There’s no question about it, computer hardware fails. May it be your hard drive, video card or RAM. However, there are steps where you can troubleshoot some simple computer hardware failures or steps that you can do to make sure that your computer components won’t fail on you right away. Don’t be intimidated with those computer hardware. Troubleshooting your hardware is in fact sometimes easier than solving some software problems.
Troubleshooting the hardware depends on each specific piece of component. The hard drive needs a different fix than the video card so does the memory. Probably a good tool to have is one of those diagnostic applications that help you check and determine the health of specific hardware like the hard drive or the RAM. You can get these applications fairly cheap plus there are freewares which you can download that has the same functionalities.
For example, your hard disk needs a simple diagnostic utility application which helps you check the status of your drive. Buying a UPS is a good investment as well. If you experience a sudden power interruption, bad sectors in your hard drive might develop. Having a UPS is a good thing for your hard drive, plus you can have enough time to save and backup working files. Also avoid transporting or simply shaking the computer when it is on. This is potentially damaging to the hard drive as well.
To avoid problems with your RAM, make sure that you insert the memory into the slot properly and tightly. If you experience lag or slowness of application, don’t panic and assume that the memory module is damaged. This can also mean that the application you are using require more memory than what you currently have. You have to buy new ones to work in a faster environment.
The same can be said about video cards. It is important to insert them tightly in the PCI or AGP slot. Also check the VGA cables to ensure that there is a display in the monitor. An updated driver for the video card is also important.
External peripherals like the keyboard, mouse, monitor and printers need to be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure that they are running smoothly. From weekly to quarterly, these computer hardware needs regular maintenance. Believe me, it can save a whole lot of your time in the future if you keep them well maintained.