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Try these useful computer tips next time your PC isn’t working, or won’t do what you asked, instead of calling out the technician. Computer issues fall into one of two main types, hardware problems which include issues with your hard disk, monitor and CD drive, and software problems which can include drivers not found or windows not starting correctly. Always read the user manual for your computer, but the more you know about what’s causing these issues, the easier it is to fix them.

Power Outage

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Hardware problems which include issues with your hard disk, monitor and CD drive, and software problems which can include drivers not found or windows not starting correctly.

Sudden power outages can damage your computer and cause you to lose what you were working on. An uninterrupted power supply (UPS) can give you plenty of time to save data and close down your computer properly, by ensuring a steady flow of energy.

Slow Computer

Deleting unwanted or unnecessary files, data and registries can help to solve this most frustrating of computer problems.

No Sound from Speakers

Check the back of your speakers to make sure everything is connected properly, as a loss of sound can often have this simple fix.

Fuzzy Images On Monitor

Moving your computer away from your mobile phone, microwave, dishwasher and TV can often solve the problem, as it will prevent the harmful electro-magnetic radiation from causing that annoying fuzzy picture. Just as annoying is the dreaded blue screen, which can be caused by malware or spyware, a malfunctioning hardware drive, or insufficient RAM.

Computer Reboots Itself Repeatedly

This issue may be as simple as cleaning the fan and checking the power supply. Your computer may be switching itself off sue to dust building up on the fan.

Strange Noises

Unplugging your machine after switching it off can often solve this issue; it may be as simple as a loose screw or wire, or a faulty fan.

Windows Not Shutting Down Correctly

Closing all your programs before shutting off your PC can often solve this issue. And if you play games, make sure you have the latest version of Direct X installed, and not the version that comes with the game. You may also have to uninstall and reinstall your virus scanner, task scheduler and USB devices.

Error Messages on Start-up

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Deleting unwanted or unnecessary files, data and registries can help solve computer problems.

If you delete a program instead of uninstalling it, you can often get cryptic messages on start up. Make sure you are uninstalling any unwanted programs correctly, by accessing the options on the control panel.

Low Virtual Memory

The simple answer to this issue is to increase the size of your computer memory; it’s relatively easy to do this by talking to your local computer or electronics store.