Making Your Computer Rock-Solid

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Making Your Computer Rock-Solid

If you are like me, you might rely heavily on your computer for work everyday. Unfortunately, if you haven't reinforced your system with security software and system updates, your computer might not last forever. A few years ago, I was plugging along when my computer completely died. After spending hundreds of dollars on manufacturer repairs, a friend of mine who worked in computer services taught me a few tips. I want to teach you to make your computer rock-solid, so that you don't have to deal with surprise system failures and annoying glitches. After all, nothing is worse than a computer with problems.

How To Prevent Your Internet Connection From Timing Out On A Microsoft Windows 8 Laptop

It's frustrating to surf the web on your Microsoft Windows 8 laptop when your web pages keep timing out.  When you attempt to load a page, an error displays that the server is taking too long to respond.  This issue occurs in all browsers and even in brand new laptops.  You may reset your connection by disconnecting and reconnecting to temporarily fix the problem, but the problem will reoccur after a few minutes.  Read below to find out how to fix this very common but exasperating issue for good

Change your battery settings

First, see if the problem occurs when the laptop is plugged into the power outlet.  If the problem only takes place when the laptop is operating on battery power, it is time to change your power settings. 

  1. Right click on the home screen and select personalize.
  2. Locate control panel home on the top left of the screen and click on it.
  3. Click on hardware and sound settings.
  4. Locate power options and click on change battery settings.
  5. Check to see if the battery is on power saver.  The power saver setting reduces your computer's performance and will stop web pages from loading to save on battery life. 
  6. Click on the Microsoft Signature or Balanced battery setting.  This battery setting will balance performance with battery life.
  7. Use your browser to check to see if the problem has been eliminated. 
  8. If the problem still persists, navigate back to battery settings by repeating steps 1-4.  This time, change the setting to High Performance.   Your battery will drain faster on this setting but your computer will not prevent web pages from loading to save battery consumption.

Change Your Time-Out Value

If your web pages time out even when your laptop is powered through an ac adapter, it is time to change the time-out value of your connection. 

  1. Click on the address bar in your browser and type about:config. 
  2. Locate dom.max_script_run_time and double click on it to increase the value to a longer time. 
  3. The default time-out value is 10 seconds.  Change the value to 60 seconds. 

Now, your web page has a longer time to load and it will not go into error mode after only a few seconds have passed.

Contact Your Internet Service Provider

If changing the above settings does not solve the timing out problem, it may be an issue with your internet service provider.  Have your provider test your line to make sure that everything is functional on their end.  Ask your provider or a place like the Computer Exchange to assign you a new Internet Protocol or IP address to establish the right configuration for your connection.