Computer Solutions

Take These Steps to Defrost Your PC

You?re merrily plugging away at your computer when suddenly everything stops. Your computer freezes in its tracks and try as you might, you can?t get it to respond. You have no choice but to shut down the system, which means you?ll lose all your unsaved data. This is a vexing and all-too-common computer problem. The freezes could be the result of a hardware or software problem, or a combination of the two.

The first thing you should do when your system freezes is restart it and see what happens next. Almost no PC is immune to the occasional lockup, so it?s entirely possible that a particular occurrence may be the exception rather than the rule. If you restart your system and suffer no further freezes or ill effects, chalk it up to an unusual glitch, and don?t worry about it.

If your system suffers from PC freezes on a regular basis, even after you reboot your system, clearly there?s something going on inside your PC. If the freezes appear to occur randomly and do not seem to be associated with a particular program, chances are your PC?s hardware is the source of the problem. This is certainly the time to call on the services of a qualified technician.

Tech Toys

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Computer Help

Question: Why should I buy an optical mouse instead of an old ball style mouse?

Answer: While you?re common mouse relies on a ball to relay movement to the system, optical mice work by shining a light onto any surface. Then a tiny lens is used to register the positions of the variations in the surface. The main benefit of the optical system is that without a ball, the inside of your mouse should be dust free. Dust in the sensor heads is one of the most common causes of sticky mice, which inevitably manifests at the most inopportune moment imaginable.

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