Basic Computer Troubleshooting

There are many computer troubleshooting techniques that are based on difficult and challenging theories. We will talk about the very basic techniques, such as simple computer observation. Most of the information can be obtained by powering the computer on and observing its behavior. If the computer is slow to boot up and opens programs slowly, then there is usually a problem with the hard drive.

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Computer freezes and blue screens are often related to memory problems. RAM faults are rare but can occur, especially if the memory is older than 3 years.

Simple temperature checkups can reveal faults related to overheating. Many times, laptops will freeze and even cut off because of CPU overheating. The cooling system fault on laptops is widely known, and sometimes it is necessary to open the laptop, clean the dust and apply a new layer of heatsink paste to it.

Sometimes, there is a BIOS issue. If the laptop has a faulty DC jack, then most likely it has suffered from sudden power cuts. This situation is dangerous for microchips that have flash memory, as the memory can sometimes gets damaged.

But, as I mentioned earlier, to basically troubleshooting a computer, simply observe its behavior when it is powered on. Furthermore, use your experience to make a sound decision in determining what is wrong with the system. If you are guessing on the problem, then it is always advised to confirm that the issue is what you have guessed it to be. If the common fault is known, then there is a good chance that it will repeat on many laptops and desktops of the same model.

It is also very useful to use online forums or groups as a resource to find out more information about these common faults.

There is a Systematic Fault Isolation that is described in the Apple Training Series Desktop and Portable Systems. The idea described is that it is effective to isolate the part that is faulty. To do this, eliminate half of the items and trying to then check to see how the system works.

Another technique described in the book is called a Component Isolation. This type of Isolation is started with a minimal system to simply boot the computer and then adding components until the one causing the illness is found. Both of these methods and many more are described in the above mentioned book, Desktop and Portable Systems. 

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