16 February 2019, Comments: 0

 February 2019         David Chu

Technology is constantly evolving – and with new updates, changing software, and hardware changes with every year, a lot of questions come to mind.  Sometimes computer fixes can be addressed with a simple power on and off, but other times we are completely clueless as what to do.  Even if you are a self-proclaimed “techie,” you probably still find yourself scouring the internet for quick fixes to your computer issues.  To help you avoid the search engine struggle for answers, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked computer questions and answers!  Read on for helpful tips and techie tricks that will make you feel like an IT pro.

I Just Got Set up with Internet, Now What?


Congrats!  Whether you just moved into a new place or you’re changing internet service providers, you’re ready to reconnect to the digital world.  While many internet providers offer to have a technician to come set up your router and internet for an extra cost.  But truth be told, setting up your internet can easily be done on your own!  Plus you can save on the service cost and even router rental if you buy your own.  If you’re opting to set up your own internet, you may be wondering where to start.  Just follow our simple guide to get connected ASAP.

  1. Learn how to set up a router.  Each router is different, so use the manufacturing guide to help.
  2. Wait for the router to connect.
  3. Connect your device to the internet in the system settings.
  4. Test your internet speed.

If your internet goes out, try the old “power off and power on” trick.  If that doesn’t work, try turning the internet off on your device and the reconnecting from there.  And finally, if all else fails, contact your internet service provider for help.

How do I Update My Software?


Each computer functions differently, so refer to your computer’s manufacturing processes if these tips do not apply to your specific model.  Most computers will either prompt you to install new software or will have downloads available in the general settings.

How often should you update computer software?  Software updates are important to fix bugs, maintain security, and access new features.  Even if you’re a slow adapter to change, you’ll want to update your software any time there’s one available.

Laptop or desktop?


Ah, the age-old debate.  While this is mostly a topic of personal preference, there are some advantages of each that you may want to consider if you’re looking to invest in a new computer.

Here are some pros and cons to help you settle this debate as you shop for a new computer:

Laptops

  • Pro: portable, lightweight for working on-the-go
  • Pro: some models include a tablet or touchscreen features for added flexibility
  • Con: can mean less storage space and smaller displays

Desktops

  • Pro: stable for a work environment, large display
  • Pro: often more processing power and storage than a laptop
  • Con: not portable

What do I do if My Computer Crashes?


This is pretty much every techie and casual user’s worst nightmare. There’s nothing worse than the uncertainty you feel as you wonder whether your files will be recovered and how much this repair will cost you.

So what should you do if your computer crashes?

  1. Reboot your computer
  2. Make sure your CPU is working properly
  3. Boot in Safe Mode
  4. Update your drivers
  5. Run system file checker

Make sure to use a cloud-based storage system to keep your files safe in the event your hardware malfunctions.

My computer is running really slow, what do I do?


Your computer could be running slowly for a multitude of reasons – it could be that you need to free up some storage, upgrade your software or even upgrade your RAM.

Here are a few ways you may be able to speed up your computer:

  • Clear your cookies
  • Delete temporary files
  • Update software
  • Give your computer a break to cool down if it needs to

Conclusion


Now that you’ve got answers to some of the most commonly asked computer questions, you’re ready to take on any tech challenge that comes your way!  Just use these tips along with a dose of determination and you’re sure to find a fix for even your most complex computer obstacles.

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