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How to Fix a Slow Computer Quickly for Free

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Working with a slow computer is frustrating and limits productivity. It's expensive and time-consuming to take a computer in for service, but if you are comfortable making tweaks to your system, you can fix your slow computer quickly without spending any money. That may allow you to get a little more life out of your system if you're between upgrades.

How to Fix a Really Slow Computer

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A slow computer usually takes too long to change screens, to connect to the Internet or the initial boot up takes longer than it should. There are many possible causes including a virus or, using too many simultaneous resources for the RAM memory available or spyware that is sending private data. Perhaps you have a hardware problem such as a loose solder joint or a problem with the Internet. There are quick and easy options to try with your operating system without investing a lot of money.

How to Fix a USB Thumb Drive Not Recognized by Your Computer

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USB thumb drives (also known as USB sticks, jump drives and flash drives) are used to store data and transfer files from one computer to another. Taking thumb drives from one computer to another can cause drive letter conflicts that prevent them from being recognized as an available storage device. This problem occurs when thumb drives are assigned drive letters that are already being used by the computer they are being plugged into. The problem usually occurs when you take the thumb drive from a laptop computer and plug it into a networked workstation. Use the following steps to make your device visible again.

How to Fix Color Resolution on a Computer

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If image colors look a little off on your computer monitor, you may need to fix the color resolution on your computer. Computer color resolution can run from monochrome, which displays as black and white, to 32-bit, the highest quality color resolution available on computers today, which displays items on the screen in their truest color. If your color resolution appears poor, it is more than likely because the resolution is too low. Color resolution on a computer can be easily corrected though.

How to Fix Appcrash Errors on a Computer

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When program files or files within your computer’s registry have become corrupted, this can cause the programs to unexpectedly crash. When a program crashes, you will likely get an Appcrash error. The error message will say “Windows Media Player (or whichever program has crashed) has stopped working” and then list rows of technical information regarding the cause of the crash. Unless you are a computer programmer, you may never fully understand what caused your program crash, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it.

How to Fix Computer Problems for Free

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Computer problems are often left unrepaired due to cost, but you can actually fix many computer problems for free. You can find free parts and software that will fix almost any computer problem you may encounter. Common problems you can fix for free include virus removal, a slow system, hardware replacement and hardware upgrades. Once you know where to look and what to look for, you can save hundreds of dollars on computer repairs by fixing your computer problems yourself.

How to Fix the Sound on a Computer for Free

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Computer sound problems can stem from hardware or software issues. Programs and Windows updates can cause conflicts, sound card drivers can become corrupted and hardware issues may necessitate a sound card replacement. You can fix the sound on your computer for free in most cases, especially if it's a software or driver error causing the problem.

How to Fix Cookies on Your Computer

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A cookie is a small trace of a website placed onto your computer. These cookies come from just about every website you visit and help trace where you go when browsing the Internet. The information is then sent back to the site you received the cookie from. This allows the site to offer you personalized ads and other options due to what you search the Internet for. However, these cookies often slow down a computer's performance, so if you notice a lag in computing speed, you need to fix the cookies and remove them from your computer.

How to Fix a No-Sound Problem From Computer Speakers

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Your computer may no longer provide sound for a variety of reasons. You may have faulty speaker wires or lowered volume control. If the sound has been audible from your computer's speakers and is suddenly lost, you may need to perform a System Restore. Updating your sound drivers may also resolve the problem. Your sound drivers may have been corrupted or may be missing. The result of this is that the restore utility menu won't be available

How to Fix Screen Images on my Computer

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Sometimes the images on your computer screen may not look quite right. Your screen images may appear upside-down, stretched, too small or too large. Fortunately, the solutions to these monitor problems are usually simple and straightforward, no matter the cause. The manner in which you fix your screen images depends on the version of Windows you are using.

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