Are you experiencing some unsolved PC or laptop crashes? Here are some tips to diagnose what could be a power supply issue!
In today’s issue of Layman’s Terms, we’re going to have a look at some terminology related to power and energy. Power Cycling: Essentially, power cycling is a fancy way of saying ‘hard reset.’ It involves cutting the power to a device, then restoring the power. You can either do this by manually cutting the device off […]
If you’re like most computer users, you have a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply); these are available at all office stores. Most of you know these things as “the huge brick-like power strip that beeps really loud when the power goes out”. Chances are that most of you have an entry-level UPS with 6 power outlets […]
The Tampa Bay Area of Florida (where PCMech is based and where I reside) is recognized as "Lightning Capital Of North America", because we get more cloud-to-ground bolts than anywhere else on this continent. What I’m about to tell you is an extreme example of the situation that even if you have all the electrical […]
In the US, Irene is coming. Maybe. It could be a Category 3 hurricane in Florida where PCMech is based. There are many write-ups on the internet describing the best ways to protect your electronics during weather disasters, however there’s a few things they don’t cover in too much detail that are pretty important. A […]
This is an instance which has caused many a PC builder some serious frustration – only because they didn’t know the root cause of the problem. Situation: You upgrade a component of your PC, be it the processor, graphics card or what-have-you. After the upgrade, you start getting random BSODs and you have absolutely no […]
If you don’t have one already, you might want to consider getting an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). The reason is simple: a power outage or spike can occur at any time which can wipe out not only what you are currently working on, but possibly your computer components as well. A UPS’s job is simply […]
Your computer’s power supply, or PSU, is a critical part of your computer. It has to supply the exact or near exact voltage at the required wattage to all of the circuitry inside your computer. The processor and memory are particularly sensitive and require an exact supply or as near as possible to one. So, […]