Bob Rankin: How to Test and Fix Your Computer Hardware

How to Test and Fix Your Computer Hardware

By Bob Rankin

How to Test and Fix Your Computer Hardware

Testing Your Hardware
Computer problems that happen on a repeatable basis are usually pretty easy to diagnose and fix. For example, you try to run a certain program and it locks up your computer every time. Uninstalling, reinstalling or upgdating a program may solve the problem. A malware scan may find and remove a virus. But when problems pop up randomly, or they don’t happen every time, you need to do some detective work to find the cause.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to a virtual toolbox of useful diagnostic utilities that you can use to test your hardware, detect problems and possibly even prevent a future problem from happening.

Monitoring System Temperature and Voltage
I often say that heat is the enemy of electronics. And just like an automobile engine, excessive heat in your computer’s components can cause them to malfunction, seize up, or become damaged. As I’ve discussed in my article Is Your CPU Overheating?, some of the symptoms of overheating include sluggish performance, software crashes, as well as random reboots and restarts.

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