The majority (if not the entirety) of office work, nowadays, is performed on devices like computers, tablets and smartphones, with computers still leading the way. A lot of people even work from home (telecommuting) which, once again, puts a lot of emphasis on these devices. This is exactly why the very thought of a computer malfunction might be particularly stressful. So, in order to avoid the scenario where this becomes a major problem, here are the four most common work computer malfunctions that you need to prepare yourself for.
1. The computer’s running slow
The idea that your computer is running slow is too wide of a term, seeing as how it can mean a number of things. Is it always slow to respond to your commands or slow to boot? Are all the applications running slow or is there a certain application that’s the problem? If the latter is the case, it’s worth checking minimum system requirements of the application. If not, one of three things could be an effective solution. First, you might need to invest in an SSD, seeing as how it can drastically improve the response time (as well as boot time). Buying more RAM memory is also a solution worth checking out. Finally, cleaning the inside of the computer with a specialized vacuum cleaner might also be a solution to a problem.
2. Strange noises
Another problem, well, more of an indicator of a problem, is the fact that your computer is making strange noises. Most commonly these noises come from a loud computer fan and this is a scenario where you need to act quickly before the damage becomes a lot bigger and more expensive. In case of a Mac, we always suggest taking it to a specialized Mac computer repair service. If it’s a PC that we’re talking about, you could attempt to clean the device on your own. One more important thing to mention is the fact that there are some people who use specialized software to slow their fan down. Keep in mind, however, that there’s a reason why the fan is running at this speed and slowing it down deliberately is never a good idea.
3. Random freezing or crashing
Computer freezing or crashing happens for a number of reasons, nonetheless, the first step in resolving this issue lies in diagnosing that it is, indeed, a crash that’s the main issue. While this may seem embarrassing, even absurd, the first thing you need to check is your mouse. So, try issuing a command via a keyboard and if the result is not satisfactory, start looking for the real problem. Overheating is at the very top of the list but driver corruption or some other software error is just as likely. Overheating is the easiest to diagnose by placing your hand on the casing and checking if the device is hotter than usual. Lastly, computer viruses are also a potential problematic point.
4. Blue screen
Perhaps one of the most traumatic experiences of any computer user, in general, is the so-called blue screen of death. Nowadays, in Windows 8 and 10, this blue screen is a lot simpler but this doesn’t make the experience any less traumatic. When this happens, you can go for various forms of diagnostics, yet, there are several tips that can help you deal with this issue with the greatest success. First of all, you can use system restore in order to return the software to a previous state. Next, you can scan for malware, update drivers or just boot the computer into safe mode in order to check for hardware problems. If this appears too frequently and for seemingly no reason, reinstalling your Windows might be the best solution.
In the end, if it’s a work computer that we’re talking about, the main concerns are the loss of data and the downtime caused by the lack of reliable device. The first one is resolved by a trusted cloud solution (One Drive, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.), whereas, the latter can be resolved by having a backup device as a temporary solution. Sure, this complicates things a bit but when your work is on the line, you need to have a contingency plan.