Monday, April 20, 2009

How to Diagnose PC Damage (By Karen Canlas)

Before shelling out your hard-earned money to have your PC repaired, consider investing your time and effort in diagnosing the damage yourself. Who knows? It might turn out to be a glitch you could easily resolve.

Common PC Startup Problems
Many PC troubles begin when you've just booted your PC. Here are a few similar situations and what you can do about it.

No Response
If you've turned your PC on and there is no audio or light response from it, the problem could lie in your motherboard, power supply, or the CPU itself.

Beeping, Et Al

Don't be alarmed if you hear the ever notorious - and threatening - beeping of your PC upon booting it. This could just mean there's a bit of error with regard your motherboard, memory, video card, or even your keyboard. If you wish for further understanding, there are beep codes you can find online to give you a more in-depth analysis behind each kind of beep.
As for all other types of noise, screeches and so forth, this could be due to errors with your floppy drive, hard disk, CD or DVD-ROM, or even your CPU, internal or case fans, or power supply.

Blank Screen

Check the video card as well as its connection. If not that, then it could be your monitor having problems.

OS Loading Problems

If your PC freezes right before your OS loads, this may be due to errors in your CPU, motherboard, hard disk, or memory. On the other hand, if the incident occurred while your PC is in the process of loading its OS, a software problem may be the cause of it. Have you recently installed a new program? If so, there may be compatibility issues or there were some missteps during the installation process.

Automatic Shut-Off

Did your PC shut off by itself? Such response may be due to external or internal damage. Let's start with what can be seen right away; how regularly do you clean your CPU? Are you aware that dust accumulation can inflict severe damage on your PC? As such, it's important that you not only clean your PC in and out, but you should do so properly.

Are all fans working? Too much heat within your CPU could cause operational difficulties or, in your case, complete shutdowns. How about the power supply? Is it still working? Last but not the least, check the power features in the Control Panel as well as in your BIOS.
If your diagnosis still hasn't revealed any concrete problem with your PC, that's the only time you should consult a professional!

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