Have you started to notice your computer’s niggles, flaws, and problems growing more severe and more frequent over recent months? These issues can irritate you daily, stop you from doing critical tasks and even put your data in danger. It may be time to book in your computer for a brief service check or repair to get back on track.
When booking your PC in for a service, you can help your technician get straight to the root of the problem. Technicians have a wide range of tools and years of experience to bring an ageing machine back to health, but even with tools and experience, without a clear description of the problem, troubleshooting is far more time consuming and expensive.
With just a few simple steps, you can save yourself time and money while ensuring you get your computer back as soon as possible.
Take Note of the Problem Every Time It Happens
Some computer problems only crop up every now and again. A machine might freeze suddenly, or shut down unexpectedly. Intermittent issues can be frustrating and seemingly impossible to solve, but these occurrences may not be entirely random.
When these events happen, you can help to resolve your issues by jotting down what you were doing and the programs running at the time they happen. Information about what you clicked on last, or settings you recently changed can reveal unexpected links to the computer’s behaviour.
Detailed notes help technicians to reproduce the problem and see the crash or error for themselves. This can lead to faster fixes, more lasting solutions, and less time spend diagnosing problems. Simple notes scribbled down on a piece of paper or smartphone app can save you a surprising amount of money.
Keep an Eye on the Environment as Well as the Computer
It’s not just things within the computer we need to note down. External factors can play a significant role in how machines operate. Hot and humid days have been known to limit cooling on devices already suffering from heat issues.
Even changing the time of day can raise different computer related issues. There have been occasions where users have reported problems connecting to the internet around lunchtime every day. A seemingly strange coincidence with no apparent cause, until technicians dig a little deeper. For example, Wi-Fi, which relies on radio waves to send and receive data, uses a frequency of 2.4Ghz to communicate with devices. By coincidence, the same frequency is used in concentrated form inside of a microwave to heat food and beverages.
Microwave ovens, particularly when poorly positioned or faulty, can cause Wi-Fi issues that disrupt communications every time they are used. Problems that come and go, seemingly randomly, can have such a strange link to the computer’s environment that they can be very difficult to diagnose.
Take the Right Hardware at the Right Time
Having your computer repaired, whatever the issue, is as simple as picking up the box itself. We don’t need the peripherals such as the mouse, PC screen, or keyboard unless those are the things causing the issue.
When deciding when to do something about your ailing computer, sooner is always better than later. Computer issues often get worse over time. Vents gather more and more dust, fans run slower and slower and heat issues in particular drastically lower the lifespan of a machine as time goes on.
A machine that gets less and less stable over time also puts your programs and your critical data at risk. Updates applied over a shaky foundation can cause any number of software issues. With data, there’s often zero warning before it’s gone.
Give is a call on 01455 209505 to book an appointment and help give your computer a clean bill of health.