During a recent period of fretted PC breakdown,I came to realize that I took my computer for granted.I thought high tech machine would never let me down and I was never further from truth. Just when I thought things were going smoothly,"BANG",I was in deep trouble.
Home-based businesses should be aware that computer down time can and will mess up your schedule.After only a week,I was behind and a bit discouraged to say least. I was lucky enough to be able to fix my pc myself,but this isn't always case. Sometimes it takes an expert to bail you out and it can be costly. Professionals charge $50.00 per hour,and up, to find and correct problems. It may be wise to stash a bit in bank for such an occasion.
I found backing up your files is of utmost importance. Store your important pieces on floppy or Cd-Rom. Do not wait too long and be sure to format those floppies. I stored information on a floppy and found after I was back to normal, floppy was no good and would not open my files. Never store a program on a floppy, it will not work properly when you try it. Programs must be reinstalled. A good example is Aureate Group Mail or something you downloaded online. If you have an opt-in list,that can be saved to floppy.
Think you know your computer? Take a look at its contents. Go to my computer, C drive, Wow,I was amazed at contents and worst of it was I did not know what everything was. Another great place to see internal contents of your computer is Control Panel, Go to my computer,control panel,system, and device manager. This place is a maze of high tech content. Do not change anything unless you know what you are doing. The results can be disastrous. I have had my share of problems with down time,ranging from installing anew Cd-rom, to blowing dust from my tower. Yes, dust is a common culprit! Fans get clogged with dust quickly,and result is overheated components and leads to computer failure.I blow out dust using a vacuum cleaner and also being careful not to disturb delicate parts.
PC problems sometimes develop from a loose connection. It may be a cord or a circuit board within tower. Gently pushing in a loose connection may solve a problem.
Booting into safe mode is a safe way to fix problems. When booting, after start up screen,pressing Ctrl, puts pc in this mode with internet access, and many programs disabled, so problem can be found and corrected.