Repairing your Computer

Repairing one's computer can be a daunting task. Even for experienced individuals, computer repairs are not always simple or easy. Computer electronics are expensive devices to purchase and sometimes to maintain.

Some computers will offer an error message or code which can be examined using the Help function or diagnostics. Sometimes the computer offers no explanation for a malfunction. This will lead to a period of analysis.

For example, if the computer suddenly shuts off with no warning then a problem exists. If the computer shuts down and immediately boots or powers back up again, the computer may be going through scheduled updates to its configuration files. If the computer powers on and gives an error message or repair screen, then it's time to use the resources available to figure out what's going on. This can include looking up the error code on the Internet via a search engine or going to a forum like or

One can also visit the forums for the operating system installed on the computer or the security program's forums. The forums are good not only for getting expert advice but also for finding out if others are having the same problems. This helps one figure out if the problem is relative warranty or recall issues which might be free to have taken care of or to figure out if the problem is more oriented towards user error or malicious actions.

If the computer is not in the process of updating and won't boot up again then it's time for a computer user to start a deeper analysis of the problem. Always check the simple things first. Is the power cord plugged in? Don't forget to check any breakers. If there's no problem with electrical currents being interrupted then also check the computer with a hand to see if it feels really hot. The computer might be overheating and shutting down as a failsafe to protect the electronic devices.

Most computer electronics are built in with some protection towards overheating either with accompanying fans attached to a video cards, vents or heat sinks attached to the motherboard. It might be that the computer needs cleaning out. Dust can accumulate quickly. Or it's possible a recent upgrade is not supported by the installed components it was integrated with during the process. A very common problem for many people desiring increased graphics capability on the computer is a burning out of adapters or ports or cards because allowances were not made for heat reduction or power capacity.

Another problem frequently found motivating individuals to repair their own computers is lag or high latency. Lag is the process of a computer that is running slowly or sluggishly. High latency seems like lag because the computer looks to be running slowly but latency is specifically related to the interaction of two computers or more communicating over the Internet.

Lag problems can be related to a computer having inadequate memory resources. Perhaps the computer's memory is too full or the programs being installed have higher memory requirements. People don't upgrade their computers as fast as technological advances are incorporated into entertainment advances. Lag can also be caused by too many programs running in the computer's background at once or in the foreground. Lag is also a symptom of infection by viruses or malware. Security programs can be too thorough and may also slow down the execution of computer programs while the security process scans or integrates into the application's process.

Latency, as mentioned, deals with communications between two or more computers and when there is a delay in the communication then there is a problem at three possible points. The three problem areas can be the transmitting computer, the receiving computer and the path of the transmitted information.

Transmitting computers can be too slow or have too little power to push information packets over the Internet depending on the computer's capability to communicate. Receiving computers can have the same problems. Both sides can also be slow if they are being bombarded by multiple attempts of other computers to communicate. Capacity needs to match the demand for communications.

Poor transmittal caused by Internet server providers or packet loss in between hops between towers transmitting and receiving data can cause poor latency too. This is most frustrating for many individuals because it can't be repaired by the computer user. However, computer users can upgrade a computer to be better, stronger and faster with the right hardware components, software installations and regular computer maintenance.

Or you can opt to have a professional computer repair service do it for you either as a once off or on a routine basis. Use these links to find local computer repair services in Chicago , Little Rock, New Orleans, and Houston.

RCL Computers is a Porthcawl based IT support services company which specialises in PC repairs, laptop repairs, website design, custom built PCs and wireless networking throughout Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.