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Top 5 Common Computer Issues and How to Troubleshoot Them

Whether you’re a casual user or a tech-savvy enthusiast, computer problems are an inevitable part of digital life. At Noble PC, we’ve encountered and resolved countless computer issues, and today, we’d like to share some insights on the most common ones. Here’s a handy guide on troubleshooting the top 5 computer problems:

  1. Slow Computer Performance
    • Possible Causes: Fragmented data, malware, running too many programs at once, outdated drivers.
    • Troubleshooting Steps:
      • Close unnecessary programs and browser tabs.
      • Run a disk cleanup and defragmentation.
      • Ensure your antivirus is updated and perform a full system scan.
      • Update drivers and software regularly.
      • Increase your RAM or upgrade to a solid-state drive (SSD) for a notable performance boost.
  2. Computer Keeps Freezing
    • Possible Causes: Software conflicts, driver issues, hardware failures.
    • Troubleshooting Steps:
      • Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to open Task Manager and end non-responsive tasks.
      • Restart your computer.
      • Update software and drivers.
      • Scan for malware or viruses.
      • If persistent, it might be a sign of a hardware issue. Consult a professional.
  3. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)
    • Possible Causes: Corrupted software, faulty hardware, driver conflicts.
    • Troubleshooting Steps:
      • Restart your computer.
      • Update all your drivers.
      • Run a system restore to a point before the issue began.
      • Check your computer’s temperature; overheating can cause BSOD.
      • Seek professional help if the BSOD continues.
  4. No Internet Connection
    • Possible Causes: Modem/router issues, outdated drivers, incorrect settings.
    • Troubleshooting Steps:
      • Restart your modem and router.
      • Ensure all cables are securely connected.
      • Update network drivers.
      • Run Windows’ built-in troubleshooter for network issues.
      • Check if other devices can connect. If they can’t, the issue might be with your Internet Service Provider.
  5. Strange Noises
    • Possible Causes: Failing hardware, dust accumulation, misaligned components.
    • Troubleshooting Steps:
      • Backup your data immediately.
      • Open your computer and clean the dust using compressed air.
      • Check for any loose or damaged components.
      • Listen closely to identify the source. A clicking hard drive can be an impending sign of failure.
      • If unsure about the noise’s source, seek expert help.


While these steps can resolve many common issues, sometimes the problem might be more intricate than it appears. If you’re ever in doubt or need expert assistance, Noble PC is here to help. With our experienced technicians and customer-first approach, we ensure your computing woes become a thing of the past. Remember, regular maintenance and updates can prevent most issues, so don’t wait for problems to arise—be proactive!


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