Things to do with your old computer parts
After purchasing a new computer, you are all set to say bye to your old computer and switch to a new one. Your new computer will be having boatload of memory, lots of cores, and a fast, modern graphics card and your old pc would be sitting in the corner without getting used.
Here are the certain ideas which you can implement to make a good use of your old computer and its parts.
Converting it into a home server:
You can convert your old pc into a server if more than one user are using your home network. All pcs can’t be used for this purpose, ask your service provider before doing it. You can also use your old PC as a storage device for storing photos or important files and use it whenever you need them.
Donate it to educational institution:
If your PC is in working condition then donate it to the day care center or any local educational institution. Before donating install some necessary software which can be useful to the institution taking it. Also remove your personal data from and uninstall the programs you have installed earlier while using it. If your pc is not in working condition then you can donate it to the high schools for hardware testing purposes.
Turn it into an experimental box:
Your old PC can prove to be a good experimental box that can give wings to all your experiment of using new software and OS. You can partition windows of your old system with Linux (Ubuntu). There are many software that can work on Linux and can bring new experience for you.
Convert it into a gaming console:
If you love playing games than you can convert your PC into a gaming console by installing an emulator of your choice. This would enable you to play games on your TV screens. Adding emulator to your pc would allow you to play and enjoy the game from the time of your father.
Get it recycled through reputable recycling firm:
You can get your old PC recycled through a reputable recycling firm. As all electronics recycling programs are not created equally, you must go through net or take help of EPA guide to know about it.
If your PC is in working condition than it can be helpful in making money for you. You can sell your PC and earn money from it. You can also use it for making DIY projects.
How to recover deleted data from PC easily?
“You can now recover your lost or deleted data from PC easily on your own”. Sounds quite unusual, but you can recover your lost data or deleted data from PC that too very easily, if you discover the loss soon. Chances of recovering deleted or lost files lows down every time you write anything on hard drive. Try to minimize the use of computer until you recover complete data. Here’s how you can recover deleted data or files from the PC:
Look in the bin:
Windows store deleted data in Recycle bin as a safety measure. It is one of the obvious place to look for your deleted files. Sometime you may find your deleted files there and you can recover those files by dragging and dropping the files on desktop to restore them.
Use your backup:
It might be the case that you have deleted your files from recycle bin in order to remove trash from your PC or you might have the habit of using ‘Shift + Delete’ for deleting files. In such cases, recovering data from backup is another solution. If you have habit of backing up your hard drive or libraries then you can find you’re deleted files or data from there. If you don’t backup your files then sorry this solution is not for you.
Restore previous version:
You can also recover your deleted data or files by restoring previous version. Once your file gets deleted from the system, the space covered by that file is cleared and is marked as free space available for saving other things. But your computer won’t overwrite that space unless it has no other option available. If you are recovering anything through this process then don’t download or save anything at that time. You can do this by right clicking the location where your file was stored and selecting restoring previous version.
Try free recovery software:
As stated above, your computer don’t overwrite the space made available by deleting any file or data until it doesn’t have any other option is available for saving data. That’s why it is advised not to download or save any data while restoring deleted data. There are various software available for recovering deleted data and files. These software are easy to use and have good track of record in recovering deleted data. These are so portable that you don’t have to install if you want to use them.
If all the above methods fail or you are unable to recover data on your own, then land on the last resort i.e. hire a professional to recover data for you. With above methods you can recover your data and files from the PC which was deleted accidentally from your computer.
Most prominent computer problems with their solutions
Each and every person using computers face one or the other problems with his or her system and calling a technician for these problems can bring stress on their wallets.
Following are the most prominent computer problems with their appropriate solutions.
It is one of the most common and frustrating problem faced by almost every user. Lack of maintenance, fragmented data, a corrupted registry, spyware and dozens of unnecessary programs running at the same time can be major causes. Keep track of your programs. Remove programs which you don’t use at all and always close the program once you have used it. Clean your registry with one of the many free or paid applications available for Windows or OS you use.
Slow internet connection:
If downloading, browsing or streaming videos and music online have to suffer because of slow speed internet. Troubleshooting methods for slow internet connection would be depending on the factors of problem you are facing. If you can’t reach any site then try rebooting your modem. Check for the programs running background and causing auto download of files.
Computer doesn’t turn ON:
Worst situation, you hit power button but machine doesn’t start. There are number of factors which can cause this computer problem to take place. It may be due to something as simple as a loose cord, or as serious as a dead power supply. Sometimes your PC gets started but it may be monitor who is the actual culprit. Check for the loose cables and fix them fast. If still the problem persist then call the technician for help.
If your screen looks weird – random lines or psychedelic graphics randomly appears or display goes off as soon you switch on the PC. This means your graphic card or monitor is sick and needs an urgent action for smooth working. Look for the power supply to monitor and if there is any problem related to graphic card then get it changed by the experts.
Forgetting backup of data:
Most of the home users overlook the importance of backing up their data and files. Because of this they have to face when their important files and folders go missing from the saved location. Always back up your data until it is too late to recover them. There are various ways like restoring previous version, checking recycle bin for files, etc. to recover the lost data.