When your computer isn’t working, do you find yourself wanting to bang on the keyboard in frustration and frantically click the mouse or touch pad in order to get some response, any response, from the machine? Or do you immediately call for professional help before taking a deep breath and doing some trouble shooting of your own? Some of the most common computer problems are relatively easy to solve on your own. And if you run into a persistent problem or feel you are truly in over your head, you can always call for back-up .
Your Computer Won’t Start
If your computer suddenly shuts down or has difficulty starting up, double check to make sure that the computer is properly plugged into the power source. If that doesn’t work, make sure that the power source itself isn’t the problem by plugging in another device to confirm that there is adequate power.
Your Screen is Blank
If the computer is on, but the screen is blank, there might be an issue with the connection between the computer and the screen. Check to make sure that the monitor is properly plugged into the power source and that the connection between the monitor and the computer is secure. If the problem is on a laptop, you may need to get help to take a look as some of the internal wires may be worn.
Your Operating System or Software is Acting Up
If the operating system or other software is unresponsive or behaving strangely, try restarting your computer and running a virus scan.
Your Screen is Frozen
Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up the Taskbar and determine which program(s) are unresponsive. If you can, close the programs that are unresponsive. If you can’t get the Taskbar to come up, you’ll need to reboot. Press and hold the power button until the computer turns off, then restart. Since freezes can be a sign of insufficient RAM, registry conflicts, corrupt or missing files or spyware, you may need to do some work cleaning up the system.
Your Computer is Slower than Normal
You can often fix this problem by simply cleaning the hard drive of unwanted files. If you haven’t already, you should install a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware tools and schedule regular registry scans.
Your Computer is Making Loud (and Frankly Rather Frightening) Noises
A lot of noise coming from your computer is generally either a sign of a hardware malfunction or a noisy fan. Hard drives often make noise just before they fail, so you may want to do a back-up just in case. On the other hand, fans are easy to replace.
The Internet is S…L…O…W
To improve your Internet browser performance, you need to clear cookies and Internet temporary files frequently. To do so, type ‘%temp%’ in the Windows search bar and hit enter to open the temporary files folder.</li>