Important PC Repair Safety Tips

August 24, 2007

Tips to Stay Safe While Repairing Your PC

In addition to being an afternoon of great fun, PC repair can save you loads of time and money. No amount of fun, money or time is enough, though, to compromise your safety.

Keep these important tips in mind as you work inside your computer:

Remember to Flip the Switch

Always, always, always remember to turn the power off before servicing anything. This should always be your first step. Do not even open the computer case unless the power is turned off. Many computers have a number of lights inside to serve certain functions so check to see that no lights are on. If any are still on then the power is probably not completely off.

Unplug for Extra Safety

As a second precaution, it is wise to unplug the computer from the wall or power strip. If there was any doubt as to whether the computer was off before, it’s settled now.

Avoid Capacitors

Capacitors are miniature electronic components contained in many of the parts inside a PC.

Capacitors can store electric charge for a short while after the power is turned off so it’s a wise decision to wait a few minutes after pulling the plug before working on your PC.

Never Service the Non-Serviceable

When you come across labels that say “No serviceable components inside” don’t take it as a challenge. Some parts of a computer are just not meant to be repaired, even by most professional computer repair persons. You will usually see this warning on power supply units but you may also see them on monitors, hard drives, optical drives and other dangerous or highly sensitive components.

By Tim Fisher

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One Response to “Important PC Repair Safety Tips”

  1. ClearlyPro Says:

    When I tried to log on to my laptop, a box saying “there are not sufficient resources to load” my account with the default something-or-other popped up. The message had a timer that was going to close the box, and then when it closed it would not log me on. I could not turn it off normally so I cut the power. When I turned it back on I logged on fine?
    I read here PC Error but couldnt make sense?

     


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