WARNING: Before you start
troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
Only work inside the computer case
when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power
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
Remove the memory modules from their
opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module
Use compressed air to blow dust away
and clean contacts with a soft cloth.
Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner
if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the
motherboard or other components.
Do not use
solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to
lightly rub an alcohol (Methylated
Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold
or silver tabs and r
Allow the pins to dry.
They will air dry in a matter of
If reseating the memory did not resolve
the issue try swapping the location of the memory.
If you have only one stick of
memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the
Check the memory module and memory
They are either copper tin or gold.
The colour will tell you which they
Mixing tin and gold can result in
corrosion that prevents proper contact.
Look for any sign of physical damage
to the memory module, memory slots or the motherboard.
Reseat the memory modules.
You should hear an audible click
when they are in place.
Do not use
too much force to reseat the memory module in to the slot this can cause damage
to the module, slot or motherboard.
The hardware that you are trying to
access is damaged or failing.
The device drivers for the hardware
are faulty or incompatible.
Could be a problem with the Hard
Drive or the Hard drives PCB
There is a connection problem such
as a bad cable
for internal hard drives
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE
HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are
not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ribbon
this will be the first to fail
Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives
dvd\cd and floppy (If Applicable) have secure connections and are not faulty.
or just replace them they could be faulty a
computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and
continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a