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Fix Your Sick PC

Written on November 22, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Figuring out what's wrong with a balky computer takes a bit of detective work. But with Gadg's easy-to-follow tips, you can solve the mystery in no time at all.

In one way or another, there are PCs that seems to be prone with errors. And when everything goes berserk, owners just act as if Armageddon is coming. Well, a user can have his reasons to act like one, especially if it takes a bit of detective work to know what went wrong. So Gadg posted an easy-to-follow tips to fix your sick in no time at all.

1. Audio Problems

If your computer refuses to play a sound in five minutes, try to reboot your computer and make sure that your computer is not muted via hardware. Turn your speakers on, and get the volume all the way up. After that, test by playing a song or using the Sound Control panel. If that doesn’t work, check your Windows. In the system tray, left-click the volume icon, and verify that the audio is not muted. Then right-click the volume icon, and click open the Volume Mixer to make sure that all options are on.

If the internal speakers are still not working, plug-in your headphones and test again. If it’s working, remove them and right-click the volume icon again to choose the Playback Devices. Confirm that your audio devices has a green check mark next to it, then click Properties and select the ‘Use this device (enable)’.

When all else fails, you may have a missing or corrupted driver for your audio controller. If that’s the case, uninstall the driver then reboot your PC and allow the system to reinstall the driver automatically. It your PC did not install your audio driver, download it from your PC maker or audio manufacture’s site, then reinstall it manually.

2. Problematic Machine Driver

Updating your machine’s drivers can keep your system current on bug fixes and support for new features. However, it can also break things that are in good condition. So if your PC is crashing or is starting to act strange, just revert to an older version. To roll your system back, open the Device Manager control panel. Browse the device driver that you want to roll back, then double-click it. On the Properties screen, hit the Driver tab, then Roll Back Driver. After that, follow the wizard to revert your previously loaded driver. If the older driver is unavailable, you may be able to recover it using the System Restore function.

3. Understanding Error Message

If the error has not crashed your system, write down the error message in verbatim. The key to tracking down the culprit is to turn to the masses and search the Web. If your machine tends to be unusable due to error, just use another PC. Remember to type the exact error message in the search bar in quotes. Just a couple of minutes of research can provide you what the error message means, and a credible solution for it.

4. Boot from a Windows DVD or Another Optical Drive

To reinstall Windows or access repair tools from your Windows DVD, you are required to boot your PC from the optical drive. To do that, insert the DVD with Windows running then reboot your PC. Watch the text on your screen carefully and press the correct key when you see “Select Boot Device” or any other similar instructions. If you missed it, reboot the machine and try again.

Once you are in the menu, choose your optical drive using the arrow keys and press Enter. Just wait until a message that reads “Press Enter to Boot from CD” or something similar appears. Pushing the wrong button will lead to a normal booting of your system from the hard drive.

5. Diagnosing a PC that Won’t Turn On

Determining why a PC won’t boot can be exhausting, but there are steps that can take you through.

First, make sure that your monitor is on, then check all the external cables. Listen to the beep while your PC tries to boot and take note of the pattern. Search the internet to learn their meaning. If you know your BIOS manufacturer, this can simplify your search. However, if your PC does not produce any beeps, open your CPU and check if all the cables are securely connected.

See if your system power supply may have gone bad. If it does, try to connect in a spare power supply and see if your PC will boot. If your PC has a discrete graphics card, remove it and attach the monitor to an integrated graphics connector. But if all of it fails, you might be dealing with a fried CPU or a sick motherboard.

If you have more simple tips on how to fix your problematic PC, don’t hesitate to share them here at Gadg by leaving a comment.

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