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This page is intended to help you with hardware problems.  Hardware is the physical, tangible parts of the computer.  Because of the close relationship between hardware and software you may believe you have a hardware problem that is in fact a software issue.


Disclaimer

Some of the information and download links found here may not be geared for the inexperienced user. This is just a little disclaimer so you'll know.  As always, make sure you have a good, recent backup and your original installation disks on hand to repair any mistakes you might make along the way.  By all means, give it a try.  That's how an inexperienced user becomes an experienced one! 

Remember also, if you want some help, give us a call.


Power

If you don't have power, nothing will work! Check to be sure all components are plugged in. You might use a small lamp or other electrical appliance to confirm the plug is delivering power. If the power supply is an A/C adapter, you might need a voltage meter to determine if the proper D/C current is being delivered to the component.

Video

If you can't see it on the screen it's hard to fix.  It could be as simple as you don't have your monitor turned on.  The power cord going to your monitor could be unplugged.  The VGA cable from your monitor could be loose or unplugged from your computer.  If none of these simple, common problems are at fault your situation could be more serious. 
 
You may have never noticed but as your computer boots there is a distinctive audible beep code that can be useful in diagnosing possible problems with your video display system.  This "morse code" heard during the "power on self test" (POST) can be used to diagnose the more serious problems you may be having.  An explanation of these "beep codes" can be seen by clicking here.

Beyond

Most other problems will will report via some error message on the screen what the problem might be. By deciphering these sometimes cryptic error messages you can begin to swap existing suspect components, one at a time, for others that are known to be good. It can be a tedious process and very frustrating if you do not have spare components on hand. When you've done your best and it still isn't working, pack it up and bring it in and let Computer Headquarters fix it for you.


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