Does Your Computer Have These 6 Signs of Impending Doom?
-by Robert Ouko
Whichever way you look at it; all computer machines are destined to fail at some point. While you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that your machine will continue to boot faithfully for eternity, the truth is that it’s just a matter of time before your companion’s hardware fails. In fact, there are times when this failure happens suddenly. Fortunately, there are some inherent tell-tale signs you can watch out for before your PC fails. Below you will find several impending doom signs that will alert you that your computer – be it Windows or Mac – is about to crash.
This is one of the most common tell-tale signs that your computer is failing. In as much as the poor performance can indicate that some general maintenance is needed, it could also foretell that there are hardware issues or that your hard drive is dying. If you notice that your computer is suddenly under-performing, you need to get it checked out by a tech specialist so that they can diagnose the inherent issue before it reaches an irreparable state.
SMART Error Messages
Generally, majority of today’s modern computers have Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) capable hard drives installed in them. This SMART firmware helps in the continuous monitoring of drive parameters such as overall performance and error rates. Further, it uses a particular technology referred to as predictive failure analysis whose role is to inform you when there is an imminent hard drive failure.
If you come across any of these SMART messages on your computer, it is best to back up your data and bear in mind that your drive is now unreliable. In fact, your focus should now be geared towards getting the drive replaced by an IT specialist at a computer repair shop. However, even if it does crash, you can always have the data retrieved by a tech specialist who can also advise on the best drive for your machine since it can no longer be used.
Frequent restart and shut down
Whereas it is not strange for a program to occasionally crash or for the computer to restart once in a while or exhibit a blue screen, if it starts happening frequently, this could indicate a potential problem in your hardware. In fact, if your computer completely shuts down and powers off, this could indicate a big problem. The complete shutdown could be due to numerous reasons but some could include excessive heating, motherboard failure or even possible power supply problem.
If your PC has been powering off abruptly recently, it needs to undergo some general maintenance which will include cleaning in and around it using compressed air – a service available at the computer repair shop. Additionally, as this is being done, special consideration can be done in terms of cleaning the front and rear grills of the computer case. More importantly, since this can at times prove tricky, it’s best to take it to a computer repair shop where a computer tech expert can do it for you. If on the other hand your Windows or Mac computer tends to restart frequently, the computer professional can try and isolate the issue to a certain program so that it can be repaired quickly for you to continue working, gaming or whichever other activity you use your machine for.
Video artifacts on your screen
If there are artifacts displayed on your screen, then this could indicate that there are problems with your video graphics. Although this can be corrected by updating the graphics drivers, this might will not work in most cases as it normally indicates the graphics card is failing.
If on booting your machine you immediately notice artifacts on the display, this is big warning sign. You should not try to do anything as this will only make matters worse. What you need to do is visit your tech expert who can be able to advice you on the best course of action to take as well as help you identify the best graphics card for your machine. This is because most people tend to buy graphics cards which are incompatible with their machines or those which are not suitable which results in them overworking and hence failing.
This usually happens when you notice that the keyboard is no longer working, the mouse isn’t moving and nothing appears to be happening on the display which can be caused by a bad hard drive or overheating. If this is the case with your machine, then your fan needs to be cleaned as indicated above followed by some hard drive tests at the computer shop to ascertain whether the issue has been resolved.
Presence of viruses
If your PC has browser redirects, pop-ups and poor performance, this could indicate that your computer has a virus. If this is the case, then not only can this pose a significant security risk, but it can also render your PC close to useless. This is why you should do whatever you can to remove the virus. The easiest way to do this instead of spending hours scanning and rebooting your PC or Mac machine is to have it inspected and repaired at the computer repair shop. Here, the source of the problem will be identified and rectified to eliminate the viruses.
All in all, computers are very delicate devices and proper care should be taken in their handling lest they fail. By looking out for any one of the six signs of impending doom listed above, you can be able to avert a catastrophe – especially if you use your machine for storing important documents or for working. In any case, if you notice a problem, you should always take it to a tech specialist to help you out which will help you save a lot of time and minimize loss of opportunities that your machine gives you.