You do not necessarily need to be running to any Computer repair shop each time you encounter any problem with your Personal Computers (PC) / Laptops, as most of the problems being encountered, actually has a possible solution which you may be able to fix them yourself. With some few step guide provided in this tutorial, You can be able to fix those common or major windows issues.
In order for you to be able to troubleshoot your PC, in this tutorial we have provided you with 15 steps to solve some PC hardware problems mostly encountered in the course of using your system.
1. PC Overheating
A heating PC slows down the whole system and leads to frequent crashes. Additionally, PC components may also get permanently damaged due to constant exposure to heat. Heating is one of the issue faced by most PC users and this has the tendency of slowing down your PC operations and can endanger some of your PC components which can permanently get damage due to overheating of the PC or constant exposure to heat.
The most notable reason for the overheating is mostly two good reason which could either be inappropriate workability of your cooling system or the PC is heating beyond measure that your cooling system can barely handle.
2. Dysfunctional USB Port
Below are some of the reason while some USB port stops working at times and the possible solutions to them as it is not all time that they stopped working means that they are damage just explore the issues and the possible solutions to them.
Method 1: Restart the PC
Restarting the PC is the possible solution to many problems, and it is a common solution to USB port problem as well.
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Method 2: Uninstall USB port driver
Possibly uninstalling the driver of the USB port will force Windows to reinstall it whenever you restart the PC. This could possibly mend the problem encountered while using your PC. Below is the possible ways of doing this:
- Firstly, Press Windows + R keys and type this command devmgmt.msc in the Rundialog to open the Device Manager.
- In them expand Universal Serial Bus controllers option.
- Follow by right-clicking the entry USB Host Controller and then click on Uninstall.
- Repeat this procedure for all entries with USB Host Controller to uninstall drivers for all the USB ports.
- After it has been deleted, restart the PC and Windows will automatically reinstall the drivers and fix any driver issues.
Method 3: Disable USB selective suspend.
At times the windows USB Selective Suspend is a Windows power saving feature that suspends unused or idle USB ports to conserve power and could be the reason why the USB Port stopped working and to possibly fix this issues simply follow the below steps on how to disable it.
- First of all, Press Windows + R keys and type powercfg.cpl in the Rundialog to open Windows Power options.
- In here click on Change plan settings next to your current plan and then click on Change advanced power settings.
- Next, expand USB settings and disable USB selective suspend setting.
- Restart the PC for the USB port issue that was fixed to take effect.
Note: This option should be kept enabled if you want to save battery power. If it doesn’t fix the USB port issue, then enable it again.
3. PC keeps disconnecting from WiFi
Possibly it could be the issue of the built-in power saver option that gives less power to the network card and this causes your Wi-Fi that is working properly to be disconnecting always. To stop this from happening, you need to disable the feature and to do that follow the below procedure.
- Just Go to Advanced settings in the Power Options.
- Expand Wireless Adaptor Settings and then expand Power Saving Mode.
- Proceed by setting this to Maximum Performance.
4. PC Beeps
Normally your PC motherboard is likely to detect some problems by simply beeping when an issue is encountered and note if the PC do not start after the beeping prompted by the motherboard it will be a difficult problem to resolve the issue but don’t worry as I’m going to give you two common problems due to which beeps occur and how you can solve them as well.
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Problem 1: Out of place RAM
If peradventure the RAM inside your PC gets loose or out of place, then your PC will beep 2-3 times and won’t boot at all. The solution is simple, open up the PC (laptop users should let an expert handle this) and reinsert the RAM. This is how to get that done:
- Simply loose the system and take out the RAM completely and clean any dirt inside the slot using a cotton bud.
- Now proceed by inserting back the RAM and put enough pressure on both ends to ensure it is fully inside.
- After carrying out this, successfully close the clips and make sure they’re properly locked. Even a slightly loose RAM will be unable to work.
Problem 2: Recently Added hardware
When the hardware is not properly installed or the hardware is damaged, this can also lead to the system to beep and to fix this take out a newly installed hardware to see if its solve that, but after that if the PC works fine then proceed by installing it properly or replace it.
5. PC Fans not working
Dirt could possibly make the fans in your PC to stop working and to resolve this, you will have to open up the PC and use a compressed air can or a leaf blower to clean up the fans and other components.
6. PC not using a portion of RAM
In some occasion your PC may not use a portion of RAM. For example, you may have 4GB of RAM, but your PC only uses 2GB when you check it from the Task Manager. This could be an issue with the Windows setting issue.
Note: If some MBs (200-400MB) of RAM is not be utilized as required, then it’s probably being used by PC hardware and you can’t do anything about it. Below are the possible ways to resolve this:
- Proceed by pressing Windows + R keys and enter msconfig in the Run dialog to open System Configurations.
- Head to Boot tab and click on Advanced options.
- Now proceed to check the checkbox next to Maximum memory and enter the maximum amount RAM you have installed (in MBs).
- Click on OK and restart the PC to let it take effect immediately.
Note: You should also check the checkbox next to Number of processors option and make sure that your PC is utilizing all the CPU cores as well. Set it to the maximum number if you want to use all of the CPU power.
In case the problem was not resolved, then there is also a good chance to know that one of the RAM is not installed properly. Try reinstalling it.
7. Overworking fan
To detect the temperature at which your PC is running you can make useof HWMonitor because if your PC fan is running faster than expected, then you have to control it manually because the higher the temperature the will run faster but if otherwise it has to be controlled as stated earlier.
You may also try SpeedFan app for same purpose as well. This app will definitely tell you the running speed of all the fans inside your PC so you can manage their speed. Don’t worry about app compatibility, overworking fan problem only happens with motherboards that can control the fans.
8. PC crashes before loading the OS
If you are faced with issue of your PC only showing the manufacturer logo and followed by crashing than loading the operating system, this is normally problem with the RAM or the Hard disk due to it not been able to load, then Your PC fan runs according to how much your PC is heating. The higher the temperature, the faster the fan will run as mentioned earlier. In case your PC temperature is fine (you can use HWMonitor to detect it), but the fan is running at full speed; then you’ll have to manually control it.
In the scenario in which you have multiple RAM slots, then taking out each one of them one by one and starting the PC will help find the culprit. At the end of the process you need to replace the corrupted RAM or the hard disk, whichever has the issue as detected by you.
9. Your PC isn’t powering on
At times your system will not even power at all and this could possibly be the issue with the power source. For Desktop users: If probably your PC’s extension cord, power outlet, and other connections are working properly, then it might be an issue with the PC’s power cable. Simply replace the power cable of the monitor with the CPU’s to see if will turns on the PC or else simply get a new power cable if this fixes the problem.
For Laptop users: Carefully take out the laptop battery and put it back before starting the laptop. If this persist, then take out the battery again and connect the charging cable to the laptop. Start the PC on charger power and see if it works. You need to replace the battery if it fixes the problem.
Note: Make sure you properly remove all types of external devices connected to your PC(laptop) when carrying out this task. Also a malfunctioning device might cause this issue.
10. Noisy PC
If the system produces a lot of noise during usage, then you need to clean the system up. Clean the PC or use a can of compressed air or leaf blower to clean it yourself to save some cost for yourself. If you have overclocked your PC GPU and CPU, then they could be the reason for the noise as well.
There may also be some possible chances that a disc inside the DVD ROM is making the extra sound.
11. Noisy hard drive
If possibly you hearing clicking or grinding sound from the hard drive, then it high time you purchase a new one. Note that hard drives have a limited lifespan and loud sounds are the main sign of a near hard drive failure. You can use a third-party app known as CrystalDiskInfo hard drive monitoring tool to check the health of your hard drive. The feature I like about the tool is that it will tell you the current health of the hard drive with signs like “Good”, “Caution” or “Bad” to be precise
Before getting a hard disk make sure you back up the current one to avoid failure and thereby causing to loose important files on your system.
12. Blue Screen of Death
The issue of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) may prompt due to both software and hardware problems, but normally, it’s a hardware problem. Whatever the cause, BSOD requires immediate attention as it’s a sign of a big problem.
BlueScreenView is a third-party app that has a great Nirsoft utility that will show you the necessary information, could be the issue of the recently suffered a Blue Screen of Death. With the help of this tool you will be able to identify and solve the problem using this information. Below are some common reasons for BSOD and their solutions.
1. Corrupted drivers
It might be due to corrupt driver that will result to the cause of BSOD and to detect this, follow the below steps to actualize that.
- Simply open Device Manager by entering devmgmt.msc in the Run.
- Proceed by expanding each menu and look for a yellow triangle icon next to each driver.
- If possibly you find any just right-click on it and select Update Driver Software to update its driver.
You can also use a third-party app known as IObit Driver Booster to automatically find and solve driver problems.
2. Too much pressure on the RAM
In case much program is being opened more than your PC RAM can handle, this could freeze your PC and prompt BSOD and to resolve that, stop opening much programs beyond your PC RAM capability.
3. Faulty hard disk
Also bear in mind that BSOD is also a possible sign of a dying hard disk, use the instructions in problem #11 above to identify hard disk problems.
4. Heating PC
Also remember that heating PC also leads to BSOD if too much pressure is put on the components. Also use the instruction in problem #1 to solve it.
13. Blank monitor
If you notice that your PC monitor is not displaying anything, this problem could possibly be an issue with the monitor itself or the monitor graphics card. To possibly detect this, simply connect the monitor to another system to note whether the problem is from the PC or the Monitor itself. But If detected that the monitor isn’t powering on at all, then replace the power cable with a working one and see if it helps. For more guide check here
14. Monitor goes black after few seconds
If you noticed that monitor turns black after few seconds of display, then the issue could be with the color quality or screen adjustment. To resolve this simply press the auto-adjust button on your monitor to detect if the issue will be fixed. But if it persists then you need to change display color from 32bit to 16 bit. Alternatively, you may decide to connect the PC to another monitor to adjust colors from your graphics card settings. Pressing the auto-adjust may show the display for few seconds. You can use this to your advantage and adjust the color while pressing auto-adjust.
15. Keyboard issues
If you notice that your keyboard is making noise and do not repeatedly type words properly, you might possibly enable the toggle keys and filter keys in Windows settings that cause such a problem and to disable it follow the below procedure:
- Just open up the Control Panel and click on Ease of Access.
- Next click on Change how your keyboard works button.
- Proceed to uncheck the checkbox next to Toggle keys and Filter Keys to solve this problem.
From the above steps, you must have seen how to fix some troublesome hardware problems from our expert tweaking tips settings that has to do with software and manual set up configurations. In case your personal computer or PC persist after above solutions, still continue showing erroneous problems in the system, then take it to a computer repair shop for a computer Engineer to fix the exact problem facing it.
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