PC troubleshooting does not always deal with problematic computers that mysteriously boot up or freeze, instead you sometimes merely want something new like a completely different operating system. Whatever your reason for installing a new OS might be, be it part of an experiment to go open source or simply being tired of the blue screen of death, you need to learn how to install a new OS properly to avoid any future problems.
Installing an OS on your PC is quite easy, so you don’t really need to take out your credit card to pay a computer technician to do this. All you need is a copy of the OS you like, be it a CD or on a USB stick, back up all your important data before wiping your harddisk clean, boot up using the install CD/USB stick, and follow the instructions on your screen. You’ll be asked for information like the product ID, your name, preferences and such. Just be sure to enter them correctly and re-install all the other software and apps you need and you’ll be good to go.
We all know that computers don’t always necessarily act the way they should, which often leaves the average joe perplexed and frustrated. When it comes to computer woes though, one of the most common perplexing problems is when your computer keeps on mysteriously rebooting on its own.
The problem with this issue is that the cause can be caused by a number of different things, from software issues to your computer’s power supply or a defective memory (RAM). This makes it really difficult for someone who knows little about PC troubleshooting to pinpoint the real cause. If this is the situation you’re in, it is advisable that you turn to online forums for help. Just make sure that you provide as many details as possible to make it easier for people to help you figure out the cause. It might also be a good idea to spend some cash and bring your computer to a repair center though if the problem doesn’t appear to be a software issue unless you have an extra power supply or RAM to help you test your hardware.
Hard drives and disks are not always expected to function and work well. Time and usage will always be two factors that can contribute to these wearing out and worst, pave way for its failure. Indeed, hard drives are essential in computers and nonetheless, are important bases in knowing whether a computer is of great quality. As these hard drives are considered to have that essential purpose, there will always be issues related to its usage and these are important considerations that users must not neglect. It is best to know when the hard drive is slowly wearing out and failing, to as well know when appropriate solutions need to be implemented. The most common signs that the hard drive is wearing out is evident when the user finds it difficult to access files due to slow speed and when there are warnings popping out related to hard disk failure.
Excessive usage of computers often leads to these overheating. It is a common misconception though that overheating simply causes the computer to heat up and hot to touch but users sometimes neglect that as this heats up, involved hardware and software are possibly being negatively affected as long as its system as a whole. With this, it is important to immediately identify if the computer is overheating through the most common symptoms namely the device turning off on its own, loud fan running, freezing and lagging of the screen. If these symptoms are experienced or observed, it is a must that the user knows how to properly deal with such problem. Nowadays, preventive measures can easily be done and one effective way is through purchasing canned air and a screwdriver. It is as well recommended to hire a computer technician to successfully fix overheating problems with the use of the said equipment.
Design, cost, and usability are three of the most common aspects considered in buying computers. It is almost every user’s first instinct to buy a computer based on design and this as well explains why various models are being invented just to satisfy the taste of every consumer. Cost will definitely be an inevitable consideration mainly because it must be ensured that the computer’s quality is worth its cost because it will never be practical to buy a computer based on brand or manufacturer but it should always be based on quality and functionality. Another aspect highly considered is usability. Usability refers to the purpose on to why the computer is bought. If for instance, it is bought for gaming, the computer must then involve a quality video card. In a more simple sense, computers are bought for varying purposes which then results to the buyer considering its specifications ensuring that ever specification’s use will be maximized.
Due to the increasing cost of computers nowadays, technology lovers are left with no choice but to settle on second hand computers. This could in fact be considered a practical move in a way that money is saved but it should be noted that there are several risks that go with buying those used computers and primarily these risks are evident on the involved hard drive. More specifically, problems on security, destruction, and confidentiality will arise. This includes possible spread of one’s personal information. As we all know, every user makes use of one’s computer as a means of saving and storing confidential data such as personal passwords, security numbers, and company agreements and files. It is, though, not always an assurance that when one lets go of the involved computer, there wouldn’t be any chance that a part of those saved data remains or can be retrieved thus resulting to the possibility of other people accessing whatever it is that is not removed.
Online forums are very useful for getting feedback and advice from other, usually more knowledgeable, people. From questions on the economy and the financial market to that of computer repair, you will find a forum dedicated to the topic you are interested in.
In case of PC troubles, you can go to an online forum to ask for tips on how to fix your problem. Sure, most computer manufacturers and software companies have help pages that are meant to serve as a beginner’s guide for repairs, but they usually do not contain the hacks and quick fixes that actual experienced people can give you on weird computer issues. Just make sure that you choose a forum where participants are obviously really knowledgeable in computer repair and are quite active, because if you don’t you are apt to end up with a computer that’s even more messed up or at the least, wasting your time on fixes that don’t really do anything.
Electronic equipment like computers have a way of breaking down right when the warranty expires. This obviously shows that PC manufacturers know their business well and so offer warranties knowing that most of what they sell won’t break down within that period. So does this mean that getting an extended warranty is a waste of money? After all, manufacturers must also know that the chances of them profiting from the extended warranty is a sure shot.
When it comes to extended warranties, many opt not to buy one especially if they have plans of getting a new laptop the next year. However, it might be a smart move to buy extended warranty if you plan on keeping your computer for more than a year. This is especially true if you know nothing about troubleshooting PCs since the small amount you put in can save you a lot later in case your computer has a major breakdown or needs to replaced entirely. In the end, you won’t have to borrow money for a new computer or for costly parts because it’ll be covered by your extended warranty.
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Big name brands like Apple sell refurbished computers at a very reasonable price. This is a big draw to customers who would like to replace their old computers for newer models but cannot afford them at full price. If you look at it from the financial standpoint, refurbished computers are definitely worth it. But are they really just as good as brand new ones?
The truth is that refurbished computers are labelled as such for varied reasons. One of the reasons that computers are “sent back to the factory” is because of cosmetic defects. If you get a computer that was refurbished with only cosmetic defects being the original problem, then you can bet that you’re getting a great deal since the issue will definitely affect your computer’s performance.
If the original problem is due to something serious like CPU failure, then it is understandable to be more wary. However, remember that the problematic part has been replaced. The only real problem is that refurbished computers usually have shorter warranties. Still, if you have a limited budget, they are indeed worth looking into.
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A lot of people fall into the trap of buying newer PC models even if their existing ones are still more than serviceable. This is understandable given the tempting options released by different manufacturers each year. This is also why the rare individual that opts to just stick to their PC year after year despite many temptation should be lauded for their financial discipline.
If you are one of those people with old model PCs then good for you. However, if you are reading this blog because your old PC keeps on conking out on you and may actually be on the verge of a CPU failure then maybe it’s time to invest in a new one. What you should realize is that the money you invest in your latest model PC will not go to waste since you can keep it for quite some time again with its higher specs and better features. On the other hand, not replacing your problematic old PC right away causes you to lose out in the time and effort spent troubleshooting for problems that will just keep on coming back.
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