Understanding Common Computer Error Messages

Face it: as much as you may not like to admit it, you are probably highly dependent on your computer. On top of that, it is likely that if something goes wrong with your computer, you have no idea of where to even begin to fix it. For that reason, seeing computer error messages can sometimes be a horrifying experience. Fortunately for us, many of these messages are fairly common, and easy to understand; many are even easy to do something about. Here is a guide to understanding common computer error messages:

Fatal exception error. When your computer gives you this message, it means that a program you are running has encountered any of a number of problems, from insufficient operation privileges to invalid coding. Oftentimes, the only solution to this error is to restart your computer.

Low disk space. This message is in reference to your computer’s hard disk drive – or main memory. Low disk space means that your drive is almost full and that you are almost out of memory. Once your computer is out of memory, it will no longer be able to function, so you must free up some memory. You can do this by deleting files and programs you no longer use (start with temporary files and work from there), or even by upgrading your computer’s hard drive.

Access denied. If you see this error message, it is because you are trying to get into a program or file that you do not have access to. It may have been locked by another user, or you may need a password to gain access.

This program has encountered a problem and needs to close. This error message is accompanied by an apology, for the inconvenience. If you are viewing this message, it means that the indicated program has encountered a protective fault (operation error) and needs to shut down. Restart the program to see if the problem persists. If it does, you may need to call a technician to identify the source of the problem in your system.

File not found. The file you are looking for my have been corrupted by a virus, or may no longer exist for a variety of other reasons. You may even have the file name wrong.

As you can see, many of the common computer error messages are relatively simple, and easy to fix. The most important thing is that you understand what they mean when your computer presents them to you. This list should help.

About the Author: Ruthanne Messler is acomputer repair specialist who enjoys learning how to uninstall programs that give trouble. She also makes hardware upgrades and specializes in removing viruses.