While the majority of problems you’ll have with your system while at work can be solved by the technical support team, there are those small, common issues that occur consistently, that you’d at least want to have a handle on. The good thing is that the vast majority of problems you’ll face on your computer can be resolved; all you need to do is learn how to identify the problem and repair it, saving you on a considerable amount of time and money.
In this article, I’ve outlined 8 of the most common issues people face on their systems nowadays.
1. Blank Screen
If you’ve turned your computer on, but the monitor screen is completely blank, then there is a good chance that you have some kind of connection issue. First, you’ll want to verify that your monitor is turned on and receiving people, the next thing you’ll want to check that both the desktop unit and monitor are connected to one another. If you experience a similar problem on your laptop, then you could have a faulty screen, either way, you’ll want to consult a specialized.
2. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Errors
I’d imagine, the blue was chosen because it’s calming, however, over the years, the blue screen, along with its white text, has become associated with many different things, all of which are negative. The BSOD error is without a doubt, one of the scariest issues that end users face on their system. However, in many cases, all that is required to fix the problem is a simple system reboot. These blue screen errors occur for a number of reasons including:
- Faulty or failing hardware components.
- Damaged/Corrupt software.
- Missing or corrupt DLL file.
- Corrupted system drivers
The solution to your BSOD error depends greatly on the cause of the problem. These blue screen error messages are usually accompanied by error code which you can use to identify the problem and find the solution.
3. Intermittent Internet Connection
An intermittent internet connection can be rather annoying. In most cases, the cause is usually a simple one, like a dodgy phone line or ethernet cable, which anyone can fix. However, in more severe cases, the cause could be a damaged router, viruses, driver issues and bad network cards.
4. Missing DLL Files
DLL files or Dynamic Link Library files contain information on how to perform certain functions of the operating system. Occasionally a DLL file may go missing or become corrupted. When the operating system is unable to find a specific DLL file, it is no longer able to carry out the specific function that was provided by the file. You may have a DLL file on your system that is either corrupted or missing, if, every time you boot into your computer, you receive an error message when the OS performs specific tasks.
If the problem on your computer is due to a corrupted or missing DLL file, it’s possible to fix it, by downloading the culprit DLL file off the internet and copying it to your system.
5. Computer Performance is Sluggish
If your computer is not running as fast as it once did, in most cases, you can fix this problem by freeing up space on your hard drive. You can also install maintenance tools on your computer, such as antivirus and firewall programs and ensure they are always active, and that thorough scans are carried on you a regular basis. External hard drives are a great place for you to put all your excess files and programs.
6. Applications Running Slow
There are a number of reasons why your application(s) are not running as fast as they once were. The problem could stem from the operating system or the application itself. Your computer could lack sufficient hard drive space or your OS could require updating. If you’re hard drive is reaching its limit, you should think about deleting those files you no longer use.
7. Strange Noises
If you hear a lot of noise coming from your system, it can only mean two things, either you have a very noisy fan or one of your hardware components is malfunctioning. Hard drives usually make unusual noises just before they fail, so you should definitely think about backing your hard drive up, possibly mirroring it, with a brand new drive. A noisy fan can be easily replaced, however.
8. System Overheating
If the case in which you system is housed, is not sufficiently cooled, then your computer could start to overheat. In order to prevent such things from occurring you may have to turn it off after extended use, to allow it to cool down. Additionally, you could check the fans inside the case are operational and replace them, if the need arises.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website where you writes extensively on computer related issues and other topics.