Personal computers are the technological devices that are made up of physical components called its hardware. This includes power supply, motherboard, various input & output devices, cards and drives to name few.
Hardware troubleshooting though seems to be one of the trickiest tasks to perform especially when all you know is a little know how of the PC hardware. However, it is no rocket science and you can solve a number of problems just by paying a little attention to these nastiest errors.
Types of Problems
The most common types of problems are device failure, video failure and no sound whereas motherboard failure and hard disk failure are the rare cases. The most important thing in PC troubleshooting is that you should know what is the origin of the problem and where you need to focus your energies to get it solved.
Here are some of the ‘PC hardware troubleshooting’ tips that will help you in understanding your PC and solve the problems it is facing. So ‘where to start from’ is answered by ‘from your first step of PC start’ i.e. power supply.
Power supply problem is responsible for intermittent failure of many PC components and at times the whole system. You should check for the supply first of all that is it working in the routine fashion. Always prefer buying good cables and take enough care of the proper power supply to your PC to avoid a lot of hardware failure problems.
Video failure is not an unusual phenomenon when we talk about PC troubleshooting. A number of reasons may be source of this type of problem; power supply interruption or failure, video card failure or motherboard failure are some of the main reasons.
A lot of hardware problems arise because of the compatibility issue so better check if before buying that your new device is going to work properly with the other devices in your personal computer.
If your newly installed device is not working properly and causing you a headache, it is more likely that there is some problem in the installation process. Always read out the manual for instructions before you install anything new; it will help you install the hardware in the right way saving you time and energy and will leave you with a better understanding of new PC component.
Drivers play the role of middle man between your hardware and software (Operating System to be more specific). If any of your devices is not working properly the first thing you need to take a look at after power supply is device manager. Right clicking ‘My Computer’ and then manage will lead you to a list of options in the following windows. You can go to device manager from here to get the list of all the PC components along with their working status. Whether it is about the installation problem or driver is not compatible or updated, you will get all information here along with complete troubleshooting help from the operating system that is incorporated in your system along with the operating system.
The thing to remember in PC hardware troubleshooting is that it is ‘logic’ that works behind all the normal functioning of a PC; if your computer is not operating normally, it means it has some logic to do that so try to find out that logic or reason and you will notice half of your problems is solved!!!