Common PC Problems & Solutions
Whether you have a custom-built gaming PC or have been asked by your grandpa to fix his dinosaur of a computer, troubleshooting PC problems is quite common. Like cars and other machines that are a daily part of our lives, when something goes wrong with your computer, it can easily ruin your day, especially if you’re not a tech wiz. However, the truth is, you don’t have to be a tech wiz to solve a lot of PC problems. In fact, by following some simple troubleshooting steps, many problems can be remedied. In today’s blog post, Magic Micro would like to share with you some common PC issues along with some troubleshooting techniques. Read on to learn more!
Blue Screen of Death
Ah, blue. The color of oceans and, some may say, calm. When it comes to computers, however, this is not true. A blue screen with a bunch of white text is a bad omen. It open signals a problem like failing hardware, damaged software, corrupt DLL files, driver problems, or some other issue. The codes providing on the blue screen can help you identify the reason. Although this problem is ominously called the blue screen of death (BSOD), its appearance does not guarantee death for your computer. For instance, if you have all of your information backed up, the simplest fix may be to restore your computer to its factory settings. If this doesn’t work, scan for malware and update your drivers.
If you are greeted by the BSOD while trying to turn your computer on, you can start up your computer in safe mode. Here’s how to do this:
Hold Shift and F8 upon startup
Select the See Advanced Repair Options
Choose Troubleshoot then Advanced Options
Restart your computer by clicking on Windows Startup Setting and then Restart
If none of these troubleshooting methods lead to a solution, it may be time to enlist the help of a seasoned computer repair specialist.
Missing DLL File
Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files are files that contain instructions that other programs need to perform specific functions and tasks. Naturally, when one of these files go missing, things can go awry, which can be incredibly infuriating. If you see this missing DLL error, the first step is to try restarting your computer. If luck is on your side, this may fix the issue, which indicates that is was a temporary, self-resolving problem.
However, if you’re not so lucky, you need to locate the missing file. There’s a chance that it is hanging out in your recycling bin. If you browse through your bin and spot DLL files, restore them. If this step doesn’t fix the problem, reinstall the program, as this will restore all the necessary DLL files and get things running properly again.
Not Turning On
Whether it is to game, stream some Netflix, or knock out a project, nothing is more frustrating than deciding to head to your computer and discovering that it won’t turn on. While this can feel like all is ruined, know that this problem is more common than you might expect, and this also doesn’t mean that your computer is bound for the dump. Before you draw the curtains, try these simple steps:
Ensure your computer is plugged into a working outlet (don’t be insulted, it happens more often than you think)
Try a different outlet
Check your memory and video cards
If, after trying these steps, you can’t get your computer to respond, this may be a solid indication that your computer is having some minor hardware issues that need the attention of a professional.
Unexpected restarts can be hardware problems, which are notoriously difficult to diagnose and solve. However, this problem could also be caused by a software issue, which is, of course, much easier to fix. The first step is to ensure that your restarts aren’t just linked to the most recent wave of Windows updates. These updates can cause your computer to automatically restart. Check to see if this is the problem. It this doesn’t fix it, make sure all critical system drivers are updated —e.g. graphics card, motherboard, and network card drivers.
If the problem still persists, it’s time to run a virus and malware scan. Viruses, like adware, can cause your PC to overheat and restart. Similarly, because most modern computers and custom-built PCs have safeguards that will cause your system to shut down if a component is overheating, make sure that the cause isn’t a resource-intensive program or video game.
Pop-Ups Are Taking Over
One common reported problem is pop-ups that appear even when you’re not running a web browser. More often than not, this is a sign that you have installed adware — a program that displays unwanted ads. While this occurrence can be annoying, the fix is usually pretty simple. To get rid of adware, use one of the many system-utility tools out there. Most credible antivirus software programs can find and remove this adware. Also, keep in mind that running multiple antivirus programs at the same time can cause problems. If this step doesn’t resolve the problem, you can always turn to the nuclear option: a complete system reinstall.
If you notice any of these problems, give these troubleshooting tips a try. If problems persist, don’t hesitate to reach out to tech support or computer repair specialist. When in doubt, it’s better to seek help than to void a warranty by venturing into complicated and unchartered territory.
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