Quick Fix for when your Surface won’t turn on

What to do when your Microsoft Surface won’t turn on When your Surface won’t turn on, it is likely to be power problems. It’s happened several times that my wife’s or my Surface won’t turn on. I know from experience that when it first happens the feeling one has is FEAR! Fear that something is seriously…

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NAS Recovery and NAS Crash Prevention Tips from Gillware Data Recovery

For a small business owner or a small business IT technician, nothing is more headache- and panic-inducing than a NAS server crash. NAS recovery after such a crash has its own issues to avoid making things worse and making subsequent data recovery more difficult. Unintended formatting of a NAS drive is just one serious example…

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DPC Watchdog Violation Fix Steps

How to: DPC Watchdog Violation fix Windows 10, 8 You no doubt are searching for a DPC watchdog violation fix Windows 10 – or Windows 8 – and this error can be fixed with the steps below (shown with screenshots). This error (often) relates to device driver problems. It can be scary as it is…

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Prevent a Hard Drive Crash by Using These SMART Utilities

Hard drive failures equal downtime and data loss.  For businesses, this ultimately leads to loss of revenue.  By using a SMART utility though, it is possible to prevent a catastrophic failure by giving you enough time to take action as soon as a problem is detected.  In this article, I would like to share with…

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Crashed Hard Drive Opened for Recovery

How to Recover Data from a Crashed Hard Drive

The complete guide to hard drive recovery.  Successful hard drive recovery is important to everyone, because you have important and potentially irreplaceable data and files.  Whether the data has been lost due to a hard disk drive crash, or the computer has stopped working for some other reason, this article shows you how to safely…

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Free Computer Repair Flowcharts

Morris Rosenthal has written a book that includes 17 flowcharts to help walk you through the process of troubleshooting computer related hardware issues.  He is offering eight of these flowcharts for free on the Foner Books website including a boot failure troubleshooting poster.  Whether you are training new techs or are a new tech yourself…

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How to Check the Speed of a USB Flash Drive

Quick and Useful Tools to test USB drive speed Many people don’t realize that all USB flash drives are not created equal.  Depending on the type of memory they have, their speeds can vary greatly.  Being in IT, I have accumulated a small collection of these drives and have needed a way to test USB…

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How to Find Drivers for Unknown Devices in Device Manager

Unknown Device IconYesterday I reinstalled Windows on a laptop for one of our users at work. When the installation was complete, I popped in the driver CD to begin the process of installing the drivers that Windows didn’t install. For some reason the CD only contained two of the eight drivers that I needed. Normally, tracking down the right driver can be a huge annoyance, especially when your devices are showing up with generic names like PCI Device, Video Controller, System Device, or Unknown Device. But with the help of a little utility, I was able to find all of the drivers that I needed saving me lots of time and frustration.

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