Your First Steps to Troubleshooting Your Computer


When I first had my computer, I was always curious about how it worked. Whenever I encounter a problem with my computer, I try to find solutions that I can do first before I send it back to its manufacturer or dealer. I remembered one time when my monitor stopped displaying, I could not stop worrying about whether or not I did something wrong, or that I tapped the wrong key that made my computer sleep. But that was the start of my courage to take matters into my own hands, and learn different ways for how to solve the same problem. A lot of recent problems have also related to my use of storing files online in the cloud. If you’re a business that encounters these problems, then I’ve come across a lot of companies offering cloud computing solutions that should be able to help you with SLA agreements and whatnot – if you’re an individual, then just keeping reading this blog and I’ll eventually come on to these issues J


Trial and Error

This is always the first step I take to see where the main problem is coming from. Depending on how the computer is behaving, I take out one part of the CPU at a time, sometimes pulling out everything and cleaning up each part with the use of a blower, not a vacuum cleaner. Sometimes when monitors fail to display, it could either be from the video card that is not properly attached to its slot, video card has already met its end or there is just too much accumulation of dust that it has hardened on the surface.


yay-10010342-digitalThe reason why it is important to perform trial and error is because the design of every personal computer on the market is modular. This is considered the most popular technique, since you will have to isolate everything so that you get to the specific component that is making the problem. Swapping components, such as cables that are not working properly, a power supply that does not turn on, and many more. The more it would work for you if you have spare components to swap from so that you can get to the bottom of the problem. When everything has been tried and the problem is identified, the result could make you decide whether you can still solve the problem. Some computer owners do not like to take matters in their hands, so they immediately seek professional help.


Cable Connections

Over seventy percent of the computer problems every owner faces have something to do with cabling and its connections. Cables of floppy ribbon, tape drives, IDE and SATA cables should be checked thoroughly to see whether they are attached firmly or not, otherwise you might need to find a new cable if it doesn’t work. Cables oftentimes become loose, especially when your CPU is pre-assembled before it was sent to your house. If such is the case, try to make sure that every peripheral and component of your computer is still properly attached and have not “pop-out” during transportation, such as your memory modules, sound card, video card, microprocessors and adapters.


Always Stay Calm

When I first encountered a computer problem, I always get frustrated and annoyed because it always happen at a time when I am already having a good moment in my game. But these days I learned to be calm about it, since not all PCs are made without its flaws. I treat it as my opportunity in learning more, especially if the problem is something I have not encountered before.

Common Problems with New Monitors and Video Cards

Newly bought computers are not always free from problems and in my case, I had my fair share of it. Whenever I find defective parts, I return it right, away from where I last bought it, and always make sure that they replace it with a new, working one. Sometimes the problem is not with the hardware at all, but the way they are connected or positioned. There could be wrong cables connected to it, or it is simply asking for a replacement. Either way, what you will be reading from here is how you can troubleshoot your own computer hardware when you encounter a problem. Should you get really stuck though, you can also contact Prosyn Business IT Support for a helping hand.


Be warned that the things you find here are those that are based on my experiences. You will find other solutions if you accurately define your search in the search engine so that you will arrive at your desired result, and should you for some reason need to relocate your entire setup, just look for it relocation services (also provided by Prosyn).


Video Card Problems

Sometimes when there are problems with your display, such as there are random pixels appearing on your display or there is nothing displayed at all, it always has something to do with the monitor or video card. Try out the following until the proper display on your monitor is achieved:


Check out if your video card is firmly connected to its video card slot. There are designs in certain AGP cards that tend to ‘pop-out’ when they are shipped for transportation from production. As with the PCI cards, you might want to place is in a different PCI card slot.


Check the display cable if it is firmly attached to the display connector on the card. Don’t forget to check out the computer and the monitor is plugged and are properly receiving power.


Try disabling the built-in graphics, features your motherboard has through BIOS setup. Try setting it to automatically disabled when it detects a video card being attached to it. You can find instructions on setting up your motherboard through its manual.


Monitor Problems

If there is no display on your monitor after you have tweaked on your video card, check out the signal cable is firmly attached to its socket. Check the power button on the monitor if it is set to one, or check out the brightness control if it is appropriately in its position, and not below the average.


If the screen of your monitor is not synchronized, check out the signal cable, try to see if the signal cable is firmly attached to its socket. Look out for the output levels that it matches with the input level of the computer. Check also that the timing of the signal of the computer is within the range of the monitor’s specifications.


If the monitor’s screen is either too dark or too bright, check the brightness/contrast control to see whether it is between the minimum and maximum levels. Make sure that the mark is just in between the two, and not at the tip of it.


Sometimes, there are monitors that fail to receive signals from the computer after it has turned on. This may be something to do with the video card, which you have to try the troubleshooting solutions above.

How to Troubleshoot Your New Motherboard


 This guide is generally based on my experience with tweaking and tinkering with motherboards and responding to my friends’ and relatives’ cries for help. If you have any concerns that some of the repairs do not work, you might need to have it taken care of by professionals. But above all, try to be extra careful when dealing with the motherboard. This is like the ‘life’ of your computer.


About seventy percent of the problems about computers are all about connections and proper cabling arrangements. Before you go and conduct trial and error on your computer, try to check all the cables are properly connected and that they are attached to wherever they are connected firmly. Most of the cables, particularly the IDE and the power cables go loose. Also check out that the memory modules, adapters, such as video cards and the microprocessor are inserted properly.


Problem 1. There is no power in the system. There is no illumination with the power light; the power supply’s fan does not turn on; or the light indicator on the keyboard does not turn on either. The probable cause could either be a faulty power cable, there is a failure in the power supply, power cable is not plugged or the wall outlet is either faulty, fuse or circuit breaker is blown.


motherboardSolution 1. Try to check whether or not the power cable is carefully plugged in. In case with faulty power cable, try to use another cable. In the case of a defective wall outlet, fuse or circuit breaker blown, try plugging the device into a different socket. You might need to repair the outlet, replace the fuse or reset your circuit breaker. Sometimes when all of the above are okay, yet the system still does not bring power, you need to call technical support or the one you bought the motherboard from.


Problem 2. The entire system is not working, but the lights on the keyboard and power indicator are lit, plus the hard disk is spinning. The probable cause of this problem could be due to the faulty expansion card, tape drive or floppy disk drive; or the expansion card is not properly attached to its expansion slot on the motherboard.


Solution 2. Try first by turning off your computer and open up your CPU. Make sure to check all the expansion cards that they are placed firmly in their expansion slots. If not, you will have to take it out, and put it back again in the expansion slot by putting an even pressure on its two ends, and firmly push it down into the slot. In the case of defective tape drive or floppy disk drive, you will need to turn the system off and pull out the cable connecting from each of these drives. You will be doing a trial and error in this step, by disconnecting one cable at a time. You will need to repeat this step until you have located the faulty unit.


Most of the troubles I encounter with my computer, I always read my manual first, do my own research and make it as a solution. I only resort to contacting technical support when I am out of options.


Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you want some further advice, I found this Youtube video which goes through things in a step by step fashion:


How to repair gadgets and computer hardware


Most of us have found ourselves in a situation in which we need something that happens to be broken exactly at that time. And, as it goes, at that particular time, no repair man can be found, so we have to do everything all by ourselves. Repairing things is never easy, especially if you know almost nothing about them. We all need some help, whether we like to admit it or not, but when no repairmen are available, some simple advice can be of great help too. So, how to repair gadgets or computer hardware? Well, here are some simple advices that might help you in that.

Let your device rest

Sometimes, a device may seem broken; however the problem may only lie in the fact that it got overheated. Let your device rest and cool down for a bit, and only then start it up again. This happens pretty frequently, as we all use certain devices for the better part of the day, and sometimes we don’t even turn them off for several days.

Check the wires

Okay, this may seem a bit too simple, but you wouldn’t believe how many breakdowns are actually cables that just god unplugged. Check all the cables, and check them on both ends. The end that goes in the power socket and the end that goes in the device. Also, if the cables are plugged correctly, try to start your device with a different cable. Sometimes, the problem lies in the broken cable itself.

Careful disassemble

If you have a manual on hand, and only if you have a manual on hand, you could try to open the device, and look if a part inside it got disconnected. The manual should tell you how the inside of the device should look like, and by comparing that drawing with the actual device, you should be able to see if there are any differences. If there are, they are most likely the cause of the problem.

Look for answers

Sometimes, internet can be a great friend when it comes to repairs. Just type in your problem in your internet search engine, and see if there are any suggestion on how to fix your device. However, this should only be done if the device only has some minor problems. If the problem is greater, contact a specialist, as you might do more harm than good if you try to fix up a problem you know nothing about.

Clean it up

Some problems are caused by a large amount of dirt inside your device. Over time, that dirt gathers up and could stop the work of some of the gadgets inside your device. You could clean your desktop computer by vacuuming the inside of it, and clean up your phone or tablet device with q-tips.

Take the device to a specialist

Of course, some people are not confident enough to try and fix the device by themselves. If you’re one of them, don’t wait for the repair guy to come to you, and just take the device to a repair shop. They can identify the problem, and if it is not big, they could just show you how to fix it. If the problem is big, the best thing to do is to leave the device with them. They will fix it, and give it back to you in a perfect condition.