Sound Fix – Have Problems With Your Computer’s Audio Device?

Sound Fix

Having problems with your computer's audio device? Check to make sure your able to hook up head phones or another set of speakers to your computer first. It's possible it's an issue with your sound card driver if your not able to hear any sound when hooking up different headphones or speakers.

If it's a problem with the sound driver you can go to "Start" then "Control Panel". Go into "Device Manager" and see if there is a yellow exclamation point next to your audio device. If the yellow exclamation point exists you can right click the audio device and select delete.

There is a refresh icon in Device Manager that you can click after deleting the audio device. Device Manager will find the audio device again and try to install the drivers for it again. If windows update is enabled it will try to download the drivers from the internet other wise you will be prompted for your installation media ie. original sound card CD or Windows CD.

Sound Fix

Mass Effect Game – Cant Get Mass Effect to Play on Windows 7?

Mass Effect Game

Can't get Mass Effect to play on Windows 7? You can download and install a most current patch for Mass Effect. If that does not resolve your issue you can try upgrading your video card driver by going into your Windows 7 control panel.

In device manager find and highlight your video display adapter or graphics adapter and then double click it or right click it and select "Properties". In a properties there should be an upgrade driver button. If you are using windows updates then a most current driver should then download via windows updates.

Another option would be to try changing a Mass Effect desktop shortcut to "Run as administrator". You right click a Mass Effect desktop shortcut and select "Properties" from that menu. Go to a "Compatability" tab in properties and check a "Run this program as an administrator" box.

Click "OK" and then try to run that program again.

Mass Effect Game

Windows Chkdsk – Did Your Windows Computer Crash Unexpected?

Windows Chkdsk

What to do if your windows computer crashes unexpectedly. Some users receive "C:$Secure is corrupt Pls run Chkdsk utility" error message. You can boot your computer into safe mode by hitting an F8 key right after your computer BIOS screen flashes and before windows boots and select "Safe Mode".

In Safe Mode click on "Start" then select "Run" and type CMD in the box and click "Ok". In that black command prompt window type chkdsk /r. It may take a while for it to run but hopefully it will fix any bad sectors.

Another option is to boot your computer in safe mode again and this time run chkntfs /x c: at a command prompt. Finally, you boot off your Windows installation CD and hit the R key to get into the Recovery Console. Once in Recovery Console run chkdsk /p /r.

If that doesn't fix your problem you can try a repair installation of Windows. Another option would be to boot into safe mode and this time select "Last Known Good Configuration". You don't have to use your Windows media to boot with last known good configuration.

Windows Chkdsk

If you hit an F8 key after your BIOS screen flashes and right before windows tries to boot you will see a menu. Please select "Last Known Good Configuration" from that menu. Hopefully the computer will boot normally.

It's worth trying last known good configuration because I have seen it fix issues like this before. Yes its possible your hard drive is failing unfortunately, but it's worth trying to repair your installation of Windows.

Two additional repair solutions are specifically geared towards Microsoft Windows Vista operating sytem. One option is if the hard drive is still good would be to run Vista's "System File Checker" in safe mode. You can follow those instructions below.

System File Checker

A second option would be to run an upgrade or repair installation of Vista. You shouldn't loose any of your data but some Vista settings might be reset. You can follow some instructions for a repair/upgrade installation below.

Installation and Repair

Hunting Unlimited PC – Fix Prism 3d Engine Problem For Game

Hunting Unlimited PC

When trying to play Hunting Unlimited 2009, you may get Prism 3d engine problem pop up and you are unable to play that game. You can try updating your Directx to a most current version.

Update DirectX

To start an installation immediately, click Open or run this program from its current location. Update your version of Java to a latest version. Download and install a latest Java version.

Updating Java

Hunting Unlimited PC

Finally, you can try updating your video card drivers. Right click "My Computer" select "Properties" then select a "Hardware" tab, then click on "Device Manager" and expand "Display Adapters". Right click on your display adapter(s) and choose "Update Driver" and choose "Yes this time only" or "Yes now and every time I connect a device" in a Hardware Update Wizard.

If that doesn't fix your issue you can find a name of your graphics card and try to find a newest driver for it. Here are requirements to run Hunting Unlimited 2009:

Operating System: Windows XP or Vista
Processor: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or compatible
Ram: 256MB
DirectX: Direct X 9.0 (Included on CD)
Hard Drive Space: 1GB Hard Drive Space
Drives: CD-ROM
Video Card: 64 MB Direct X 9 Graphics Card
Sound Card: Direct X 9 compatible sound card
Other: Mouse and Keyboard

Pdf Problem – Can’t open .pdf files in Adobe Acrobat Reader?

pdf Problem

Unable to open .pdf files in Adobe Acrobat Reader all of the sudden? You may receive the "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program: C:Program Files (x86)AdobeReader This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information." error message when attempting to open Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If removing and reinstalling the program does not solve the problem then the following solutions may work.

1. One of the easiest solutions is to go into the properties of the AcroRd32.exe executable by right clicking on the AcroRd32.exe executable and then selecting "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)". You may also have to do this on the Acrobat.exe executable as well.

2. Another solution if the previous one doesn't work is to try right clicking the executable(s) again only this time select "Run as Administrator". Then proceed with the first set of instructions.

pdf Problem

3. Finally editing the following registry key will hopefully fix your error. To accomplish this you go to "Start" select "Run" type in "Regedit" click on "Ok". Once in the registry editor navigate to the following location HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders. On the right side of registry editor highlight "AppData". Double click "AppData" to edit its path. Change the path from %USERPROFILE%Application Data to %USERPROFILE%AppData.

HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/UserShellFolders AppData key value from %USERPROFILE%Application Data to %USERPROFILE%AppData

Transfer Files Computer – How to Move Data to Microsoft PCs

Transfer Files Cable

How to transfer files between two or more computers running Microsoft Windows. Some computer users like to transfer files between two Windows computers using "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard". This often requires using a direct cable connection between the two computers with a serial cable.

Both computers must have a serial port and transfer times can be slow, especially when transferring larger amounts of data. An option with quicker data transfer rates is using the USB ports on the computers and the help of a special transfer cable much like the cable pictured.

Transfer Files Cable

Other options would be to transfer your data via a USB flash drive, external USB hard drive, or setting up a simple home network with your souce and destination computer(s) plugged into a hub, router, or switch. Looking into what hardware or software is needed before attempting to transfer your data is highly recommended.

iTunes Problems – Quicktime Updates May Cause iTunes to Fail

iTunes Problems

Apple Quicktime updates may cause iTunes to fail. You may receive a "Need to repair or reinstall Quicktime" message after installing Quicktime update(s). Sometimes a complete removal and re installation is necessary to clear software errors and problems.

You may need to clean up your registry entries for quick time and iTunes, so that when reinstalling both programs you start out clean with the registry. Be sure to backup your registry with the utility CCleaner that I'm recommending you download and install. CCleaner is free and very reliable.

iTunes Problems

Download and install CCleaner from a following link:

CCleaner EXE

From within a CCleaner program run a registry cleaner utility. Please backup your registry when prompted. A link below has a short tutorial to show you how to run that registry cleaner utility.

This should clean out any registry settings that is not being removed for quick time and itunes.

Best Registry Cleaning

After running that registry cleaner then you can reinstall quicktime and iTunes and hopefully it will resolve your issue.

Premiere Help – Adobe Premiere Giving You a Huge Problem?

Adobe Premiere giving you a problem? Some users report receivng the "System error occured while trying to rename the captured clip" error message after completing a video capture and when prompted to save and name the file. The video clip then gets stored in the input folder as a temporary clip.

To clear this error message, you can delete your temp files in C:\Windows\Temp and any temp files located in the Adobe Premiere programs folder. If this doesn't fix the problem then you can try reinstalling Adobe Premiere 6.5 by removing it via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel then reinstalling it from your paid installation media. You can also try manually removing Premiere via the tutorial at the following Adobe article in case after removing it via Control Panel and then reinstalling it, the problem is not corrected.

Adobe Premiere help

Premiere Help

Personal Antivirus Removal – PC or Laptop Running Strange?

Personal Antivirus Removal

Is your PC or Laptop running strange? Adware or advertising supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy invasive software.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. The term "computer virus" is sometimes used as a catch all phrase to include all types of malware, including true viruses.

Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user's personal computer. Sometimes, however, spyware such as keyloggers are installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer on purpose in order to secretly monitor other users.

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can only spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to that target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive. Viruses can increase their chances of spreading to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer.

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Outlook Error 0X80042108 – Fix Microsoft Error 0x80042108

Outlook Error 0x80042108

Receiving Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80042108? When trying to access your Outlook email account you may receive "error 0x80042108. Outlook is unable to connect to your POP3 server".

If you receive this error it may occur for the following reasons:

  • You are not connected to the Internet or a network, or your e-mail server is temporarily unavailable.
  • Your account settings are not correct.
  • Your user profile in Outlook is damaged.
  • An e-mail item on your POP3 server is damaged.
  • The configuration of your anti virus software is incorrect.
  • Outlook Express was removed from the computer or the installation is damaged.
  • The configuration of your personal firewall software is incorrect.

You can try to narrow down and fix this error by:

  • Making sure your network connection hasn't dropped.
  • Double checking that your email account settings are correct.
  • Recreating your Outlook profile in case it is damaged.
  • Logging into your email account through web based interface and looking for damaged emails.
  • Checking to see if your anti virus software is blocking email access.
  • Looking to see if Outlook Express was removed or possibly corrupted.
  • Checking your firewall settings, making sure your firewall is not blocking email access.

Outlook Error 0x80042108

Simply rebooting the computer may clear that error. Starting Outlook in safe mode by the outlook.exe /safe command should allow you to get into your email. Looking for and stopping any duplicate Outlook.exe processes is another possibility.

Finally, booting the computer in safe mode and disabling any third party software ie. anti virus or firewall and then opening Outlook to narrow down the culprit. You can read more information about this error and full solution descriptions at the following Microsoft page.

0x80042108