Many computer owners have trouble deciding whether to try and fix the problems themselves or to resort to specialized help. However, the most important step that must be taken before making up your mind is to identify the exact cause of your problems.
Whether you’re dealing with a modern computer model or you’re forced to interpret the strange behavior of your father’s device, troubleshooting computer problems is part of your life. Truly enough, you can always take the machine to a service, but this takes time, costs, and sometimes isn’t necessary. Also, even if you decide to take it to a specialist rather than waste time trying to fix it yourself, you still need to anticipate the problem.
A common problem that many computer users face is that of being unable to connect to the Internet. In this case, you should check your router and analyze if the LEDs are lit and if they have the same flashing pattern as they used to have. If you detect a problem, it can be related to your Internet provider, so you should check to see if your neighbors are able to access the Internet, but, if everything looks normal, you should unplug the router. The router will be rebooted and most of the time this is all that is needed in order to get back to a normal functioning state.
Troubleshooting computer problems can be very simple and something that is frightening at first can be in fact extremely easy to solve. For example, if you can’t see anything appearing on the screen, the problem can be generated by your monitor. Make sure that both the power cord and the cable which connects the monitor to the computer are screwed in tight or pushed in. If the monitor is working, but nothing appears on the screen when the computer boots up and when the operating system is loading, the cause of your problem is probably the monitor. If the problem persists even though you performed a test with another monitor, the problem could be generated by your computer’s video card.
If your computer works slowly, delete the temporary files, as these occupy space and use resources. Then, make sure that there is enough free space on the partition that holds your operating system. Move your files to another partition and clean up your desktop. If the problem persists, run a virus scan.
What can be done if the system keeps rebooting itself? Try to restore the system and if it’s not a solution, make sure that you have enough memory. If the problem persists, try to locate any hard disk errors by scanning them.
But when should you decide that it’s time to talk to a specialist? It’s highly recommended to address the technical support team whenever you’re uncomfortable with doing more investigations. If you consider that you don’t possess the necessary information and skills, it’s better to stop and take your computer to a specialist. The risk of voiding the warranty or damaging the system is to be taken into consideration.