I have been repairing and servicing personal computers for almost 20 years. I have replaced hard drives, memory modules, CPUs, network cards, motherboards, power supplies and everything else that goes into a desktop computer.
Here I’m going to write a small guide on some of the things that happen to pcs and an idea of how to fix them. Of course, if you need any help or just want me to do it – I’d be happy too! So, let’s begin.
Computer won’t turn on
If you have tried to turn your computer on and nothing happens it could be a few things. First, I would say bypass any power bar or surge protector and plug your computer directly into the outlet. Most people will say ‘the power bar is brand new, that’s not the issue” – and sometimes the computer will turn on.
If you are using a known good power plug (you’ve plugged something else into that outlet and it works fine) then it could be your power supply. Your power supply takes the power from the wall and converts that into usable power that your motherboard, graphics card, hard drives, and everything else uses. If you are getting no power and none of the fans spin up at all – I would replace your power supply.
It could also be a bad power button on your computer. I’ve seen the power supply replaced and there is still an issue. Changing out the power button could resolve the issue. Truthfully, I haven’t seen this issue in several years, but I thought I should still put it on the list.
A blank computer monitor could be a sign of a few things. If the monitor has an orange light – usually that means, it’s not getting a signal from your computer. The issue could be a loose HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, etc. port.
If your monitor is getting a green light, but it’s still blank, that could mean a problem with the video card. Sometimes, no video could be a problem with a bad memory stick. Removing one of the ram sticks, then the other can usually sort out this problem.
If your computer fully boots into Windows and you can hear the Windows sounds for the login, etc. It’s a driver problem. Normally, you would see your computer’s BIOS screen and the Windows reboot loader. Once Windows starts and you get a black screen – I would be thinking drivers.
Computer hangs, stops, chugs
This could be a problem with memory, or a hard drive even. It also could be simple things like too many applications starting on login. Thinking aloud it could be a problem with the Windows file system. Also, we can’t count out adware / malware. A virus scan wouldn’t hurt this issue at all.
The above issues could cause frozen screens. You will be doing your thing and then everything just kind of stops.
Weird noises usually come from failing hardware. Usually this is fans and hard drives. There can always be a lot more issues that make strange sounds.
Again, this could be several things. From someone else in your business or home downloading something large or streaming. It could be a problem with security software like antivirus or firewalls trying to scan the traffic before it leaves your computer. You see this a lot when an antivirus scans your download once it’s completed. It will stay at 100% complete and just do nothing for a bit. Then you can run the program you downloaded. Usually this is a virus scan.
Two or more antivirus solutions installed
When I’ve done pc repair for customers sometimes, I find that the computer will have more than one antivirus on the system. Customers will have Norton endpoint protection and say McAfee antivirus. Having a few antivirus solutions installed on your computer will slow it to a crawl. One antivirus will scan the scanning of first antivirus. You will notice a dramatic speed loss with multiple antivirus solutions being installed on one computer.
Your personal computer comes with some default protection. If the system gets too hot, it will shut the computer down to not risk the health of any components. You will see this with incorrect thermal paste on the CPU / motherboard connection.
Heat can also build up if the fans stop working or if the air intake vents on your computer are blocked. Move away anything from Infront of the computer’s vents. Also, dirt and dust build up in your computer that prevents airflow.
How DFTech does pc repair better
There are a lot of companies out there that offer pc repair. Our repairs are better because we blow out your computer every time, we open it up. We keep our customers updated with information as it develops. If something happens and we need to call you for information or a better understanding of how you use your computer – we will call.
DFTech’s first goal is to find out how you use your computer. Understanding will open a world of solutions and possibilities. We also don’t take our idea of how you should run your computer – we work with you as a technology provider to help you use your computer better.
If you need help with pc repair or computer support, please reach out and let’s start a conversation to get your issues resolved.
Don’t worry, reaching out won’t cost you anything. We want to talk to new customers first to get a better understanding of how they use their computer and for us to get a better idea of solutions we provide. We won’t charge anything but will give an idea of costs and solutions we can provide for your issues.
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