Computer Repairs

Written by Sarah Provost
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Were you aware that you can fix a lot of problems in a PC yourself, with nothing more than a Phillips head screwdriver? Most people, when they think of computer repairs, get a vision of thousands of tiny parts arranged in an incredibly complex pattern. There is certainly that aspect of computers, but we're not going to go there.

The kind of repairs we're talking about are the kind that can be done without a microscope and a hermetically sealed room. It would be foolish for most "civilians" to attempt, for instance, to repair a blown motherboard. You can, however, remove it and replace it without much technical know-how, and get your computer up and running again.

Troubleshooting Your Fan

One of the most common computer problems is the failure of the cooling fan, and it is also one that can be fixed fairly easily. You'll first become aware of the problem when you hear unusual sounds coming from your tower. A steady squeal or loud hum means the fan bearings are failing. Though these noises may come and go as the bearings are affected by humidity or temperature, you should replace the fan as soon as you hear them. If the fan fails, the power supply will overheat, and may cause significant damage.

Erratic noises can sometimes be fixed by the simple measure of vacuuming through the fan grating. I saw a photo of a fan that had such a buildup of dust that it looked like it had a long gray beard! In fact, regular cleaning and maintenance of your computer will make it far less likely that you'll ever have to attempt computer repair.

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