As a computer owner, you more than likely have found yourself frustrated by something your computer has done or not done that it was supposed to over time. Not everyone has the money to pay a professional to fix their computer problems and not all problems necessarily need to be fixed by a professional. In this article we will share 3 PC problems you can fix yourself so you can get back to doing whatever it is you need to get done for business or personal use.
# The Blue Screen of Death
This is a common one that has people pulling their hair and grinding their teeth. But it doesn’t have to raise your blood pressure if you simply know a few tricks you can do yourself to get it back to working order.
If you find that you get a blue screen of death and you can’t figure out why, it may be that you have just installed a new program that is not compatible with your computer’s operating system. You can try rebooting the system first. If this does not work, you will need to get into system restore which is a tool in Windows XP and Vista and choose to boot up in a date that is prior to when you installed the new program.
If you find that this does not resolve the issue, the problem could be low memory (RAM). You can buy new memory sticks from a computer store or even places such as your local Walmart electronics department. If you are unsure of how to install the new memory, you may still need to take it to a computer repair shop but that shouldn’t cost too much.
# The Blank Screen
So, what happens if your computer boots up and is running fine but you have nothing on your screen. You may sit there scratching your head and wondering where in the world all your twenty desktop icons went. If this occurs, first double check that all cables and wires and plugged in securely. If you have a lot of wires, children, or pets roaming around, it is possible that a cord has been knocked loose.
If the cords are all firm and in place, turn off your computer and reboot it. Listen to the sounds that it makes as it revs back up. If it makes one beep, that indicates a normal boot. If there is one long beep followed by a few shorter beeps, this could be a sign that your graphics or video card has a problem. It could be that it just needs to be taken out and then put back in again or it could mean you need a new one. You will need to remember to power down your computer and unplug it first before attempting to take the back off the tower to manually remove your card from its slot.
If you still find that your monitor is blank and everything else has checked out, the chances are your monitor needs replacing. If this is the case, you are better off just replacing the monitor as it is often too dangerous to try to repair unless you are a trained expert.
# The Computer Has Become Really Slow
If you find that it seems to take forever for you to open any programs, play games or do anything simple like you used to do, you may have a one of a few problems.
First, you should check to see if you have any malware or viruses. You can download a free program such as AVG is a popular free antivirus tool or you can visit Trendmicro.com to run a computer test for malware if you would like to double check. Once you have completed a virus check and nothing has resulted, you may want to try to remove unwanted programs from your control panels Programs and Features. Often times we install programs throughout time and forget about them or barely use them. These could be taking up useful space on your hard drive. Once completed, if you still find this hasn’t helped much, you may need to run a Windows Defragment. Depending on the operating system you are running, the steps may be different but you can normally find the tool within your control panel settings.
While there may be other computer problems you may encounter along the way such as Network Issues or Virtual Memory Issues, the steps laid out here for these 3 PC problems should help you get sorted out and heading in the right direction. With the introduction of the new operating systems coming onto the market, many of these issues will be resolved right in the programming itself so you will not have to become so frustrated with the mechanics of it all.
This guest post should be useful enough to fix your easy Computer problems .