No matter what kind of computer you own, and what level of experience you have with it, there are a number of problems which you can always expect to run into. Knowing what these problems are can help you to prepare for them, anticipate them, and ultimately keep them at bay – and it will also equip you with the knowledge to ensure that you can fix those issues should they happen to arise anyway. Some of these problems are a little more common on older machines, while some are more specific to one or two particular operating systems. But they are all things that any computer user should be aware of, and in this article we are going to take a look at some of the most common of them, along with their simple solutions, so that you can be truly prepared for them as best as you can be.
If your computer is routinely restarting without any apparent good reason, it can be a particularly frustrating problem which might even cost you some work. In the worst case scenarios, you could lose a huge amount of effort and even some income this way, and if nothing else it is a problem which can make using a computer incredibly frustrating indeed. When a computer is constantly restarting for no apparent reason – also known as kernel panic – it can strike terror into your heart. But there are a few things you can do in order to try and solve this particular problem, and you should never feel as though all is lost even if this is happening quite frequently.
One of the most common causes of this problem is that your computer doesn’t have sufficient RAM or hard drive space, or maybe a combination of the two, so look into that first. Alternatively, it might be that you have a number of outdated drivers, which is a simple case of doing a search in order to find the latest ones. Sometimes, you can do that from your desktop through your operating system directly. It’s also worth keeping all of your software updated to help avoid this problem.
If there is one thing that most computer users complain about eventually, it is the computer being too slow. This is something that happens to most machines over time, but if you feel that it should not be happening yet, or you are just keen to try and improve it anyway so that you can get more out of your computer, then it’s good to know there are plenty of ways to improve a slow computer. First of all, clear up as much of your disk drives as you possibly can. A fuller drive means that your computer has to work harder to access files, including software files, so the less there is to search through, the quicker everything will be. You might also want to think about looking into your operating system’s configuration tools to see whether there is anything obviously slowing things down in the background. Removing unnecessary background processes will speed up your computer hugely. Finally, consider installing more RAM into your computer, so that you can hope for it to access files more easily and readily, and thereby run faster.
This is truly one of the most annoying things that you can possibly experience as a computer user. Fortunately, the solution is simple. The best way to make sure that you are not bothered by pop-ups on your computer is to follow the preventative approach. In order to prevent pop-ups occurring, consider installing Ghostery and Adblock in your chosen browser. These will block all adverts without fail, so you will never have to see an ad again. They will also ensure that you are not tracked by advertising cookies, so you won’t have targeted ads and your computer will be freer of pop-ups generally. If you already have some pop-ups turning up reliably, give your computer a full scan with an antivirus suite to get rid of them for good.
It’s amazing how often people struggle with their printers, but if you have ever tried to get a new printer to work you will know just how hard it can be to do just that. There are a lot of things that might get in the way of a printer working fully as it should, but one of the first things to look into is whether or not your drivers are updated for printing. Then you will want to look into whether your printers are listed as offline – if so, change that, and you should be good to go.