What PC Repairs Should Commonly Expect?

What PC Repairs Should Commonly Expect?

The good old PC refuses to die. You will admit it.  Working spreadsheets on your PC is more fun and comfortable than doing it on a tablet. Gaming on the PC is for die-hard gaming enthusiasts who like more control. Plus graphics on a PC are always the best. This means you won’t be dumping your PC anytime soon. That said you should expect the PC to misbehave now and then. As a PC owner, what are the common causes of PC repairs to watch out for?

Broken down fans

If you are working on heavy applications like video gaming, your CPU will work extra hard which means it will draw more power and in turn heat up faster and to higher temperatures.  The cooling fans have to keep up. In many PCs, the air fans are placed such that they suck in air to the power unit where most of the heat is generated.  If the fans get too clogged with dust they break down pretty fast. Even in a relatively clean environment, you can expect the fans to break down at some time.

Dust and water

A PC has several spaces through which dust and air come in, the air fan vent being the most open. This dust covers the electronics in the PC including sensitive power handling elements and the CPU.  If the dust is a lot, these components can break down.

Water is an enemy of anything electrical. The most common victims of the water in the PC are the mouse and keyboard. These suffer coffee spills and are regularly inundated with water by unsuspecting cleaners.  If the PC is on, electrical shorting cooks these items fast.

Forceful trauma

A PC carries many delicate components like the hard disk and other fragile electronics. Any unexpected shock can damage these items. Dropping a PC will most likely damage some of these components. Careless perched PCs are likely to be victims of this cause as their wires get tangled and pulled along by passersby.

Malware

Malware is a general term for all malicious software. These are applications that seek to perform unintended and harmful actions in the computer like copy data or send back personal information to the authors for marketing purposes. Malware makes the PC very slow and can at times crash it necessitating a clean installation of the operating system.

You can avoid frequent PC repairs by constantly servicing the PC by blowing off dust.  Installing a robust security system with antivirus and internet security features will also keep your PC malware-free.

What are Some Common PC Repairs You Can Do?

What are Some Common PC Repairs You Can Do?

The PC is a strange beast. At times it is working perfectly well then when you are in the middle of an urgent report the screen goes blue.  With more modern PCs, there are fewer problems but you will still encounter the occasional crash. Some PC problems can seem so serious that you think the only alternative is buying a new PC. However, there are some PC repairs that you can handle without shelling out hundreds of dollars or spending good money on a new computer.

The Blue Screen of Death

If you are using an older PC running on Windows XP, it is very likely that you will encounter this problem. The Blue Screen of Death is technically called the STOP error and occurs when there is a memory failure making the PC software crash.

Installing a new copy of Windows is the quickest remedy for this. Restart the PC with the original Windows installation disk and follow the instructions.

Computer does not power up

If the computer does not power on, check if the power plug is properly inserted into the socket. Check if the cable is loose where is plugs into the PC. If power is available, all the connections are proper, yet the PC will not power up, you are looking at a faulty power unit.  If the PC powers up but the screen remains black, you have a booting problem. You can buy a new power unit that is easily installable using a simple screwdriver. For a booting problem, insert the original Windows installation disk and choose ‘Recovery Option’

Missing DLL file

You will at times get an error message saying there is a missing .dll file. These are files that help applications interact with Windows.  Remedy this by uninstalling the application and installing a fresh copy.

Virus alert

If you have an antivirus installed on your PC, it will raise alerts when it encounters a potentially malicious file. Just click on scan for the antivirus to scan the file.  Ensure the antivirus is updated by going to the settings tab and clicking on check for updates.

Slow PC

If your PC is too slow, you need to free up some memory space. This can be done by deleting files that you don’t need like old movies and games. It could also be that your PC is infected with viruses and other malicious files. Install antivirus software and let it run a full scan to clear all malicious files.