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Welcome to the first newsletter produced by Press-F1 Computer Service. We
will bring you a monthly information page worth taking a look at. Below you will see this months
article "Top Ten
Computer Problems". A computer can encounter many problems. Any of
these problems can be fixed with a little effort or a simple phone call.
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Three Reasons To Call Us First:|
- We answer the phone.
- We provide same day on-site service.
- We explain things so you understand.
- On-Site or In-Shop Computer Repair.
- Wired or wireless networking.
- Complete custom computer systems.
- Spyware / Adware / Virus removal.
- Lost or deleted data recovery.
- Website design and hosting.
Computers are complex machines. When
you consider how many different hardware devices, drivers, dll's, and
subroutines have to all play nicely with each other just to make the system boot up
-- not to mention the many thousands of lines of software code that have to be
executed if you actually want the machine to do something useful -- it's amazing
that computers aren't even more cranky than they are. The list of things
that can go wrong seems almost endless.
With all that, the majority of the computer problems seem to fall into the following ten categories:
- My computer is running slow.
This is usually the result of a combination of factors. Too many programs
and spyware running in the background, inadequate RAM, file system
and/or pagefile fragmentation, registry conflicts, and a buildup of garbage
files on the hard drive can all contribute to general slowness. Usually, a
clean-up (and maybe a RAM upgrade) is all that's needed to perk up a sleepy
- Can't get on the Internet.
Many of the same factors listed in number 1 (above) can also affect Internet
and network connectivity. Other possibilities include a bad modem or network
card, bad cables, corrupted drivers, or viruses.
- Computer dials itself onto the Internet all by
spyware is usually the culprit. Other possibilities include programs
that are set to update themselves automatically are opening up an Internet
connection to do so; malicious programs (viruses, worms, or Trojans) are
attempting to do their dastardly deeds; or "dialers" installed by sleazy Web
sites are trying to connect.
- My browser's home page or default search engine
has changed itself. No, something has changed
it. It's been hijacked.
This is another type of marketing
that is becoming more prevalent in recent months.
- My computer locks up, freezes, or goes to the
Blue Screen of Death. Spyware, inadequate or
defective RAM, registry conflicts, missing or corrupted dll's, file system
or pagefile fragmentation, bad device drivers, viruses... the list goes on.
But amazingly, about 80 per cent of the time, a clean-up is all that's needed
to rectify the problems.
- My computer shuts down all by itself.
This is usually caused by overheating. The computer's internal power supply
has safe guards built into it making it turn itself off before it does
- My computer's clock keeps losing time.
There is a small three volt battery on the motherboard which holds the date
and time. It's called the Real-Time-Clock or just RTC battery. It's replaceable.
- My computer spontaneously reboots itself.
This is almost always a memory problem. It could be system memory, video
memory or sometimes the memory on the motherboard.
- My computer is making noises.
Most likely, some moving part is failing. It could be the hard drive or one
of the various fans. Sometimes, however, squealing or whining sounds can
have purely electronic origins. Whatever the case, it's important to shut
down the machine and have it checked immediately.
- My computer won't start.
This could mean any number of things. No power, please check power outlet,
power strip, battery backup unit. A computer not starting could mean it
powers up but Windows does not boot up. If nothing works, then it's time to
call us. 209-368-5252