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.
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The first thing to you need to know is whether you have power available to your PC. Are the LED lights on the system case lit and is the power supply fan blowing?
Is there power from your main socket wall? Plug another appliance into it. If it turns on, then you have power there.
Are you using surge protector? Try bypassing this. Try to plug it in the main.
Check on the PC’s power cable.
Most PCs have an On/Off switch at the back of the case. Make sure it is turned on.
All of these steps are to check for Power within your PC sysytem. If somehow these doesnt work, try checking on a certain Windows application called Advanced Power Management or APM. Try to research and tweak a bit. Maybe its because of a nisconfigured setting all along.
To junk some of your unused files and clean the Windows registry, you have to grab yourself a cleaner software program. Once you have this program, just close all of your applications and open the software. Click on “Clean Now” and you will see that the program will remove almost all of the temporary programs or files in your machine, which are normally the cause of many common problems. Then you will see the result on the screen on how much files were removed.
Then, click on the “Repair Errors” button. Click “Scan for Errors,” and when the process is complete, just click “Fix Errors” and it’s all complete. Restart the machine and if the problem is not yet fixed, you already have a more serious problem which needs a technician to troubleshoot it for you.
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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More common problems are internet connection problems and sound problems. This is maybe due to some cable fault, network interface card problem, or simply a weak strength of your internet connection. There may also be sound problems. This can be caused by bad placement of speakers or incorrect sound settings. This will surely affect the output quality of the sound.
Still, there are other problems that would require you to have knowledge on basic troubleshooting so you can resume the smooth functioning of your PC. To avoid all of these problems, you have to consult an IT troubleshooter to provide regular computer check-ups.
While our main CPU will always be closed, you will be surprised at the dust it can accumulate if you don’t check it regularly. Enclosed as it may, there are still holes to which these things go through. Besides, don’t forget that your computer needs ventilation and they are passages that can be gone through especially if turned off.
To clean your computer regularly would be a good way to maintain it as well. Just use a paint brush and perhaps a blower or vacuum to make sure that all the chips and the board are fused together without any dusts that can hamper your PC’s performance. Logical but true.
If you experience frequent CPU failures and get feedback from the store that the power supply has blown. Try to get a larger capacity or higher rated power supply. You might have too many devices hooked up to the power supply (internal and externally) both of which take power from the same power supply if they have no individual power adapter. Say if you have a 300 or 400 watt power supply, try getting hold of a 500 watt or higher model and try to get the bit pricy one so it would last. Repetitive power supply failures can cause damage to the internal parts of your CPU and even the board itself which has built in fuses to protect the Microprocessor unit itself from such damage. If the board has also failed, you would have to get another board to transfer the cpu onto.
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.