You don’t have to pay for expensive technical assistance to repair your PC. Most repairs are simple and can be completed in minutes.
Here are nine tips on how to make simple PC repairs and save on computer shop repair costs.
But I don’t know how to restore my computer!
Before the home PC revolution of the 1990s, the most technologically advanced thing I’ve ever done was connecting a joystick. I didn’t even have a computer until 2001 when I was 25.
Years later, although I’m not a Linux guru or a Microsoft Visual Studio wizard, I can work with computer hardware. I learned how to fix computer hardware and I’m sure you can too.
Repairing your PC means you can save money. PC repair shops take parts and labor. If you can get parts at low prices, why not learn how to install them yourself?
Don’t think you can? Think again: the secret is how to understand how the different parts of a PC work together. While not everything can be replaced, the drive, power supply, RAM, processor, and motherboard can all be repaired or replaced.
Use these seven PC repair tips to save money, wait time, and expand your skill set.
1. Recovery and replacement of the hard drive
The hard drive is perhaps the most common part of a PC that needs repair. The failure could be due to dying hardware or malware.
After successfully recovering your data and backing it up to disk, you will need a new hard drive. Amazon is a great place to find affordable hard drives.
2. Checking and replacing your power supply
A common problem in older computers is a faulty power supply unit (PSU).
General maintenance and cleaning can protect your computer from clogged dust. However, something will eventually cause your PSU to fail.
Note that this should only be a short term solution, however. It’s best to install a new power supply after making sure it’s the perfect fit for your PC and how you’re using it.