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Computer Repairs - 8 Tips for Emergencies

Computer Repairs - 8 Tips for Emergencies

Daniel Jowssey

In the ideal situation, you buy a computer, install it and use it smoothly. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Everybody will receive some error messages sometimes or some unexplained failures. Should you call in a computer technician immediately or are there a few things that you should try by yourself to solve the problem?

It depends on the case. When you see a message saying that you have a motherboard failure, it is definitely time to call in the IT and not try to solve it on your own. A few smaller issues, though, could probably be easily solved by you.

In the best scenario, you buy a computer with everything needed installed on it and you can use it for a long time without problems. However, this is usually not the case. We all have to deal with unexplained errors and failures every once in a while. Should you call in a computer technician immediately or are there a few things that you should try by yourself to solve the problem?

This depends on the problems that are occurring. Some minor problems can easily be solved by the users, while an error message saying that there is a motherboard failure definitely needs the attention of an IT expert.

1. When you receive messages that your computer does not have enough memory to run an application, it does not always mean that you need to buy more memory. Some programs that use memory do not give it back when done. This is one of the many design limitations of Microsoft. Use the Task Manager to close ‘hidden’ programs and free memory for programs that are in use.

2. Memory errors are also often created by misinterpretations of the operating system. Run a virus checker that is up to date and see if this solves the problem.

3. A very common and often occurring problem is freezing of the computer. The applications are not responding anymore and everything runs in slow motion. The main reason of this is poor maintenance. Learn to use Ctrl+Alt+Del. This is not going to shut down everything completely as in the old days. Instead, it makes the Task Manager appear. Here you can see all the applications that are running. Find the one(s) that don not respond and choose ‘end now’.

4. Another simple solution for common problems as slow motion and freezing is rebooting. By shutting down and restarting the computer, programs are closed properly and fresh copies of the files that are needed to run the operating system are reloaded.

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