It really could be more simple than you think.
How old is the computer?
It could very well be a loose cable or plug. Or just dirty!
How computer savvy are you? It doesn't take an expert to check your internal computer connections but you do have to be careful.
First, turn off computer and pull the power plug. Next, remove the side panel or top panel depending.
What you are looking for is anything that is dusty or dirty. Before you touch anything inside you MUST GROUND YOURSELF!!
This simply can be done by touching a metal object attached to ground or have an ESD wrist strap. Anything like a metal radio housing or say a desk lamp that is plugged in. As long as you can transfer any static electricity off of you.
Now you are ready to unplug and replug (re-seat) all connections inside your computer.
I would start with the hard drives. They are easy to spot, they are about 3X5X1 in size and will be attached by a ribbon cable or such. Gently disconnect the ribbon cable and reattach.
Next, check your RAM. These are a little tricky. They are attached by clips to the motherboard. Use two hands, push the side clips down and out. The memory should detach itself. Try not to touch the copper pads. Re-seat the memory by putting back in the same slot and gently pushing down using two hands at the same sides as the mother board clips. It should snap back in place.
If you do not have a source for air cleaning you can purchase canned air to clean all the dust off the components. Rubbing alcohol will work but Isopropanol is better if you find some corrosion.
Now, you will see all sorts of plugs going to all sorts of places. Look at each plug, some have clips that need to be engaged before taken off.
That should get you started. If you have PCI cards the same should be applied as well. A clean computer is a happy computer.
I will help you in any process and its best to ask before you do anything you don't know.
Let us know,
Edited by junkdk, 14 June 2005 - 11:46 PM.
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