How to Check if Your PC RAM is Faulty

How to Check if Your PC RAM is Faulty

de_cat_ram_este_nevoieCouple of times your computer starts exhibiting erratic behaviors ranging from abrupt shutdowns, excessive slowness, blue screen of death, etc. These behaviors are very annoying technical issues you can be challenged with, and the RAM hardware are usually overlooked in the initial troubleshooting steps.

You might just realize that your RAM is just the whole headache you’ve been having, and needs to be changed. Go through these few steps to run checks on your RAM to determine its health status, using the Windows inbuilt tool called “Windows Memory Diagnostic” tool.

  • Open Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool – there are various ways to do this
    1. On your Start menu or search bar, type Windows Diagnostic Tool, then click it when it shows up.Untitled
    2. Or on your Run box, type mdsched.exe and press EnterUntitled1
  • When the tool opens, you can then choose between two options: The first option will restart your machine and check the memory right then, and the second option checks the RAM the next time you reboot. Pick the option that best suits your needs.Untitled2
  • Your computer will load a screen that shows the progress of the check and number of passes it will run on the memory. Watch the memory diagnostic tool for errors. If there are no errors, then it’s likely that your RAM is not causing any issues, and it’s time to investigate other hardware or software issues.img_5771f9d4b6a9f
  • When it’s done, your computer will automatically reboot and return to the Windows desktop. After you log in, the test results will appear.
  • However, if the result does not appear automatically after reboot you can check the result through these steps:
    1. Open Event Viewer
    2. Navigate to Windows Logs > System. You’ll see a list of a large number of events. Click “Find” in the right pane.
    3. Type “MemoryDiagnostic” into the find box and click “Find Next”. You’ll see the result displayed at the bottom of the window.img_5772010ecc6e5

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How to Save Your Data from Windows 10 Automatic Update

This information will be of immense value to you if your computer runs on metered Internet connection – maybe through WiFi, USB modem, etc. I may need to remind you that Microsoft in Windows 10 enforced that Windows Updates must occur automatically whenever they available – ‘whether you like it or not!’ unlike previous editions of Windows where you can stop the updates, or schedule them at appropriate times.

Windows 10 will be great, but it needs more time - Image credit MicrosoftI want to make clearer that automatic updates are typically a good thing and I recommend leaving them on in general. However, majority of users (particularly in Nigeria!) have just a small amount of data connection that they need to do their works on their PCs and these updates eat a lot of data, sometimes in Gigabytes (GB). And the users may not have such amount of data to spare.

Let us now see how you can stop these updates from running automatically, thereby saving you some coins. To proceed, you need to identify the edition of your Operating System – Pro, Home or Enterprise (contact us if you don’t know how to confirm this).

For Pro and Enterprise editions, follow these steps:
Step 1

  • Open the Settings App (Win + I)
  • Open the ‘Network & Internet’ section
  • Open ‘Wi-Fi’ and click ‘Advanced Options’
  • Toggle ‘Set as metered connection’ to ‘On’

Step 2

  • Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: gpedit.msc and press enter
  • Navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
  • Double click the Configure Automatic Update, then click Enable
  • Change the Configure Automatic Updates setting to ‘2 – Notify for download and Untitlednotify for install’. Click Ok.
  • Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to -> Update and Security -> Windows Updates. Click ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting
  • Restart

Step 3: For Windows 10 Home editions
Windows 10 Home Edition does not have the features of the two steps described above. So follow the steps below to stop the automatic update if you must…

  • Fig 2 - Turn off Windows Update in Windows 10Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: services.msc and press enter
  • From the Services list which appears find the Windows Update service and open it
  • In ‘Startup Type’ (under the ‘General’ tab) change it to ‘Disabled’
  • Restart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps?
Contact us for further clarifications and/or questions.

 

Download Software To Convert PDF Documents to MS Word here…

UntitledAre you looking for a software to enable you convert a pdf document to a Microsoft Word document?

Follow this link and download the setup file, then run on your PC.
http://www.4shared.com/get/BBmjo-nnba/unipdf-setup.html

Enjoy!!!

Have You Seen the New Airtel Nigeria Data bundles?

airtelAirtel Nigeria has introduced a 4-in-1 voice, data, SMS and social bundle, tagged Unliminet Bundle. The product also offers customers unlimited access to chat on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Blackberry Messenger and Instagram at no cost.
Officially unveiled recently at the company’s head office in Banana Island, Lagos, it comes in four variants (the daily, weekly, monthly and Monthly Max plans) which are accessible by dialing *489#.

The daily plan offers customers 10 Megabyte data, 3 minutes talk time to any network and 3 SMS to any network while the weekly plan offers 60 Megabyte of data, 60 minutes of talk time to any network and 20 SMS to any network.
Customers who subscribe to the monthly plan will get one gigabyte of data, 180 minutes talk time to any network and 100 SMS to any network, while monthly max offers 2 gigabyte of data, 300 minutes talk time to any network and 100 SMS to any network.

Do You Think Your USB Flash is Protected? Learn How to Protect Your USB disks Using BitLocker.

It is usually a nightmare and a bit of hell experience for many folks who have lost valuable data stored on their memory sticks like a USB Flash or external Hard Disk Drive. At the same time, the information you place or store in your Flash can be accessed by anyone who gets hold of these sensitive materials.

There are several available Software and Hardware that one can use to encrypt your flash content and then lock it down with a password. However, majority of this software options require that you have administrative access to your PC. Fortunately too, Microsoft has included an encryption tool called BitLocker that can enable you do all of that.

To enable BitLocker encryption on a USB flash drive, do the following:
1. Insert the USB flash drive, click Start, and then click Computer.
2. Right-click the USB flash drive, and then click Turn On BitLocker. BitLocker initializes the drive.

Untitled3. On the Choose How You Want To Unlock This Drive page, choose one or more for the following options, and then click Next:

  • Use A Password To Unlock This Drive Select this option if you want the user to be prompted for a password to unlock the drive. Passwords allow a drive to be unlocked in any location and to be shared with other people.
  • Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive Select this option if you want the user to use a smart card and enter the smart card PIN to unlock the drive. Because this feature requires a smart card reader, it is normally used to unlock a drive in the workplace and not for drives that might be used outside the workplace.

4. On the How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key page, click Save The Recovery Key To A File.
5. In the Save BitLocker Recovery Key As dialog box, choose a save location, and then click Save.
6. You can now print the recovery key if you want to. When you have finished, click Next.
7. On the Are You Ready To Encrypt This Drive page, click Start Encrypting. Do not remove the USB flash drive until the encryption process is complete. How long the encryption process takes depends on the size of the drive and other factors.

The encryption process does the following:
1. Adds an Autorun.inf file, the BitLocker To Go reader, and a Read Me.txt file to the USB flash drive.
2. Creates a virtual volume with the full contents of the drive in the remaining drive space.
3. Encrypts the virtual volume to protect it.USB flash drive encryption takes approximately 6 to 10 minutes per gigabyte to complete. The encryption process can be paused and resumed provided that you don’t remove the drive.

Hackers Attack Antivirus Company’s Server, Steal Sensitive Data

downloadIn an interesting twist, one the most popular and much-respected Antivirus and computer security firms BitDefender has recently been hacked and has had a portion of its customer data leaked.

The data breach on BitDefender is incredibly embarrassing for the security firm, not merely because the company failed to prevent its customers data from hackers, but also because the reputed computer security company did not encrypt its customers’ most sensitive data.

The hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome, managed to break into a Bitdefender server that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-sized business clients, and extracted usernames and passwords belonging to these clients. This is because these details were saved in a plain unencrypted form.

The Romanian security company admitted its system was breached and said that the attack on its system didn’t penetrate the server, but a security hole “potentially enabled exposure of a few user accounts and passwords.”

After demanding a $15,000 ransom which the firm refused to pay, the hackers uploaded a list of over 250 usernames and passwords over the internet.

“The issue was immediately resolved, and additional security measures have been put in place to prevent its reoccurrence. Our investigation revealed no other server or services were impacted,” said that company’s spokesperson.

BitDefender is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the issue.

Etisalat USB Modem Software

Couple of times, I get calls from people complaining of their modems not working especially Etisalat’s.

Normally the moment you plug a modem into your computer, the system should be able to detect the device and run the driver software to install the device for full functionality with your computer system. However, some people seem to have issues with this process and so the USB modem won’t install completely and will not just work.

usb-modem-72mbps-e173The solution is simply to get the driver software to install. Usually, people spend a lot of time online looking for this driver and will most of the times not be able to get it. So, I decided to give you guys the link for easy download of this driver in case you have this issue.

Just click HERE and you will be directed to the page where I have kept a copy of this driver. When the page opens, click on Free Download.

Hope this helps.