A computer system also referred to as a Central Processing Unit (CPU) is an electronic device that connects with a monitor screen that allows an individual to access various applications.
A computer can be used to access a wide array of applications such as word processing, PowerPoint presentation or other multimedia applications such as surfing the internet, playing music and watching movies. Once you use a computer, especially on an everyday basis, over time it is prone to give problems at some point in time.
If your computer is giving you problems, then there are normally a series of symptoms you can identify which can direct you to what the issue is and also some of the Simple Tips that can be implemented.
1. The first step to fixing any computer is to diagnose exactly where the problem is coming from. For example if a computer is not booting up it can be attributed to a number of reasons or components; such as the power supply, the motherboard, the memory of even the CPU.
2. If you try to turn on your computer and the power comes on but the computer doesn’t load up and you hear 2 beeps this means that there could be a problem with the memory or one of the memory slots on the motherboard. Shut down the computer and disconnect the power cable, then use the screwdriver to pull off the side panel of the computer.
3. Test the memory on either memory slot on the motherboard to see if the computer works, if changing the memory in the memory slot doesn’t work then this means that more likely the memory is the real issue, then purchase a new memory stick and put it into the motherboard and the computer should start.
4. If you try to turn on your computer and you hear 3 beeps, the problem can be the memory, the video card or motherboard. A series of 8 beeps can also indicate that there is an issue with the video card. Run as a series of test for the memory as instructed by step 3 and if this does not work then proceed to test the video card. Get a external video card which can be used in either the PCI or AVI slot then connect it to the motherboard and connect the monitor to see if it works. If this does not work then more likely the problem is the motherboard, if you wish the motherboard can be sent to the manufacture to be fixed but in most cases it is better to replace the motherboard that is compatible with the processor.
5. If you try to turn on your computer and you hear 5 consecutive beeps then the issue can be with the CPU or motherboard. Hearing 9 or ten beeps is also an indication that there could be a motherboard problem. Disconnect all the cables such as the IDE or SATA and power cable which connects to the hard drive and disk drive. Then test the computer without these components plugged in to see if the computer comes on. If you have access to another processor which is compatible with the motherboard you can insert it into the motherboard and if the computer becomes functional then this would indicate that the processor is the issue. Likewise the motherboard can be changed based on compatibility to test if it is the issue. Whichever one of the components proves to be dysfunctional then they should be replaced. If you turn on your computer and you see “˜NTLDR’ as a pop up message, this is an indication that the there is a problem with the hard drive. This could mean a number of things, it could be that the hard drive needs to be properly connected to the motherboard through power, IDE or SATA cable or that the hard drive has become malfunctioned. Follow the instructions in step two to pull the computer and reconnect all the cables that connect the hard drive and test the computer again. If this does not work then there is a good possibility that the hard drive needs to be replaced.
6. A last alternative to test the hard drive is to remove it from your computer system and insert it into another computer and see if it reads. If the hard drive picks up then try to backup whatever data files you need and format the drive. Then connect it back to your computer and load over the Operating System and your computer should be running optimally again. Tips & Warnings • Most computer parts cannot be fixed; they simply have to be replaced. • A lot of times when a computer is giving problems, it can be a number of problems all at the same time. So once you experience one problem, take the time out to test all of the computer components.
Charlie is a free lancer writer and content builder of many Technology sites and he is currently learning how to repair a computer.