Don't Get Bugged About Computer Repairs
Computers have become such an integral part of our daily lives that when something goes wrong with them, it can be highly disruptive and frustrating, especially for the tech-challenged. It's not like you can fix a broken hard drive with scotch tape and gum.
Yes, major computer repair is best left to expert computer technicians, like Geek Squad's in-store and In Home repair services, but that doesn't mean you can't diagnose the problem and even resolve some basic computer issues yourself. It’s not as hard as you might think. Let's go over a few common computer repairs that you can do yourself.
What is wrong with my computer?
The best method of diagnosing your computer's problem is by isolating the issue. If your computer is making loud noises or overheating then you most likely have a hardware issue versus a software problem. If you're seeing unusual error messages and other software glitches, then it could be a virus, malware, or spyware issue.
Another advisable way to zero-in on a computer problem is by being able to replicate the problem. When you see something wrong, retrace your steps and try to reproduce it. This will help you isolate the issue. Then you can research a repair either on the web or by consulting a Geek Squad technician.
What are some common computer problems I can solve?
You won't be able to solve all computer issues, but you'll be surprised how simple some solutions can be. For example, maybe you have a cable plugged in to the wrong port or your virus protection software is either turned off or the subscription has lapsed. Let's go over some easy, DIY troubleshooting tips that you can do before taking it in for repair.
A slow computer can be supremely frustrating. An easy way to speed up your system is by removing temporary files from both your hard drive and your web browser. This might help improve speed and responsiveness.
A virus can harm your computer in many different ways, from slowing the operating system to completely shutting it down. Be sure to set your virus detection software to run automatically to isolate and eliminate existing threats, as well as protect you from potential incoming threats.
System crashes are serious and alarming events that can leave your computer incapacitated. Unfortunately, they're often caused by issues you can't easily remedy. Just make sure you are constantly backing up your files and data because you could lose it all in the event of a crash.
Computer freezes or won't start
When a computer freezes it limits what you can do because everything is, well, frozen. Your best recourse is a forced restart and, if the problem persists, consult a Geek Squad technician. If it won't start up, check to make sure it has a power supply plugged in or that the battery isn't drained.
Excess computer noise or overheating
If your computer is making more noise than it should and feeling hot-to-the-touch, it could mean it's not being properly ventilated. Check to make sure the air vent on the computer is not clogged by dust or some other substance. Give it a good cleaning and see if that does the trick.