There are literally hundreds of problems that your dearest machine could have, from an endless list of possible error messages to different hardware failures. Just like with human diseases, most of the computer issues can have several likely causes. Thankfully, you will be able to resolve the majority of these potential situations, even if you don’t have any technical expertise. Some instances will require that you go to a computer technician to service or repair your PC or Mac, but these visits won’t strain your budget.
Below is a list of a few of the most common computer issues and how you can solve them:
PC is slow to boot
A slow-booting PC is one of the most common – and irritating – computer issues you can face. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to fix. There are multiple causes to why your PC takes a long time to load up – but the most frequent cause is that there are too many programs trying to load up in the background when Windows starts. The easiest way to fix this issue is to identify what programs are loading up when Windows starts and disable those that you don’t need. For this, open up the Task Manager in Windows 10. From there, click on the ‘Start-up’ tab at the top of the window to view the list of all the apps and programs that load when Windows 10 starts. If you don’t need the app to load when Windows starts, right-click on its entry and choose ‘Disable’.
Graphical errors are also some of the most common problems that computer users face. This kind of issue is often software related. It makes the screen look distorted and images not displayed correctly. But, before you identify this as a software problem, you’ll need to check if there are issues with your video card drivers. Other potential causes for this include loose VGA cables, damaged monitor or even outdated drivers. Check if any of these problems are the source of the graphical issue. You can even test your computer with a different monitor to see is the same issue exists. When you’ve tried all of the above, and the problem persists, it is time to go to a PC or Mac computer repair service. A computer repair technician should have the expertise to perform the necessary troubleshooting for graphical errors.
Blue screen of death – BSOD
BSOD is one of the most recognizable computer errors that can happen to you and typically results in your PC becoming unresponsive for a couple of seconds. Your computer will then restart, and if you’re fortunate you won’t lose too much work. Fixing a blue screen of death will vary depending on what caused it in the first place. When BSOD appears, you should see a code. Quickly make a note about it, and then type it into Google. You’ll hopefully discover that other individuals have encountered the same issue and have posted how they fixed it.
Full hard drive
As you use your computer for different activities, it will likely begin to accumulate more and more content – software, file storage, media, etc. If you do not have adequate control over the use of your hard drive, it will likely come a time when it is full to its maximum. A full hard drive can cause a number of problems. For instance, it slows down your PC or makes it impossible to continue saving data. To avoid this kind of situation, good computer maintenance and erasing unnecessary data will be of great importance.
In most cases, you alone can fix your troubling PC. If you can’t find a solution, go to a computer repair service. Luckily, guides like this one can put you on the right track.