Repairing your computer yourself will save you time and money, if you think I am wrong send me your proof via my Support page.
My boss used to say:
"Plan your work, work your plan!"
Plan out your repair as much as you can before you start, research your problem,
if your troubleshooting indicates a failed part it might be better to have the
replacement on hand before starting the repair.
"Your are fixing your computer not destroying it or hurting yourself!"
Repairing your computer safety instructions:
Before you begin:
Unplug the power cord!
Do not assume that if the power strip /surge suppressor is off or that the
power is off, unplug the power cord.
I have a scar on my right elbow from not following this simple step!
Today's circuit boards are not repairable by the local handy man. With the
advent of micro circuitry and SMD (Small Micro Device) technology, wave
soldering, and wafer thin circuit boards component repair is out of reach of
anyone who does not have a fully equipped shop.
What all this gobbodygook means to you is it is a throw away world as far as
most computer parts are concerned. Unless your computer is still under warranty
any component that has failed has no value.
Some manufactures support will ask you to can change out the failed part.
The advantage to this is you don't have to wait for the Tech to schedule his
time to come and fix your computer. The manufacture will ship you the part
(free) and you change it out, then ship the defective part back (free).
the reasons for shipping the failed part back is to prove to the manufacture
that the part did fail, another is some parts are repairable, hard drives for
instance, proprietary main boards, power supplies because the manufacture has
the equipment to replace the failed components.
This leads us to the actual repair. Some things need to be done before you yank
out that dead device.
Some of the newer computers do not need tools to get components out, they are
secured by spring loaded devices (latches).
If you computer is not under warranty quality replacement parts such as hard drives or a PCI video card are readily available from
online electronics stores such as newegg.com or bestbuy.com
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You may need either a # 2 Philips screw driver or a # 15 torque to remove the
You need to remember that static electricity will destroy delicate components. This is
Electro Magnetic Discharge (ESD),
static electricity. You can build up
enough static electricity to damage an unprotected part by walking across the
How do you discharge the static electricity? By grounding yourself, you
can buy a static wrist strap at your local electronics store or online. You
connect the alligator clip to the case of computer, the power is unplugged so it
is not grounded but the case will absorb any static electric you have built up
by walking around.
When you replace a part do not destroy the part taking it out of the
computer. Why? Your diagnostics and basic computer troubleshooting could give you the wrong
part, double check your findings. I had a memory error that was actually a
scanner driver that was the culprit causing the error code on start up.
Repair a CD ROM Drive
Repair Hard drive
Repair or Replace Memory
Repair Keyboard or Mouse
Component Repair on a Motherboard
Repair Network Page 2
Repair Power Supply
Repair USB Page 2
Rules To Help You
When repairing your computer
Electro Magnetic Discharge (ESD)
On this web site there are many words, abbreviations, and acronyms. If you
get lost or don't understand something then look in the Glossary for the translation. I try to
use this format when writing on this web site: PCB (Printed Circuit
Board), but you may want to know what a PCB is used for, check the
table, or PDF was removed because it will not display on your device. Check back on a PC....
computer is usually easy, but sometimes you just can't find the information you
need. So if you are having a problem or want to ask a question and get an answer here
[the old Q&A forum is closed]!
Repairing your computer is
easy if you take the time to read the
instructions and follow safety procedures when
Repairing your computer to protect you and the