Troubleshooting Core Hardware Issues

To many who are not familiar with computers, that whirring, humming box sitting under their desk is an enigma. They know what shows up on the screen, where the power button is, where to put DVDs, and what not to spill on their keyboard. But the insides are shrouded in mystery.

Fortunately for them, we’re around. We can tell the difference between a hard drive and a motherboard and have a pretty good idea of what each part inside that box is supposed to do. When the computer doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, we can whip out our trusty screwdriver, crack the case, and perform surgery. And most of the time, we can get the system running just as good as new.

In the following sections, we’re going to focus our ...

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