While computers simplify our daily tasks in countless ways, they can also makes us panic when something goes wrong with them. But what happens if your PC is not working properly? Do you know how to diagnose those problems? Or would you call a computer technician to fix the problem?
But most common PC problems are caused by simple things that can be quickly fixed by you. So don’t get the wrong conclusion that it’s time to replace your PC with a new one just because its performance has slowed down. Here are some tips on how to diagnose nine basic computer problems.
Check the POST
As soon as you turn on your computer, the POST (power on self test) is the first thing that starts functioning even before loading of the operating system. The POST will notify you if there are any hardware related problems that makes your PC unable to boot.
Today, there are frequent power failures, Voltage issues and spikes that risk your computers. Such sudden fluctuations in power supply cause many technical and software problems and interrupt your work. Due to this, you may experience loss of data, hardware failure and other problems.
To avoid such issues with your computer, you need to have uninterrupted power supply (UPS). The UPS ensures continuous power supply to your PC, even if there is sudden power-cut. This will give you enough time to save all your files and turn off your PC, if required.
Computer performance is too slow
You may feel that your computer’s performance is too slow and it takes long time to execute a simple command. This is because of the storage of unnecessary programs and files that slows down your PC’s performance. Thus, you need to retain only the important programs and files and delete the rest. Also, you should run a computer defragmenting program which sorts your files and make them easily available when you try to access them through a web browser, music player or any other app on your PC.
No sound from speakers
You want to listen to your favorite music but the speakers are not functioning, then you need to check the back of your PC and see if all the wires are in place. The plug running from the speaker should be hooked into the socket on the soundcard that indicates Audio out.
Computer screen displays fuzzy images
The computer screen is sensitive to electromagnetic waves. These electromagnetic waves passing from TV, Washing machines, microwaves, radio and mobile phones cause the computer screen to display fuzzy images. Hence, place your computer away from such devices and this problem with the computer screen gets easily fixed.
There are many reasons responsible for your computer screen to freeze and blue screen to appear. This situation is called the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This may be a sign that your PC is infected by spyware or computer virus. Immediately, you should update your anti-virus program and scan your computer for any threats. If your computer is safe, then you need to update your hardware drive. A hardware drive that is not regularly updated may stop the CPU from functioning and interrupt the performance of your PC. If the problem still exists in spite of updating the hardware drive then you need to increase computer RAM. As you increase the RAM, the speed of your PC increases and the blue screen will not appear.
Compute reboots itself again and again
This is another serious problem with computers. This problem occurs if there is improper power supply, dust in the cooling fan, etc. The dust collected on the fan makes it to heat up quickly and for the purpose of cooling, the system automatically reboots. It is therefore necessary to clean the fan regularly.
Computer makes strange noises
If you get any strange sounds from your computer then the problem is related to hardware. Simply turn off your computer and disconnect it from the power supply. Now, seperate the case from CPU and restart your computer. Look for the part that is producing the sound and then turn off the system and unplug it. The sound may be due to a dirty fan or loose wiring. If this is the case, you need to consult a computer technician to fix your problem.
Windows is not shutting down properly
This problem occurs when you haven’t closed all the programs before you turn off your PC. The computer waits for the loaded programs and apps to close. During this process, you get the message ‘Do you want to force Shut down or wait’. If you don’t come across any such message then your computer operating system is said to be hanged and you need to call a technician.
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