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Digital Doctor: 5 Troubleshooting Tips for Sick Computers

Few things can be more frustrating than a computer having technical issues. It may prevent you from retrieving important files, using the internet or completing your work. There are many things that can go wrong with a computer. To help, below are five common problems that you may be able to troubleshoot on your own.

Digital Doctor - 5 Troubleshooting Tips for Sick Computers

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1. Corrupted User Profile

Under certain circumstances, a Windows profile may become unusable. If that is the case, you may not be able to log in to the profile at all even with the correct password. When this occurs, the easiest solution is to simply create a new profile with admin privileges. To accomplish that, start your computer in safe mode and log-in to the corrupted profile. It should load in safe mode. Once in, create a new profile with admin privileges as a replacement.

2. Missing Internet Connection

Another common problem occurs when you lose your internet connection in your home. In most cases, this problem is the result of the internet router as opposed to your computer. Power off the router and un-plug it from the wall for three minutes. This will force the router to give you a new IP address. Once it’s switched back on, the internet should work once again.

3. Driver Errors
Drivers are software programs that allow the operating system of a computer to properly implement different pieces of hardware. If you are having problems with certain kinds of hardware, say your computer isn’t recognizing your speakers, updating or installing audio drivers may fix the problem. Windows Device Manager can help you troubleshoot driver problems.

4. Slow Computer

One of the most common problems occurs when a person’s computer just seems to take forever to load files and run programs. First, load task manager if you are using Windows and examine all the programs that are running in the background. Eliminate programs you don’t really need. Contact a company like Bask to find and eliminate spyware and malware that is running without your knowledge. Also run a registry cleaner. A corrupt registry can slow your computer down.

5. Low Memory

If you get a low memory warning, you can probably fix the issue by changing your settings for virtual memory. The options for altering virtual memory usage in Windows can be found in the advanced system settings of the System Control Panel. Make sure the option for paging files to be automatically managed is selected.

Of course, there are many other problems you could encounter with your computer as well. Overall, don’t give up. Copy down error messages and search for a solution online. Almost all possible issues with computers are well documented online along with workable solutions.

By Dixie Somers

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