What to do if your computer gives you trouble? -Part 1

What to do if your computer gives you trouble - Part 1

Check out some easy troubleshooting steps that you can perform to fix your Computers and Monitors. Try them and become a Computer fixer! During these pandemic days where the work nature has shifted to work at home, this could help you fix the issues on your own and offer ease of work.

What to do if the computer does not turn on?

  1. Check the physical connections. Often we tend to miss the connectivity issues which is the first troubleshooting step any Hardware Engineer would perform!
  2. Check the computer’s power cord to make sure it is completely plugged into the wall socket. If you are using a plug strip, make sure it is completely plugged into the wall socket and that the power switch on the plug strip is turned on.
  3. Some plug strips also have a built-in circuit breaker which usually looks like a black or red button near the power switch. Press the button to reset it and see if that solves the problem.

What to do if the computer crashes?

There are many reasons why a computer may just stop working or “freeze”. Most of the time there isn’t much we can do about it. It is a fact of life that computer programs have become so complex that occasionally users will experience problems even when performing common tasks. When your computer no longer responds to keyboard commands your best bet is to restart the computer. Remember, most computers problems can be fixed by a simple restart or a force restart.

PS: Do not try a restart in your enterprise environment without approvals, this could affect the background system jobs.

What to do if the Hard disk fails to work?

  1. Shut down your computer and restart it.
  2. This will help you determine whether or not you have a hard disk problem.
  3. If the disk is severely damaged then your computer will probably fail to restart properly.
  4. If this is the case then contact the professionals.

How to fix monitor display issues?

  1. Make sure your monitor is on. Physical connectivity is very important again. If no power light (green or orange light) is seen on the monitor display try pressing the power button until it comes on.
  2. If your computer monitor was on and you stepped away from the computer and upon returning it was black, the computer is likely asleep. Try moving your mouse, clicking the mouse buttons, and/or pressing any key (space bar) on the keyboard to wake it up.
  3. Make sure that the monitor is connected properly to the ports of the computer.

What to do if the monitor’s image is distorted?

  1. You may receive a distorted image when the cable is loose or defective.
  2. Disconnect the video cable going from the back of the computer and verify that no pins are bent, burnt or broken. Once verified re-connect the monitor cable.
  3. If the refresh rate is not properly set the monitor may have a wavy or an appearance that lines are going down or across the monitor slowly or fast, this may also cause a flickering effect.
  4. A distorted image can be caused by magnetic or other types of interference. Verify no speakers, fans or other magnetic devices are close to the monitor.

What to do if the monitor gives the error ‘no signal input‘?

  1. Verify that the monitor is properly connected in the back of the monitor as well as to the back of the computer.
  2. If the monitor appears to be connected properly, verify that a cable is not loose by disconnecting all cables that can be disconnected in the back of the monitor.
  3. Disconnect the data cable connected to the back of the computer and then reconnect the cable. When connecting the cable in the back of the computer ensure the cable connection is tight.
  4. Most Computers will also have screw ends that can be screwed in to hold the connector in place.

Stay tuned for more basic issues and their troubleshooting steps! Become an Engineer and handle the issues on your own. Also read Windows 11 vs MacOS

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