Even though computers are designed to make our lives easier and more entertaining, they can still frustrate us with an endless list of potential problems. From hardware to software ones, they can be either small, almost inconspicuous problem, as well as severe, computer-damaging problems. Fortunately, the majority of computer issues fall into the former group. However, if you are new to computers, you will probably have problems dealing with those as well.
If you are constantly experiencing various issues with your computer, but you don’t want to take it to the repair shop, let us offer help by providing you with some basic steps on how to troubleshoot your computer.
1. Shut down your PC
The first step is as simple as it gets. Even though it might sound surprising, a simple shutdown can solve almost 25% of all temporary issues and glitches. By shutting down or restarting your PC, you will reset your computer’s hardware and the operating system itself, thus returning everything to normal. If the system shutdown command is not responding, shut down your PC by pressing and holding the power button on your case.
2. Check the cables
If the problems persist after you have done the first step. Check the cables. There is a high chance you have accidentally unplugged some connectors, as well as a small chance that your AC power cord is faulty. If you have recently moved your computer, it is very likely that loose connections are the problem culprit.
3. Remove external devices
If your connections are fine, move on to the external devices. These can include an external hard drive, a keyboard, mouse and so on. If that is the case, your peripherals should be your main suspects. To properly check for this, try out your peripherals with another computer. If they turn out to be perfectly fine, your issue lies in either the device’s configuration settings or its system driver.
To deal with this problems, go over the device’s user manual and reinstall the drivers. If that fails, get in touch with the manufacturer’s tech support team.
4. Check for software problems
If you are not having problems with your cables or peripherals, you are probably having software-related issues. In most cases, the problems are caused by some misbehaving or incompatible programs and applications. If you find such programs, uninstall them first and then reinstall them. However, after you reinstall them, but before you apply any upgrade or a patch, make sure to use the program so as to see if it still causes issues. If it does, visit the developer’s official website so as to check for the program’s requirements and compatibility.
5. Inspect your hard drive
If the problems persist, you need to properly inspect your hard drive. For starters, make sure it is not full or almost full. It is no secret that a full hard drive can make a computer perform with lots of hitches and glitches. Try using special programs that are designed to detect and locate hidden files, which can sometimes take up almost a third of your storage space without you even knowing. There is also a chance that your PC is full of viruses as well. For that matter, use a reliable anti-virus suite to eradicate the viruses and malware. If that is not enough, consider wiping your hard drive clean and reinstalling the operating system.…