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Common Desktop Problems and How to Solve Them

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There is nothing as frustrating as a computer that won’t do what you need them to. I mean, that is what they are made for. Even after going over a master guide like the tonymonzon.com/desktop-computer one, you may still find problems that can make your work difficult.

Thankfully, most of these problems have solutions readily available. So, before you panic and take your laptop to a technician, check out the following solutions. This will save you a trip to a technician, saving you both time and money.

Computer won’t turn on

A computer that won’t turn on is one of the most frustrating and panic-inducing problems with a computer. There are many reasons why your computer will not turn on, and they range from battery and power cable issues to viruses.

  • Check the power supply. Check the socket to see if the socket is the problem. Plug your machine into a different socket.
  • Check the switch. Ensure the back switch is on.
  • Check cables. Confirm if the cables are properly plugged into the right ports.
  • Check the monitor. Ensure that the power is connected to your monitor. Try connecting a different monitor to confirm if the monitor is the issue.

If all of the above does not work, the problem could be the hardware. Open up to check the circuits and motherboard and if there is any dust or debris there. Only do this if you are an expert. Otherwise, you could further damage your machine and even lose your warranty if it is still available.

Computer is too slow

A slow computer is very frustrating. This common problem can be caused by the PC’s age, space, and type of programs running.

  • Check on your programs. Running a computer requires a lot of resources, and some programs use more than others. To do this, open the Task Manager. You will see at the top what programs are using most of your resources and end it.
  • Disable autostart programs. Some programs start immediately when the machine is switched on. You can find and disable such programs on Task Manager.
  • Check for malware. As you use your computer, you can pick up various viruses, especially if you are always online. You can scan for viruses using your in-built anti-virus software or safe third-party software.

Internet issues

Internet issues can either be caused by your internet device or the internet supplier.

  • Restart your device. Sometimes the fix could be as easy as switching your router or modem off and on. Give it up to 5 minutes before switching it on again.
  • Check on programs. Some programs running in the background can cause your internet to slow down. Use the Task Manager to find such programs and shut them down.
  • Reposition your router. Sometimes your router is in the wrong place, resulting in a weak signal. If this is the case, find a place in the house or office where the router is stronger and place it there.
  • Talk to your provider. If all the above fail, talking to your internet provider will let you know if there may be a problem, such as downtime. They will also be able to help you troubleshoot from their end.

Computer is too loud

Sometimes the fan may not be working, resulting in whirring noises. When this happens

  • Clean your machine. Dust and accumulated dirt can clog up your fans and prevent them from working well.
  • Check if the fans are broken. To do this, open your machine to see if one of the fans is broken. Again, only do this if you are an expert.

Computer is Overheating

Overheating is a serious problem that can cause your computer to crash, get damaged, or harm you. If you feel your computer is warm and remains that way:

  • Switch it off. Sometimes your computer needs to rest also.
  • Check if the fan is working well. This is the most common cause of overheating, and many factors lead to it. Clean up the vents using a clean, dry cloth, or blow the dust out using a compressor.

Computer has a Blue Screen

Your computer turning blue is one of the most dreaded problems you can face. This blue screen of death may occur when you are updating Windows, during startup, or just suddenly. When this happens:

  • Update your drivers. The issue could be caused by outdated or missing drivers.
  • Scan for viruses. Viruses are detrimental to your computer and can cause it to crash.
  • Check your storage. Lack of space can cause your computer to crash during updates.
  • Format your laptop. You may have to completely erase all your data and start afresh. Make sure you back up any data before formatting the drive.

Conclusion

As you can see, most PC problems are easy to solve, if you know what the problem is. Always note the steps you have taken and any error messages you get. However, if you try a solution to your challenges and nothing happens, it may be time to take your computer to a certified technician. They will know what to do and will help you.


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