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What to do when your PC crashes

Updated on November 18, 2010

It is a common thing that unexperienced people call to expensive computer geeks to repair their crashed PC, now the thing is that this computer geeks not always know what they are doing and sometimes they will cause you to spend more money than necessary.

But how can you, unexperienced in fixing computer individual, tell if a self called computer geek is wrong or right. in the following article I will try to give you some basic information which doesn't pretend to convert you into the best computer technician which can repair anything, but at least you will know when a computer geek is totally cheating you!

So first of all let's brake into categories all of the most common PC troubleshooting, those will be:

  • Panic!, my computer doesn't start
  • Help!, my OS wont let me work/play/enjoy
  • OMG!, I think someone is spying me

Panic!, my computer doesn't start:
Come on! unless you buy a computer every 3 years we've all been there, must people I know completely freak out when this happens and call me crying, yelling and coursing everything in the word. Chill out, determining what's wrong when your computer doesn't start is easy as asking yourself a few questions before freak out.
first of all, does power comes on? take a closer look when you press the on button, any light flashing? if not even when this sounds dumb check if your power supply is OK, if PC is connected or if UPS is running, try using a live outlet, then if the power supply is OK then you need to go to the back of the CPU there must be a little flat switch somewhere with a label generally: "110/220 V" there you need to select proper voltage to fit your home outlet voltage. If this still doesn't work and only if you don't hear your HD spinning, this may be some of the following: video card not working, or some of your motherboard components are loosen because of recent movement. if you feel confident enough you can disassemble your PC and tweak everything there, if after this still doesn't turns on, it probably is in a short circuit, try reseting BIOS by removing the CMOS battery for about 5 or 10 seconds, this battery looks like a hand-clock battery only it is bigger, then you place it back again and your computer should start again asking you for the correct date time, if not get a reliable computer geek.

Help!, my OS wont let me work/play/enjoy
So maybe your computer do turns on, but you just want to throw it trough the window because it is so damn slow, it is taking like five seconds to show startup menu, and better not open anything because it can crash your OS. at my personal experience computers that are very slow are full of malware, spyware and stuff like that. Usually is to late and you have to format your HD and reinstall windows. but here are a few names that can help you out to not formating your PC while fixing it:-COMBOFIX: this incredible tool contains a fix for the most common malware modus operandus, easy to find, just type in in google, download, double click and wait for the report-HijackThis: this tool is special when your internet surfing is making you want to die, because it has the power to uninstall all of those annoying toolbars slowing your connection, but you need to read the manual, beware that you can really damage your computer if you don't read instructions first.And so many others which I will be posting in later hubs.

OMG!, I think someone is spying meSolution would be simple: "MOVE TO LINUX!" but... Linux is not for all people. the best recommendations are, first of all BEWARE WHERE YOU CLICK, must of spyware comes because you click into some banner you shouldn't click, always check the URL in your browser to see if it is correct, specially if you are running a payment. also have a firewall up and running, and some nice anti-virus. the best way to fight spyware is avoiding it, and it is possible.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this little article, and better yet this tips will help you the next time your computer crashes.
By the way, here you can get a "Do it yourself computer repair manual" for just $2, I've read it and there is a lot of useful information, if you don't ever want to pay for a computer geek to fix your computer.


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