Anybody with a computer knows that computers are unpredictable. Before we are forced to call in an expert, there are a few things we can try on our own to get that computer to beave. Assuming you are a home user, here are some Basic Computer Troubleshooting Tips to Try On Your Own. This article may not help you to solve today's problem, but it should help you with the overall troubleshooting process.
Keep in mind that there are many types of problems. They can be hardware related, software related or even network related. The first step to solving a computer problem is to pay close attention to any messages that are displayed. It is surprising how many people close the message boxes without really reading them. This is an important key. Often, the message will indicate the source of the problem. Many times, software is the culprit to a problem. Knowing what program is producing the message can be a big help.
If you still do not understand the message, go to the internet and type the message into your search box. Even experts use this tactic. You will be surprised by the amount of results. Chances are, there are dozens of other people experiencing the exact same problem.
Solving a computer issue can be similar to the work of a detective. Sometimes there is no message. In this case, ask yourself when the problem started and what were you doing. If your screen suddenly goes black and you just moved your computer, this can be a good indication that the plug or even the video card itself came loose.
If you were busy using your photoshop and dreamweaver applications, a black screen could also mean that you had too many programs open and the memory conked out. Restarting can be a miraculous cure to many a problem. Restarting can solve a printing problem, an internet problem, a freezing problem and more. Basically, a restart stops any processes that are running, including the unwanted ones.
There are occasions when restarting the computer will not keep a computer from freezing. One of the most common reasons for an extremely slow or freezing computer is having more than one anti-virus program running. If you do not know what a particular problem is, system restore is also a good thing to try.
Sometimes a problem can be of a completely different nature. Perhaps the current issue is an annoying toolbar or trying to find a lost document. Again, use the internet for answers. Type in your question and keep it simple and specific. You might type something like: How to remove zango toolbar. Or you might try something like: Locate lost word document.
Because of the myriad amount of possible problems, it would be quite an impossible feat to cover even a vague amount of remedies here in one short article. Knowing how to read and understand messages is the first step. Knowing when to reboot is another. When all else fails, there will always be someone to call. Do not ever allow yourself to become too frustrated. Remember, there are professionals that can take care of everything for you.