What are all these percentages we're talking about?
They're the percentage of household computer ownership in the largest metro areas in the county. We're talking about desktops and laptops, by the way.
Considering that so many consumers rely on these devices, questions about whether to DIY computer hardware repairing tasks is a good idea are sure to arise.
It's a good question, especially since nearly 89% of people in the U.S. have access to the Internet. This means they can easily Google instructions on how to repair computer hardware.
To help you decide, we've rounded up the top reasons why it's almost always best to hire pros.
How Well Do You Know Your PC or Laptop Hardware Components?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when attempting a DIY computer hardware fix.
Do you know the difference between the motherboard and the Central Processing Unit (CPU)? Can you immediately tell which one is the Random Access Memory (RAM)? How about the video card, graphics card, optical drive, hard drive (HDD), and Solid-State drive (SDD)?
No? In that case, know that these are only the primary computer hardware components. The list of other important parts can go on and on.
As such, if you aren't 100% certain where everything is and which is which, it's best you leave the repairs to a professional technician. A single mistake can lead to your entire PC or laptop crashing. Or worse, giving you that dreaded "blue screen of death" permanently.
To Determine Whether It's a Software or Hardware Issue
Let's say your computer takes too much time to start up, restart, or shut down. Or maybe it takes forever to open up, switch between, or close tabs. Perhaps it always gives you that "Not Responding" message.
There are many reasons for these, and not all of them have to do with your intermittent Internet service. These problems could either mean a software issue or a hardware problem. Worse, it can be both.
Now, ask yourself how knowledgeable you are when it comes to malware. Or what "start-up" items (for Windows users) are. How about temporary files?
If you think, without a shadow of a doubt, that these are software issues, then that's already a signal that you should consult a computer repair specialist first. Why?
Not all "slow-performing computers" are attributed to busted software. Hardware failure can be as big a culprit to these problems as faulty software.
For instance, you may have a fragmented or near-failing hard drive. You may also now lack RAM, hence the slowness. Or, your CPU is too dated for it to run the latest apps and programs.
Because Not Everything You'll Find Online Works
If you do a lengthy research on which computer-related stuff people Google the most, you'll discover that "Why is my computer so slow to start" is a top ranker. Another is "Why is my computer so slow to start." There's also "How to speed up a computer?"
We did the research for you though, and here's a quick list of the number of Google results for each:
"Why is my computer so slow to start" returned with a whopping 184 million results in 0.60 seconds
"How to speed up a computer" came back with 16.4 million results in 0.45 seconds
"Why is my computer so slow" had 3.3 million results in 0.64 seconds
This goes to show how the Internet is truly the world's largest database of information. But how sure are you that reading and following the instructions there can really help you fix your PC or laptop?
We're not saying that these search results are falsehoods. What we're trying to say is that all these results can be overwhelming and confusing for anyone. Especially those who don't have extensive knowledge when it comes to computer hardware fixes.
There are certain troubleshooting steps that you can easily perform though. Which brings us to the next subtopic of this post.
Leave Computer Hardware Repairing Tasks to Pros When Troubleshooting Doesn't Work
A very common problem with laptops has something to do with its built-in keyboard. Now, this is a hardware component, one that you can troubleshoot first.
So, how to fix a laptop key that just suddenly stopped working?
For starters, give the device a thorough inspection for 'contaminants.' As PC Mag pointed out, those tiny food crumbs can make their way under the keys.
In this case, you can give your laptop a good shaking while holding on to it tightly and securely. It can be quite surprising to see all those particles falling out of the device.
If you have a small vacuum, you can try using that on the keyboard. Then, give the entire laptop a good cleaning and wiping (be careful with water droplets!). Check if your keyboard is back on working track.
If these troubleshooting steps don't work, it's a good sign that you should contact a computer tech. It's possible that the keyboard's circuit board has already failed. In which case, you need a replacement.
The same ultimate approach applies to all other troubleshooting steps you perform on your computer. When, even after you've done everything to a T, the device still gives you headaches, it's time for the pros to take a look at it.
Professional Computer Hardware Repairs Can Save You from More Headaches
Last, but not the least (also the bottom line), is knowing when to take your device to a professional computer hardware repairing service can make all the difference. The difference between having a PC or laptop back to optimal working order quickly and a device completely void of use. Because of DIY failures.
As such, it's best you don't take the risk of delving too deep into your gadget's hardware and circuitry. Unless you know exactly what you're doing and you're an expert on it, take your computer to a qualified technician.
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