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Your PC’s hard drive – Is it wearing out?

The hard drive inside your computer, which you may know as “the C drive” stores your Windows setup, all your programs and (usually) all your files. This is what it looks like:-

hard drive - whats inside

So if it starts to become faulty, your computer will become very sluggish – but at this point your data is generally still safe.

So I recommend you take a few minutes to download and install Acronis Drive Monitor, a FREE utility which will assess the health of your hard drive – and alert you as and when it starts to develop any problems. Download your copy here

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This early warning should prevent your drive becoming seriously faulty – at that point your data is at risk – and you may have needed to consider using a specialist to recover the files.

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iPad users – want a larger screen ?

iPad users – Do you know it’s easy to display the screen on your (much-larger) HDMI screen using a HDMI adapter.

ipad4 hdmi adapter

Click here Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter to see one currently being sold (if you search they’ll probably also have one for older iPads using the 30-pin connector)

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Monitor problem – what you can check before calling support ….

The first thing is to check if the fault is with the monitor – or your PC.

This is important because – if it’s the cable or the monitor, it can be easily replaced yourself without too much expense (possibly just £10 or £15 – or even £0 which is perfect!).

Here’s how to see if the monitor or the video cable is the problem:-

1. Monitor is receiving power – either a green/blue or amber light. *
2. Cable is securely attached to the screen – tighten the thumbscrews if necessary.
3. Cable is securely attached to the back of the PC – tighten them if necessary.

below is a VGA connectorVGA connector

4. Ask a friend / colleague if they have a similar cable (blue is VGA, white is DVI and black is HDMI).

5. Ask a friend / colleague if they will let you borrow their monitor – to see if it is at fault.

If you still see nothing on screen, the fault is likely with your computer itself. It contains a video card (either built-in) or slotted in which may be faulty and need replacement. Or there could be a more serious problem with the circuitry inside your PC which may make it not economical to repair.

* an amber light can mean one of two things – it’s in “power save mode” or not connected to the PC. In power saving mode, usually pressing the space bar on your keyboard (and/or moving the mouse) will restore the screen to life.

* If not connected to the PC, usually it will show the words “No connection” but again these words may not be visible if the monitor’s gone into “power save” mode so you may wish to do the above first to check.

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Are you sitting correctly at your computer ?

This is the correct way that your computer should be setup …..

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Monitor connections – VGA, DVI + HDMI

Flat screen monitors for computers can have 3 different type of video connection to your computer:

  • VGA is the oldest (and is usually blue)
  • DVI is newer (and is usually white)
  • HDMI is the most recent (and is usually coloured black)

When buying a new monitor or computer, check that both items share at least one of the above connection types – otherwise you may need to buy a different cable or adapter to connect them (usually around £15 in most stores). If you need advice, please contact me here

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