Your Computer Is Running Slow
This can be caused by many different things, including a system that is too old for your current programs and applications , resource-heavy programs or applications, a lack of RAM (a kind of memory that stores program information to improve overall speed), a fragmented system, a lack of space on your hard drive, or viruses/malware. Many users assume a slow computer simply needs “tuned up” and put off the issue until the
machine actually becomes unusable.
One of the most common computer complaints is a that it’s “running slowly.”
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of a slow computer is a hard drive in the initial stages of failure. If you catch the problem early, a new hard drive can be replaced and all your data can be transferred with minimal interruption. If you delay, however, this simple fix and upgrade can turn into a much larger hassle, typically involving a complete rebuild of the operating
system (and causing you to spend subsequent hours reinstalling software and readjusting settings to your liking). Putting off a hard
drive upgrade can also increase your risk of irretrievably losing data.
You Get A “Hard Drive Imminent Failure” Message
This message is very clear: it indicates in no uncertain terms that your hard drive is about to die a terrible, painful, death. Yet many people ignore this message until, like in the first example, their computers pass the point where a simple repair is possible and they require extensive rebuild (along with the possible total loss of their data). Perhaps this is due to users not believing the message is authentic or actually critical, but we can tell you
with certainty that this is an absolutely legitimate message that is never “just a suggestion.” If you see this exact message, shut down your computer immediately and call us 801-466-1505.
“Blue Screen of Death”
This is a sign of a serious computer problem that will rarely, if ever, get better on its own. If you see anything like the picture below, it’s time to seek professional repair.
Your Computer Runs Hot
A computer that runs hot may not just be a minor inconvenience, nor is it necessarily just the way your computer happens to work! Computers do heat up when they’re on, but an excessively hot computer should be checked out right away! It might just be dirty, but sometimes the cooling system might be broken or severely clogged. These problems, although not necessarily “serious,” can severely shorten your computer’s lifespan or cause it to fail. If your computer feels too hot to touch comfortably, fan noise is louder than usual, or shuts off completely on its own, it may be overheating. Call a skilled technician immediately.
Your Computer Just “Acts Weird”
A well-maintained computer will generally be fairly free of trouble. Computers are computers, however, and everyone (including the pros!) will occasionally have a hiccup or get an error message every once in a while. So when does an occasional misfire turn into cause for action? If your computer starts acting up, the first thing you always want to do is reboot. Turn it completely off by clicking the “start” button and selecting “shut down,” or if the computer is completely frozen up it’s OK to hold down the power button for 5 seconds to turn it off. Once it’s off, wait a moment and turn it back on. If the computer still acts up, it’s time to give your technician a call!