How do you react to computer problems?
What do you do when you face problems in computer? Do you sit back and think about the last thing you did? Do you panic, frantically pressing button? Do you just shut off your computer and call your Computer Expert? Successful problem solving requires the right state of mind. It can make the difference between minutes and days. It can prevent small problem from getting worse. Here are something to remember when faced with computer catastrophes:
In most cases you can turn off your PC and get back to the problem later. Of course, many problems occur when you do have a deadline looming (or passed). If you can wait, even for a few minutes, until you take a few deep breaths, do so.
The problem may not be as big as it seems:
Hard drives do crash, but that isn’t necessarily what just happened. It’s hard to judge a problem when it first occurs. After calmly looking over the situation you may be back up and running in a few minutes.
Try to find the problem:
Don’t jump to conclusion before you understand the problem and look at every angle. Don’t go reformatting your hard drive when you might be able to adjust one setting and be back on your feet.
Think through all possibilities before you begin:
Consider any recent changes. Did you install or uninstall software? Have you added a new device i.e. drive, printer, scanner? Did you open an attachment in an email or download a file? Was anyone else on your computer? Have you changed any setting?
Work on the problem when you have time:
Ten minutes before dinner is not the best time to begin a project. You are more likely to rush. Expect to invest a few hours so you can relax and intake it easy.
Don’t abuse your hardware:
I have been known to get physical when frustrated, but throwing the keyboard across the room will not unfreeze my computer. Smacking the monitor may feel good but it can mess things up. Violently shaking the printer will eventually get the paper jam out, but may lead to other damage.
Know when to take a break:
If you start feeling warn out, step away from the computer. Get some rest, relax, refuel then jump back in with a fresh outlook. I don’t know how many problem I have solved in two minutes after a night’s sleep when the previous day I spent hours.
Don’t be shy:
Ask for help. If you exhaust all your possibilities or get in over your head, call a friend who knows computers. Check out technical websites or any other resource you can think of. You can even try calling technical support for your computer or the hardware component manufacturer.