Simple Troubleshooting Tips for Computer

Troubleshooting your system for possible errors is not always easy, and may require technical expertise of the hardware involved. However with following the guidelines given below many of the problems could be resolved in few minutes. You need not be a computer geek to do it yourself.

Fixing Audio Malfunctioning

If you are unable to listen to your favorite songs or not hearing anything from your computer, follow these steps for fixing.

Restart the system, as it will solve the problem most of times. Make sure that system is not hushed by any hardware. Also confirm if the mute button(s) are turned off, speakers or headphones are also turned on. Take the volume level from audio panel to its highest. Try Sound recorder offered along with Media player or test by the option provided on Control Panel for sound. Also make sure that all options in volume mixer are not muted or lying at bottom. Press “Open Volume Mixer” by right clicking on volume icon to make sure all the settings are appropriate.

If you are not hearing anything from internal speakers now, insert headphones and retest the whole thing. If the problem persists, it requires further troubleshooting. Open Playback devices by right clicking on Volume icon and see if audio components are checked in green. Further press properties to ensure if “Use this device” is also selected.

After all this if the problem is still occurring, there could be a corrupt driver responsible. You need to uninstall that driver first. This option is available in Device manager and can be retrieved by typing device manager in search area of Start menu. Next visit Sound, video & game controllers, and then to audio controller. Delete the current driver and restart the windows. Driver would be installed automatically upon restart. However if windows doesn’t install it itself, download the appropriate driver from the CD or internet.

The whole troubleshooting for audio malfunctions hardly takes 5 minutes.

Go back to old Driver

Keeping your system always updated is always suggested, however it can sometime result in malfunctioning. Driver update is supposed to offer you exciting new set of features. However if instead your system starts crashing abruptly it may imply the update is causing it. To be sure if the new driver is causing the havoc, going back to the version that was working is advantageous. Rolling back to previous version is not that difficult in Windows, irrespective of the manual update or Windows automated update. It does not take more than 4 minutes. Follow these steps for reverting to the old driver.

Step  1.            Go to Device Manager from Control Panel.

Step  2.            Use the browsing option to go to the device needs relegation of driver.

Step  3.            Double click on the appropriate device.

Step  4.            Go to Driver tab.

Step  5.            Press Rollback Driver.

Step  6.            Go along with the driver till the driver is regressed.

Step  7.            Restart the system.

This should do the job and system should be working normally now. However if the Rollback Driver option is frozen, system could not be reverted to previous driver from the above method. In such a scenario use System Restore available in Windows to go back to your previously working driver.

Investigating Strange Errors

If you get an error message that you don’t understand or it does not contain meaningful text, you can still save your system, if not already crashed of course. Type the contents of the message if your system has received an error message but still working. Otherwise, write the content of message as you may need to use other machine if your machine is hanged up.

Help files that come with your windows or Microsoft support is definitely first line of action. Laws of probability say that it could not be only you on the planet facing such circumstances. So online search will give you the observation and possible remedies for your error. For some reason if help could not be attained from Microsoft, you have to take the online route. In the search box of reputable provider say Google, type in the exact error message and see what people have to say about it.

Going through the different websites, different forums you will definitely get the way out of your problem. Although it may vary from issue to issue based on complexity, but generally the whole process takes not more than 4 minutes to reach the solution.

Changing boot priority

If your Windows is corrupt and requires reinstallation, or you have to use repair tools from Windows DVD, booting is required to be done by optical drive rather than hard drive.

Simply reboot the system, making sure the DVD is in the drive. You will see the text on screen for possible changes to the boot device priority.  The key may vary from system to system, generally “Esc” should do the trick, or may be F12 or F10 needs to be pressed. You don’t have all the time in world to press the appropriate key. Press it at earliest, or you will need to restart the machine again.

In setup, select the right optical drive, followed by pressing Enter. After a while a message will appear asking you to press a key. Press any key to boot from the optical device, failing to do so will result in system attempting to boot from the hard disk. If you are not left snoozing during the process, it takes about half a minute.

Troubleshooting Not Starting System

If booting via optical disk or other medium failed there are many possibilities causing your machine to not start at all. Few rare ones are terminal and may require reinstallation or even replacement of hardware. However most of these Windows issues could be resolved by these steps in about 5 minutes or so.

Confirm if the power cable and other cables are not broken and monitor is working properly.

If during the reboot attempt, computer beeps. Count the number of times it beeps and let Internet interpret the message for you. Having the knowledge of manufacturer will further filter out the search result and possible solutions. Awareness of manufacturer is not mandatory and with a bit more effort you can reach to a remedy. You need to detach the casing and have a check on internal cables. Make sure the cables connecting power supply to motherboard are properly attach. Have the same check on cables connecting hard disk to motherboard. Try to reinsert the RAMs. Performing hit and try method by placing one RAM at a time or trying with a new RAMs could also prove beneficial.

The whole fiasco could be caused by a malfunctioning power supply, even if it apparently seems to work. Sometimes power supply’s fan moves but supply can’t take the burden of running whole machine. Try an emergency power supply from outside, just to check if your current power supply has gone bad.

In search of better display and other needs motherboard’s built in graphics card are hardly used. Remove the external card and see if your built-in card can run your system properly. If it works, the issue lies with a dead graphics card and it needs replacement.

If still no luck, the problem is more serious and may require replacement of Motherboard or worst the whole CPU. This obviously beyond the reach of normal user and requires the assistance of your vendor.