Reasonably speaking, you’re computer isn’t built to last as long as you are. Of course, it may be able to last long enough if you take good care of it—but nowadays computer upgrades are needed much more often now that some operating systems are a thing of the past. When using computers, you face many risks because placing your faith in their potential and capability—may not be enough to save you when they really stop working.
We’ve discussed some of the common problems that we face with computers and how to resolve them. However, one that is not discussed too often is system failure. Rather than dealing with hard-ware failure or driver failures, you are just dealing with the generalized term of system failure, and it is indeed exactly like what it sounds. In these certain situations, you can’t get your computer to do a simple reboot or shutdown. But why does this happen? Is there any way to fix this seemingly common issue?
First off, you must ensure that your computer is adequately charged. I cannot stress the importance of ruling out this issue before you call your technician frantically, asking for advice. Yes, there are people I have known who have left their computers die out only to wonder why they won’t turn on. Luckily though, many operating systems have your back these days—and they will warn you when the computer is slightly out of battery, telling you to connect to power before you proceed any further. But just as with any device, if your computer won’t turn on for any reason, please be sure it is connected to an electrical outlet if needed.
If you’ve made sure the above step was completed and you still cannot gain access to your computer, perhaps restoring the system would help. Many times computers are known to have issues that only a restore can address—because critical files that help the computer boot are missing. This also goes back to a topic that we discussed last time, which is being sure your computer is at well-maintained to ensure these types of problems don’t happen. However, they’re going to happen eventually, because not all of us have too much time on our hands to check the health of our computers.
Make sure your hard drive and memory issues are resolved. Often times this may cause problems within the computer. Additionally, you may perform a scan to ensure that your hard-drive is working well enough and in order. Besides looking for hardware issues, (which are fairly common in computers that will just not start up), if you cannot under any circumstance revive your computer after attempting the above steps, it may be time to take it in for a technician to see.
“Fix Common PC Problems.” Fix Common PC Problems. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/troubleshoot101.aspx
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