Archive | August 18, 2017

Resolving Hardware Malfunction Error

A hard drive might get damaged due to several reasons like wear and tear, logical board damage, read/write head crash, water damage etc. If you are encountering errors that system hardware has malfunctioned, the possible causes could be related to device driver issues, RAM module concerns and similar other hardware problems. However, in case of hard drive damage, you will need to replace the hard drive and restore from the most recent backup available. In case of valid data backup absence, Hard Drive Recovery service can help extracting the lost data.

While trying to start a Windows based system, it might hang displaying the below error message on screen:

Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardware vendor for support
The system has halted

You might also encounter errors like:

NMI: Fail-safe timer

Or

NMI: Eisa IOCHKERR board x

Cause

The prominent causes for the above errors to occur are:

1.Hardware (like RAM, hard drive, motherboard etc.) malfunction
2.Damaged or incompatible drivers

Solution

The error message doesnt suggest about the specific hardware in issue. So, you need to perform basic troubleshooting processes:

1.Try removing RAM modules in order, leaving only the minimum amount required.
2.The problem might be occurring due to defective adapters. You can try removing adapters that are optional to start the system. If you dont observe the above error message, the removed adapter was the issue.
3.Install the latest drivers available
4.Install the latest BIOS, EISA configuration and firmware configuration software version
5.Set your system BIOS settings to Fail-safe defaults
6.Disable antivirus software protection, if any, in BIOS and set Plug and Play OS to No
7.Diagnose and troubleshoot issues with motherboard, video adapter, processor chips and drive subsystem controller
8.Check the hard drive for errors. If it is faulty, replace the hard drive and restore data from backup.

If you dont maintain a valid backup, consult Hard Drive Recovery technicians for best technical guidance and data recovery. Data Recovery Service is the complete assistance that recovery experts provide to extract valuable information from damaged hard drives.

Second Hand It Hardware

A computer is a combination of software and hardware parts, both of which are very much important to the proper running of the system. New computer hardware parts such hard-disks and RAM remain high in price because they continue to improve in capacity and speed, and if one holds onto computer equipment for a long time, then it can become obsolete. There is however a way to buy the same equipment in cheap prices, by purchasing it second-hand.
There are three main methods of purchasing used products:

-Buying directly from dealers and sale brokers: When purchasing used IT Hardware equipment from dealers and brokers, people should use common sense and should follow some basic rules. People should read the license agreement before purchasing the equipment and see whether there is a return/warranty policy. Test everything before purchasing the hardware equipment. Hardware parts such as system RAM, keyboard, mouse and monitor should be rigorously checked before purchasing the product.

-Online dealers: There are many online shopping sites available to buy second hand IT Hardware equipment. Sites like E-Bay, Amazon, OLX, etc are some of the sites where sellers advertise their used products online. If a person wants to sell his used PCs hardware parts separately, such as the hard-disk or RAM, he can do so by registering a new account with any of the above sites. He can then upload his products details and the price he is looking for. The buyers can check the product details and can communicate with the seller through online chat or messaging systems for any clarification, and if the buyer wants to buy the selected product he pays through online payment and will receive the product in the post. Online auctions have become a very popular way for sellers to sell their second hand equipment and earn money at the same time.

-Buying directly from the manufacturer: Manufacturing companies such as Sony and Dell sometimes have a second hand market where they used and refurbished IT hardware products. Mainly these are computer parts which have had some kind of problem and have had to be returned to the manufacturer under the manufacturer warranty. The problem may have been relatively superficial; such as the box being damaged, or a light scratch on the back of a monitor. The manufacturer is not legally allowed to sell the equipment as new, so they must find other ways to offload this problem equipment, sometimes at bargain prices.

Garmin Satellite Navigation

When we think of Sat Nav we expect it to be used in the car to get us from A to B. But there are far more uses for Garmin Satellite Navigation. >

With Garmin Connect features on your hand held device, you can take your sat nav with you when you are cycling, hiking or camping. Not only will your hand held sat nav show you how to get from A to B but it has lots of added features that mean you can see the terrain you will be travelling on, you can time yourself and see detailed analysis of your journey. This can be very useful if you are doing an off road sport such as mountain biking. You can also share your activities via Facebook or Twitter. You can explore other routes from Garmin users, making it a really clever tool for outdoor activities.

Another innovative move from Garmin is the ecoRoute fuel-saver software. This system is a tool that can evaluate a drivers driving habits, giving them information that will allow them to make informed decisions about their driving. They can choose more fuel efficient routes which saves the driver fuel and money and reduces your carbon footprint.

There are lots of extras that you can add to your Garmin Sat Nav. You can add travel guides with guides for Restaurants, B&Bs and the Good Pub Guide. CityXplorer will add maps on your sat nav for the car, pedestrians or public transport. You can customize your sat nav with points of interest, vehicle icons or even celebrity voices. You can add entertainment to your sat nav, downloading music or games or even audio books.

With a Garmin sat nav you can subscribe, free, to Garmin Live Traffic. This will give you real time alerts as you drive, allowing you to change your route and keep journey time to a minimum.

So, whatever your journey is and however you take it, there is a Garmin Sat Nav to suit you.

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Tom Jacobsen is a writer for www.zenostore.co.uk and has worked in the electronics industry for many years.