For those of us who own a computer, ensuring that it gives the same performance everyday starting from the date of purchase is critical. Therefore, not many will differ from agreeing on the statement that our computer’s health is almost as important to us as our own.
Computer maintenance involves practices that ensure system efficiency and remain in a commendable state throughout their extended service life. In order to make sure that it is running at its best, computers need regular and dedicated servicing pertaining to both its hardware and software.
• Hardware or physical maintenance keeps check on the performance of internal and external hardware like hard disc, removable media drives, monitor, network card, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.
• Software maintenance includes defragmenting the hard disk, keeping malware or spyware away from infecting your system by use of reliable anti-virus software, backing up the data and ensuring that all the installed softwares are updated and upgraded.
Basic maintenance tasks are a domestic affair and all of us must ideally do them at regular intervals. This is necessary because the least it does is to keep us informed about the state of our system and helps us decide when it is time to call for an expert help.
Maintaining your computer ensures that it does not malfunction without giving you time to prevent it or at least gives you an option to be prepared for it. But, we all know, that our work is not limited to remote computer systems anymore and we all make use of the web or local LAN at some time or the other. This presents a set of problems of its own the basic one being network errors. We often encounter problems with connecting to a network, be it over the LAN or the WAN and it leaves us at our wits end. Network problems are mostly caused due to connection problems, bad firewall settings and malfunction of the network cards pertaining to both connection and software settings. Few network trouble shooting tips that address most of these issues are:
• Verify the network adapter is compatible with the operating system you are using.
• Ensure the computer has the desired network protocol installed.
• Check the firewall settings.
• If you are trying to connect to a secure remote server, then check if you are allowed to access it.
Even if you troubleshoot all the network glitches then also, one huge hurdle that you can encounter is a bad server. Server trouble shooting checks for and sorts out…