PC related Tips
Any kind of abnormality within a computer's components can harm its overall performance; however, most general issues can be addressed without any real issue at all. The following PC repair tips and tricks are ones that can be used to help solve a variety of issues. PC repair service is especially important because of the fact that we are so dependent on them for virtually every task that we take on every day.
A computer can freeze up due to issues involving either hardware or software, so it's important to understand exactly why something like this happens. For instance, if your computer freezes when you connect something such as a printer or other device, then the issue likely has something to do with a driver conflict. If the issue takes place upon installing a brand new hard drive, then the computer may be freezing due to one of two issues: either too much heat or an insufficient amount of power. Here are a few tips that you can follow to repair your computer if this kind of event occurs.
*Let your computer rest for a while. Turn it off, unplug it (if you use a laptop, simply remove the battery), hold down the power button for approximately 30 seconds (this may cause some lights on the computer to start flashing), plug the machine back in (or re-insert the battery if you use a laptop), and turn the computer back on. This process allows you to cut off power to the computer's motherboard, which, in turn, allows both the memory to clear and the hardware to reset.
*If your computer becomes too hot, you will need to take a look at the inside of the machine to determine what the problem may be. Before you do this, be sure to completely shut down the computer and unplug it in order to prevent yourself from getting electrocuted or otherwise injured. If you are someone who has long hair, be sure to tie it back, as well as remove any and all jewelry that may get in your way. Additionally, avoid wearing any clothing that may potentially produce static electricity due to the fact that sparks can damage the hardware inside a computer, which can, as a result, make issues even harder to troubleshoot.
Nowadays, a vast majority of computers come with built-in diagnostics, which inform you almost immediately if your device is experiencing any certain issues that require attention. Generally, the two most common brands that possess this feature are HP and Dell. Here is how you can access this useful feature:
*Begin by completely shutting down your computer. Wait for a few seconds, then power it back on.
*If you have an HP computer, begin pressing the F2 button immediately during the startup process, which will access the diagnostic menu. From there, select Start Up Test, then Quick, followed by One Pass (only if this option is present) in order to begin the diagnostic testing process.
*If you have a Dell computer, begin pressing the F12 button immediately during the startup process to access the diagnostic menu. From there, use the arrow keys to select the Diagnostics option to begin the testing process.
If you come across any error codes, write them down. Then, perform an internet search or consult either the manufacturer of your computer or a local technician for further assistance.
Open up the cabinet of your computer and check the temperature of the machine's metal chassis. If you discover that it is hotter than normal, then chances are that the issue is heat-related. If you use a laptop, you typically will not want to open up the case itself; however, you will still be able to vacuum out the fan ports. There are some computers that generally run hot, though this is never a good thing regardless. Take the time to examine both the front and rear fans, blowing out any excess dust that may have built up.
If there is more than one hard drive in your computer, do not install them next to one another inside the chassis, as this will increase the chances of them becoming more prone to heat failure. Instead, purchase a mounting bracket and install one of the hard drives on this.
Before closing up the case, always check to make sure that everything is plugged in.
Inspect All of Your Device Drivers
Whenever you perform a Windows Update, your system will generally download and install a driver that may be incorrect, which can often result in your computer freezing up. Use your Device Manager to check the status of all of your drivers. If you come across any drivers that have a yellow exclamation point next to them, this means that they are in a state of error. Unplug any USB cables that may be attached to your computer, and if the error goes away, then that indicates where the problem was. If not, then you will need to restore your entire computer to an earlier configuration by using the System Restore option.
To access System Restore, click on Start, then Programs, then Accessories, followed by System Tools, then System Restore.
Inspect Your Hard Disk
Your hard disk contains a great deal of information and can end up getting patchy and cluttered whenever it gets used for a long period of time. This is something that can slow down the overall performance of your computer. The best way to improve the speed of your machine is to utilize the Windows CHKDSK option, which both scans and removes bad sectors on a regular basis.
"Blue Screen of Death," No Boot, and No Power
If your computer fails to power on at all, there are likely two main reasons as to why: either the motherboard or the power supply itself.
However, if your computer does have power, yet has nothing on the screen itself, or if the machine boots up only to then crash before bringing up the infamous "blue screen of death," there can be several different issues, all of which must be tested while the computer is completely powered down and unplugged:
*Try putting your computer into Safe Mode. If this works, then the issue is likely software-related.
*Try switching your monitors around if possible.
*Try to carefully remove your computer's RAM, then power the machine on.
*If the computer has a video card that can be removed, remove it and replace it with another one. Alternatively, you can also plug your monitor into a built-in video port.
If none of these options work, chances are you are looking at three different options that will require more professional assistance: either a failed hard drive, failed motherboard, or a corrupted operating system.