Have you ever noticed when you turn your PC on, that it sounds a short beep before it starts up? You may have even noticed more than one beep and wondered whether this is something to worry about. The good news is that one beep usually means that everything is just fine and the computer is about to run through what is known as the Power On Self Test – or POST for short. Before a computer starts Windows, or whatever operating system you have installed, it will run through a series of checks to ensure all hardware such as the hard drive, CPU, graphics card and other components are functioning normally.
Buying a PC or laptop is a big and expensive commitment. Although PCs are generally very hardy and with a little maintenance will serve you well for several years, you do have to upgrade every once in a while, not only because your PC becomes irritatingly slow and sluggish but also to keep up to date with the latest technology. But how often should you really be buying a new PC? First of all, you need to figure out why you think you need to upgrade …
Whether you run a small business or use a PC for home computing, you may notice that your computer has become slow and bogged-down with the increased demands of modern, connected life. Your local computer repair centre can help improve performance through some simple tests and upgrades.
Infection with a virus, trojan or malware is one of the most common reasons that home computer users, unfamiliar with computer repairs, seek the advice of an expert to solve the problem. Whilst purchasing a good quality anti-virus program is the most important step you can take, in reality, sophisticated viruses and other malicious programs can occasionally bypass the security and conceal themselves on your hard drive.
“Make sure you back it up!” is not just a mantra for commercial computer users, it’s one that should also be used in home computing. Essential data could be made up of many things you don’t want to lose if your computer unexpectedly crashes. Precious photos of the family, important work documents, copies of letters or even entire websites – these all need to be backed up securely. Here are three suggestions on how to go about it:
Dropping a laptop can be the kiss of death for those fragile screens. The likelihood is that your device will receive damage to the electronic LCD or LED part of the display, broken glass on the front, or other damage caused through impact or shock. But despite looking thin and inaccessible, most laptop screens can be replaced by a professional.