Common Computer Faults and Software Issues

Personal computers are now more advanced than ever. Gone are the days of having to wait five minutes for your computer to ‘warm up’ before you could use it or waiting what seemed like an age to save a simple excel spreadsheet containing your household budget.

Instead we now have affordable and efficient computers to assist us with work tasks and provide entertainment. Unfortunately, it isn’t unreasonable that your computer will one day develop a minor fault that makes using it difficult or frustrating. It could be a simple software issue like Windows Explorer crashing or something a little more sinister after your new upgrade to Windows 10.

Here we list a few common problems and how you might be able to solve them.

Unstable WI-FI Connection

If your other devices such as your smartphone and tablets aren’t having any issues, this one points to a problem within Microsoft Windows. Head down to the taskbar and right-click your network connection. Here you’ll be able to run a diagnostic check which usually resets your wireless adapter and clears the fault. If that fails then restart your computer.

Your Favourite Webpage Won’t Load

The error you’re presented with in your browser should give you some clue as to the issue. The webpage might be down itself or the problem could be on your end. If other pages are fine, try installing the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. This trick works especially well when an in-browser video fails to load.

Your Computer is Running Slowly

This could be one of many issues. If it was fine last time you used it, make sure it isn’t overheating. The internal fans will usually spin loudly so check the vents for blockages and give them a good clean with some compressed air.

If you’re a consistent ‘sleep’ user, make sure you restart your computer every once in a while to clear its memory. A bloated cache can wreak havoc with your user experience.


The Blue Screen of Death

This usually suggests a hardware fault. A component within your computer isn’t behaving properly and is causing instability and random crashes. If software related, chances are Windows isn’t playing nicely or one of the drivers has malfunctioned.

To find the reason, open the Event Viewer by searching for it within Windows. Every time a computer crashes, a log is written and placed in here which should help you find the root of the issue. If you’re presented with a code, copy and waste it into a web search where someone else is sure to have encountered the problem.

Feel Like Giving Up?

Sometimes our IT issues are just too big for us. Computer repair can be a minefield so if you’re struggling, consider calling in the professionals. They’ll be able to find the cause of your problems and give your computer an overall health check.

The last thing you want to do is make the problem any worse and turn a quick fix into an expensive repair, so don’t push the limits of your ability.

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