A good tech should always be prepared for whatever she finds inside a computer case. Even if you have a great IT toolkit, these troubleshooting resources can help you handle whatever "problem" you discover when you crack open a computer.
Our gallery, "Unlucky insect fries PC power supply and explodes self," shows how one unsuspecting tech found a burst bug during a routine PC repair. While scenes of insect slaughter aren't a regular discovery, a good tech should always be prepared for whatever she finds inside a computer case.
In my post, "Lesson 2: Build an IT toolkit fit for almost any occasion," I outlined several tools and spare parts that should part of every IT toolkit. Yet even if you have a great IT toolkit, the following troubleshooting resources that can help you handle whatever "problem" you discover when you crack open a computer:
- SolutionBase: Sorting out the differences in motherboards
- Learn to identify common ATX motherboard components
- Understanding your motherboard's bus system
- Untangling the wires: Getting to know your power supply
- Where the heck is Pin 1? Here are five ways to find it
- Take the mystery out of the missing drive
- TechRepublic Tutorial: How to identify bus slots in your older system
- Hard drive failure troubleshooting checklist
- PC Troubleshooting Basics - Sample Chapter
- Master laptop problem solving and troubleshooting
- Computer hardware inventory list
- 10 pieces of hardware you should replace rather than repair
- Formatting a Hard Drive and Hard Drive Basics