How to know when your device needs computer repairs

Fixing a broken laptop or desktop can be frustrating and expensive. However, what can make the ordeal even more complicated is not knowing what the problem is. Some issues are reasonably straightforward and easy to understand. A quick Google search or a chat with your local tech support team can clarify that for you. But every now and then, you come across a problem where you simply can’t figure out the answer. Sometimes, there might even be something wrong with your device and you don’t even realise. If these resonates with you, read on so you know the tell-tale signs that you need computer repairs.

The device is slower than usual

If you notice that your desktop has slowed down a lot in recent months, then there is a good chance that something has gone wrong and you need computer repairs. It might be a corrupted program you recently installed or a software problem or a virus. If it boots up sluggishly or prompts you to start your device in “safe mode”, it’s certainly worth getting in contact with your local technician. As a tip, make sure your device is completely up to date. People often skip the updates but updating your laptop regularly will help speed up performance.

You need to charge it more often

This is more applicable to mobile phones and laptops, as opposed to a conventional desktop. However, if you do notice that your laptop’s power is draining far quicker than normal, then there is a good chance your device needs computer repairs. Generally, it’s either a problem with the battery or the charger. A simple battery or charger replacement is usually straightforward; however, if there is a more complex power issue, then getting in touch with the experts is a necessity.

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Random crashes

If your device begins to randomly crash, then it probably needs computer repairs from the experts. If it’s shutting down and not failing to start up again, then you might have contracted malware or a virus. If you finally do get your device up and running, you might notice strange new programs on your device or random pop-up windows. This is an obvious sign that your laptop has a virus. Don’t waste time trying to fix the problem yourself. Get in touch with someone who knows what they are doing.

The “blue screen of death”

Everybody has heard of the “blue screen of death.” It’s a fatal stop error that suggests your device has reached a condition where safe operation is no longer viable. This is one that certainly needs professional-level computer repairs. There’s no point spending a few hours on a Sunday afternoon trying to get your laptop back up and running. Send it the professionals and hope that the damage isn’t irreparable.

RAM suddenly is a problem

A tell-tale sign that your device needs computer repairs is if you start noticing a lot of RAM-related messages. Your RAM (random access memory) is the thing that allows your desktop to run different programs simultaneously. A lot of the time you’ll just need a memory upgrade, however, if your RAM is overworked and the “blue screen of death” hits, then you should be concerned.

Slow trackpad, dead pixels?

If your trackpad is suddenly slow and your screen is filled with dead pixels, then you probably have a hardware issue on your hands. If your speakers aren’t operating at full capacity (like low volume), then it could be as simple as getting the speakers replaced. However, that is easier said then done. Sometimes, replacing individual parts is harder than buying a whole new device. If your device is out of warranty, then your computer repairs could be somewhat pricey.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world. You can contact Mike here.
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