How to Troubleshoot Common Computer Issues

Do you know what to do when the screen goes blank or if the computer does not start at all? What if your internet is slow or your computer starts automatically? If you have a computer problem, do not worry. There are several basic troubleshooting techniques you can apply to solve issues like this

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2/14/20244 min read

System Crash

So, suppose your computer boots up normally but crashes while in use, resulting in the blue screen of death (BSOD) error message.

The first thing to do is to restart your computer. Computers sometimes have glitches, and your BSOD could be a one-time problem that can be fixed with a simple restart. If it is persistent, it may be a sign of other problems like viruses. A good antivirus program should be able to remove them easily and fix the problem.

Check External Devices

BSODs are not caused by viruses only. External devices may fail from time to time.

To solve this, go to your device manager and check if all of your device drivers are up to date. You should also make sure that they're plugged in the right way.

Check System Storage

Next, check if your system has enough storage for an update.

Files can be corrupted when your system updates and doesn't have enough space. So check if it is necessary to delete some files or programs, and then install the update.

Do Diagnostic Test

In the end, you can perform diagnostic tests. For this,

· Go to Start, then select Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics.

Using it can solve the problem or at least help you see what's wrong.

Slow Computer

A slow windows computer is still usable. But, who wants that? Also, a sluggish computer is just a couple of steps from the freezing. Here are some of the easiest ways to speed up your computer.

Free-up Space from Computer

Remove any unused heavy programs on your computer. This will free up space and your PC will run faster. You can do this by going to the control panel and uninstalling unnecessary programs Likewise, the deletion of temporary files is beneficial. To do that, launch your computer's disk cleanup by searching in the taskbar.

Disable Start-up Programs

Another reason is that the computer has to load a huge number of programs every time it starts up. This load slows down the computer. To deal with this,

· Go to Settings > Startup Apps and disable any apps you don't need at the start of your computer.

You can also find Startup Apps in Task Manager.

Slow Internet

There are two possible causes of why internet is slow. In other words, there is a problem on your end or the end of your internet service provider. Before proceeding, ensure that the problem is with the internet, not just your computer.

Close Background Apps

Check for background programs that are consuming your internet bandwidth.

· Click ctrl + alt + del to open the task manager

See what programs are running in the background. It is possible that killing and disabling automatic updates will resolve your issue.

Clear The Cache

While you surf the internet, your browser stores some cache and cookies to load data from the website. If too much data is downloaded, the loading of the next oncoming data will be slow. Hence, slow internet. To avoid this, you simply need to clear cache and cookies by going to settings to privacy and then selecting what you want to clear.

No Sound

One of the most common problems with computers is the no audio from computer. It could be for different reasons. You can solve the problem in several steps.

Check Volume Mixer

First of all, go to the Volume Mixer settings.

· For this, right-click on the volume in the bottom right corner and select Open Volume Mixer.

Make sure that all the entries are not at the minimum level and hear if your computer makes any sound.

Set Default Audio

· Go to Playback devices.

· Look at your audio device in the Playback tab.

· Ensure that your audio device has a green tick next to it.

· If your audio device is not already set as default, choose it and click Set Default.

If it doesn't work,

· Click Advanced in Default Format, select other audio rates, and click on the Test button.

After that, play some music or audio to check.

You will have repeated this until you get the right audio format. Find the audio format that works for you and click OK to save the changes.

Trouble Audio Recording

· Go to the control panel and find Troubleshooting.

· Click troubleshoot audio recording. Ensure that the Apply Repairs automatically box is checked, then click Next to start troubleshooting.

· Follow the on-screen wizard to proceed and solve your computer’s no-sound issue.

Restart your computer and Check if the sound works now.

Audio Driver Issue

A corrupted or not-compatible audio driver can also cause sound issues. The solution is to either uninstall and reinstall the audio driver or update it.


If your computer gets unusually hot, or there are strange noises coming from computer, there is a big problem. For this, you should start by taking a look at the vents and fans of your computer. In case something blocks it, it will overheat and could damage your device.

Heavy Program Running

If your computer lacks the power to run a particular program, it will overheat. This is also true if you run too many programs simultaneously. Therefore, make sure that you close these very well. If not, you need to upgrade your RAM for your computer to support heavy programs.

Clean the Computer

Also, don’t forget to clean your computers occasionally. Dust can accumulate in your computer and it thus causes your cooling system to fail. Regular cleaning prevents it from happening.

Automatic Restart

One more problem you can have is your computer restarts automatically without any warning message. There is a method to turn off the restart function.

· Simply go to Control Panel and select Performance and Maintenance

· Go to System select Advanced and then select Start and Recovery.

· In Settings, there is a checkbox with the caption "automatic restart." After you uncheck that box, Windows should not restart automatically.

But if your CPU overheats or has a virus, it will restart automatically. You may also observe that the restarts started only after you installed new software or performed the update. A good antivirus will get rid of most of these.

Signs You Need to Call a Professional

Many things may lead to a problem with your computer. Regardless of the cause, troubleshooting will always be a process of trial and error; sometimes you may need to try several different approaches before finding a solution, and other times it may be a simple fix.

If you do not feel confident performing any of these troubleshooting steps, the solution is simple: contact an IT expert such as us here at Freelance Arcade.

We do licensed computer repair offering maximum quality and minimum pricing. Our computer experts know your computer is not worth risking and we work to provide maximum care to your computer, so you don’t have to face common issues again and again.