Today, 92% of American households have at least 1 type of computer. Add in businesses, and practically all Americans have access to some sort of device!
And yet, in this technological age, we still run into plenty of problems when using things like computers, tablets, and smartphones.
There’s a running joke that IT staff will tell you to turn your device off and on again to fix most issues. But what if that’s not working for you?
Here are 5 IT fixes you should try to get your systems working correctly again!
1. Check the Power Supply
Maybe your device won’t turn on at all. But before you panic and think you need to buy a completely new computer, check the power supply first. This also applies to laptops.
The first thing you should do is check you’re using the right power supply, especially if you have several laptops in the house. If that’s correct, then check the fuse in the plug next. You can either replace it with a spare fuse to try and power on your device or you can grab a spare power cable for testing to save yourself the trouble of unscrewing and replacing the fuse.
Either way, if your device turns on, then it indicates that your fuse was blown or that even your wires are frayed. So there’s an easy fix; just replace the fuse or get a new power supply!
2. Check Your Screen
Things are a bit more promising if your device turns on but your screen won’t. At least in this case, your computer’s not completely dead!
Before you assume you need a need screen or monitor, you’ll want to check that it’s not something incompatible that’s causing your screen not to turn on. You can do this by disconnecting everything from your device besides the essentials. This includes things like monitors and projectors.
For a laptop, if you can see a faint image, then the inverter on older laptops might be broken. They’re quite expensive, so you’re better off buying a new laptop.
If you don’t see an image at all, then you’ll need to replace your LCD panel. This needs to be done by the pros, which can be expensive. So you might want to replace your broken laptop here as well.
For a PC, first try switching out the power cable and video cable. If you have another monitor, try connecting that one to your PC.
If these things work, then all you needed was a new part. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a new monitor.
3. Check Your Software
Think about it: have you recently installed new software? Then there’s a huge possibility that it’s incompatible with some of your other programs, which has caused your computer or laptop from booting up correctly.
If you’re having computer trouble right after you’ve installed new software, an easy fix is to uninstall the software and see if that gets everything back up and running again. If necessary, reinstall the old memory to revert to a version of your device before you installed the new software.
For those of you who have just built a PC, then there might be something faulty. Disconnect everything but the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, 1 stick of memory, power supply, and monitor. This is the bare minimum needed for your computer to start.
Slowly connect all other components until your PC fails to boot up correctly. You’ll find the source of your IT issues there!
4. Run a Virus Scan and Defrag
A slow computer can be frustrating to work with. Not to mention, it can be a sign that you’ve got some malware!
You should be running regular virus scans anyway, so if you haven’t in a while, it’s time to do so. If that comes up clean, then it’s time to try the next step: defragging.
Over time, your computer gets a lot of files, which take up space across your hard drive. Running the disk defragmenter takes all these files and compacts them next to one another so your computer doesn’t have to spend as much time and resources to open and run applications.
You can also help your computer along by deleting all programs and files you don’t need. The less memory and RAM you’re using up, the better!
5. Get Help With Application Rationalization
This one requires the touch of a professional, but it’s well worth it, especially if you need to or have already migrated your apps from device to device.
Surprisingly enough, many people fail to do application rationalization, which can have dire resulting consequences. Often, people will find that their projects are unworkable because they haven’t mitigated risks when transferring files, especially in a business setting.
When you work with a professional, they’ll be able to assess your risks and more importantly, address them. They’ll determine if there’s inter-platform compatibility and if not, come up with a plan of attack so you can transition smoothly!
Try These IT Fixes the Next Time You Have Computer Trouble
Here, we’ve given you several IT fixes, most of which are simple to do on your own. While they can be tedious, it’s better than being told to try turning your PC off then on again.
And if you still can’t get your device running after these fixes, it’s always a good idea to get help from a professional. They’ll be able to quickly diagnose your issue and get you up and running again!
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