Saturday, December 18, 2010
One of the biggest sources of frustration in today's society seems to be when technology fails, and with good reason. One moment your computer can be working without any problems at all, and the next moment it is running slow, crashing or worse, refusing to turn itself back on.
And this is not helped by the fact that a broken computer could be caused by what seems like hundreds of different problems. Fortunately, once you know where to start, diagnosing computer problems does get easier. And this is what this article will cover.
There are two main sources of computer problems: software related issues, and hardware related issues.
Software related problems tend to include things such as programs which are installed on your computer, along with your operating system (such as Windows 7 or Apple Mac OSx) and its essential files.
Hardware related issues - on the other hand - relate to physical problems with the electrical components inside your computer.
Problems due to faulty hardware are the most problematic since - unless you build computers yourself - it's likely that you won't be able to open up your computer and determine exactly which piece of hardware is causing your computer problems. And even if you do find the problem, it's relatively common that the only fix is to buy a replacement for the faulty hardware part.
Hence hardware related issues are the most problematic, although there is no easy solution when this is the case. You can only hope that the computer problem is in fact a software problem.
On the software note: if the problem is simply that a particular piece of software is slow, try reinstalling it via the 'Add/remove programs' feature in the Control Panel. If your computer as a whole is slow, try running Disk Defragment and Disk Cleanup along with uninstalling any programs which you no longer use.
Unfortunately there are too many possible causes of computer problems to list in this one article. Fortunately Computer Lover is here to help: we have created a handy new 'Solve Your Computer Problems And Solutions' diagram which you can download for free. Computer Lover covers all aspects of computing, including handy tips to remember when hunting for the newest laptops on the market.