How do you handle computer problems that happen at home or at the office? If you’re not tech savvy, you should ask for help. Sometimes the problem can be as simple as a loose connection or a missing driver file. At other times, it can be bewildering.
It’s easy to get upset when your computer is not working well. And it’s easy to panic when your computer stops working at all. Worse still, people make things worse by trying to fix their computers based on pure guess work.
3 Troubleshooting Steps
Here are 3 logical steps to take when your computer does not work.
Step 1: Do a Google search for a tech forum where you can discuss your problem with others. It might be something simple, and someone can tell you what to do. If you are not getting any answers or getting answers that confuse you, then go to step 2.
Step 2: Call up a friend who is good at computers. Again, if it’s simple, they might be able to troubleshoot the problem over the phone. They might be able to give you some simple instructions on what to do. If your friend can’t figure it out, then it’s time to go to step 3.
Step 3: Call up a professional computer service for help. If your computer has crashed, you will need outside help to boot it back up again. If the crash caused data loss, then you need a data recovery service to get it back. They have ways to restore pictures, videos and other personal or professional data.
What is the worst thing that could happen? You could lose data stored on your hard drive. If you are getting your home-based business off the ground, you could lose your list of clients or the work you’ve done for them.
Let’s take a look at three ways you could lose data and what you can do to safeguard it:
1. Power Failures
Power failure can affect you in two ways:
- You are in the middle of a piece of work, like writing a book or designing a website, when the power cut’s out. In this case, you will have lost the work you had not yet saved.
- Your computer crashes and it causes damages to the hard drive or operating system.
The most common cause is changes in voltage coming from your electrical power supply. This is due to the power company, rather than anything you did.
Another cause is the hardware damage that comes from shutting your computer by switching it off. This “hard shutdown”can cause severe damage to your computer’s power system.
The best way to shut off your computer is to do a “soft shutdown.” Go to “start” on your taskbar and select “shut down.”
When working, pause to save your work. Also, set up automatic backups of your work. And, the only time you should do a hard shutdown is if your computer freezes.
You could lose your computer at home or from the office due to a burglary. It’s also only too easy to have your laptop stolen because of it’s small size and ease of portability. If you’re in a coffee house, conference center, or airport and leave your chair for a minute, you might find your laptop gone when you get back. Another way, you could lose data is through downloading a virus. This could happen by downloading an email file or when surfing the web.
You can reduce the risk of burglary by using safety precautions.
You can reduce the risk of losing your laptop by always carrying it with you in public places.
You can reduce the risk of malware and prevent a data breach by using firewalls and antivirus software.
Always make regular backups. And never travel anywhere with your laptop without first backing up all your recent data.
Accidents can happen due to clumsiness or harsh environments.
Clumsy accidents happen when you eat or drinking in front of your computer while working. Any water damage to your computer will short circuit the electronic components.
Harsh environments are also responsible for accidents that cause computers to crash.
Harsh environments include:
- Extremely hot or cold weather conditions.
- Swimming pools and beaches.
- Factories and other places with extreme temperatures or pollutants.
- Kitchens and living rooms with a roasting fire.
Remember that computers, unlike watches, have no waterproof features.
- Don’t work and eat in front of your computer.
- Don’t take it to the beach or sit around a swimming pool with it. Yes, you see many lifestyle ads with people computing in a recreational setting. This is bad advice. What you consider a pleasant environment, may be a harsh environment for your computer. Hanging out at the beach is pleasant for you, but it exposes your computer to heat, water damage, and fine sand.
The worst thing about water or fire damage is that even data recovery specialists may not be able to help you.
Computers are delicate pieces of electronic equipment. While it’s possible to lose data because of a power failure, people lose data due to carelessness. When it comes to desktops, they eat and drink in front of their computers. When it comes to laptops and notebooks, they toss them around. They do hard shutdowns. They leave them lying around in public places. And they expose them to harsh environments. So, the best prevention steps are regular backups and behavioral awareness.