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It’s common knowledge that staying abreast of current business technology presents an ever-moving target.  Business owners and managers have their hands full with running their own business, and often do not have time to dedicate to designing or maintaining an IT infrastructure.  It often seems impossible to follow the trends and implement the most effective IT solutions.  Below are a few examples of the shortcomings of self-managed IT for small businesses.

Cloud computing has gained tremendous popularity in the last few years. In fact, the technology is no longer limited to large corporations; even small and medium sizes businesses prefer hosted servers to store and manage their data. 

In our last blog, we discussed some common issues that PC users face such as a slow PC, automatic restart, and unwanted ads. In this part, we will be discussing more issues that severely affect your productivity. 

Computer won’t turn on 

This is a scary issue not only because you can’t access your files,  but also because you fear that you might never be able to access them again! Thankfully, when you face this issue, your data is most likely safe and may be retrieved. Instead of panicking, here is what you need to do (call us if you need help!):

  • If your computer shows no sign of power, i.e. if the fans are not running and there is no light on the CPU and monitor, the issue is may be with the power supply. Check if all the wires are plugged in properly. If so, you may be facing a power supply problem. Try draining the “flea power” or seek professional help.
  • If your PC turns on and then, shuts down immediately, you may be facing electrical shorts. Check your power supply and ensure that your PC is getting adequate energy.
  • If your PC is turning on but nothing is being displayed on your monitor, the problem could be with it. Check if all wires are plugged in properly, i.e. the monitor is receiving power from the power outlet and is connected correctly to the CPU. If this doesn’t help, consult a professional. 

 

Blue screen of Death 

 

Otherwise known as STOP error, this is one of the scariest problems that you may face. Thankfully, the solution is easier than you thought. Reboot it and see if it works. In many cases, it will work. Once your system starts working, take it to a professional at your earliest convenience to fix the issue before it crashes. A blue screen issue may arise because of many reasons, including but not limited to damaged software, hardware, corrupt DLL files, driver issues, and much more. If you are good at brainstorming and don’t mind spending time fixing the issue, you can try fixing your PC using the codes that the blue screen will provide you. 

Windows fail to start 

There could be many reasons behind this problem, the most common one being malware issue or damaged hard disk. Here is what you can do to fix the error:

  • Press the F8 key as soon as you turn on the computer. Your PC will go into recovery mode. Once you are there, launch your PC in safe mode and click ‘troubleshoot’ and then, advanced option’, followed by ‘windows startup settings’. Restart your PC in safe mode.
  • Open your anti-virus, update it, and run a complete scan.
  • Use system restore to fix your PC. If this doesn’t help, take your PC to a professional. 

 

Unable to install a specific application 

 

Often, this installation problem happens due to space problems. If your hard drive doesn’t have ample space, you won’t be able to install any applications.  In this case, a simple system cleanup may be the answer.  Free up some space and try installing again. If you still face any problem, try restarting the computer and try again.

These are some common issues that PC users face. We hope these tips will help you troubleshoot your problems. In case they don’t, consult a professional for help. If you need business computer support, you can always give us a call at 877-GET-GRAVITY or Log on to www.GravityUSA.com

With technology playing a central role in almost every business, deciding to outsource such an important aspect can be a big challenge.

Whether you are working from home or need to access your work while you are travelling, desktop sharing can be the greatest boon for you. And what makes that work? Say hello to “remote login” a phenomena via which you can access even the hard drive of your computer remotely. 

Resolving a technical issue when you are running a small time business can be frustrating and exorbitant. If all the investments are spent on resolving technical issues, what about other services which need upgrade? At this instant, the owners themselves take up the work of resolving the issue, which may further complicate the issue as they have no knowledge when it comes to IT solutions. This can test their patience and be frustrating and may lead to hopelessness.

I have a LOT of tasks that are either far in the future or have no due date and are not urgent.  I hate having to scroll through these to try to find the relevant, time-sensitive tasks I need to work on daily.  Here is how I keep my “back-burner” tasks from taking over my to-do list.

At Gravity Systems, we support computer systems every day for many small businesses. There are a lot of common questions we are asked by business owners and office managers. We decided to include them in a blog series beginning with this one regarding Quickbooks.