Regardless of your tech savvy or lack thereof, there are simple troubleshooting things you can do if your home computer is not working properly. Taking a shot at basic computer repair may be easier than you think. Take a look at these useful repair tips organised by issue or difficulty:
1. Slow Processing Speed
There are several reasons a computer may be running slowly, but if you are frustrated about waiting, there are a couple of troubleshooting things you can try.
Computers need ample amounts of memory to run quickly, so check the amount of memory you have left, and if it is approaching capacity, move some of your files to a CD or USB drive and delete what you no longer use.
Alternatively, update your system and see if that helps. Also, look through your list of programs. If you see ones you don't recognise, left click on them and remove them. They could be slowing things down. To see if your efforts worked, restart your computer.
2. Lagging Internet
Is your browser failing to load pages quickly? It could be your browser, and you should try clearing your cache. Go to your browser history. In most browsers, you can access that by holding down the back button. Then, simply clear the history.
If that doesn't speed things up, try resetting your modem by unplugging it for one minute.
3. Weird Noises
If the hardware components of your computer are making noises, those could have a range of causes. A thumping noise may mean that a fan blade is blocked and cannot move -- your computer relies on a fan to keep it cool as it works. A whirring noise, on the other hand, could mean that your fan is running too much.
For the simplest solution, try cleaning your computer. Vacuum off visible duct from the back of the CPU, and use a can of forced air to get dust out from the inside of the CPU or the inside of your laptop. If possible, open the side of your CPU to make sure nothing odd has slipped inside to block your fan.
4. Misbehaving Software
If you are trying to run a program that simply is not working as it should, do not be afraid to search for the answer to that issue online. Enter very specifically what is happening in your favourite search engine, and look carefully through the results.
Much of the advice you will find will be in forums, so remember to think about the source before you try any tips or download anything. If you see other forumers responding that the advice helped them, that is typically a good sign that it is valid.
In many cases, the solution may be easier than you think. You may simply need to update a driver or even just turn the machine on and off.
If these simple solutions don't guide you toward success, it may be time to contact a professional that offers computer repairs.