Like all machines with moving parts, your computer’s hardware can breakdown. Computer hardware problems are a common occurrence for new and old PCs. However, some of the computer hardware problems can be eliminated with just a few clicks or tweaks. Here are the top six PC hardware problems and easy solutions to fix them.
PC wont recognize my USB camera
This is one of the most common PC hardware problems. First check the camera menu to ensure that the USB Mode is configured. It’s usually called USB storage. Before plugging in the camera, turn it on. This action can usually solve your problem.
Strange Monitor Colors.
First check your monitor’s VGA cable to make sure it is firmly secured to your PC’s video card base. If it’s a screw type, check to make sure the pins and screws are aligned properly. Also try removing the VGA cable while your PC is off and reconnecting it. After it’s properly fitted, turn your PC back on.
One of the most common PC hardware problems is a jumpy mouse. In essence, a jumpy mouse is a dirty mouse. If you have a track and ball mouse, simply turn it over and open the ball container, blow out the excess debris and lint. Also, clean off the dirt that lines the rollers. For an optical mouse, eliminate the dust that has collected around the optical sensor.
Weak Laptop Battery.
All batteries have a life cycle. And if you’ve had your laptop for a while, its more than likely that you are in need of a new battery. However, you might try using different power options to squeeze a bit more life out of your battery. Double click the battery icon in the lower right corner, choose the power saver plan from the three default choices. The defined power plans can be further edited to optimize your laptop battery life by clicking the “Change Plan Settings” option located under your plan title. This allows you to further manage your laptop power usage while on battery and plugged in.
Heat can be a major culprit and cause all kind of PC hardware problems. The number one problem it causes is your computer to freeze or lockup. Your computer temperature is controlled by the internal fan. Removing the dust from around the fan can work wonders. This is highly recommended before you decide to buy a new fan or heat sink. If hardware is not the problem, try tweaking your system to cut down on the hard drive and CPU work. For ways to cut down on high CPU usage, check out Cause of High CPU Usage
PC is noisy
There are several reason for a noisy PC. A loose case can cause vibration which leads to constant noise. An overworked hard drive is caused by constant accessing which in some PCs can be disturbing. Beeping during start up is also and indication of hardware failure. You should Google beep codes to decipher this code.
All in all, PC hardware problems can be quickly solved with simple maintenance. Try these solutions before you take the plunge and buy new computer hardware.