Common Computer Problems And How To Rectify Them

 

 

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It has become almost impossible to live without computers. You need it to read, communicate, compile documents, and even make money online. While they are great devices to have, they tend to develop problems. Here are some of the most common computer problems:

Failure To Boot

If you have been using computers for a while you must have come across this problem. The first thing that you should do when you have this problem is to confirm if your computer is connected to power. If it is connected and still can’t work, you should consider trying a different power point.

If the computer still doesn’t work you should open it in order to ensure that all the components are properly seated in their sockets. Things such as add-in cards, memory sticks have been shown to prevent computers from booting; therefore, you should take a look at them and ensure that they are in their right places.

Short circuits are known to prevent computers from working; therefore, you should take a keen look at the inside of the computer and check if there are any burned out components. The major causes of short circuit are: water damage, power surges and overheating.

Slowdown

Computers are designed to process data fast; however, they tend to slow down due to a number of reasons such as too many programs, viruses, overheating and outdated drivers.

To solve the problem you should stop unnecessary programs. You should also ensure that your computer isn’t overheating by keeping the interior dust free. You should also ensure that the cooling fans are working perfectly.

If you feel that the problem may be resulting from viruses, you should open your antivirus software and ensure that it’s up-to-date. To get rid of any possible malware you should run a full scan of your computer.

Weird Noises

Noises can signal a pending mechanical failure. The problem could also be as a result of a loose computer part. To rectify the problem you should shift the path of the wires. It’s also wise that you tighten the screws.

Conclusion

These are some of the most common computer problems. While there are some problems that you can rectify on your own, it’s highly discouraged that you try to rectify the problems if you don’t have the necessary computer skills. For example, you shouldn’t attempt to open the computer if you don’t have the skills. For your computer to last for a long time you should ensure that you buy it from a reputable store. You should also ensure that it’s repaired by a certified professional.

 

Optimizing the Speed of Your PC

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You bought your PC half a year ago, and sometimes you are just amazed at how quickly it seems to run much more slowly than when you just bought it. Since money doesn’t grow on trees, you want to optimize your system in a safe way so you can keep getting good performance from your computer.

I will focus on these 4 key elements:

Temporary internet files and cookies
Defragmentation
System tools running in the background
Keeping your system updated

Let us begin the journey towards a faster PC. This is great fun once you learn the tricks, and it’s totally free, so you can easily do this on your own machine.

Temporary Internet Files and Cookies

No, it’s not cookies you eat. Cookies are actually small text files that will track your searches online. Haven’t you wondered that you just searched for a drilling machine, and then – when you’re on Facebook – ads turn up that show drilling machines? You need not wonder any more.

You need to enter Settings in your browser menu, and then clean temporary internet files and cookies, delete search history, and delete all unnecessary browser data from time to time. The interval between this depends on how much you actually use your computer, but generally once a week would be a very good idea.

The idea behind temporary internet files is good because it offers you a chance to access internet pages without having to reload everything again. However, this was actually far more relevant back in the days when we had slow internet connections. Nowadays, we all have 20 megabit (or more), and consequently the time involved in reloading the website is far less important than it was before.

Defragmentation

Your hard drive is a bit crazy. It stores files in the first available pocket on your drive, and then finds another spot when the file you are trying to save, and yet another until the entire file has been saved. Over time that causes files to lie scattered all over your hard drive, and this costs quite a bit in loading files once you need to work on your PowerPoint presentations or to watch your videos.

Again, defragmentation was even more powerful when we had slower drives, but nowadays, the challenge is still that hard drives are getting larger as we speak, and therefore the scattering of data is still quite a challenge for many programs.

Your system should defragment regularly, but it all depends on whether you have set up your system to do this. Check your hard drive by right-clicking the C-drive, and choosing Properties. You will then see an option for Optimization that offers you automation under Advanced settings.

System Tools Running in the Background

When you have many programs next to your system watch at the bottom right of your screen, you need to check what you actually use, and what could be removed from starting automatically every time you start up your PC. Freeing even just 5-10% of your system memory can add 25% to your system performance, so there’s quite a bit to be achieved from taking a look at this.

Keeping Your System Updated

Just as with automating defragmentation, then keeping your system updated is important, especially if you only use your computer quite rarely. Your system will check for updates, but if you haven’t turned on your computer after a vacation, it is highly recommended that you check for updates from your control panel. System errors can be avoided when you do this, so this is high priority.

Conclusion

If you follow these four steps, you will see that your system will run much more smoothly, and best of all, these steps were all free of charge – available for all.

 

Important Features Every Mobile App Should Have

 

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Mobile content consumption is on the rise as smartphones penetrate global markets. These mobile devices can do so much and with the assistance of apps, they get even better. Apart from gaming apps that entertain you, there are so many other apps that are designed to make your life easier and better. They make it possible to find places, events and even buy and sell items right from the smartphones. With so much information readily available on mobile devices that are used every day, these apps have created a bridge between buyers and sellers, consumers and providers.

You can have as many apps as possible on your phone depending on what you feel is most important to you. You can also develop a mobile app that makes life easier for users. Whether you are an app creator or an app user, there are certain features that are extremely important and should be considered when looking at an app you are interested in.

Offline capabilities – This is an important feature because it ensures that users can still access important information even without internet connectivity. There are however apps that fully rely on internet connection but if this is not really a must then an app should be able to function in offline mode.

Update and support – The server should be maintained and content updated so that users get relevant information every time. A good app should also be able to keep up with new features and fixes to keep it functional and helpful to the users. Users should be able to get all the support they need when using the mobile app.

Personalization options – Nothing works better for users than an app they can tweak a little to match their individual preferences. An app that makes it possible to change fonts, sizes and colors or one that has other flexible settings is bound to be a winner among users.

Contact and feedback – Engaging clients or users is very important to any serious business. Feedback is of importance because it helps know where you need to make improvements or changes and on what areas you need to keep up the good work. An app that lets you share your reviews or even ratings is definitely an app that is confident enough to take even criticism. The communication mode used should also be simple and quick.

Security – Users need to feel safe that their private information will not be leaked out when using a mobile application. It is vital for apps to have the necessary security features to maintain that feeling of safety amongst users.

Mobile payment – When an app makes it easy for users to find what they are looking for, it should make it equally easier for them to pay for what they want making the mobile payment feature a must have in a good app. Users should have an easy time doing what the app intended for them to do in the first place.