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General cleaning Tips
Below is a listing of general tips that should be taken when cleaning any of the components or peripherals of a computer as well as tips to help keep a computer clean.

  1. Never spray or squirt any type of liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth and then use that cloth to rub down the component.
  2. Users can use a vacuum to **** up dirt, dust, or hair around their computer on the outside case and on their keyboards. However, do not use a vacuum for the inside of your computer as it generates a lot of static electricity that can damage the internal components of your computer. If you need to use a vacuum to clean the inside of your computer, use a portable battery powered vacuum designed to do this job.
  3. When cleaning a component and/or the computer, turn it off before cleaning.
  4. Never get any component inside the computer or any other circuit board damp or wet.
  5. Be cautious when using any type of cleaning solvents; some individuals may have allergic reactions to chemicals in cleaning solvents and some solvents can even damage the case. Try to always use water or a highly diluted solvent.
  6. When cleaning, be careful not to accidentally adjust any knobs or controls. In addition, when cleaning the back of the computer, if anything is plugged in, make sure not to disconnect any of the plugs.
  7. When cleaning fans, especially the smaller fans within a portable computer or laptop it's suggested that you either hold the fan or place something in-between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning. Spraying compressed air into a fan or cleaning a fan with a vacuum may cause damage to some fans or in some cases cause back voltage.
  8. Never eat or drink around the computer.
  9. Limit smoking around the computer.
Cleaning tools
Although many companies have created products to help improve the process of cleaning your computer and peripherals, users can also use household items to clean their computers and peripherals. Below is a listing of items you may need or want to use while cleaning your computer or computer peripherals.
Keep in mind that some components in your computer may only be able to be cleaned using a product designed for cleaning that component; if this is the case, it will be mentioned in the cleaning tips.
  • Cloth - A cloth is the best tool used when rubbing down a component; although paper towels can be used with most hardware, we recommend using a cloth when ever possible. Caution: We only suggest you use a cloth when cleaning components such as the outside of the case, a drive, mouse, etc. You should not use a cloth to clean any circuitry such as the RAM or motherboard.
  • Water or rubbing alcohol - When moistening a cloth, it is best to use water or rubbing alcohol. Other solvents may be bad for the plastics used with your computer.
  • Portable Vacuum - Sucking the dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles out of a computer can be one of the best methods of cleaning a computer. Over time, these items can restrict the airflow in a computer and cause circuitry to corrode. Do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity that can damage your computer.
  • Cotton swabs - Cotton swaps moistened with rubbing alcohol or water are excellent tools for wiping hard to reach areas in your keyboard, mouse, and other locations.
  • Foam swabs - Whenever possible, it is better to use lint-free swabs such as foam swabs.

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Power surges are damaging spikes of voltage in an electrical systems, caused by lightning strikes, changes or problems with the electrical grid, or large appliances.

Power surges damage or destroy computer hardware by overheating circuit boards and other components.

Surge protectors and other devices are used to protect computers and other electrical devices from power surges.

If damage occurs to a computer from a power surge, a process of trial and error is used to replace the damaged components.


Replace the surge protector or power strip.
If neither was attached to the computer, it is highly recommended that one be used.

Follow the user's manual to open the computer.
The computer manual may have shipped with the computer in book or CD form or may be found online.

Examine the system and make note of any visibly damaged components.
Damaged components may show visible burn damage or no damage at all.


Follow the user manual to remove the power supply.
You will need to unplug the power connections to each device in the computer as well as the system board.

WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.

Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards.


Removal is generally achieved by removing the holding screws and lifting the power supply out of the system.

Follow the user manual to install the new power supply.
Plug the power cables into the computer components and the system board.

Close the case.
Do not re-insert the screws.

Plug the power cable into the computer and attempt to power the computer on.

Replace the power cables to the monitor and computer.
Examine the monitor.

If the monitor does not power on, it will need to be replaced.
Determine if both the monitor and computer power on.

If the monitor powers on but the computer does not replace the system board.
If both power on but there is no video signal, replace the video card.

Boot the system into Windows.
Go to the "Control Panel" and double-click on the "System" icon.

Click on the "Hardware" tab.
Double-click the network card, sound card, and other peripherals that are listed in the hardware tab.

If you replaced the system board, ensure that the device drivers are in place for the peripherals. Replace any peripheral that is still non-functional.

Computer Repair Tutorial Help and Tips

http://www.thepcmanwebsite.com/computer_repair.shtml

Dec 08, 2013 | Dell Vostro 410 Desktop Computer

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I can not turn it on. How can I fix a no power problem?


Test your PSU power supply unit or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/f/powersupplytest.htm
Testing and replacing the PC power supply
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbNxhvm0czs
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle of restarting or to shutdown or fail to detect ,boot up a computer hard drive
WARNING Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.
Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards

Power surges are damaging spikes of voltage in an electrical systems, caused by lightning strikes, changes or problems with the electrical grid, or large appliances.
Power surges damage or destroy computer hardware by overheating circuit boards and other components.
Surge protectors and other devices are used to protect computers and other electrical devices from power surges.
If damage occurs to a computer from a power surge, a process of trial and error is used to replace the damaged components.
Replace the surge protector or power strip.
If neither was attached to the computer, it is highly recommended that one be used.

Follow the user's manual to open the computer.
The computer manual may have shipped with the computer in book or CD form or may be found online.
Examine the system and make note of any visibly damaged components.
Damaged components may show visible burn damage or no damage at all.


Follow the user manual to remove the power supply.
You will need to unplug the power connections to each device in the computer as well as the system board.
Removal is generally achieved by removing the holding screws and lifting the power supply out of the system.


Follow the user manual to install the new power supply.
Plug the power cables into the computer components and the system board.


Close the case.
Do not re-insert the screws.
Plug the power cable into the computer and attempt to power the computer on.


Replace the power cables to the monitor and computer.
Examine the monitor.
If the monitor does not power on, it will need to be replaced.

Determine if both the monitor and computer power on.
If the monitor powers on but the computer does not replace the system board.
If both power on but there is no video signal, replace the video card.
Boot the system into Windows.
Go to the "Control Panel" and double-click on the "System" icon.

Click on the "Hardware" tab. Double-click the network card, sound card, and other peripherals that are listed in the hardware tab.
If you replaced the system board, ensure that the device drivers are in place for the peripherals. Replace any peripheral that is still non-functional.


Computer Repair Tutorial Help and Tips
http://www.thepcmanwebsite.com/computer_repair.shtml

Jul 01, 2013 | Lenovo IdeaCentre K320 3019 PC Desktop

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My Epson T13 when turned on the green light keeps on blinking and computer initialized to recognize the printer but cant be done. Experts please help me

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My son lost his cd rom and cord to upload pictures. My kodak cord fits but my computer won't read it to download. What can I do?


Hi,

You can purchase a multi-card reader(fig.1) to retrieve those images taken and stored in the memory card of your GE A1230.

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I hope this works for you. Kindly reply for further assistance. Good Luck!

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WHERE DO I FIND THE MODEL NUMBER ON MEDION TV


Tips for identifying Manufacturer:

When adding devices to your Harmony account, it is important to correctly identify your components so that your Harmony Remote can control them as efficiently as possible. Below are some tips to help with figuring out how to add your devices correctly:

Tips for identifying the Device Type for your devices:

A general category description:
Examples: Television, VCR, CD Player, DVD Player, Stereo Receiver, Amplifier, Game Console, etc.
1. Also referred to as “make” or “brand name”
2. Typically on the front of the component
3. Sometimes on the label with the Model Number
examples: Sony®, Phillips®, Denon®, DirecTV®, TiVo®, etc.

Tips for identifying Model Number:

Note: also “Model” or “M/N”
1. usually on a label on the front, back or bottom of the component
2. the model number may be different than model name
3. also found in the component’s user manual
4. Not the model number on the old remote control
5. Not the serial number (SN) which is usually much longer
examples: RC-QN3BK, CT-36XF36C, Explorer 3100, L32 HDTV 10A, etc.

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