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!"

Monte Russell
www.diy-computer-repair.com
2006

Repairing your computer safety  instructions:

Before you begin: Unplug the power cord! Power strip - IS it Unplugged??

Do not assume that if the power strip is off 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).

One of 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).

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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

You may need either a # 2 Philips screw driver or a # 15 torque to remove the screws.

Note: You need to remember that static electricity will destroy delicate components. This is called Electro Magnetic Discharge (ESD), static electricity. You can build up enough static electricity to damage an unprotected part by walking across the room.

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 Index
Repair a CD ROM Drive
Repair Checklist
Repair Hard driveRepairing your computer - Your Safety is the most important part of computer repair.
Repair or Replace Memory
Repair Keyboard or Mouse
Repair Motherboard
Component Repair on a Motherboard
Repair Network
Repair Network Page 2
Repair Power Supply
Repair USB
Repair USB Page 2
Repair Video
Rules To Help You

Safety First

Resources:

When repairing your computer Observe 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 Glossary.

Here are three of the many checklists (pdf's) I have made to help you, save them to your hard drive and print them out, keep them handy. Use them when you are fixing your computer.My custom made ERD, you can have one also, make it yourslf... or?

Computer Repairing Eight Part Checklist (Small things you could do to make your PC better.)

Installing New Hardware Checklist (If you only download one, this is the one to get!)

Creating an Image of the Boot Partition Checklist
(Your recovery is only as good as your last backup!)

Repairing a 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!

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 computer.

 

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