You’re no stranger to complaints ... you get them from your kids, from your co-workers, your spouse, your boss, and maybe even complete strangers on the road. Whether or not you address the concerns, you usually have a pretty good idea of the problem.
When your computer complains, you may not recognize the problem. You may not even know it’s complaining. Let’s take a look at some of the most obvious warning signs that your computer may be in need of some attention.
Many times you’ll notice that your computer is taking longer to start up, load files, or perform normal actions. If your computer is acting lethargic, it could be trying to tell you many things. Possible diagnoses include failing hard drive, corrupted operating system, motherboard malfunction, or virus. These problems can quickly lead to other problems, such as loss of data, complete lock-up, or even stolen identity.
It’s best to take action as soon as you notice a significant slow-down. Many times, the problem can be fixed with a simple registry clean-up, while other times the solution is new hardware.
Over-full hard drives
You’ve probably seen the message “your hard drive space is running low” and wondered why you are suddenly out of storage space. There could be a few possible causes of your low hard drive dilemma. You might have inadvertently taken up space by downloading excessive programs or files from the Internet. Family members might have downloaded games or applications without your knowledge, too. The worst-case scenario is that you’ve been hacked and someone is storing and running programs on your computer from a remote location.
Keep an eye on your hard drive space by clicking on the “My Computer” tab on the Start menu. If you are consistently running out of room, consider upgrading to a larger hard drive.
You might notice a loud buzzing, whirring, or clicking sound emanating from your machine. This usually means that you have a fan that is not functioning properly (whether in your power supply or on your motherboard). It could also point to a hard drive failure. If you hear a loud, suspicious noise, turn your machine off. Try dusting off the power supply and re-starting your computer. If you still hear the noise, it’s time to bring it in for a checkup.
If your fans are malfunctioning, you can do serious damage to your computer in a short amount of time. Don’t risk a data barbecue ... shut it down and get it fixed!
Listen to your computer. It may be trying to warn you of a problem. The quicker you respond to its needs, the better off you’ll both be. Bring it in to Computer Problem Specialists for a free diagnosis. Give us a call at (928) 468-0000.
Now go listen to what your computer is telling you.