Examples of Common Computer Problems You May Encounter

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As a computer owner, you have probably run into various issues with your devices. Sometimes, the neglect leads to some problems; in other situations, it is not the neglect but other, unforeseen circumstances.

Regardless of the reason, knowing how to deal with certain computer problems yourself can save money and time. But, unfortunately, it is not that simple for some to find a reliable computer service store that can repair the device. Not to mention having to wait for who knows how long.

Let’s look at some of the most common computer performance problems that you can expect to encounter and ways to deal with these problems.

Slow Internet

slow internet connection might be related to ISP problems, so before you tinker with the computer, get in touch with your internet provider and ask whether everything is fine on their end.

One of the common problems of lackluster internet speed is not taking proper care of your internet browser. Too many extensions or simultaneous browser tabs, failure to clear the browser cache, and not to run the latest version are one of the main causes.

Some people also pick an internet browser that consumes too many resources despite having a relatively outdated computer. For example, Google Chrome is notorious for its memory consumption, and switching to another browser would make more sense.

Flickering Screen

Be it a laptop or a desktop computer, you can still encounter flickering screens. Solving the issue with a quick computer restart is one of the solutions, but such an approach is only temporary. 

More often than not, a computer’s screen starts flickering because of the GPU and its incompatibility with the operating system. First, you could check if you are running the latest OS version. If not, download and install the update to potentially solve the problem.

Random Restarts

Random restarts are another common problem that can get on one’s nerves quickly. Imagine yourself playing a video game losing all the progress because the computer restarts and there are no saves. The same thing can be said about working. 

Tracing the cause behind random restarts is not that simple. There are multiple potential reasons, such as malware attacks, overheating hardware, such as RAM or GPU, and driver issues.

Take a systematic approach and check all the things you can. And if the issue persists, you might eventually need to take the device to a computer service store and have professionals look at it.


Some computer users can tolerate overheating and loud noises, but even they become anxious after a while. Overheating signals bad things, and you should not wait for the issue to escalate.

What you want to do is clean the dust inside. It is the most likely reason why the computer is overheating even if you are not running resource-heavy processes. 

For PCs, it is easier to take the case apart and clean the dust thoroughly. On the other hand, if you have a laptop, it will take a while to deconstruct it and take care of the filth that accumulated inside over time.

Lack of Drive Storage

It is recommended to have about 10 to 15 percent of total disk storage free, but even these numbers are not enough to ensure stable computer performance. 

From temporary files and downloads to large media files and duplicates, there are multiple file types that could be causing storage issues.

Take some time to get rid of unwanted junk permanently. When it comes to media, you can use streaming platforms rather than hoarding files on the computer. Lastly, consider transferring some data to cloud storage and an external HDD.

FPS Drops

FPS drops in video games ruin one’s experience. If a video game is optimized properly, it should run on your system with no hiccups so long as the system requirements are met.

Some players lower game settings and switch to a windowed mode to improve the performance, but it is not always enough.

To increase FPS while gaming, you can also try to limit background processes. As a result, there is hardly any need to run an antivirus and other background applications when playing video games.

Another potential solution could be updating graphic and video drivers. If the drivers are outdated, you should not expect a smooth gaming experience. 

Finally, there is the option of investing in FPS boosting software and upgrading hardware, but these two might be too expensive and not necessarily worth it to get a few more frames while in video games.


Even if there are a lot of potential computer performance issues to expect, you need to be ready for them. Therefore, use this article as a reference and memorize some ways to deal with various computer problems the next time you encounter them.

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