till reconfigured
because they may be set to use references to the drive that was moved.

Separating data from software is a key way to improve back-up strategies. When data is mixed in with
software you can miss important data back-ups by failing to select all the files but with a dedicated data
drive or drives there is less chance of missing data back-ups.

Where are my files/drives?      
  Files and even whole drives have been known to disappear from your view under Win-ME/NT/2K/XP
and this is customarily due to using administration rights and the folders view settings incorrectly. Third
party software that manages files/folders/drives will also have this effect. If you use third party software
to manage your system, do not remove such software until you have restored full unrestricted access to
all files folders and drives.
I Got a bitch of a virus!      
  If you have come here after infection I am sorry. Ideally you should protection in place so you don't
get infected. If you suspect infection DO NOT chat with friends, browse the internet use email (not even check email) If you have antivirus software check your system locally first then visit symantic web site at
www.symantic.com and have your system scanned. follow any corrective actions to make you safe again
then checkout Protection to develop ways to rid yourself of the problems and protect yourself.
What's with these upgrade things    
  Like most people who look to buy an operating system, they expect the cash they shelled out to be the end of it. Unfortunately, such is not the case. Software continually evolves with new features. Some of
the features are important while many others are just wastes of time. You can greatly slow down a
system by adding updates that do nothing more for you than waiste memory or disk space. Anti-virus
Anti-trojan, Firewall, and vulernerability patches are important ones to get. New browsers, or script
handlers are usually not needed until you want to do something that your system can't handle without.