Every man-made marvel has a certain lifespan, with computers being no definite exception. The difference, however, is in the time of their failure and how you deal with early signs of trouble. Most computer failures are not as abrupt as they seem. Your computer gives you a number of potential warnings, which, if ignored, result into a larger problem and may even cause a crash. Being aware of such issues can help you resolve problems before they appear with a bang. To help minimize the risk of PC failure, this post discusses some most common computer malfunctions and how to fix them.
1. Hardware Conflict
A hardware conflict takes place when a device in the computer conflicts with another device. In some cases, the two components try to perform the same task. During a hardware conflict, you may notice unusual PC behavior. For example, an audio conflict can result in audio malfunction in some programs but not in others. That said, not all hardware conflicts result into PC failure, but some may cause fatal system errors such as the much dreaded blue screen of death. Conflicting devices usually appear with a yellow exclamation mark in the “Device Manager”, which is can access through the control panel or via a Windows Search. To fix the issue, you can try re-installing or updating the drivers of the malfunctioning hardware, or disabling one of the devices.
2. Sporadic Boot Errors
A boot error is usually shown along the lines of “Boot device not found.” This is a sign of major problem. A boot error indicates that the OS is either corrupted, or worse, there is a problem with the boot disk. If there is no issue with the disk, re-installing the Windows is a failsafe solution to fix boot errors. However, before you do that, make sure you haven’t mistakenly left an external hard drive or USB drive plugged in, as some PC start rebooting from a USB rather than the internal hard drive, causing a boot error.
3. Poor Internet Connectivity
Recurrent issues with internet connectivity point towards a possible problem with your WiFi or Ethernet adapter, or the presence of bandwidth-stealing malware. If left unchecked, the problem can slow down the connectivity to an extent that internet access becomes impossible. Moreover, if the root cause of problem is malware, the disk may suffer a permanent damage. In such cases, install a bandwidth meter to keep check on the data being used; if your network is using bandwidth even when the system is idle, it is likely that some malware has attacked your PC. If there is no such usage, then the problem could be with the adapter. In such cases, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the device’ driver.
4. Noisy Cooling Fan
A loud system fan is an annoying issue that requires your immediate attention. A noisy system fan is usually caused is too much dust accumulates around the fan, which can heat up the system and also damage hardware. There are many PC monitoring tools available online, which can help you monitor the temperature of your system’s CPU. For dust problem, you may open up the side panel of your desktop or the back panel of your laptop, to clean its fans with a can of compressed air. Doing the DIY way, however, is advisable only if you have all the reasons to believe you can execute the job. Else, seek professional help.
Though these four issues are some of the most common issues encountered by PC users, the list doesn’t end here. If your computer seems to be failing, make a note of unusual behavior your are noticing because there are certain problems that can’t be fixed taking a DIY approach and for which you need to opt for professional home computer repair service. If you are facing any computer related issue, our computer repair professionals are here to help. You can get in touch with us by calling 817-756-2241, or fill out our contact form and we will take it from there.