10 Common Error Messages and How To Fix Them
Most people who use computers come up against error messages; some can be easily bypassed by clicking OK or Cancel, whilst others are more persistent. Every error message indicates a problem with your PC and ignoring one could lead to computer failure in the long term.
Here are the meanings of some common error messages, and what you should do about them.
1) Program Not Responding: Wait a few minutes for the pop-up box then click ‘wait for program to respond’. If still not responding click ‘end now’ and reopen the program.
2) Access Denied: You do not have the privileges to access a file, or have been locked out of it. If you need access speak to IT support or whoever sets up passwords on your network. They will obtain the relevant permissions and get you the files you need.
3) The Device Is Not Ready: Your PC is trying to run a disk which is not in the disk drive. Insert the relevant disk or check you are running the correct program.
4) File Not Found: The file may have been moved or deleted. Check you have not mistyped the file nam. If a file has been deleted by mistake you will probably find it in the recycle bin.
5) Low Disk Space: There is not enough space for your PC to continue running. Delete any temporary and unwanted files or get a bigger hard drive.
6) Out Of Memory: Your computer has run out of memory or is trying to load a file which is too big. Close some of the programs which are running or purchase extra memory.
7) 404 Error (server not found): Your server can not find the site you requested. You may have mistyped the address, or the site may have been deleted or moved. Use Google to find the information you want elsewhere, or try to find the web page at a later date.
8) Run-Time Error: The program you are trying to run is conflicting with another program. CTRL+ALT+DEL to open the task manager and close all programs you don’t need. Check that you have the latest update of the program, if not then update and reinstall. If this still doesn’t work you could have a virus; run an anti-virus scan.
9) EXE Error Messages: If your computer cannot find FileName.exe check that you have typed the file name correctly. If you have then there may be a virus altering file associations in your computer’s registry. Run an anti-virus scan straight away to identify and fix any problems.
10 ) Driver Errors: Could be due to outdated, corrupt, incompatible or missing driver files. Error messages coded with the numbers 37, 39 and 10 commonly relate to driver problems. Ensure that all your programs and applications are updated and installed properly, and that you have the correct versions for the operating system you are running.
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