Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Computer Repairs Tips for Emergencies

Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Everybody will receive some error messages sometimes or some unexplained failures. Should you call in a computer technician immediately or are there a few things that you should try by yourself to solve the problem? It depends on the case. If a message saying that you have a motherboard failure, it is definitely time to call in the IT and not try to solve it on your own.
But you can try once yourself
(but remember we don't guarantee, or any loss will be completely yours. So, the risk is completely
yours)
  • When you receive messages that your computer does not have enough memory to run an application - Use the Task Manager to close ‘hidden’ programs and free memory for programs that are in use. Memory errors are also often created by misinterpretations of the operating system. Run a virus checker that is up to date and see if this solves the problem.
  • A very common and often occurring problem is freezing of the computer(applications are not responding anymore and everything runs in slow motion) - Learn to use Ctrl+Alt+Del. This is not going to shut down everything completely as in the old days. Instead, it makes the Task Manager appear. Here you can see all the applications that are running. Find the one(s) that don not respond and choose ‘end now’. Another simple solution for common problems as slow motion and freezing is rebooting
  • If your computer crashes before you saved your file, it does not mean that you have lost the file - AutoRecover might have saved it for you. This is, when it was turned on. In MSWord you can turn on AutoRecover by clicking on ‘Tools’ and ‘Options’. Click on the ‘Save’ tab and checkmark AutoRecover. Was it not turned on when your computer crashed, you might find the file back in one of the temporary files. Click on ‘Start’, ‘Find’, ‘Files and Folders’. In the box ‘named:’ you type *.wbk and ‘look in:’ C:. Find the file by checking the time that is was created and the size. If you have found the file, change the file name to end with .doc and then double click on it to open it in MSWord.
  • Having connection problems? Or does it seem that the internet is down? Try other sites first, to see if the problem lies with your connection or with the website that you try to visit. Restarting the browser or the computer does also solve many problems that look as if coming from the connection.

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