We’ve all been there, staring at the computer screen with a frustrated look on your face, feeling that at any moment you’re going to give in to the impulse to grab your monitor and throw it out the window. Computer problems are common with every computer and are usually easy to fix, meaning there is no need for excessive frustration. But patience can easily wear thin when it comes to using a computer, so it helps to know the solutions before the problems hit. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most common computer problems as well as how to fix them.
Your computer is too slow
This is perhaps the most common everyday computer problem. The first step in making sure this problem is fixed is actually making sure your machine is the source of the problem. Oftentimes, a slow computer is actually the result of a poor internet connection, or a certain installed program slowing the computer down. But if it is indeed your machine that has a problem, start by making sure your computer has a good amount of free space, so Windows can create files while your system is running. Not enough space can result in poorer performance. The next best thing to do is use Microsoft’s System Configuration Tool, which has been known to solve many issues related to a slow computer.
Your download speed is slow
Slow downloading can be pretty annoying, so you’ll want to find out why it’s happening. First, head over to a speed testing website and run a speed test to determine your download and upload speeds. These speeds should ideally be about 50% of your internet provider’s advertised speeds, and the ping should be under 100 milliseconds. If this is not the case, check your network hardware for available updates and download them if they are available. Lastly, resetting your router and modem is oftentimes all you need to do to speed up your download speed; this can be done by pressing the reset button on your modem or by unplugging it for a short time.
Your Wi-fi keeps disconnecting
This one can be a bit difficult, since it can be hard to determine just what the source of the problem is. It could be your computer, your router, your modem, or even your internet service provider. First you need to make sure your computer is not too far from your wireless router in order to avoid a weak connection. Then you’ll want to see that your PC’s wireless card is updated with the latest drivers. The last measure to take is a simple Windows troubleshoot.
Your computer keeps restarting
First, make sure it’s not just the latest batch of regular Windows updates that are causing this problem, since they often force you to restart your machine. If it’s not updates, it’s time to make sure all of your critical system drivers are updated. These include your graphics card, motherboard, and network card drivers.