We all have problems with our pc from time to time and sometimes just throw our hands in frustration and want to chuck it out the window. This can be particularly frustrating for someone that works in video chat. Those minutes of stuttering or slow loading screens can be the difference between making money and not. Let's take a little time to talk about a few things we can do so that won't happen:
- Don't ever install something you're not sure of. Ever! If you've browsed the net idly just once you stumbled at least upon a dozen pop ups that tell you your pc is infected and needs to be cleaned. Unless guided by a professional or at least someone slightly tech savvy, never do it.
- Try and pay attention to your pc's temperature. If you can, get a tech guy to install a little software to keep an eye on it. Either way, a good rule of thumb is to try and keep it in a room with a decent airflow and in a place that gathers as little dust as possible (due to its coolers it still will quite a bit, but we'll get to that later).
- Make sure you delete what you don't need and occasionally restart your browsers (Chrome, Firefox etc.) if you have any. Too many opened tabs kept like that for a long while will start eating up memory really fast.
- Same goes for the sites you work with. When you take a small break close them completely and restart them upon resuming your work.
- Never accept or download things if they're not from a source you trust. It's a good way to avoid viruses and such.
- Avoid addons for your browsers unless recommended by your technician. This means stuff like extra smilies for your chats, social media and such.
- When encountering a problem that you think above your ability to solve. Never be afraid to ask help. Stuff is generally easier to fix in its initial stages rather than after someone tried tinkering with it.
- Once every couple of months be sure to remind your tech guy to give it a good cleaning. (Blowing the dust away and making sure it doesn't overheat).
- Whenever an error occurs it will usually be followed by a message box, or screen wide message. Write it down somewhere or take a picture if you can. It can make repairs, when needed, go much faster.
- If you can, pay attention to all that cluster of cables behind it. Avoid stepping over them or running stuff over. Make sure the cables are not stretched taut to the point where they seem to bend too much. That can damage them in time.
Ten steps that will overall make things easier for everyone working with and on the PC. And it will make your tech guy like just that much more for making his job easier as well 😛