Computer Problems and How to save Money When They Happen
The computer is something we have all become accustomed to over the past 20 years, whether it’s for work, pleasure or both. Problems and annoying error messages come as part of the package and dealing with them could result in spending hundreds of dollars with expensive computer maintenance guys when you could possibly save money and fix the issue yourself with a little patience.
Losing data can be one of the biggest worries for most of us so with this in mind we are going to look at some of the most common computer issues experienced by the masses. Then we will explore the options you have available to you, to resolve the issue by yourself and hopefully offer you an opportunity to save money where it counts.
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The most obvious and somewhat seemingly disastrous event of your computer getting stolen doesn’t mean a complete loss of your data and even your laptop to some extent. If you were tech savvy enough to install a free program called Prey before the device was stolen you can potentially get it back if you act quickly, or at least wipe the information remotely.
Don’t worry if you haven’t installed this program, because you can also use free services like Gmail or Dropbox to locate your device and even a cloud storage software called Backblaze to track its movements too. Beyond this you pretty much have to file a police report and hope for the best.
Slow Internet or Sudden Disconnection
Slow Internet or connection problems are a pain, especially when in the middle of something. If you can’t reach any websites from your device or any other Internet enabled machine, go to the root of the cause your modem. Check the power supply, cable connections and power adapter. If all of these are ok, check the display lights to see if anything is flashing or unlit. This can tell you what may be going wrong if all power related problems are ok.
If it is only particular websites that are not loading, your router keeps losing connection or only one device can’t get online then try troubleshooting it with the following steps:
- Check your speed with this speed-test website.
- Put your device closer to the modem to check Wi-Fi signal strength.
- Turn off bandwidth-hogging apps or plugins.
- Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Potentially find a new provider.
- Work smart by only opening programs and webpages for your important work.
Loud Computer Fan
A noisy fan isn’t the end of the world, but your laptop sounding like it’s trying to take off all the time can become a nuisance and potentially lend to the idea that it is going to overheat. If both your device is hot and your fan is working hard then there are two simple and cheap fixes such as cleaning out the dust and upgrading your hardware. If you decide that a clean might be worth doing then all you will need is:
- A Philips head screwdriver.
- Mechanical oil a dropper.
- A can of compressed air.
Once you have everything listed above you can begin cleaning your device. First things first, back up all of your information to a second hard drive before attempting anything. Once complete, unplug everything to avoid an electrical shock and follow these steps:
- Refer to the computer manual on how to dissemble the case.
- Use the compressed air to blow out all cracks, crevices and openings. Avoid cleaning the fan with compressed air because it may make the fan spin faster than it should.
- Clean the fan or fans with a damp cloth. One over the power supply and one over the processor.
- Lubricate the fan mechanisms bearing.
Snail Pace Computer
If you find out that the slow pace of your device isn’t related to a poor Internet connection, but in fact it feels like your computer is bogged down, this can sometimes sadly be related to age. Hard drives with moving parts especially can slow down as they near the end of their life. In the case of an old laptop, the best thing you can do to speed it up without spending to much money is back all information up onto a storage device and only keep the bare minimum on the inbuilt hard drive.
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