Monday, April 12, 2010

How I got trapped by a TV show..!

I m sharing this story with all my friends so they dont fall for traps like this...

Last week i was at my friends place in bangalore watching television around 11:30 pm swapping channels as usually, got struck with Image channel, watching some show. Show was that anchor was showing actress photo and to identifying the actress from small part of picture shown on screen. I could easy figure out the actress was shilpa shetty, who ever would answer that will be awarded Rs 90k and even if you answer wrong award was Rs 3k.

I thought i could try my luck my just dialing at STD calling rates, it is around 30 paise/minute for my connection and wining that price would be high on my luxuries, (usually i never do this but price money tempted me..!). I was on line waiting for my chance to come. Computer tone says that "Keep waiting on the line, you will definitely get you chance so be ready with your answer". So was i waiting for my turn to come. I was waiting on the line for more than 15 minutes after some time i realized that there was a scrolling running down the screen in very small letter which was difficult read in my friends portable television. Its says that Per call charges are Rs 12/- minute..!!!!

I felt like what the GOOF BALL..!!! I was never intended to pay so much. By the time i disconnected the call it was around 20 minutes, they charged around Rs 240/- I m not pretty sure how much they play fair game but really i feel it was a perfect trap for the viewers. After discussing with my roommate, his said that his colleague had tried the same few days before and he was on call for longgg time and he had a post paid connection..!!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Simple Fixes, great results for Thermal Heating and BIOS problems

 The last month my PC was having serious issue. It shuts down all of a sudden without any warning message or even a beep sound, as soon as i open youtube or yupptv or live cricket or multiple browsers at once it shuts down in 5 to 10 minutes maximum. Then i was force to not to open these kind of stuff, so had to just check my mails and shut it down (If it gives me a chance to do that!!). When i boot is again after few minutes it says that "shut down has occurred due to thermal heating press enter to continue".
Then i enquired with in an PC service center he said that, heat sinks or CPU fan may not be working properly so to may cost around Rs 3000 to 5000. This was alarm on my monthly budget. To give a last try i has check with my friend who work in this areas. He suggest me that CPU fan or heat sinks do not fail that easily as my system was just 3 years old and suggested me to buy an thermal paste.

Got that from the near my computer service center for just Rs 20, opened the CPU cabinet slowly removed the CPU fan as it pins are very delicate and fixed very tightly with plastic screws. (Only open if you know exact procedure to open, if broken they may not be available in stores, that would be another head ache!!). Remove the white color paste between CPU processor and heat sink. Clean it completely as it might have gone dry and lost it property of heat transfer. Now apply the thermal paste on processor head and on heat sink where it contacts processor. Only apply a very very thin layer of paste on it (Not usually like paste you apply on tooth brush). Fix back the CPU fan properly with screws tightened. After doing so it solve my problem.

Another serious and confusing problem i faced regarding my system was with system OS. Windows operating system fails to load the system, or it gets hang after opening IE or use to behave strangely or system will not boot properly it will take long time to load. So i thought operating system got corrupted may be cause of virus. So i have format the C drive and load the OS again. But the problem was not solved this was happening again an again so i planned to switch to Ubuntu (Linux OS). Even that did not work..!, then i though hard disc might have got bad some tracks due to repeated formatting and installations.

Then i enquired with in an PC service center he said that, he said that mother board might have failed, for some reason i usually do not trust these guys, so then after browsing on internet i found that this may happen due to BIOS failure also. BIOS failures may occur if it is unable to store the default settings, this usually happen in two cases if mother board itself is of gone case or if CMOS battery dies out. So as first one was expensive and had to loose my data, i thought it would be great it if second option works.
C Programmer's Guide to Net Bios
Brought a CMOS battery from stores cost Rs 20 and then replace the old one. Then i again formatted the system and installed the windows OS, then after happily it never gave me a problem again..!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


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