Computers are a lot like our bodies in certain ways. They’re always multitasking, and most of what’s happening takes place beneath the surface so the casual observer is never fully aware just how much they are doing.
Computers also require repairs and maintenance from time to time. So how can you tell if it’s time to take Old Faithful in for a tune-up?
1. Software crashes/malfunctions
If your programs and software are frequently crashing then your computer may require being looked at. When software runs into problems, it causes your computer to slow down, freeze, crash or send error messages.
If it’s just one program then it probably isn’t a dying computer, but if several programs are acting up and you keep getting the same problems even after rebooting and checking for viruses, then it’s time to take it in for a diagnostic.
2. Hardware glitches
Is your mouse or keyboard malfunctioning? Are you seeing strange lines or dots on your computer? When you plug in a USB, does your computer not recognise it?
These are all signs that your computer is on it’s way out. But don't worry! Because you should first check to make sure that your mouse, keyboard, and monitor cables are all connected firmly.
If the problem still persists then you could need a new motherboard, power supply, or graphics card.
3. Loud hardware and fans
Loud noises coming from your computer are never a good sign.
If your fan is abnormally loud it could be that your system has too much dirt and dust inside.
If your hard drive is making loud grinding, clicking, or beeping noises you should take it in for a repair immediately because this could result in total data loss. What’s often the problem in these situations is that there can be dust and debris in the gears, or in between the platters.
4. Boot failures
When you startup your computer and get a message like, “disk boot failure” or the computer stops while loading Windows and reboots on it’s own this is a sign that either your hard drive is failing or your operating system has been corrupted.
If the operating system is the issue then all you may have to do is reinstall Windows, but be aware that this will wipe all of the data off your hard drive if you’re not careful so be sure to create a backup first.
But if the problem is actually a hard drive failure then unfortunately a new hard drive will be required. We offer a data backup and restore service to recover any data from a failing hard drive but this is dependent on how badly the hard drive failure is.
5. Performance issues
If your computer is running slower than a dial-up modem or if it only seems to work when it wants to then there are several possibilities. For one, you may just have an old computer and be running outdated software or perhaps your hard drive is nearly full, or your computer has been compromised by a virus. Of course, it could also be a hardware related issue.