Archive for April, 2011

Fun with Windows 7

Monday, April 11th, 2011

OK, this is nothing much to do directly with communicating, but I felt I should share this!

A few weeks ago I updated my main PC to Windows 7.  It was either that or a complete re-install of XP.

The thing had become really slow to start and was generally sluggish.  Sound familiar to anyone?  Hence the thoughts of a re-install.

Then I decided that if I was going to spend time re-installing everything, I might as well bite the bullet and upgrade as it wouldn’t take any longer!

So off I went, bought my DVD of Windows 7 professional and less than half an hour later I had a brand new operating system!  And what a difference it made!  Talk about fast, absolutely amazing.

Last week I started having problems………  Slow startup, constant freezing up and a general lack of performance.

Was I an unhappy bunny….  Then I got logical and thought back over what I’d done over the last couple of weeks.  The main thing was to re-arrange the hard drives in the PC and add a big (1 Terabyte) drive as a local backup.  The plan, by the way, is to sign up for an internet-based backup service once all my data is nice and tidy.

After a bit of head-scratching, plus a few hours trying all the fixes I found on Google, I wondered if I might be having problems with power.  After all, I have 4 hard drives, a fairly powerful graphics card and an additional sound card.

Now, at this point I have to confess to being a closet technical person.  So I added an extra power supply for the hard drives.

And all my problems have gone!  Every one of them.  Next step is to upgrade the power suply in the PC so I don’t have extra wires everywhere!

Now I can get back to doing all the stuff I should have been doing instead of messing about with a computer!