March 29, 2009

Fixing Personal Computers

Posted in authored by John Gohde tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:01 pm by John Gohde


Used personal computers rarely brake down. The nature of digital equipment is that if it does not fail during the first year or two of operation, then it is very unlikely to fail for many years to come. Mechanical ware will give you the most trouble. The component modules that are most likely to fail, are exactly the ones that are the easiest to fix: floppy drives and your CD / DVD players.

If you thought modular when you bought your used personal computer fixing it is a rather simple process. Personal Computers with a tower case are the easiest to fix. All you have to do is isolate the problem to the module component that is causing the problem. The more generic that the part is the easier it will be to find a replacement module. While the more customized and unique looking your computer is, the harder and more expensive it is going to be to repair it.

The most likely to fail parts are the three and a quarter inch floppy drive and the CD or DVD player. For these units, you wont have to mess with the hardware at all. Simply purchase external units that will function perfectly simply by plugging into one your personal computers USB ports.

If your monitor fails then you obviously are going to have to purchase another monitor. Strictly speaking monitors are not part of your modular personal computer. Used CRTs can be picked up for around $25. With flat screens going for under a $100 in thrift shops.

In the rare event that something goes wrong on your system board, then you will just have to chalk it up to self-insurance. Be sure to save the dead computer for spare parts. Or you could save just the key parts like modem, network cards, hard drive, floppy, DVD players, graphic cards, and so. You can always use these components to fix a future purchase. Do not forget to save your cables and power plugs.

The combination of a Modular Computer, Windows XP, and your USB ports makes fixing personal computers very easy to do.

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  2. We have certainly found it to be true that most computer hardware works very well most of the time. Even with ‘problematic’ brands like Dell, most of their systems are very reliable – it is those few bad apples that give them a bad name (especially when it comes to customer ‘service’). In any case, none of us want to be the unlucky owner of a problem child. But, again, this is rare and most computer issues stem from software configuration issues, malware, and DVD/CD drives and hard drives in general as you mention. We have an informative webpage dealing with computer service & repair available at:
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    We think it may be of some value to your readers. We’ll be updating it regularly so check back often.


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