Do you find yourself ringing helplines or lugging your hard drive into the shop whenever you encounter a problem with your computer? If so, you will be surprised to know that a lot of small computer problems can be fixed from home. Here are some of the most common computer problems and how to fix them.
Your computer doesn’t turn on
You switch on your computer and nothing happens! Don’t panic. Your files are likely to be safe and still in the hard drive so you don’t need to worry about losing all of your hard work at this stage. It may seem obvious, but check it is plugged in. If it is a laptop, plug in the charger; it may be out of power. Next, clean the fan with a cotton bud and cloth. Dust can settle in and make the computer overheat. Ensure that every power button is switched on. There are buttons at the back of hard drives which people often switch off and forget about. Test your power supply with another appliance. If it does work, then the motherboard in your computer might need to be replaced.
Regular blue screen errors
This indicates a problem with your RAM. This is the computer’s memory. There will be a code provided with the error message so note this down and search the internet for others who may have had the same error message. There are usually fixes for most common errors online so follow the instructions and this problem should not continue. If it does continue to happen, you may need to replace your RAM. You can buy RAM memory sticks in any computer store. If you need help replacing it, you can ask when you purchase it.
Computer turns on but nothing shows on the monitor
This may mean that your monitor is the problem. Again, check that it is plugged into the hard drive and the main socket properly. Also, ensure that all buttons are switched on. If there is still a problem, you may need to invest in a new one. Never open up electrical goods if you are not sure what you’re doing. The video card may be the problem. If you have a separate video card, you can take it out of the motherboard and replace it. If not, it is time to go shopping!
Most common problems can be fixed with a quick search of the web. So, don’t panic and run to the shop straight away with your computer problems!
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