Basic Checks Before Visiting a Computer Repair Center

Today, computers are everywhere. It’s difficult to ideate life without computers. Directly and/or indirectly, computers have really changed our lives. If you are a regular computer user, then you must have experienced different types of problems. It doesn’t matter if the problem is a minor or major, if it gives problem when you need it, it’s real frustrating. If your computer still covers warranty period, then it is not a problem. If the warranty period is already over, then you may need to take it to the computer repair center to fix it. Before you visit any computer repair center, there are some basic checks you must do to find what the problem might be:

Anti-Virus

First and foremost thing that can affect the health of computers are viruses. If you do not have an anti-virus, which is up to date, then your computer is prone to getting affected with these viruses and malwares. Usually, these viruses enter your system through internet downloads. If your computer is slow, unable to open local disks, or restarting for no reason, then most probably your computer is affected by viruses and malwares. If your anti-virus is not updated, it is advised to keep your anti-virus up to date. If the problem still continues, then you may need to visit a computer repair center where professionals can find out what the problem is.

Hardware Drivers

Computer hardware devices come with plug-and-play option and also with the drivers. A driver is software that allows the computer to identify and run hardware properly. Some of them are included in the OS and some are not. If any of your hardware is not working properly, then chances are that the drivers are not installed properly or are corrupted. When you try to connect any external device or hardware to your computer, it always asks for the driver. Almost all the hardware devices come with the driver. If you have not received one, check with the retailer or you can get it installed at computer repair center as they own driver CDs for all the major brands of computer.

Excessive Heating

Computers can be used for any long but it should have proper cooling system. All computers come with the fan attached to reduce the excessive heat it generates while it is on. When computers get overheated, chances are that it will cause it to malfunction. Computers must be kept in cool place. Clean the dust regularly so to allow proper air flow. Always check if the fan is working properly.

These are just some of the basic things you must check before visiting computer repair centers so that you know what to expect from them and get your computer into working condition soon.

What Is Computer Troubleshooting? Here Is Short Guide

The usage of the Internet not only provides you information and getting up to date rather it also poses you to security threat so it is of prime importance to stay assured of your personal computers security. If there is any threat that causes your system to malfunction you always can browse online for tips to troubleshoot your computer and make it healthy again by your own self instead of wasting your hard earned money for getting it done by professionals.

By taking small and basic steps you can ensure that your system is protected. Install anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall to stay protected. At the start when computers were invented the troubleshooting was not an easy task people spend lots of money to get it to keep going even if it needs a prick to work again. But with the passage of time computers emerged as reliable machines and become a vital part of daily life. Moreover, the rise of Internet and accessibility to information easily now common users can perform basic tasks to troubleshoot their computers all by themselves.

It’s your assignment and you have all in mind you just need to write the report but “duh” I switched on my Personal computer many times but it is not working. What to do? There are perhaps multiple reasons why your machine has ditched you but you can always check to fix it if the problem is minor in nature. Check the outlet if the plug is correctly inserting try running another electrical device from the same outlet to ensure its working or supplying power. Now my central processing unit is running but what happened to my monitor the screen is not visible and the power button is not blinking.

Check that all sockets are correctly inserted and power is supplied to it through CPU. If the power button is on and the screen is blank perhaps there is something wrong with your display of images. You perhaps need to get professional help or need to repair or install new video card to run it properly again. If the windows beta software is causing problems and giving error messages or shuts down unexpectedly.

Restart your system, scan your computer by running the anti-virus that has proved effective in past. If the problem still persists format your personal computer and reinstall windows from the recoverable compact disk. If there is any problem with running external device try updating the drivers after installing them correctly. Make sure they are compatible with the platform and plugged in correctly If the computer is moving with tortoise speed you need to clean the hard drives, cache, de-fragment the disks, scan your system occasionally, clean the registries and free your desktop from unused icons.

Perhaps increasing the size of physical RAM is also useful. If your Internet is working slowly attach the cables properly, make sure the firewall is not blocking the required application if so, change the settings and unblock the applications. Do clean your temporary Internet files and cookies for optimized speed

By following these tips you will only need to consult the professionals when your system is suffering from a major problem only saving your resources.

Should I Fix My Computer or Buy a New One?

Unless you are a recent entrant to the world of computers, this is probably a question you’ve asked yourself before. After all, if your computer doesn’t work properly, you may have a strong instinct to throw it out and go get another one but keep wondering if it is worth fixing. This article is intended to help you decide which of these paths you should take to get a PC up and running so you can go about your work or play.

You may be thinking that since this is a computer repair technician writing this article, I’m going to tell you that in almost every case, you should fix your computer rather than get a new one. Not so. Just as there are a host of reasons to fix your computer, there are plenty of reasons to buy a new one instead.

Although the costs of consumer computers are nowhere near the costs of new cars, those of you who have had to decide whether to fix an older automobile or buy a new one may find it helpful to think about that process because it is similar. I would advise you to make two columns and write the reason to buy or fix in the appropriate column.

If you think it through this way, you will find yourself coming to a reasoned and reasonable conclusion. Also remember that if another person has your same PC model and the same problem, what he or she decides does not make their decision good for you. Keep in mind that there is not a right or wrong answer, only the best answer for you. While this article and others can help your decision process, the best answer for you is something only you can decide. Be wary of people who are certain that they know what you need.

Let’s look at some reasons to repair your current computer:

• Budget – Although the extra expense can be worth it, buying a new PC is USUALLY more expensive than fixing your current computer. If you are on a tight budget or are just a frugal person, fixing most problems may be best for you.

• Data – This second reason is related to the budget item. Whichever route you decide to take, you can (usually) keep your pictures, documents, music, emails, business files, and important personal information. It is easier, though, if you are keeping your computer because if you get a new PC, you will have to pay someone to transfer that information to a new PC. Many of you can do this without problem but not everyone can. Also, if your PC won’t boot to Windows and the data has to be extracted from the computer, most of you will need someone to get the data off the hard disk, which means you will be paying both for a new computer plus a service fee to a computer technician.

• Applications – If you get a new computer, you will also have to reinstall all of your applications. Some can be downloaded, like iTunes or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Any that you paid for, such as Microsoft Office, however, will likely be on CD/DVD. They must be installed from this media, along with the product key that came with them. My experience has been that both organized and unorganized people have a tendency to lose application CDs, particularly if they have had their computer for several years. Before buying a new computer, gather all your application installation CDs and make sure you have a disc for all the applications you use. You may be able to avoid this process and have all your applications as they were if you get your computer fixed. However, it should be noted that if the proposed fix to your current PC is to reinstall Windows, this issue is moot because all of your applications will have to be installed on a new Windows installation, just as on a new PC.

• Upgrades – If your computer is just a little slow or can’t do a certain thing, you can usually upgrade the RAM or video card, or the aforementioned USB 3.0 card much more cheaply than you can buy a new PC.

• Windows 8 – Have you used or seen Windows 8 or 8.1? If you get a new computer, it will have Windows 8.1 on it. This is important because for all its pros and cons (and I don’t wish to engage those questions here) many, many people find it hard to use and a significant departure from the interface of Windows 7 and earlier versions. Like anything else, you would probably get used to it, no matter how much you dislike it, but if it isn’t intuitive to you, why buy a machine that comes with it? Windows 7 can be put on new computers after purchase by computer technicians if you buy a copy online. But again, you would be paying more-this time for a new computer, plus a legitimate copy of Windows 7, plus the cost of a service technician to install Windows 7 on the computer.

• “Right Fit” – Buying something new is usually seen as “sexier” than keeping or repairing something used. So, if none of the reasons above grab you, think of this. If you were happy with your computer before it needed to be fixed-happy with its speed, memory, accessories, capabilities and performance, it is likely that that computer is the “Right Fit” for you. Why get another computer when you can probably spend less and get to keep something that fits you?

Now, let’s take a look at some of the reasons to replace your broken computer rather than fix it:

• Age – Although there is no specific age at which retirement and replacement kicks in, most people know it when they see it. If your computer was slow even when in tip top shape, that’s probably a clue you need to go to the computer store.

• Antiquated Accessories – If your PC has a factory-installed floppy disk drive or has a CD but no DVD drive, it is probably time to think about a new PC. Many people want fast peripherals through a USB 3.0 port. If you have a desktop, you can easily get a card installed, so I wouldn’t consider this alone a reason to trash the old PC, but if you’re keeping score, I would mark it in the buy column.

• Major Hardware Damage-If you spilled a Coke or such in the computer, ruining its motherboard, I would not invest in a repair.

• The Laugh Factor – Although I have never laughed at my customers, I have, on occasion, laughed at a machine that is brought in. Why? Because it is so old, so full of dust and cigarette smoke, so slow, that it is almost a joke that someone is actually paying me to fix this computer. If this is your computer, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about but if you don’t already know, deep down, that you need a new computer then take that message from this article. If you decide not to fix it or you just keep your computers for a long time, make sure they inside is cleaned our regularly, whether you do it yourself or bring it in for a cleaning. That dust and smoke residue doesn’t just look bad, it can overheat your computer and cause its death

The question of whether to fix or whether to buy anew can be confusing. I hope that these questions and commentary have helped you make a solid decision. If you decide that you want your computer fixed, call Tom at (903) 650-9483.