<img src="/geekers/eventviewerxp-thumb.png" />I was working on a project for work when I suddenly got the strangest error: "The Event Log is Full". Seriously? What I didn't remember is that Windows XP doesn't automatically overwrite events less than 7 days old from the event log, so when it's full, most applications that try and write to the event log are going to break.
<img src="/geekers/sidebarfix-thumb.png" />If you install a lot of different Vista Gadgets you might have come across a situation where your Vista Sidebar no longer is working correctly, or possibly even crashing or (more frequently) just hanging. You can reset the sidebar back to the default settings with a very simple tweak that we'll explain here.
<img src="/geekers/togglekeys-thumb.png" />One of our many great readers wrote in the other day asking why his computer was making a noise when he pressed the caps lock key. After thinking about it for a minute, I realized that he probably had accidentally turned on Toggle keys, which makes a sound when you press CAPS lock.
If you've ever had booting problems, spyware or viruses, you've likely attempted to boot from the Windows CD and run some repairs... but sometimes that's just not enough. Sure, you can easily backup your data using Ubuntu, but a much better option is to use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.
You've got tech skills... your friends and family ask for your help, and you share your knowledge with others on many online forums. Today I'm going to help you learn how to turn that tech knowledge into actual money, using the CrossLoop Marketplace from the comfort of your own home.
Have you ever right-clicked on a file from a mapped share and gotten this really irritating popup message from Windows? Even more annoying, when you try and drag and drop files from a network share, you get another popup asking "Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?" So what's the deal?
With all the fanfare surrounding the release of Firefox 3 and the setting of a new world record for downloads, the fact that many people are having problems with Firefox instability seemed to get lost in the shuffle... so I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting methods that might help solve your problems.
If you're using Firefox as your default Internet browser and Outlook as your email client, then you may have noticed that when you click on a URL link in an Outlook email, you get a popup dialog box titled "Locate Link Browser" and then Firefox will load normally. It doesn't seem to cause any problems, but it's certainly very annoying having to close that dialog box every time!
Have you ever tried to select a bunch of files in Windows Explorer while holding down the Ctrl key, and then all of a sudden there are duplicate copies of all of those files sitting in the folder? Really irritating, so how do we fix it?
So you notice you are missing icons in the System Tray, like the clock or volume icons, and then you realize that you simply can't enable them because the checkboxes are grayed out. So what do you do?
If you are having issues with Internet Explorer running extremely slow, crashing, locking up, or just generally behaving badly, there are a couple of troubleshooting steps that you can follow to likely fix the problem. And no, I'm not going to just tell you to install Firefox.
When you have a problem with your Windows computer, you'll usually be told to insert the Windows cdrom and then start the Recovery Console in order to fix the issue. So where did you put that XP disc anyway? Why can't we just install the recovery console to the hard drive?
If you use Outlook and you've noticed it being excessively slow or just having errors, you should probably scan and repair your Personal Folders file for any problems. It's sorta like checkdisk for your email.
If you can't figure out how to turn on the Details or Preview panes in Windows Vista Explorer, you aren't alone. This question popped up on the forum the other day, so I decided to write up the answer for everybody's benefit.
A reader wrote in this week asking why his folder pane in Windows XP wasn't working... it didn't display anything other than a gray background with nothing else. This is actually a common problem that I've personally experienced before, which I luckily knew the solution to.
Normally we try and focus on articles about how to customize your computer, but today we'll take a break from that and do a book review. This is something I've not done before, so any suggestions or questions will be welcomed in the comments.
If your Windows Vista computer has encountered the dreaded "BOOTMGR is missing" error, you aren't alone. If the problem isn't hardware related you can fix it with relative ease as long as you have a Windows Vista DVD handy.
Have you ever had an issue where you continually get DNS errors while trying to browse, but another computer on the same network is working just fine? The problem is most likely that you need to reload your DNS cache on that machine.
So you just bought a training video and popped it into your computer. You click on the menu in the autoplay dialog and it opens up Firefox, your default browser. Now you are staring at a blank screen. What now?
We've all gotten the call from some family member asking why their computer isn't working properly. After an hour of troubleshooting over the phone with them or trying to get remote assistance to work we've decided we're skipping the next family reunion to avoid being asked to help... there has to be a better way...
If "My Computer" takes a really long time to open on your computer, you are most likely experiencing a well-known issue where Windows hangs while trying to search for network folders and printers before displaying anything to you.