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Teach yourself to troubleshoot computer problems

Jun 9, 2008 0 comments
If you are looking to increase your PC performance you may find that there are a number of items you can perform yourself. You don’t have to hire a pricy technician or buy some expensive programs to improve the efficiency of your computer. You perform a number of the tasks yourself. However, there are some items you should consider when performing your own PC tune ups.

First, you want to gather your information. You can make a meal without a recipe(that's how i usually cook) but you have to be familiar with the process first. You can’t make a meal you know nothing about without a recipe. Similarly, you can’t fix a problem you don’t know much about if you don’t have the proper information and procedure.

You can find a tons of information online. Tutorials, advice and articles are increasingly common on the internet. Most of the times you can find them displayed for free, thanks to internet and Google. Take advantage of this information age and the valuable tools at your disposal.

After finding your information, when you want to decide whether the repair or tune up is something that you feel comfortable with or whether you need to hire a professional. If you do not understand all of the information that you have found or any part of it is unclear, give it to a professional. You don’t want to make a bigger mess than the one you are trying to fix.

Now, with the information in hand, you will want to gather any necessary tools. For software tune ups this may mean updates, patches, and other software. Many times you may find the necessary tools on the internet that you can download for free. Other times you may want to purchase the necessary software.

The main tool that non-professionals will use on the inside of their computer is a can of air. It may seem like a harmless tool, but the liquid condensation that can sometimes spurt out of these little cans is something to be concerned about. To reduce this occurrence you should follow the directions on the can and use little bursts of air.

Also, when working with the inside of a computer you want to be very careful. There is a dangerous amount of electricity held within the power supply. You should take every precaution to ensure your safety and the safety of your computer. In fact, a computer can be easily damaged with static electricity. The static can be so low that you don’t even feel the shock. Yet, that shock can fry a circuit and damage your computer(discharge your static electricity first touching some Metals).

When working on your computer you should never use electric screwdrivers. Even the small magnetic field around your screw driver can damage the inside of a computer. It may be a handy way to find tiny lost parts, but not if it causes damage to your computer. Chances are you already know this if you have enough knowledge to require a screw driver in the first place, but you never know.

One of the repairs that may be needed on the inside of your computer is dust removal. You would be surprised how much trouble this little pest called dust can create. It really slows down your computer’s performance requiring it to work harder at less efficiency. The fans on your computer can get particularly dusty causing them to become slower and even heat up. So, cleaning the inside of your computer is a maintenance task that should be periodically whether it is by you or a professional(the very first step I usually do is dust cleaning).

Software maintenance is much more extensive. There are a variety of ways to improve your computer’s operations. Cleaning and organizing the hard disk are common ways to improve your computer’s performance. However, there are a host of other minor tasks that help you tweak your computer into tip-top shape.

Most of the software fixes are not hard to perform on your own and cost nothing. You can find much of the information online or in your software’s documentation. You can perform updates, download patches and fixes, and choose the right settings for your software by learning as much as you can about the programs installed on your computer. The best part about doing it yourself is that you save money, and you get more control over your workspace.

Some free tools are available here(or you can search entire net for yourself):!70F64BC910C9F7F3!1231.entry

Thank you for reading my post.


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