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Fixing Your Computer on Your Own

Jul 1, 2008
To most people it may not make sense but once your computer starts crashing or provides you with error messages that you haven't seen before. You just have to backtrack a bit and see what you did. Other than perhaps installations, you should recall the last hardware component such as memory modules or even video cards that may have been incompatible with your system.

A computer is like a puzzle. If you place something there that does not fit, chances are you will be in for a lot of computer headaches. You don't have to be a computer tech to know this. Just be aware of your computer's history and you will be able to remedy the problem.

While our main CPU will always be closed, you will be surprised at the dust it can accumulate if you don't check it regularly. Enclosed as it may, there are still holes to which these things go through. Besides, don't forget that your computer needs ventilation and they are passages that can be gone through especially if turned off.

To clean your computer regularly would be a good way to maintain it as well. Just use a paint brush and perhaps a blower or vacuum to make sure that all the chips and the board are fused together without any dusts that can hamper your PC's performance. Logical but true.

Contrary to what some people believe that they can place different peripherals on their computer, it remains that you have to consider the power capacity of your CPU power supply and make sure that it can handle all the load.

Normally, people would upgrade the power capacity of their power supply for the reason that they want allowance on what power requirements they will need when operating their system. With all the new enhancements and add-on of computers today, you should not be surprised when the time comes your power supply may conk out due to overload of resources. They also have their limits.

Normally, you will find yourself running out of space when folders such as you're documents directory would soon be filled up. People want to leave their files in their directory since most of the time that is the first directory that applications such as Word and Excel would point to.

You can do one of two things. One of which is to change the target directory of your software via the options or preferences panel or second, just make another directory on the secondary hard drive to serve as historical files data. That is why when you format your hard disk, it would be best to split it into two so that in these cases, you have a logical way of storing files as archived ones.

When you get a new computer, you will notice that you will have free slots for additional peripherals such as network cards, TV cards, or modems. While most of the time these slots are not used, it may come to a point when you may use up all of them and then run out of space.

With that in mind, you may be thinking that perhaps it would be better to get motherboards with more slots. Actually, you can simply categorize the add-ons you need. Sometimes, people just want to satisfy their enthusiasm with these slots. It does not always follow that you should have the latest peripherals for the sake of bragging rights. Besides, they will go passť at some point in time anyway.
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