How To Troubleshoot a Computer

Basic troubleshooting steps can actually be done to repair some minor issues of your personal computer. However, make sure that you are confident about your tinkering skills on elaborate electronic devices such as a computer. Outlined herein are some of the very common problems personal computers have and their corresponding basic troubleshooting procedures.

  1. Have a look at the cable connectors to make sure they're firmly attached. This applies to almost all common computer problems such as no sound coming from the speakers, unclear image display on the computer screen or Internet connection troubles. Before you start to panic or scratch your head in frustration, take a closer look at the cables if they're still properly hooked up.
  2. Perform these steps if your computer monitor does not display images properly. Old computer monitors, especially those still using Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) will definitely experience some problems with color quality after years of use. To address this problem, you will have to degauss it. Degaussing is a procedure done to remove unnecessary magnetic fields created on the surface of monitors. To do this, locate the power switch of the computer monitor. This is typically found at the bottom right part of the monitor. Turn it off and on a few times to degauss the monitor. You will hear a faint swooshing sound when you do this which signals that the monitor has been successfully degaussed.
  3. Carry out these steps to address Internet connectivity issues. A variety of things may cause slow Internet connections. However, we'll focus on those the average computer user can do to address the matter. If you browse the Web heavily, then you're opening your PC to virus threats. Worse, your PC's operating system may already be infected with Internet worms, malware, spyware and the like. To be certain that your PC is protected, and thus not experience slow Internet connection, have the necessary software applications that will protect your PC from such malicious programs. You should also perform periodic system scans to ensure the integrity of the operating system. If the problem persists, check with your service provider. They might just be doing regular maintenance of their network that's why your connection crawls.

Problems such as the PC suddenly dying out on you, or the video playing programs not working properly, are sometimes caused by not properly fastened hardware. To check if this is the cause, open your PC and clean the insides using a can of compressed air. Check the video, sound, RAM cards and the like inside the central processing unit to be sure that all of them are set tightly in their respective slots. Of course, you'll have to unplug the PC before you do this or else you'll end up in a freak accident.


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