Generals (Free Self Help Computer Repair Advice) <![CDATA[Welcome to the help clinic forums]]>
NO SPAM, all you people that are trying to sell your Boots, Clothes, or whatever bullshit, go and do it somewhere else.

I DELETE SPAM IMMEDIATELY! No matter how cleverly you have tried to disguise it
I am notified about every post your SPAM  WILL BE DELETED and your account get deleted and banned, so don't waste your time.

Spammers, YOU are no longer welcome here! Move Along.
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:56:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Too good to be true]]>
Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:50:37 GMT
<![CDATA[Computer will not boot]]> Please click the link below to visit the topic:

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:29:50 GMT
<![CDATA[Laptop & desktop problems]]>
What you are describing could be a number of issues...

A) Your laptop could be suffering from software bloat or a virus, or even an over aggressive virus checking program. Have you run a virus scan? I suggest doing a free online scan at Panda ( ).

B) From your description it is really hard to tell what you mean by "won't display the actual desktop screen" , What is it displaying if anything?

Please provide me with some more detail so I can help you better?

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:41:07 GMT
<![CDATA[Laptop & desktop problems]]> I have a number of computer problems:

A. Laptop (Dell Inspiron 1521; 61.9 GB; TOSHIBA MK8037GSX ATA DEVICE)
-It is slow and freeze most of the time
B. Desktop.
-I just installed on my desktop a new power supply (Thermaltake Purepower; ATX 12V  2.0; 350watts) and hard drive (Green Power Hard drives by WD). After these installations, the computer is up and running, but it won't display the actual desktop screen.

Can anyboby help me?


Mon, 09 Nov 2009 07:01:45 GMT
<![CDATA[Too good to be true]]> ]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2009 17:44:29 GMT <![CDATA[Too good to be true]]>
I started the Help Clinic in May 09 and I am amazed how few people have asked for help!

I assure everyone that my offer to answer your questions on this forum at no charge is on the level. I don't rely on PC repair as my primary income and so see no need to keep secret the things a layman could do, if they only had a little advice.

So if you are in need of help, post your questions and I will try and answer them.

You'll need an account to post, but that is just to keep the spammers and porno freaks out. We do not email you or spam you, and do not sell or give away your email either, it is only used to verify your account and if necessary retrieve your password should you forget it.

If you need help please post away, I am always happy to lend a hand where I can. :nerd:
Sun, 24 May 2009 23:44:11 GMT
<![CDATA[Some great email safety tips]]> E-Mail Etiquette


This is advice from a Network Administrator responsible for all of the computers at a very large corporation.  It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send emails.
Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward emails?
50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? 

Every time you forward an email there is information left over from the people who received the message before you did, namely their email addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and all it takes is for one person to get a virus, and his computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his
Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! 
How do you stop it?  Well, there are several easy steps.

Try the following if you haven't done it before:

1)  When you forward an email, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). 
Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do.  It only takes a second.  I don't want to see who sent it to you, who sent it to them, etc., etc., etc.
You MUST click the 'Forward' button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message.
If you don't click on 'Forward' first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.
2)  Whenever you send an email to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding email addresses.

Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing ALL the email addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own email address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says to: and your address list will appear.  Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy.  When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients in the 'TO:' field of the people who receive it.
(3)  Remove any 'FW :' in the subject line.  You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

(4)  ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual email you are reading.  (You may have had to open numerous other pages before you got to the real forwarded message!)
Ever get those emails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it?
By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many emails just to see what you sent.

(5)  Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition?  It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book.  The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses.
A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein.. 

DO NOT EVER put your email address on any petition.
If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient.  Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email addresses on a petition.  (And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced; it just ain't so!)
Most e-mail petitions that are forwarded with just a list of names are worthless because they do not fully identify the signer by street address, etc. Nor does it prove that the signer really signed it.
Do not forward them. 
Some of the other emails to delete and not forward are:
A. The one that says something like, 'Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great happen.' Or sometimes they'll say 'something really cute will happen.'

b. And don't let the bad luck ones scare you either, they should get trashed. 
c. Before you forward an 'Amber Alert, or a 'Virus Alert, or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them.  Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS!  Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at  [url=][/url] or [url=][/url] or [url=][/url].  It's really easy to find out if it's real or not.
If it's not true, please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses. Also get rid of the advertisements at the bottom of your emails! You pay for your internet why advertise free for them? If they want advertisement let them pay you to use your space!!!!
Finally, here's an idea!!! 
Send a link to this to all your e-mail friends.  This is something that SHOULD be forwarded to everyone you send or swap email with
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:32:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Welcome to the help clinic forums]]>
These forums are to help people find answers to their problems and share knowledge in general so we can all grow in knowledge and skill.

Please observe the following rules.

  • Post your question in the correct topic.
  • If no correct topic is available please start one
  • Please keep your posts focused on the issue at hand
  • Please help each other out when possible
  • Do not post porn, illegal or hate messages (You will be banned)!
I will answer as many of your PC related questions as possible, I am PC technician and programmer with over 20yrs experience and will be glad to personally answer as many questions as I am qualified to answer. I hope that others will share their knowledge to and help us expand the overall scope of the Help Clinic forums. If you have expertise in a particular field and would like to become a moderator of a help topic please contact me or one of the other admins and provide us with the following details.
  • Area Of expertise
  • Length of experience
  • Level of participation you whish to provide.

The Help Clinic is dedicated to prividing an open source forum for the advancement of knolwdge and to aiding those in need.

Thank You
Ron Haines
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 17:02:14 GMT