Computer Tips – A Few Common Computer Errors

Computer errors can pop up when you least expect it. They can cause your entire system to suddenly shut down and they can inadvertently corrupt data to the point where it can’t be deciphered. Although errors can’t always be avoided, it’s important to remember that computer errors can be corrected. The key is to understand what computer errors are, understand what they mean when they show up, and understand how to minimize their occurrence in the first place.

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Basically, computer errors are the result of a number of things that may or may not have anything to do with the way you use your computer. They “operate” whenever there’s a conflict among commands. Remember that computers essentially run off of a series of commands and it’s normally a smooth process but when one command conflicts with another command, or when one command asks for a process or information that isn’t available, the computer returns results that aren’t usable. This is when an error occurs.

A prime example of this kind of error is when you attempt to use software that isn’t applicable for your system. Almost all software accompanies a list of system requirements which indicates what a computer needs to have in order for the software to work properly. To minimize errors of this sort, always verify that your computer has the required components. A project management program that you’re interested in may require a specific operating system, like Windows XP for example, and although this program may install just fine on a Windows 98 machine, it will generate a multitude of errors once its started.

Insufficient memory will cause errors as well. That’s why software programs include minimum memory requirements. A program that needs 14MB of memory will generate errors on a computer that only has 4MB of memory, if it even runs at all. The same goes for disk space, monitor color depth and resolution. In these situations, problems occur the moment a piece of software attempts to access hardware, memory, space, resolution, etc. that it can’t find.

Sometimes, errors occur because a system doesn’t have the required drivers or the drivers that are on the system are the incorrect version. Both errors in these cases can be resolved by updating drivers on a regular basis. Microsoft provides a section on its website that can automatically update a driver online and it does this at no cost in an effort to reduce errors like this. Always try to keep your computer updated so that should a program share a file, it will share a file that has been updated on hundreds of thousands of computers, like yours.

This article doesn’t even begin to cover the entire gamut of computer errors but additional information regarding how to get help with a computer issue (including computer errors) can be found in our article titled, “Computer Help” no matter what the problem is.

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  1. rthfgh says:

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