It's frustrating when the things you use for entertainment aren't working properly. After all, aren’t we in 2016? Isn’t all our technology supposed to be flawless by now? Unfortunately, things like our computers and our televisions still suffer from some of the visual problems we had back in the day. Maybe technology hasn’t come so far after all!
Here’s a quick rundown of common problems with our home technology and how to solve them.
Your TV is probably the most reliable tech in your house. Ever since the national move from analogue to digital, reception has generally been much clearer and free of problems. (Side note: that digital switchover started back in 2007. Nearly ten years ago! How time flies, eh?)
But despite the digital switchover, we can still suffer from some the old problems on occasion. Images can still freeze, if any images appear at all. You may not get that fuzzy static when the reception is bad anymore. But bad reception can still result in the picture breaking up and fragmenting.
What the problem could be might depend on how you’re watching television. If you’re using Sky or Freeview through the usual digital channels, you might need to get some aerial fitters to assist. If you’ve got your TV hooked up to a games console to watch Netflix or Blu-Rays, then it could be something as simple as a loose cable. If the visual cables are in tight, then try getting a replacement. If the image is freezing altogether, then there might be a deeper hardware problem with the player.
Some people may be using their computers a lot less these days since the rise of smartphones. But most people are still using their desktops and laptops on a frequent basis. Unfortunately, problems with these items are usually a lot more complex to resolve that those found with televisions.
The first thing you should find out is whether or not the problem is actually with your computer. If you’re using streaming services and you’re spending most of your time buffering, then it could just be an Internet problem. Run an Internet connection speed test to assess how fast how your connection is currently. If it’s slower than what you paid for, speak to your Internet service provider.
If you’re having trouble getting videos to display at all, then the problem might be with your video card. Problems with your video card, which is commonly known as a graphics card, can manifest in other areas on your computer. You’ll have problems playing certain video games. And as entertainment technology gets more advanced, you’ll find that a weak video card will only lose even more of its use.
The first step here is to find out what video card you have. Once you’ve got the name of the video card manufacturer, go to their website. You can see if there are any updates available for your card. If this doesn’t work, you might need to look into the possibility of replacing the card altogether. You should also be able to speak to a member of their support team using an inbuilt online chat if you’re not sure what to do.