Signs your Computer Needs an Upgrade

For non tech-savvy people, it can sometimes be hard to know exactly how to interpret what’s wrong with their computer: is its current behavior a momentary malfunction or is your device about to die on you? These are the more common signs that your computer needs some serious attention… or to be retired.

1. It’s Starting and Running Slow

If turning your computer on always take an abnormally long time (like an actual minute), something’s up and it may be a sign that a virus is blocking your attempt at starting your machine.  If the screen becomes white or – worse –  you get the dreaded “blue screen of death” (we’ll come to that in a second), that means your computer is definitely infected.  Only a repair service provider like Waly Informatique will be able to help you out, and depending on the severity of your situation, you may have to purchase a new computer altogether.

Furthermore, while your computer may be running slow because it’s aging, there could be a variety of other reasons to explain this. A virus, a malfunction program, overheating issues and a failing hard drive are all fairly common causes that explain a sluggish computer. Sometimes, the slow speed is simply due to some newer software that your hardware can’t keep up with, but even then, you’re in a tough spot. At its worst, the problem will be so advanced that simply moving your cursor will become unbearable.

2. It’s Running Uncomfortably Hot

You never want your laptop to run too hot, too fast, because it can be both the sign of an underlying issue or the cause of troubles to come. Computers have fans to blow out hot air so they can cool off their internal components. At the same time, fresh air flows in through vents to create an effective cooling system. Computer vents clogged (with dust, in most cases) will cause the components to overheat. Desktop computers have more space inside to circulate air, but vents still need to be clear. If your computer shuts down on its own more than very rarely, you may want to check the fan on your machine and invest in a duster to clean it up. Other signs of a hot computer is if the fan is working serious overtime (you’ll hear it, don’t worry), or your laptop is too hot to use on your lap.

3. Strange Noises and Terrible Performance

Strange Noises and Terrible Performance

If your apps and internet are slow to load up, you are being tormented by a computer virus.  If the screen glitches, you will need to get it serviced and an easy task should always load up quickly – or as quick as your computer normally allows. If it doesn’t, beware. Your computer has a lot of moving parts, and you should know by now which noises are normal, from the startup beep to the whirring fan. When your computers starts to make new noises… that’s bad news. Fans can wear down and screech or grind. Hard drives can start clicking, and in emergency cases, you might even hear a zapping noise. None of those are good! Remember that your computer parts are all designed to work together. One problem could become many if left unchecked. If your computer is crashing, freezing, or restarting without you, it’s a sure sign that you’ll soon be parted and that you should start looking for a replacement device. Crashing and freezing are what happens when something is wrong in a way that spells the end. The problem could be almost anything, hardware and software alike, and it’s really hard to fix it when it comes to that.

4. Blue Screens of Death, Missing files and Error Messages

Blue Screens of Death, Missing files and Error Messages

The most classic Windows error we’ve briefly touched on earlier, the blue screen of death, is usually a prophet of doom. The system will still be running, but something has gone wrong. The blue screen will display text and an error code, often with Windows suggesting a restart. If the restart fixes your problem, it means that something didn’t load at the last bootup and that the blue screen was just a false alarm. It’s rare, but it happens. If you’re getting blue screens all the time, though, don’t push your luck, it means you’re on borrowed time. Left untreated, your computer will continue to give blue screen errors.

The last thing you want to pay attention to is missing files. If you start to notice that some of your files are missing, it’s yet again sign of a virus. Make sure that they’re really missing before panicking, but if they’re gone and that you experience some other signs we highlighted, look for a new computer.

It goes without saying that before throwing your computer to the garbage, you should definitely bring it to a computer expert to get the opinion of a professional. However, if you have one or a combination of the issues detailed above and it has been bothering you for weeks already… don’t hold your breath.

The most classic Windows error we’ve briefly touched on earlier, the blue screen of death, is usually a prophet of doom. The system will still be running, but something has gone wrong. The blue screen will display text and an error code, often with Windows suggesting a restart. If the restart fixes your problem, it means that something didn’t load at the last bootup and that the blue screen was just a false alarm. It’s rare, but it happens. If you’re getting blue screens all the time, though, don’t push your luck, it means you’re on borrowed time. Left untreated, your computer will continue to give blue screen errors.

The last thing you want to pay attention to is missing files. If you start to notice that some of your files are missing, it’s yet again sign of a virus. Make sure that they’re really missing before panicking, but if they’re gone and that you experience some other signs we highlighted, look for a new computer.

It goes without saying that before throwing your computer to the garbage, you should definitely bring it to a computer expert to get the opinion of a professional. However, if you have one or a combination of the issues detailed above and it has been bothering you for weeks already… don’t hold your breath.

Chris McdonaldTechnology
For non tech-savvy people, it can sometimes be hard to know exactly how to interpret what’s wrong with their computer: is its current behavior a momentary malfunction or is your device about to die on you? These are the more common signs that your computer needs some serious attention…...