Some Basic Computer Troubleshooting

Have you had issues with your computer lately? Have you come unstuck when trying to resolve these issues? Has it gotten to the point of annoyance, as you resign yourself to requiring the help of a specialist, but simply do the not have the time to acquire one. Well, below are several fixes which you can use to repair a number of common system problems. At the very least, you’ll be better equipped to tackle these issues, if and when they do occur on your system.

The Mouse Has Stop Working?

In a situation like this, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure it’s properly connected to your system. If the mouse has mistakenly been disconnected, then you should reconnect it and restart your computer.

The mouse is much like the keyboard in that it is always out in the open gathering dust, slim, dirt and the various other things that build up on your workspace. Your mouse will then roll over all the dirt that has accumulated on the mouse mat, which will then get inside the mouse, and prohibit it from working optimally. It’s always best practice to regularly clean your mouse, using a damp cloth.

Cleaning your mouse at least once a week, should be sufficient. Depending on the type of mouse you have, if you have an old ball mouse, then you’ll probably need to clean it more frequently. However, today, most users have wireless mouses, which use a laser, so once a week, should be more than enough to keep it clean.

Ball mouses typically require you to open them up; usually a screwdriver or any other of such appliances is not required. You should be able to screw it open using your hands. Just be sure to remove all the dirt.

I Have Too Many Icons On My Desktop?

This is a very common situation that many computer users find them-selves in. The simple solution is to uninstall all the programs you don’t need. The reality is that, most users will never use most of the software that their computer they purchased came with, so these programs can go. The only programs you need on your computer are those that you regularly use. If you have several eBook reader programs on your computer, then you should uninstall all but one. Additionally, you should uninstall any games you no longer play, as they can consume a great deal of hard drive space.

Why Do My Programs Stop Responding?

A computer program that stops responding or freezes can be caused by a number of different things, such as, a conflict between the hardware and software, lack of required resources, software bug, or a problem with a particular driver.

When you find yourself in a situation like this, the only viable solution is to close the program. However, typically the operating system will block you from doing this conventionally, which is why you will have to use Windows Task Manager. To access that program, simply do the following:

  1. First, make sure you have administrative privileges when logged into your computer.
  2. Then right click on your Taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

Some Basic Computer Troubleshooting

3. When Windows Task Manager loads up, under the Applications Tab you will be able to see the running Application and its Status. Simply click on it, and then click on End Task.

Some Basic Computer Troubleshooting

The Display Driver Stopped Responding?

This is a problem that can occur on systems that have an excessive amount of programs either running all at once or installed on the computer. Such circumstances may have inadvertently corrupted your graphics drivers or one of the programs may not be compatible with the drivers.

The solution to this problem is to update your display drivers. You’ll need to know the brand and model of your graphics card, and then you should be able to find the most up-to-date drivers for it on its official website. A quick search on any of the major search engines should be enough to get you on the right track.

The Computer Is Dead?

If your computer appears to be unresponsive, the first thing you’ll want to do is check all of your connections, the cables between the monitor and computer and all the internal electrical cables. You’ll also want to check the wall socket and the plug. If your monitor lights up, but your computer does not, then it’s safe to assume that the problem is with the computer. If the computer lights up, but the monitor does not, then the problem is with the monitor. The quickest way to test it is to use another monitor. If both the computer and monitor light up, then you should check the cable that connects the computer to the monitor, as there is a good chance that it is damaged.

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