Computer Repair Tips

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Troubleshooting is the process of diagnosing computer errors and coming up with solutions to the problem. Different issues will arise from time to time while using the computer and present a scenario that the user may not be able to deal with. These can be categorized as either hardware or software failures.

Discussed here are repair tips that the user can undertake just in case any failure occurs in the process of using the system.

  • Hardware troubleshooting tips

  • Common hardware failures

  • The problems that may arise

Hardware troubleshooting tips

Whenever you face a hardware problem the best way is to narrow down on a single problem by eliminating a list of possible errors through trial and error. This will help isolate the problem. This may involve the user switching the different peripheral devices between computers and observing the effects. In addition, some problems will result due to loose cable connections. Ensuring that these cables are firmly attached is the first step in cases of floppy drive or CR-ROM or hard disk failures. Taking notes of error messages that are displayed will help in giving a pointer to the exact location of the problem.

Opening up the system casing should also be an option to consider. The user can use this chance to ensure that the micro processor chip, the memory module cards and other cards are firmly attached to the motherboard. Taking time to just look at the whole motherboard can help identify short circuits if any.

Common hardware failures

In an event of network failure, the troubleshooting process should begin with ensuring that the Ethernet card has the right device drivers installed. To check for driver conflict the user can check the hardware device properties for indicator marks i.e.”! Or X”. Once this is done, and the problem still persists, the user should ensure that the network cable is securely attached in both the RJ45 connection ports i.e. the Ethernet adapter and the switch is on to eliminate a connection failure. A different cable can also be used to make sure that the problem is not with the cable. In case it is a connection involving two computers directly; the user should use a cross over cable to connect the two PCs.

Failure to hear the sound could be as a result of the volume control being on mute, headphones or speaker jacks are detached, or the jacks have been connected to the wrong output connector.

The problems that may arise

Electrocution is a most common problem that occur. Before opening the system casing the user should ensure that the PC is not connected to the main power supply. The user should also wear anti-static gloves when handling internal hardware components as memory modules and cards to avoid short-circuiting them.

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