If Your Computer Crashed, Don’t panic

It can be quite a traumatizing experience when ones computer is crashed, but all can be solved if one knows how to go about it.

Before your computer is completely crashed, there are signs that you can keep an eye on and which can be solved before your computer is completely dead. Some of these things include computer being slow, or freezing up when you are using it, these are signs that your computer will be crashed soon if nothing is done.

Some of the basic trouble shooting steps include checking physical connections just to be sure that they are all in correctly plugged into the computer and that the monitor is at its right place.

The other thing that you can do when your computer is lagging or is freezing is to reboot the computer. Sometimes that little act of turning it on and off fixes some little mishaps. When all these fail, try removing any external things like DVDs, CDs, USB or any media cards; then when done reboot your computer. These steps are meant to rectify small problems that may eventually become a major issue.

Following these basic steps will help determine the extent of damage. If rebooting takes longer than usual or crashes all together and goes silent then you will know that you have a major problem at hand. Other signs of serious problems are when the computer indicates that ‘primary device or drive not found’ or ‘drive not formatted’ or ‘operating system not found’, the other thing that you are likely to see is a blue screen that indicates that your computer has crashed.

The four main causes of these problems are driver conflict, malware, corruption of the operating system and hardware failure.

When its malware and viruses what you need to do is have an up to date antivirus and make sure that you run scans regularly. Use one antivirus at a time so as to avoid conflicts of the two.

When dealing with a conflict in driver or device, your best option is to check for another device manger by clicking on the start menu button. The device manger will appear on top, click on it and a box will pop up and will show all devices that the computer uses to function. If the drives are not updated, there will be yellow triangles on any of those on the list. In this case you will need to update the devices.

If it is a hard drive failure you will need to replace the piece that has a problem. If prompted do not reformat the drive since it may result to losing everything including the operating system.

If it is the operating system that is corrupt, your best option is to reinstall a fresh copy of windows. This will completely clean your computer and will remove all data and programs that your computer had. It is therefore important to have back up for your data before you take an action to install a fresh copy of windows.

With all these trouble shooting points, you should be in a position to recover from a crash and continue working on your computer.  Therefore there is no need to worry should your computer crash or start developing problems like slowing down and freezing.

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