Computer Repair

By: Kalin

A working computer station has two major components - hardware and software. Hardware is the physical part of the system. This term is used for almost all kind of technology that is physical and operates on an electronic level. Software is all the programs installed on the system in order for us to work with it. It is compound by a base program called operation system and other programs simply called programs or with the general term - software.

When we talk about computer repairing we usually refer to both - software and hardware. We cannot separate them because they work as one.

In this article we will go on with some common problems and how to deal with them. This will give you an idea what you need to help yourself and when an expert is needed.

The first problem we will discuss is when the computer is not booting. The booting is a process that starts immediately after we push the power button of the computer and it begins working. If it doesn't we need to check all cables and connections. The cable to the power supply is the first to go, then the cable from the power supply to the motherboard and finally the one that is linked directly to the power button.

Sometimes the computer powers up and you will be able to see that all FANs are working properly but still you may not see anything on the screen. If this is the case you have to know that even if you don't have operation system you still need to see the BIOS. If the monitor stays black then you have to check the video card and the connection between the card and the monitor. Check the cable too because sometimes it causes that kind of problems. Look for bend pins and damages on the cable.

If everything seems normal but you still don't see a thing on the screen you have to consider worse case scenario - the motherboard or only the CPU is dead. This means that if true you have to change them.

A common issue with hardware problems is the hard drive problem. If the operation system doesn't starts and the BIOS just stops it is possible that the hard drive is not detected. You have to check it in the BIOS setup and see if you can detect it manually. After that you need to check the IDE cable (for IDE controllers) - this is the one that connects your hard drive to the motherboard. Check the one to the power supply too. If it's still not working try to hear if the hard drive begins to spin when you power up the computer. Listen for unusual sounds too. It is possible to hear some if the drive is not working properly.

Even if there are no hardware problems you may still face some software ones. Usually when you don't know what causes the problem but the software is not working you can just reinstall it. Many problems are solved like this but sometimes even after reinstall the software you want is not working. Many programs are sharing components and sometimes the version of the component may cause problems because for example the first program needs an old version of it but the new one you just installed needs new version of the component.

To prevent many software problems you can make maintenance of the software by updating it regularly and checking for problems with software tools. They are made to look for registry problems and component sharing problems that usually cause your software to not work properly.

Always pay attention to error messages because they may see unimportant but are your door way to the solution of the problem.

However if you can't fix a problem or if you are afraid that you are not skilled and could damage you hardware you have to look for expert. Many web sites today like Rescue Techusa give you the ability to contact the people you need and to easily solve your problem using their help.

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