Fixing Software and Hardware Malfunctions

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Whether you own a Mac or a PC, you’ll one day experience some sort of computer malfunction. Sometimes, a lack of updating your operating system isn’t always the problem. Instead of calling an IT guy, it is more convenient to fix the problem yourself and understand how it happened. That way if your computer runs into the same problem before, you’d understand how to fix it. Usually malfunctions occur more often in software than hardware.

One of the main malfunctions in computers is the fact that they are running too slow. This inadequate performance can be the result several reasons, one of them being a failing hard drive or an old CPU. It can also be caused by malware or not enough hard drive space. To solve this problem, update your computer for security and anti-virus applications. You also need to clean out and scan your hard drive.

A common malfunction is when your computer keeps restarting. Be sure to troubleshoot your computer to see if there is a problem with your software. If it continues to restart, and doesn’t work on Safe Mode, there is a problem with your motherboard or graphics card.

Another occurrence is when your computer freezes. This can happen due to insufficient RAM or spyware. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to pull up the Windows task manager to shut your computer down. If that doesn’t work hold the power button  until your computer shuts off.

BSOD, or Blue Screen of Death is also a software malfunction. It is an automatic response to a serious error with your computer. You can’t close this error or save any unsaved data. Windows has a start-up process that solves the issue automatically. To avoid this unwanted start-up and to avoid loosing all your unsaved data, disable the automatic restart on the system failure in Windows. Then troubleshoot your computer.

A DLL file, or dynamic-link library, stores information in your computers operating system on how to perform certain functions. A common problem is when your computer loses these files or something damages them. You can tell you have a missing or corrupt DLL file by trying to access certain applications or performing certain functions and receiving an error message. If this file is missing, your computer will not know to to respond to these actions because it can’t read it. When this happens, just download the files back to restore them onto your PC or use the system restore option.



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