Every Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) deciphered (Updated!)
If you're returning here by way of bookmark, first off, please accept our condolences. There's only reason you spend time reading a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) article, and that's to try and solve a problem you're having with your own system. If we could give out a teddy bear stuffed with cash to each person that visited this article, we'd do it. Sadly, we don't have teddy bears, and what little cash we have is usually spent at the pub.
Sony offers up some tips for bringing a bricked PS4 back to life
We're not trying to beat a dead horse here, but there certainly exists a problem with an unknown number of recently released PlayStation 4 consoles that's prevented affected units from booting up. Following a mountain of online complaints and media attention over the issue, Sony has come out and confirmed that there are PS4s exhibiting the so-called "Blue Light of Death" (BLoD) syndrome.
Nothing will put a crimp in your computing style quite like a Windows error. Although Microsoft's OS has gotten exponentially more stable over the years, it's still very possible for Windows system files to become corrupt. When you encounter a Windows error, your first instinct may be to back up your data, grab the ol' installation disk, and weep silently as you press the Reformat button. We're here to tell you there's another way.
Remember that big brouhaha over Nvidia's notebook GPUs failing at an "abnormal rate" due to a manufacturing defect? It was never entirely clear exactly how many models were affected, until now. As part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit, Nvidia has agreed to compensate affected owners of certain Apple, Dell, and HP/Compaq models, including repairs of the defective chip, providing a replacement notebook of equal value, or reimbursing for repairs, depending on the model you purchased.
There are around 50 models listed in the settlement with manufacturing dates ranging from November 2005 all the way up to February 2010 (Dell XPS M1710). Here are the symptoms indicative of a bad part:
Distorted or scrambled video on the notebook computer screen (All)
No video on the notebook computer screen even when the notebook computer is turned on (All)
Random characters, lines, or garbled images on the notebook computer screen (Dell, HP)
Intermittent video issues (Dell, HP)
Failure to detected the wireless adapter (select HP models)
Failure to detect the wireless network (select HP models)
The settlement includes a $2 million fund for reimbursement subject to court approval. A judge will decide whether or not to approve the settlement on December 20, 2010.
Don't feel too down in the dumps if you're suddenly unable to access your Slingbox video streamer, you're not the only one to have this problem. In a recent forum post, Sling Media acknowledged that it was having issues, and that a fix is on the way.
"We are aware that some customers may be experiencing difficulties with logging in to their Sling Account. We're seeing the following symptoms:
Troubles logging in to Watch on Slingbox.com or from within the desktop SlingPlayer 2.0 application.
After logging in, the Watch page never loads.
After logging in, the Slingbox Directory never loads.
If you're recently having any of the above problems, we apologize for the inconvenience. We're working to get this resolved quickly," Sling Media wrote.
According to a Slingbox spokesperson, the SNAFU occurred because of a "data migration process that, while carefully planned for a long time, still had a number of unexpected problems."
This all happened before the weekend, though some users are still reporting problems. Are you one of them? Hit the jump and let us know how your Slingbox is working out.
This week's Web App of the Week isn't so much for you, but your friends, family, and users. If you ever tried your hand at Web development--doesn't have to be professional, even amateur Web creation will do--you'll know that the strangest of problems can pop up in the strangest of places. A little CSS misstep here, a little HTML coding boo-boo there, and your perfectly constructed three-column layout has somehow crafted itself into a Tumblr page. And it's blinking. And it's hacking off your grandmother who just wants to see pictures of your recent family vacation.
But that's okay. Like that one insurance advertisement featuring the guy with the soothing voice, your grandmother, user, friend, or angry forum commenter will be in good hands with the Web App Support Details.
The "U" in USB stands for "Universal", and no other I/O port does so much for so many computer users as USB. From providing a home for keyboards and mice to driving printers, scanners, all-in-one units, and providing access to terabytes of storage and the Internet, USB ports do it all. That also means that USB-related problems can cripple your PC, leaving it unable to access storage, input, and output devices.
Tracking down the causes of USB-related woes can be difficult, but in this article, we show you the common and uncommon causes for USB problems – and their solutions.
Exactly a week after the much anticipated launch of Windows 7, Canonical rolled out Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala). Although it may not have been as keenly awaited as Windows 7, Karmic Koala's launch was special for a particular demographic that romances Linux, and especially its subset that dotes on Ubuntu. But early adopters of the latest Ubuntu release are having a torrid time.
Excited users have been rewarded with a plethora of problems in exchange of their bravura and enthusiasm. Karmic Koala's poor handling of graphics drivers - blank and flickering screens are quite common - and its failure to install the latest 2.6.31 Linux kernel figure prominently on the list of flaws. Also, the latest version of Ubuntu is not too good at spotting hard drives, according to initial reports.
Troubleshooting has always been one of the most frustrating aspects of computer ownership. Due to the practically infinite number of potential problems, it would be utterly impossible to write a how-to guide to fix all of them, but in this article we are going to address some of the most common problems and then present more generalized guidelines that will help you troubleshoot your own problems in an emergency.