How to Repair Your Computer
Computer Repair at a Glance
Computer repair doesn’t always have to be done by a professional. There are several effective and cheaper ways to troubleshoot and optimize the system for a faster PC. A computer running slow is indicative of problems which lie inside and outside so you have to learn how to assess these properly. Manual repairing however, is more complicated and should only be done by a certified computer technician to avoid further damage.
Computer Repair – The Assessment Phase
First, check your computer performance and ask yourself the following questions. Am I getting computer freezes often? Do errors pop out frequently whenever I try to open an application? Do programs run very slowly or do not run completely? Does logging on during startup take longer than usual? Is my hard drive clogged with files even if I have not installed anything new? These questions will help guide you if your PC has problems.
A computer running slow shows that either hardware is not functioning properly or there are software problems. Damaged or dirty hardware will make it impossible for your programs and operating system to run properly. Software problems are more specific and usually, some of the symptoms will show what kind of computer repair you need to do.
Hardware Computer Repair
You can check the BIOS during boot up to check your hardware settings and if everything is functioning properly. There are options and labels that verify the type and mode of operation of different hardware.
Undetected hardware can mean that it is not functioning well or is not plugged well into the motherboard. Some applications will also recommend which hardware needs optimizing or upgrading.
The best you can do for hardware is to clean it regularly every few months from dust. Also check if the plug-in components are secured in place. Do not attempt to remove parts or open items in your CPU which you do not know about. Some parts are radioactive or you can risk damaging the hardware. Have a technician ready for this type of situation.
In Windows you can use the Device Manager to check if all hardware devices are functioning properly. A red or yellow explanation mark indicates there is a problem with a device.
Software Computer Repair
Errors, freezes and slow performance are indicative of software problems. You can do a computer repair by running antivirus and anti-spyware programs to detect malicious data that could be ruining and disrupting your system.
You should also run a speed up tool or clean up tool to ensure that your PC is optimized and not wasting valuable resources. A speed up tool will remove unnecessary files, clean file cache, and clean up your Windows Registry. Depending on the tool you use, you can also tweak Windows performance settings.
Software problems can often be solved by simply reinstalling the problematic program. In some cases you need to reinstall Windows itself, but if you are running Windows XP you can first try the system restore option.