Solve Home IT Problems with Error-Message Translators

Solve Home IT Problems with Error-Message Translators

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Taryn Williford
Jun 7, 2010

Just like anything, home offices have their pros and cons. Pro: You can design your productive space to your own mood and taste. Con: There's no IT guy to solve those bang-your-head-against-the-wall technical problems. Luckily, there's search-able online databases full of those cryptic error codes to help you get to the root of the problem. Here's two of our favorites.

Humans and computers speak different languages. When people are upset, we use words—computers use wacky combinations of letters and numbers that nobody but a computer could understand.

OK, ao some really well-practiced techies can speak "error code." But the rest of us, at home setting up our Wii to network with our home PC, will have to use online error code translators like these:

  • ErrorGoblin is a great simple search engine that lets you "look up any Windows error code to find out what it actually means." Click. Type. Read. That's it.
  • If you're a Mac, or looking for help with a video-game error code, try ErrorKey. ErrorKey can search error messages from a slew of different platforms, including Apple, Windows, Mozilla, Nintendo Wii and Playstation.

Via MakeUseOf

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