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Revive Your PC

Friday, July 28th, 2006 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Are you having computer problems? I mean, serious computer problems. Is your computer refusing to turn on or does it look completely dead? If this happens to be the case, you just need to do some troubleshooting techniques to try and bring it back to life. Follow the steps below to hopefully bring your computer back to “workingland.”

1.) The first thing you should check is the power supply just to be sure that there is power available for your computer. Make sure the power switch is turned on and then plug a lamp or some other small item in the wall socket to see if it works. If it does, you know there is power available and that’s a good sign. Once you know there is power, you can check to make sure the power cord is properly connected to the wall outlet and the computer power socket.

If you’re still having trouble after that, check the cord. Does it look okay or is it damaged? If it is, you’ll need to replace it right away.

2.)Note: Before you continue on to the next step, make sure your computer is completely shut down and be sure to disconnect it from the power cord as well. Also, keep in mind that all of your PC’s components are sensitive to static electric charges, so it’s important to ground yourself by touching the frame of your computer’s case before starting any of the troubleshooting processes. This will get your body used to the computer case and eliminate any chance of static shock.

The next thing you can troubleshoot is if all of the cards within your computer are fully pushed in to their slots. Go ahead and open your computer’s system unit and push down on all the chips, the video card, the sound card, the modem or LAN cards, the memory cards and the CPU units to make sure everything is seated properly.

3.) Now, check your computer again to see if you’ve been able to fix the problem. If not, keep troubleshooting! Next, check the power between the power supply you use and the motherboard on the back of your computer. If you need to, pull out and reinsert all of the cards. You can also try placing them in different slots until you find a perfect fit for all of them.

4.) If you still haven’t been able to resolve the issue, the next thing you can do is take out all non-essential parts from your computer, leaving only the basic ones in. The basic parts are the motherboard, the power supply, the display card, the controller and the hard drive. You can pull out everything else (mainly the other cards) by removing the screws from your unit, as shown in the screenshot below.

5.) Now, replace each part that you took out one at a time until the problem reoccurs. When you replace a part and the computer stops working, you know that particular part is the reason for your computer problems. If this is the case, that part can just be replaced and your computer should then operate normally.

If you still see some issues, remove all of the remaining cards, including the display card and floppy controller. Then turn on the power just to see if the power supply is still running. If it does run, one of the cards you just removed is faulty. You’ll then need to get that one replaced.

These are just some simple techniques you can try to get your computer up and running again. Please use extreme caution when removing certain parts of your computer. If you’re not completely sure on how to do it, get some help or take your computer to a repair shop so a professional can look at it. You don’t want to risk creating other problems for your computer by doing an incorrect job.

Also, if you have any other questions during the process, seek help from your computer manual or call for some technical support from your computer’s manufacturer. Hopefully, in the end, you will be able to pinpoint the problem and revive your computer back to life!

One last thing: Be extremely careful when doing all of this, and if you’re unsure of how to proceed, ask a tech or call your local guru! Better safe than without a computer, eh?

~ Robert Desacada

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