Fix Your Computer The Easy Way
It’s not really going out on a limb to say that if you run a business, you have one or more computers. And if you have computers, you occasionally have problems. Desktops and notebooks give us guff sometimes. Connections get disconnected. Software goes south. Hardware goes “poof,” and as IT guys like to joke, it doesn’t work after you let the smoke out. Troubleshooting PCs is obviously a huge topic. We’ll cover a lot of ground with the following suggestions, so bear with us if we can’t provide step-by-step instructions for every fix. Las Vegas PC Repair – We’ll use Windows 7 as our example OS in this article, but many of the tips also apply to earlier versions and computers with other OSes, too.
No matter how silly it sounds, always check the obvious stuff when a PC problem crops up. Yes, we’re talking about making sure that your computer is turned on, that it’s plugged in, all cables are still attached, and so on. You’ve got a business to run; you don’t have time to waste running down increasingly unlikely causes for a dead notebook when its battery isn’t fully seated.
It’s true: Restarting a Windows computer really can correct a variety of ills. For maximum effect, shut down the misbehaving PC and then unplug its power cord for 30 seconds or so. Plug it back in, turn it back on, and marvel.
Windows and many apps have come a long way in giving you error messages you can easily understand. Still, it’s pretty typical to see badly written or numeric error codes that can leave you scratching your head. Jot these down and use your favorite search engine, such as Google, to look them up online. If you don’t find anything relevant in the first page or two of results, try a different search engine.
It’s the norm for manufacturers to release updates for their computer products. Downloadable patches can correct issues, add features, improve compatibility, and close security holes. Perhaps you can fix your PC problem with an update to the relevant device driver or firmware, application (although upgrades to a newer major version number usually aren’t free), motherboard BIOS (basic input/ output system), and so on. Be sure to download the correct update for your device model/version and your OS, and follow the manufacturer’s installation procedure exactly Las Vegas PC repair. This is especially important for firmware and BIOS updates, as these can brick a device if installed improperly. Always back up an SSD or hard drive’s data before you flash its firmware.
As you may know, System Restore can roll your Windows system back in time, so to speak. If you have a software problem and you suspect you know what caused it (such as a new program installation or a settings change), System Restore may let you return your PC to a previous state. Press PAUSE-WIN (the Windows logo key), click System Protection, and then click System Restore. On a finer scale, you can reverse smaller changes such as a bad driver upgrade without using System Restore’s broad brush. Press PAUSE-WIN, click Device Manager, and double-click the category of the device in question, such as Display Adapters. Double-click the device, such as ATI Mobility Radeon X1300. Click the Driver tab, and then click Roll Back Driver. You can even uninstall Windows Updates that cause problems. Click Start, Control Panel, and Programs And Features. Click View Installed Updates, and then select the update and click Uninstall. Of course, we don’t recommend that you remove any security-related updates unless you have no other option.
Occasionally, parts may be physically connected to each other without a good electrical connection. A worn contact, a speck of dirt, or a teensy misalignment is all it takes to cause an open circuit, and that means a device won’t work. With the PC off, you can disconnect and reconnect items such as external and internal cables, memory modules, and expansion cards. Sometimes reseating an item returns it to active duty. Work carefully, and be sure to dispel static electricity by touching something metal before you touch your computer.
Smart Computing | September 2011 p.47
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