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Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It

Good PC ownership is a lot like good car ownership. You do more than just use it, you learn something about how it works. You don’t need to be a PC technician or a mechanic, but you should be able to identify certain signs of trouble so you can get your rig in for maintenance. Unfortunately, testing your PC for failing hardware isn’t quite as hands-on and easy to do as checking your car for worn tires or dirty oil. Fortunately, you have access to the minds of WORXs and a wide web of free tools to test for failing hardware. Or, more appropriately, to check on the health of your hardware.

If you’ve ever opened up your computer, you know there is a lot of hardware in there, a lot of potential points of failure. That’s how pessimists and engineers talk. However, there are certain points which are more prime for failure than others. Those pieces of hardware that either generate heat or have moving parts tend to be the ones that fail most often.

Most computers develop problems over time. Learning what they are and how you can deal with them is important if you don’t want to be paying through the teeth for professional repairs. Don’t worry though – that’s exactly why we’re here. Today I will present you with a list of things most likely to fail in a computer, how you might identify and fix the problem, and anything you can do to prevent it.

Remember – if you have Internet access on another device, our helpful Answers community is on hand and ready to help. Also, before embarking on any kind of hardware repairs, be sure to download our Complete Guide To Your PC, Inside & Out. Part 1 deals with the case, power supply and motherboard, and part 2 addresses CPU, hard disks, memory and everything else.

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