You will never believe what your computer hardware technical or customer support goes through everyday. I have heard stories of people calling up customer support hotline angry and frustrated on why their computers are not working. After a few minutes of yelling and even swearing, they found out that the root of the problem is simply having a loose or unplugged cable somewhere. These very simple annoyances can be avoided if you followed some simple steps installing the hardware in the first place.
For beginners, installing the hardware looks quite a daunting task. But actually, all those wires and electronic stuff sticking out goes into specific sockets. All you need is to do is to find out the correct side or the right way to insert the hardware into the sockets.
When adding a piece of hardware to your computer, the first thing that you really need to do is to unplug the power. Do not attempt to install or remove any piece of hardware inside your computer when it is still plugged into the socket. You can short circuit the computer that way or worse have yourself electrocuted.
Now if you’re going to start from scratch and install the motherboard, RAM, peripheral cards and all, you will have to learn how to open the computer case. You usually just need a good Philips screw driver to do that. Screws are often located at the back of the computer tower or case. Once you have it opened you will plainly see where the motherboard should go. Once you screwed it on the stray, you can now insert the RAM. The memory usually goes into the long slots often positioned at the upper right of the motherboard.
The processor now is the next thing that goes in. You placed the processor on the square shaped area on the motherboard. Be careful in doing this to avoid damaging the pins. Remember to place the heat sink and CPU fan on top of the processor. Do not forget this. Your processor needs the fan or it will overheat. The heat sink and fan usually goes on and off with the press of a built in lever or locking mechanism.
The video card would be the next thing to install. Look for a white slot usually on the left side of the motherboard. The blue socket of the card should be accessible through the back panel of the computer tower. This is where you will insert the monitor cable.
The hard drive and the optical drives would go next. The sockets for the hard drive and optical drives are located usually beneath the processor and are often color coded the blue one for the hard drive and the black one for the optical drives.