10 Common PC Problems And Ways To Fix Them
It happens to most of us. We are busy working away at our computers and suddenly get an error message and everything comes to a sudden and frustrating stop. Finding the problem and fixing it can be difficult if you don’t know much about computers. However, the problems most of us face are common ones that have been experienced by many others and, hence, have been well documented.
- The Computer Does Not Turn On: The PC might be completely dead or it just powers on but does little else. The cause could be that there is no power supply. Check out whether the computer is properly plugged in at the power point. If it powers and there is still a blank screen, there could be a problem with the connection of the screen and the computer.
- Computer does not Boot: Check all the cables and see that everything is connected well. Try to listen to the sound of the spin of the hard drive or the fan sound. If there is no sound, you need to replace the power supply. If the power supply is fine and yet nothing happens on the screen, borrow another monitor and plug it in. If the monitor is fine, try out another video cable. The problem could also be one of excess heating.
- Blue Screen of Death or BSoD: This is the screen going all blue with some codes on it and causes a ‘Stop’ error. There are various types of ‘Stop’ errors, ‘Death’ errors or ‘Blue Screen’ errors. This is becoming a rare event these days, but it still occurs. The issue could be related to memory modules. It would be useful to buy additional RAM capacity in order to boost the performance.
- Failing Hard Drive: Have you heard what is termed as the ‘click of death’ of your PC? If you hear your PC making that sound, you need to get yourself a new hard drive. It is important to create backups for all your important data. In case your hard drive is dying, it is just an annoying matter but not a catastrophe. Even if you haven’t taken the precaution of creating backups, you can do so immediately.
- Slow Computer or Boot up: Computers can get cluttered with time, so you need to use the resources efficiently. Your PC has a limited amount of RAM memory, space for storing and speed. If you have too many documents, pictures, videos and too many toolbars, the computer tends to become slow. Your PC could also be slow due to a virus. Instant applications and antivirus software that start automatically can also affect the speed.
- Malware: This includes spyware, Trojan horses and other malware that creep into your computer. They get into your PC while browsing the Internet or while downloading an attachment, etc. Use a good antivirus protection that is updated to the latest version. Also, use a Windows Firewall.
- Repeated Crashes: If your PC crashes frequently, it could be due to a number of reasons. Viruses could cause it. The causes can also be traced to memory problems or a corrupt driver or an outdated device driver. In order to check out and trace the problem, try downloading some spyware scanners. Deleting unwanted programs and investing in an additional external hard drive can rectify memory problems.
- Missing CD or DVD Drive: The hardware is physically present, but the PC suddenly stops reading the drive. You need to get help from a good software-downloading site and install new free software for repairing drive errors or registry errors.
- Noises: If you hear noises and vibrations, it could be a hardware problem related to the electronic components. Unplug the computer and then try removing the case in order to identify the source of the noise. It could be a faulty fan or a wire that is loose and you may need to fix this.
All computer users hit speed bumps one time or the other. However, most of the common problems can be fixed with simple solutions related to the network, Internet, Windows, software and hardware. It does not take a rocket scientist to fix up some of the common problems. You can do it yourself most of the time if you are only ready to invest a little time to know more about your PC.
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