Thursday, January 06, 2011

Repair Windows Master Boot Record

A corrupt MS Windows master boot record can be serious, though is often simple to correct.

Boot from the installation CD and start the recovery console.  Use the fixmbr command to repair the boot record.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Overheating Laptop

A laptop that would intermittently turn itself off has been diagnosed as overheating.  Even with multiple underside fans running, the laptop could not keep itself cool.  The small form factors don't tolerate dust buildup.

Note the internal temperature of 63C in this picture from SpeedFan.