Saturday, September 10, 2011

Having Problems With Your Computer? Troubleshoot It!

If only man was that great to develop something so divine as a flawless, faulty-less computer! Impossible! The truth is, we all have to go through issues facing our personal computers, and how irritating it can be! Nothing is more frustrating than having a faulty computer or devices that may seem to have a life of its own and not follow the commands of its owner. Many of these instances call upon us the owners to try to find out what the problem is, as to resolve it before it reaches a point where it will cost us!

That is where the concept, Computer Troubleshoot comes in! It involves a process of elimination where the problem with the computer or its devices (including peripheral) is sourced and then resolved (if it is even that simple)! Usually when one goes through this process of elimination, a major factor has to be established in order to begin. It is figuring out whether the problem with the computer is because of a malfunctioning hardware or outdated and/or corrupted software. Hence, troubleshooting can be broadly divided into two aspects, that of the hardware and software components. Now this all might be a tedious process and does require some patience and persistence!

Some common issues people face which can be solved when you computer troubleshoot include, hard drive clutter, when the computer runs extremely slow as well as when the mouse, keyboard or other hardware devices fail to work. Did you know that the simple Control, Alt and Delete action is also a troubleshooting strategy that determines which one of the frozen/slow programs on your PC is not responding? A simple action we undermine its power almost daily!

Take for instance, that you are trying to communicate with your friends via your Windows Live Messenger in a voice conversation but they are unable to hear you.

Your troubleshooting instincts would kick in instantaneously where you would either think it is the Windows application itself that is at fault or your microphones. So you would restart the program and if the problem still exists, then through the next step in your process of elimination, you would try to obtain if it is indeed your microphones at fault. Some common troubleshoot procedures may include checking to see if the microphone is connected properly in the microphone jack at the back of the computer ( if it is not within the system), checking to see if the sound drivers were set up properly in the operating system as well as checking to see if the battery-ran microphone has battery life. Perhaps with no success after all these checks, then a computer consultant can be called in to assess the situation ($$)!

Also consider the situation, with an issue with the computer software, where your computer programs refuse to open or are running too slowly, you experience unexplained crashes and error messages and the Control, ALT and Delete initiative fail to work. Then it can be one of many things; RAM usage needs to be minimized by closing those programs not in use, the PC needs to be shut down and restarted, the PC needs to be rebooted or systems scans need to be run to eradicate viruses, malware and other forms of malicious software. Again if these initiatives prove unsuccessful, then perhaps it's time to ask the computer specialist to do his own troubleshoots for a special fee! But otherwise, before you jump the gun to pay a fee, computer troubleshoot! Its free and simple as ABC!
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