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At Home Computer Repair: Are You Up To It?

At Home Computer Repair: Are You Up To It? By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Home computer repairs are a challenge most people do not even consider tackling themselves. Yet you can save yourself time and money by conducting the home computer repairs yourself.

Before you attempt any home computer repairs you should determine whether your computer is still under warranty. You should also know whether you have a software or hardware problem. Understanding the pitfalls, as well as the possibilities, will help you decide if you should tackle this home repair project yourself or take your computer to an expert.

Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Computer Home Repair

There are a number of home computer repair projects you can handle yourself with a little confidence. There are also some things you need to be aware of before you begin any home computer repair:
  • Opening the computer case can automatically void any warranties. If your computer is less than a year old chances are good that some kind of warranty is still active.
  • Static shock can damage the delicate components inside your computer so always make sure you are grounded before attempting home computer repairs.
  • Improper handling of components can further damage or cause your computer to function improperly.
  • Removing viruses or repairing damaged files can create additional trouble if not carried out correctly.

When You Can Attempt Home Computer Repairs

Despite some of the pitfalls, there are some relatively easy home computer repairs you can do safely:
  • Memory upgrades
  • Replacement of a video or sound card
  • Addition or replacement of peripheral devices
  • Removal of viruses with special software programs

It is rarely worth the expense or effort to fix a faulty component. Quite often the decision to conduct a home computer repair yourself or leave it to an expert depends on the part that needs to be replaced.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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