Computer problems cause frustrations and delays in deadlines, and a host of other issues. So how do you fix your PC problems? Rush it to the technician every time it acts up? This can run into serious money. Some computer technicians charge over $100 just for a basic repair job. So what is the alternative? Do it yourself!
Here are 6 ideas you can follow to fix your own computer and avoid the high repair costs:
1. Troubleshoot software issues first.
Remove the last program you installed to see if that solves the problem. Statistically, most computers problems are related to software, not hardware. And while hardware problems and device conflicts can occur, it is more common for the culprit to be software-related. So one thing to do is to think about the last software that was installed before the symptoms began and remove it to see if this solves the problem. It could be that the software conflicts with some of your other software already on your computer or it may be trying to share files that are causing problems with your system. Whatever the case, the only way to know if it is a software issue is caused by another software is to remove it. Then reboot and test your system to see if it improves.
2. Check for unplugged hardware or connection problems.
If the software test doesn’t solve the issues . Sometimes your computer gets bumped or a cord gets knocked out of a port. Something this simple can cause your computer to malfunction. Remember that everything is plugged into the motherboard. So if anything is knocked loose, it is not making the connections it needs to function correctly. In these cases, finding the loose cord or USB connection will solve the problem without any need to take it to a technician.
3. Go through Windows trouble-shooting process.
Windows has a number of pre-installed tools that may help you find the problem. Simply go to the CONTROL PANEL and DEVICE MANAGER to check for hardware conflicts and run the Windows tests located under TROUBLESHOOTING that can be found FIND AND FIX PROBLEMS under system security. Keep in mind when you run Windows tests, however, that Windows will sometimes produce false error messages. It does this because it is programmed to always look for the most logical solution to the problems it finds. So you should always temper this with common sense and use your own logic in determining what might be wrong.
4. Check for hardware conflicts.
Using the Windows troubleshooting may also help with finding hardware conflicts. But the best way to tell is to go to DEVICE MANAGER and see if you find any warning messages beside your various hardware devices. Sometimes this is caused by a driver issue. Try to update your software associated with the device when possible or try removing the device then rebooting. If the device is still on your computer, Windows will find it and install it again. Sometimes just reinstalling a device or associated drivers or software may be enough to solve the problem.
5. Clean up the mess (defrag, and system tools).
I cannot stress this point enough. If you use your computer regularly, it is going to gather junk, misplace files, and get a lot of things out of place. So run your system tools as often as possible to clean up the mess. When this isn’t enough to solve the problem, follow #7.
6. Invest in an extra registry cleaner program such as Norton’s Utilities.
Oftentimes, it’s not enough to just run Windows tools or system utilities. When you need something to really deep clean your registry (and MOST computer problems are either software or registry-related), try a stronger tool like Norton Utilities. Norton Utilities (by Symantec) is designed to find all of he problems in Windows as well as potential hardware and software conflicts. So it covers a lot of issues. You can download the trial for 30 days from Symantec’s main site then registration is $29.99 for 3 computers.
These 6 things should arm you with a lot of power when your system decides to act like a spoiled child and make your life miserable. But sometimes problems are just too much to handle on your own. If these 7 tests don’t work, look for a reliable computer technician in your area. It’s better to spend a little money now fixing a small problem then a LOT of money later fixing a big one.