PC Problems for Dummies

My good friend David Meldrum complained about my last-but-one post about my PC problems. He wrote in a comment:

In future, can you also post an alternative entry on topics like this in a ‘for dummies’ style? I undersood nothing there… I want to join you on the rollercoaster of emotions that is your life with your computer, but feel unable to do so just now, due to being a bit thick.

Ok. Basically what happened was that my computer was reporting that my processor (CPU) was running at the wrong speed. That’s a bit like buying a Ferarri and discovering that it has the top speed of a Reliant Robin!

I tweaked a couple of settings ‘under the bonnet’. At one point the computer didn’t start at all. I got worried.

After much geeky faffing about I discovered that the problem was that the CPU was overheating due to a dusty heatsink and fan (the bits that try to keep the processor cool). A bit like when a car engine overheats the car doesn’t run quite so smoothly.

I cleaned the fan. That fixed the problem. I was happy.

I hope that helps.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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