Tools and Resources to help diagnose your own problems

By LNCPapa
Jan 10, 2007
  1. I think it's about time we post some of the resources we use to find those answers to computer questions when we don't know the answers right off hand.

    Here's one of the sites I use pretty often when people ask "what is this process" or "what does this process do?"
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,202   +422

  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Google is definitely our friend :)

    Too many people also forget that we have a downloads section here on TechSpot with some very useful stuff in it.
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    So let's update this! To help identify processes running in the Task Manager and those you may also see on the Startup tab of the msconfig utility, the following site will not only help with the identification but will also recommend whether it needs to be running.

    The site informs you where to look in your system if there is any question that it could be malware. Identifying and stopping unnecessary processes from running is one of the best ways to troubleshoot a slow computer.
  6. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6!
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Selective Startup

    I have used this since W98se.I seem to make the right removals but if you
    don't know what it is,locate it and read it propertys.
    Right now i have 20 that are checked.The first 20.

    I show 1 application running in ctrl/alt/del.
    It's called TechSpot.:wave:

    Another place to check is the Start Menu/Programs/Startup.
    Some will sneek in there and slow down Bootup.
    I also notice in some posted snapshots a very crowded Taskbar.
    I think this is totally uneccesary for most,I have the clock,the volume controls
    My PVR and my Virus protection.
    I have XP Home,SP2.Direct x 9.0c latest patched,May 2007.No name change. not Windows update.
    Please include your OS in this Topic.
  8. gman6_6

    gman6_6 TS Rookie

  9. gamerex

    gamerex TS Enthusiast Posts: 151

    Download manager,
    and multimedia manager.

    Remember to only DL the stuff with a fresh at the start, otherwise, it has a lot of text ads.
  10. Cybersciver

    Cybersciver TS Rookie Posts: 35

    "Another place to check is the Start Menu/Programs/Startup." (Zipperman)

    This reminds me to ask why my Startup folder is empty? Why doesn't it list my startup programs? (13 in all).
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,143   +597

    Most Startup programs belong to the System, not the User.
    If you want a program to run when YOU login, copy a shortcut to it
    into your profile area
    \Docs & Settings\yourlogin\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    The Start button->programs->Startup will then show these programs :)
  12. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I use a multi-utility program called The Ultimate Troubleshooter from I can gain access to everything I need in the system through it. TUT keeps the 'startup folder' empty- the Startups can be handled either through TUT or using the msconfig utility. I only have the AV program, touchpad for the laptop and network process on startup-none show in the Startup folder.
  13. Cybersciver

    Cybersciver TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Good to know, thanks guys!
  14. brijac@charter

    brijac@charter TS Rookie

    Cool new resource! This newbie just installed a webcam. It's working fine... I think. I'd like to try it out in a respectable chatroom. Any suggestions?
  15. manichandra

    manichandra TS Rookie

    windows blue screen

    I Brought new motherboard from ASUS motherboard p$ core 2 duo Sata120gb Hdd when I tried to install Windows Xp Professional Sp2 Blue screen display comes and windows shutdown to avoid damage your computer chechek newly attached hardware Disable bios catching VGA.SYS massage appear .
    Kindly help

    Thanking you in advance

  16. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Why it doesn't

    You would have too many things running.It's not for that.
    I use mine for T Clock for example.
    Don't get carried away with "multitasking" Do 1 or 2 things at a time manually.
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