Technology makes your life much easier until something goes wrong and you spend hours trying to analyze your errors and determine what caused the problem. Sometimes you overlook the obvious step and waste much more time than you should have to solve the difficult situation. That is why we bring you the list of the steps that could turn out to be very helpful in handling technology issues.
1. Shut Down Programs You Don’t Really Need
Usually, nothing goes wrong without a reason. If your system does not function properly, it probably means that you were partially instrumental in causing these problems. For instance, if you have AdBlock installed on your computer, some websites can look like they are not loading. Other extensions and drivers can also cause some problems due to their incompatibility. Keep track of the programs that you install and, if you are having some issues, try to figure out if they were caused by certain programs.
2. Perform Preventive Maintenance
It is better to fix problems before they appear than to try to solve them when they have messed up things for you. Whether you are on a Windows, Linux or Mac machine, don’t hesitate to spare a few minutes to do a maintenance task and eliminate the possibility that the system crash will be caused by a damaged cache file, disk fragmentation, or a permissions error.
3. Monitor Log Files
Logs are very helpful, even if sometimes they seem gibberish. But though you won’t understand all details, you will at least be able to see what application of task is responsible for the error. If you use Windows, you can access your log files by using the following path: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. If you have a Mac machine, make sure you’re logged in as the administrator and go to Hard Drive/ Applications/Utilities and open the Console application.
4. Ask Questions at Specialized Forums
If you want to find the answer to your problem, begin with a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, and then check out specialized portals and forums. Most forums have a list of frequently asked questions, so there is a chance that your question has already been asked and answered by somebody. If you cannot find the solution to your problem anywhere, you can post your question in an appropriate forum.
Whether it is a brand new laptop or an old PC, try rebooting your machine before doing any troubleshooting. Restarting your computer will clean the system cache and potentially fix a lot of minor issues.