Signs That Warn You about Your Computer’s Condition!

Computer crash may seem to be something that has happened suddenly, without a prior warning. However, it is not the case. Your computer might have been warning you, but with little knowledge you might have neglected it.

So, to avoid the loss in a bigger shape, it is better to have a vigilance to detect and kill the issue at the budding stage. It’s never too late! We’re going to discuss few of the issues that a user usually, brushes off.

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Hardware conflicts:

Hardware conflicts occur when the two devices of the system try to consume the same resources of the system. This conflict leads to unusual behavior of the system. For instance, if it is the audio conflict, then the problem may disable audio for certain programs and other programs may run with the normal audio effect. Eventually, it may lead to Blue Death of Error in the computer.

To find if there is any hardware conflict in your system, you need to get through the Device Manager of the system, which will list out the hardware that are in your system. Hardware conflict will be symbolized by a yellow exclamation (!) mark beside the name of the hardware. To get rid of it, you can re-install the device driver or disable one of the drivers. If nothing works, then one of the components needs to be removed physically.


File or program corruption:

Has it happened that you worked with a file the previous night and suddenly, the next day you weren’t able to access it? (Or) Is there a file that can be accessed occasionally, but not whenever you want to? If the answer to either of this question is a ‘yes’, then you need to be on guard, as this may target at few of the things that may go unnoticed.

Reasons could be few—it could be an outdated antivirus sitting in your system. If your antivirus program is up-to-date, then make sure that you run a full scan, periodically. Next option that you should check for is the condition of your hard drive. Your hard drive could be dying and the sectors being spoilt. In that case, you need to consider about taking a backup of the file and replacing the hard drive. If this is also not the case, hardware conflict could be a reason.

Slow and noisy hard drive:

One cannot deny the fact that these days mechanical hard drive is not a common source of contributing to the computer’s problems. However, hard drive is a mechanical device and mechanical devices are susceptible to damage. Be careful, when your hard drive is generating some sort of noise, as this means that the hard drive is moving towards the end of its life. Confirm it by checking the sectors of hard drive for errors.

Do not be relaxed, if you do not find any error in the sector. It is always better, if you go for a data backup.

Frequent booting errors:

Booting error is something that cannot be taken lightly, when it occurs way too frequently. This indicates that there is something wrong with the hard drive or the Windows. Usual fix of the frequent booting error is either the replacement of the hard drive or re-installation of Windows.

Before trying your hands with any of the either fixes, make sure that there is no USB device connected to your system. This is because your computer may attempt to boot from the USB device even before booting from the hard disk of the system, which could be responsible for the occurrence of the error.

Unsatisfactory performance:

Slower performance is usually caused by piling up on software installation. Gradually, you may overburden your system. You need to keep a check on what you’re installing. Many times, it has been found that the user installs more than the computer can handle. Run a Windows check for cleaning and if the issue is too bad to be solved by uninstalling the programs, then you need to re-install the operating system.

If none of the solutions fetch any result, then there are chances that problem is persisting with the hardware of the system. To confirm it, you need to run some check, and upon confirmation you can decide and take the next step.

A screaming fan:

If the fan of your system is louder than usual, then there must be some help that your fan is seeking. It should be the internal of your system that is too warm for the fan to cool it down. Overheating of the system may lead to hardware damage or a system crash. Use ‘SpeedFan’ application to run and check the temperature of the CPU and GPU.

If it is warm, then open up the case of your system and use a compressed air can to blow it clean. Options are limited with a laptop, though. However, you can buy a cooling pad for the laptop.

These problems are the most common ones that the computer users encounter. Problems, however, could be many that are not listed out here. Get to know the cause of the problem, so that you can fix it, before it blows your computer.

Robert R. is an avid guest blogger who writes on behalf of My Tech Gurus. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the everyday computer user, by helping them with common errors, especially Windows installer errors and slow computer problems. Check out his articles at the Mytechgurus blog.

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