friend Phil saved at least $135 with this tip. In fact, he nearly
bought a new computer thinking his hard drive memory was fried,
or that a virus did him in.
was nothing wrong with his computer at all, except that it would
boot up to the manufacturer's startup splash screen and then go
dead. The keyboard and mouse would not work. The monitor did
work, displaying the unmoving splash screen. The function keys
did not work. It was impossible to go into Safe Mode or anything
else. Nothing else was connected but the keyboard, mouse and
A standard laboratory test would indicate that
the hard drive memory on his computer is ruined.
in his case -- and this may have already happened to you -- the
diagnosis was incorrect. There was nothing wrong with the hard
drive at all...or even the computer.
proposed his problem to about a dozen of my computer guru friends
and none of them came up with the right answer. And I'm going to
give it to you free.
Because in an estimated fifty per cent of the time when this
problem comes to them THE GURUS GUESS WRONG.
happens then? The little geniuses will show you a list of viruses
that you had probably already quarantined, they will install and
run older versions of AdAware and McAfee than you already had,
screwing up your subscriptions, and hand you a bill for $175 for
a computer that HAD NO PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
worse, you just “donate” your perfectly good
computer, thinking it's fried, and then spend big bucks on a new
now you know the symptoms. Now here's what's REALLY wrong over
FIFTY PER CENT OF THE TIME:
computer's cabinet is placed too close to a wall or something, or
dust builds up, or a sheet of paper can fall between things and
block the air vents to your computer. When the air vents are only
partially blocked, the memory chip gets hot enough to fry an egg
and stops working. You can run tests til you're blue in the face
but it checks out as a dead hard drive...UNTIL IT COOLS DOWN,
then everything is fine again.
has happened to me a couple of times over the years and I thought
it was worth trying on my buddy so I told him to just shut it
down for several hours, unplugged from the wall, and try
again...and it worked just fine, and still does.
Phil had taken it to the Geeks it would have cooled down and they
would have never even seen his problem and then gone on to do the
unneeded proprietary tuneup.
that I saved you thousands of bucks I sure would appreciate it if
you would hit my tip jar over there. It'll help my Social
Security income last a little farther into the month. Thanks.
not email this page to a grateful friend?