Computers are a useful and substantial part of our daily lives, but some simple errors on our computer can cause a lot of trouble for us. Errors can happen due to various reasons; sometimes it can be a serious problem that threatens to overrun the whole system, whilst at other times, it may be a simple error that is easy enough to fix by yourself in less than a minute. It is really impossible to realize that you don’t have to run to the repair shop every time your computer runs into issues as many of them have a simple solution. Here are the most common puzzling computer errors and how you can fix them.
When your computer starts beeping or there is an error message on the screen, it is your computer trying to tell you that there are some problems that have been detected. Different error messages require different fixes and there is various software for windows which can help to solve the errors. Google the error code and find the right fix for the problem. Here are some possible reasons why your computer may be beeping and how to fix them:
- Out of place RAM: If your RAM is out of place, your PC will beep 2-3 times and you can’t restart it. To fix this, you can just simply reinsert the RAM.
- Recently added hardware: If you’ve recently installed a hardware component, it is possible that the hardware you’ve installed is damaged or wrongly installed. Take it out and try to install again properly (or get it fixed if broken).
Computer is Overheating
Computers are designed with a fan to cool down the whole system. However, sometimes, it breaks down because it is clogged up with dust or it doesn’t work because you have been using your computer for a long time, and this is when your computer experiences overheating. An overheating computer can slow down the whole system, which can lead to frequent crashes or even leave permanent damage. If your computer is overheating to the point of concern, there are some actions you can take.
First of all, check whether your fan is working properly or at all by starting up your computer with the power button and listen out for that satisfying “vroom” sound. Next, dust the fan out so that it isn’t clogged. Finally, remove anything that may be blocking the vein and don’t run more software than your computer can handle.
Dysfunctional USB Port
A dysfunctional USB Port doesn’t mean that it is broken, and there may be some easy ways to get it working again. First of all, restart your computer because this is actually an effective solution for many problems. If the USB port still doesn’t respond, here are some other solutions you can try:
- Uninstall USB port driver: Open Device Manager → Universal Serial Bus controllers → USB Host Controller and then click Uninstall → Repeat this for all entries with USB Host Controller → restart the computer.
- Disable USB selective suspend: Open Windows Power options → Change plan settings → Change advanced power settings → USB settings → disable USB selective suspend setting → restart the computer.
Computer Isn’t Turning On
This is obviously the most serious error of them all, but it can be just as simple as a problem with the power source. Check your extension cord, power outlet, power cable and other connections, and make sure they are working properly and replace them if you have to. If you are using a laptop, try to take out the battery, reinsert it and restart the computer again.
The Blue Screen of Death
The dreaded blue screen can happen due to problems with both software and hardware, but mostly, it is due to hardware issues. Whatever the cause, the blue screen of death can be a sign of a big problem. Here are some common reasons for your blue screen and their solutions:
- Corrupted drivers: You can find out if your computer has corrupted drivers by: Open Device Manager → Look for a yellow triangle icon next to each driver and select Update Driver Software.
- Too much pressure on the RAM: Don’t open more programs than your RAM can handle. In this case, you can either stop opening too many programs or upgrade the RAM.
While there are many hardware issues that can be easily fixed on your own, keep in mind that it could be a serious problem and you may cause permanent damage. Whilst it can pay to do your own research and fix issues accordingly, if there is a serious issue then seek professional assistance.