Cash Emergency Bible: Computer breakdown scenarios (and how to deal with them)

Cash Emergency Bible: Computer breakdown scenarios (and how to deal with them)
December 13, 2017 Felicity Anderson

Cash Emergency Bible: Computer breakdown scenarios (and how to deal with them)

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your computer, from a complete breakdown to viruses that keep it running but render it useless.

With precious photographs, important work documents and other vital information held on your computer, it’s helpful to know what to do with a computer breakdown and how to salvage important data.

Here Cashlady looks at common computer breakdown scenarios and how to deal with them.

Common computer breakdown scenarios

Whether you have a PC or laptop and are running Windows or OS X, there are lots of common problems that indicate that your computer needs urgent maintenance or is heading for a breakdown.

The importance of backing up your computer data

A computer crash, or breakdown, can happen at any time, regardless of the age of your machine, and so it’s crucial to back up your data.

Set restoration points and backup all your data on a regular basis using cloud-based storage.

For extra security keep your data saved on an external hard drive too.

Computer breakdown

If your computer crashes and won’t restart, then first, don’t panic!

How to deal with it:

In most cases, the data on your hard drive can be saved, plus there’s lots of technical support out there, depending on the age of your machine and level of warranty coverage that you have.

For computers that were purchased within a year, or in some cases longer, you may be entitled to free technical support, which may provide a replacement computer.

Check your documents to see whether you purchased an extended warranty, which would also have you covered.

If your computer is outside the warranty period then look up the details of the manufacturer to see if they offer technical support, although there may be a charge for this.

Failing that, source your own computer repair service locally or online, asking friends and family for recommendations.

Cash Emergency Bible: Computer breakdown scenarios (and how to deal with them)

The blue error screen

The blue error screen, known as, ‘the blue screen of death,’ is an ominous sign on Windows machines that all is not well.

Occasionally seeing a blue error screen is normal as things can sometimes go wrong with your hardware or software, but if you’re seeing it frequently then you have a problem.

The blue screen causes Windows to crash and restart, meaning that you will lose data if programs aren’t saved beforehand.

How to deal with it:

There are lots of reasons that you might see the blue screen of death, so you need to get to the root of the problem.

Think about what you were doing before your system crashed as it is likely linked to that.

If you just installed or updated a new driver, for example, then it’s almost certain that’s the problem.

Failing that, download an anti-malware program and scan for malware.

Download the latest drivers for your computer’s hardware from the official manufacturer’s websites and install them, as an incorrectly installed driver is often the cause of the blue screen.

If you can’t figure out the cause and don’t have any important data saved on your hard drive, then a system restore takes your computer back to a point in time when it was working properly.

Your computer is overheating

Constant overheating is a troubling sign that your computer is heading for a breakdown.

Sudden shutdowns, blue screen crashes, and freezes, especially while doing something demanding indicates your computer may be overheating, which can severely damage the internal components.

How to deal with it:

Clean your computer’s case to prevent dust build-up, although this is more difficult with overheating laptops.

Be careful about where you place your computer and ensure that it is always ventilated.

If it’s a laptop, be careful to not block its air vents.

Purchasing a new computer

If your computer is over four years old and experiencing the above problems, then the time may have come to purchase a new one.

A computer can be a big expense, particularly if it stopped working unexpectedly and you haven’t had time to save, so a short-term loan can provide quick access to the funds you need.

 

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