With the increasing population of PC users, the demand for computer technical support and best PC repair tips has also become prominent these days. But should you get your computer repaired somewhere like Best Buy’s Geek Squad or fix it yourself? When something fails with your computer then the very first thing everybody does is to call the technician guy, but have you ever realized that with a little technical know-how and training, you can repair your Computer yourself? These are Advanced PC repair Secrets those technician and repair guys don’t want you to know.
Here is why you should always try to fix your computer problems. A large amount of issues that average computer users encounter can be easily troubleshoot and fixed by following the following tips. Even problems that appear complex in the beginning can be solved if you’re willing to invest a little time to learn a few basics about how computer works. Here are the ‘Do It Yourself Computer Repair’ tips to help you troubleshoot and fix your laptop, notebook or netbook PC when you have a problem with it next time.
Reboot Your PC
Though this might sound like a ‘cliche’, most often this is the simplest thing that you can do to fix most of those common PC errors. IF the problem is with a peripheral device like an attached printer or a scanner, then restarting it will probably fix the issue. Rebooting the computer or restarting the hardware attached to it helps fix the most common problems.
Uninstall Recently Installed Programs/Software/Drivers
Even if you have bought a PC or a Mac with the best processor and RAM size, after a period of usage, its performance starts degrading causing slow-downs and even Mac freezing. If you have been noticing that your PC is very slow and the applications are taking long time to run and respond and often freeze, then identify the recently installed programs, hardware drivers and uninstall them. If you locate all these unwanted files, applications in the hard drive and remove them, your PC can easily regain its good old speed.
Update your OS/Applications/Drivers
Sometimes, we get so busy using the computer on a day to day basis that we altogether forget or ignore the update notifications for the operating system and the other applications and drivers. Often an outdated software is the cause of a system-level meltdown or a slow PC. Updating them should fix these issues for you. In addition, software updates are also helpful in solving many security problems and software bugs thus increasing the system performance. Make it a practice to regularly visit software vender’s websites to check for the latest update patches. Always check Windows updates as well as Microsoft office updates for the latest updates of Microsoft office and windows.
Is it Plugged In?
Though this might sound utterly obvious, trust me, a large number of tech support calls end up revealing either an unplugged computer or monitor screen. If you start your computer but it doesn’t start up then check your electrical plug points to make sure if the electricity is available in those sockets and if yes if the computer, the monitor, the modem, the printer and scanner etc are all plugged in correctly.
Check Connection Status
If you notice that any of your external peripheral device like mouse, printer, monitor etc has stopped working suddenly, then check all your connections. Though today most of these devices are plug-and-play still the best way to do this is to restart your machine and plug and unplug all the external connections one by one and see if they start working again.
Check the Battery (if it is a Laptop/Notebook/Netbook)
If the computer that you are trying to fix is a notebook then take away the battery and re-insert it. Look for any notification messages that might tell you if your laptop’s battery is going old and requires replacement. Most of today’s laptops come with a battery life indicator and it should let you know if the problem you’re facing is related to an issue with the battery.
Clean the Parts
Believe it or not, moisture, dust and dirt are somehow the biggest enemy of any electronics equipment and a computer is no exception. Always keep your computer fan clean so it will keep your computer cool and avoid any unforeseen damages to your system. Be sure to clean these areas out with compressed air on a regular basis to help avoid costly repairs. You may also use dry lint free cloth to clean the inner parts like the RAM, the motherboard and other circuits and use dry paint brushes to clean your keyboard to avoid failure of any expensive parts.
Keep the PC Cool
Most of today’s computer systems send heated air through the back openings (vents). Cooling fans reduce your PC’s temperature, so keep those fans clean and free from any dust etc. If you’re using a laptop or a netbook, try using a cooling pad; they come at very cheap price and can help keep your computer safe from any over-heating issues, especially in hot summers.
Defragment your HDD and Clear %temp% Files
Defragmentation is a method of reducing fragmented files in the file systems of your computer. Every time you delete or uninstall files or software, they often leave residual data on your hard drive and are not completely removed. The remnants hold up random memory locations without a proper order, thus causing fragmentation. Performing periodic Defragmentation helps reduce the amount of fragmentation on your system. This results in a faster PC as the hard disk can now easily find your files.
Similarly, every time you run an application or download something from the internet many temporary files get created and stored on your system. Over a period of time, these temp files can become an overhead and can choke the PC performance. To get rid of these unnecessary files, type “%temp%” in the run command box and from the opened Temp folder, delete all the temporary files. If present, these files and software occupy space in hard disk and slow down your computer.
Scan Your PC for Malware and Virus Threats
The internet is full of malicious threats like malwares, viruses, spyware, Trojans, Worms etc. These can infect your computer causing performance degradation and even steal your personal information. To avoid such issues, always upgrade your anti-virus program and schedule regular updates. Your anti-malware software should be regularly updated for a full-protection. Always have one anti-virus in your device.