Computing Problems

Most problems with your computer will develop through bad practice. It's a truism that the single most vulnerable part of your computer is your fore finger - if you stay away from questionable or bad websites and avoid clicking on questionable or bad links, your computer will very likely remain clean.

Here are some typical problems you may encounter:

  1. Your computer may slow down. Often this is because you have loaded some cute program or neat utility that you found but is running activities that you did not anticipate. Reduce the extra "stuff" you run and keep it to essentials and legitimate programs.
  2. Your network access speed may seem slow. Often this is because you have been downloading programs running in the background - bittorrent, iTunes, etc. can all use your network connection while you're doing something else. Change the settings so that there is no uploading activity ever (with Peer to Peer software programs) and do your iTunes downloading during low demand times (late at night, early in the morning). Also, wireless speed is inherently slower than wired speed so use your wired connection when you can.

For persistent problems, contact your RTA (Resident Technology Assistant) first!


Information Technology Services

Claremont McKenna College
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-0911
Fax: (909) 621-8661

Campus Locations

Executive Office
Center Court, Module A
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Help Desk
Roberts South, Lower Level
325 E. Eighth Street
Claremont, CA 91711