Computer Hardware Issues - Can I Fix My Computer?
Computer hardware repairing should often be delegated to IT professionals who have the training and expertise to repair complex problems. However, some common hardware issues have simple fixes that could save your business time and money:
- Computer Won’t Boot Up – This most basic hardware issue is often related to a faulty power supply. First, check to see if the power cord plug is seated correctly at both the outlet on the back of the CPU end and the outlet from which it draws power at the other end. If both ends appear to be plugged in properly, test the power outlet with another device to determine whether or not the power supply is sufficient.
- Windows Doesn’t Start Up – If Windows repeatedly won’t boot up, you might have to reinstall Windows from a Windows recovery disk.
- Blank Screen – If you have a blank screen after booting up your computer, first check the connection (wireless or wired) between the CPU and your monitor. If you determine that it is not a connection issue and you are confident your monitor is working, you might need to consult IT professionals.
- Frozen Screen – A frozen computer must usually be restarted. Unfortunately, any unsaved work is lost in the process. There are several common causes of a frozen computer:
- Spyware – Sometimes, a frozen computer can be caused by hidden spyware installed by hackers.
- Insufficient RAM – The more robust programs become, the more RAM is required to function smoothly.
- Corrupt or Missing Files – Corrupt or missing files are often the cause of computer freezes. Unfortunately, the average user might not be able to determine which files are causing the problem.
- Registry Conflicts – Registry errors are usually caused by improperly uninstalled applications or too many unused files that come into conflict when booting up your computer.
- Overheating Computer – If your computer doesn’t have a proper cooling system and begins to overheat, you should shut it down and let it cool. You might have malfunctioning internal fans. If overheating becomes a recurring problem, you should consult IT experts to repair this issue.
- Operating System or Software Malfunctions – When your system or other software becomes unresponsive, it could be an indication that your computer has been infected with a virus. Shut down your computer. Then reboot and run a complete virus scan to determine if your system has been infected with a virus.
- Slow Computer – There are several causes of a slow computer. Often, computers slow down when they are short on resources. For example, your hard drive might be running short on storage space, or you might need more RAM for your computer to operate smoothly. Viruses and other malware might also be running in the background, taxing your system without your knowledge. Regular anti-virus scans might protect you from slowdowns.
- Unusual Noise – Unexpected noise from your computer could indicate a failing hard drive or fan. If your hard drive is causing the noise, IT professionals should address the problem before your data is compromised. Regular backing up of your data will eliminate the potential for permanent data loss.
- Slow Internet Connection – For slow browsing issues, try clearing all the cookies, internet history and temporary files from your computer. Removing these files will usually make your browser more efficient, thus speeding up your connection. Rebooting your router might also help correct speed issues. If you have a wired connection, check all your cables and plugs for problems.
Unfortunately, most small to midsized businesses have neither the time nor the expertise to analyze and repair computer hardware problems on their own. In addition, tasks such as installing a hard drive and other comprehensive computer repairs can be confusing and, to many, daunting. For such functions, it is prudent to enlist professional IT Consulting services. The IT experts can also ensure that you maintain compatibility, security protections and other protocols to safeguard your hard-earned data systemwide.
IT Maintenance has become a 24/7 operation for many small to midsized businesses. Computers and all your devices must be regularly monitored and maintained. Established security protocols and defenses must also be in place.
With the expanded use of remote and work-from-home employees, having a team of IT experts to support your systems is essential for the smooth operation of your business. An IT support team can train your staff, update your software, inspect and monitor your hardware and provide iron-clad cyber security for all your devices and networks. GEEK-AID® Computer and Network Support specializes in customized Managed IT Services for small to midsized businesses. GEEK-AID®'s team of experts is comprised of top specialists in different areas of IT services, serving clients onsite and remotely for Macs, PCs and all your connected devices. When your system is down, they will perform onsite computer repairs. And the GEEK-AID® team doesn't clock out at five o'clock on Friday. They are available to you 24/7, remotely or in-person, to ensure your computers, network and data stay healthy and secure. As your business grows, expands its network and adds more devices such as smart controls, smart devices, wireless access and remote access, your network's cybercrime vulnerability and need for cyber security will grow, too. In addition to maintaining the hardware, software and security, employee training and regular IT support must be ongoing. New users and new devices will require additional training to use those devices efficiently. Hardware and software installation and maintenance, repair, cyber security and network protection are all related and must be consistent and proactive.
Call (877) GEEK-AID (877-433-5243) to help you maintain a secure and fully functional system.