Computer Repair

Quick Guide to Computer Repair/Maintenance Prevention and Repair

From time to time, we all have difficulties with computers. Some of the problems are simple fixes, while other problems are more complex. When computers fail and it appears that a repair technician is needed, then a person may grow weary. After hearing countless of reports from friends, family members, and co-workers telling you how much the cost of the repair, you may decide to toss in the towel. However, many people are aware of the pricy repairs of computers and have made it simple for users to repair their computers at home. Sometimes the complexities are a combination of software and hardware conflicts, which devastates most users.

Before you call the tech repair, you might want to check your owners’ manual, looking for technical support tips and troubleshooting guides.

Computers come complete with guides that will walk you systematically through the process of troubleshooting your computer. NOTE: if you own a laptop and there is a failure: shutdown the PC, unplugs the computer from the outlet, and removes the battery from the back of the computer. In most instances, this will repair most failures, personally we recommend computer repairs located in Brisbane. After you locate the troubleshooting steps in the manual, you will need to go through a series of steps, but before you do this write down any error messages, diagnostic problems, or any relative information to find the proper troubleshooting problem.

Preventive and Maintenance Steps to Repair Step One: If possible, BACKUP all your data.

You can save the data to Disc, Tapes, or Zip or any media storage device.

Step Two: Shut down your computer and unplug it from the wall outlet.

Step 3: Free your hands of any static, and if you have one, put on the “static wrist strap” or else purchase one before taking the next step. Step Four: Remove the back cover of the computer and look for any wires, devices, etc, that is loose and removes them. Disconnect any ‘external cables’ and cautiously take out ‘the adaptor card.” (Write down any information before removing parts that will guide you to install the components once you are finished with the steps)

NOTE: Adaptors have screws that securely mount the card, therefore make sure all the screws are tightly mounted before removing the card. If there are any screws missing, or loose, make sure that, you replace the screws before re-installing the card.

Step Five: Next, you will locate the battery found on the motherboard and tests its flavor. The battery supports and runs the computers “real-time clock and” all “CMOS RAM” that is utilized to ‘setup data.”

Step Six: if you note that the battery is depleted of any life, then the batteries should be replaced with the same grade of battery.

Be sure to get the quality batteries, rather than purchasing generics.

Step Seven: look for any ‘corrosion on the connectors.’ If there is, corrosion, be sure to ‘replace’ the batteries. If there is no sign of corrosion, then check the batteries “voltage.” You will find the watts located on the batteries power pack, and if the voltage is not equivalent, then the battery may need recharging.

Step Eight: Check all the IC Sockets located on the motherboard and each ‘adaptor cards.” If any of the ICs or Cards is not properly mounted on the motherboard, be sure to ‘reseat’ them properly.

Step Nine: Next, you will wipe down the “expansion-bus connectors’ “by blowing out the dust with “canned air.”

Continue by ‘spraying’ the connectors “with the contact cleaner.” (You should wear eye guards when cleaning with sprays. Also, you can dry the connectors with the ‘canned air.”) You can also clean the adaptor cards in the same method.

Step 10: Look around on the connector pins to see if any are loose, bent, or lost. If you find any mishaps then DO NOT, re-install the connectors until the pins are replaced.

Step 11: locate the floppy drive and look for any matter on the device. You can use the ‘canned air” to get rid of the dust; however you should use a “head cleaning disk” to clean the ‘read/write heads.’ At this time, all connectors should be displaced from the motherboard, adaptors, power supply and so forth.

Step Twelve: Next, you are going to clean the Power Supply.

Some computers make it difficult for users to get to the fan, therefore, it is important that you do the best you can to clean the fan, freeing it of any dust particles. You can use a soft Bristol brush and soft clothe to wipe down the Power Supply.

Step Thirteen: Using the ‘canned air” be sure to clean the Keyboard thoroughly. If there are hidden particles on the keyboard you can remove the keys by tenderly “prying the cap off’ “with a small screwdriver.” Clean as accordingly. Finally, you will review your notes, taking in consideration, which parts reconnect on the motherboard. You will re-install all connectors, cards, etc. If you have problems with your computer, starting after this is completed, then you may want to check the software and hardware for conflicts.

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