Technology plays an integral role in our lives, and things can go south quickly when your technology doesn’t work. Calling a technician might be your immediate reaction, but you can easily solve a variety of tech issues on your own.

So before you fork over large sums of money, give our DIY fixes for  common tech problems a try.

Issue: Your computer has been restarting all morning.

Solution: Update all critical system drivers and clean the hardware.

 Restarting your computer is an easy fix for most ailments—but not when your computer constantly restarts without any prompting. Luckily, there are several ways you can try to fix this issue.

First, make sure your computer is not restarting because it needs to make necessary updates. While it can be frustrating to wait while your computer is updating, regular updates ensure programs are running efficiently and that you’re getting the latest protection against hackers. If this isn’t the issue, we recommend updating all of your critical system drivers such as your graphics card and network card drivers.

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If your computer makes strange noises and restarts when you tax the central processing unit (CPU) by running multiple programs at once, it may be time to clean your hardware.

While the thought of cleaning your expensive computer may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. All you need is a handheld vacuum, canned air, and a small paintbrush. Unplug your computer and start by cleaning out the fans. Carefully vacuum any excess dust and dirt on the fan filters and use the canned air to blow dust off the hardware components. Be sure to always keep the nozzle of the canned air about five inches away from the hardware.

Let us know in the comments below if you found these DIY tips helpful.

~ Alice Williams