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Common Computer Hardware Problems And How To Solve Them

December 20, 2010

Computer hardware is an important part of the system that needs to function efficiently at all times. Although most problems related to performance occur due to software problems, sometimes, your computer may develop a snag due to a lapse in the working of the hardware attached. It can take quite a lot of time to call in a computer technician to solve your problem. Most of hardware problems need to be resolved manually and cannot be done from a remote location. In order to save yourself from this hassle, you should be aware of a few common hardware problems that may arise and learn how to solve them so that your work remains uninterrupted.

  1. Whenever your computer develops any problems, the first and foremost thing that must be done is conducting a thorough check of all the plug points. You must check if all the plugs are attached to the proper sockets and all the different devices like mouse, keyboard, CPU, etc. have been plugged to the proper places. You can also try tightening these attachments to enable your system to function smoothly.
  2. In case your computer refuses to boot or boots problematically, you should open up your CPU casing with the help of an ordinary screwdriver and check the memory chip, video card, graphic card, RAM etc. Sometimes, these elements may get loosened up over time and all you may need to do is detach them and re attach them in their proper places. After doing so, you should try booting your system again.
  3. If your computer simply refuses to start and there are seemingly no problems that you can see, you should check the hard drive of your computer. It may be damaged or full to such an extent that there is not enough memory for the system to start up. You may need to replace your hard drive and get a new one fitted in such a case. Problems related to the mother board can be detected if your system is leading you to the BIOS.

Hardware related problems should be fixed as soon as possible as they can cause you to lose important system files and result in a system crash.

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Tips On Data Storage Housekeeping

November 7, 2010

Data storage housekeeping is a crucial part of regular system maintenance. It is done to make sure that your whole network of systems or individual systems run smoothly. There are several important elements of data storage housekeeping that should be addressed properly. Below are some of the points that should be regularly taken care of.

  • Backup administration – Keeping the proper back-ups of data is the most important task for all networks. The data back-up can be done in compressed form so that it does not hamper daily operations of network system.
  • Anti-virus update – For obvious reasons, anti -virus system needs to be up-dated. One of the issues with it is the hard drive space used by the updates. It is advised to periodically uninstall the anti-virus and reinstall with updated version to free up the updated space.
  • Operating system updates – In comparison to new updated version of operating system,  regularly updated (over years) operating system software consumes a lot of hard drive space. It is important to safely remove the debris from the past updates so that you can create some free space on your hard drive. You can do so by reviewing and renewing the operating system.
  • Old archive data – Archives are created in order to back up data so that it can be used when needed. Most of the times the archived files stay on the computer system for long, even when they are of no use. As a result they consume considerable hard drive space. To release up the hard drive space, these archived files should be removed from the hard drive to other storage devices. Even if they are to be kept on the system, they should be stored in compressed form.
  • Email boxes – It is important to regularly monitor email folders on the server to remove the unwanted emails/ junk mails/ attachments that consume server space.
  • Unused software – Softwares that run in background but practically are of no use should be removed from the system. Such softwares can affect the performance of the system.
  • File saving – It is important to save the files in proper folders with correct names. Doing so will make sure that you can easily retrieve the data from archived files/ folders latter on.
  • Keep it tidy – All files and folders should be kept in a simple, easy to retrieve structure. This is important to make sure that you or anyone else who uses your system can conveniently access the files when needed.

For more information on how to manage your data, files, folders and softwares etc for optimum system usage, please contact us at Centex Technologies. We are Central Texas located, full-fledged IT support and administration firm, visit us at CentexTech.com.

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