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
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.