PC Repair 101: Power Supply
PC Repair 101:
Repair, upgrade, or replace faulty power supplies (PSU)
A faulty or underpowered power supply can cause major problems. The worst-case scenario would be a surge of power that destroys the motherboard and can even take out other components along the way, such as the Processor and Hard Drive not to mention the very expensive Graphic Card.
A few signs and symptoms:
- Any power-on or system start-up failures and freezing
- Blue Screen Of Death
- Read, write errors
- Spontaneous rebooting, or intermittent lockups during normal operation.
- Parity check or other memory-type errors.
- HDD and fan simultaneously failing to spin up (no +12V)
- Overheating due to fan failure
If you see any signs of the above-mentioned symptoms book in your system straight away and we will advise on the best Power Supply for your system.
For Gaming Systems that use high-end components: Powerful CPUs, high-end or even multi Graphic Card configurations, you really need a quality high output Power Supply.
General Desktop PCs, depending on configuration, need a power supply that is a minimum of 350 watts, Corsair, Lian Li, Coolermaster, etc. Don't be tempted to get a cheap power supply. It may say that it's 350 or even 850 watts and be a bargain price of 99p, but you can guarantee that it's not. The voltages will be up and down all the time which will lead to the symptoms listed earlier, and may even damage Data and Components.
PC Maintenance and PC Repair
PC Service and Repair
Your PC or Laptop is as important to you as your car. And just like your car, it needs to be maintained to run well.
If you use your PC, Laptop, or Macbook (yes! Apple Macs need maintaining just as much as a Windows system) on a regular basis, for general use, buying online, and online banking, then get it serviced at least once a year, especially if the system is used by several users.
A simple annual check-up to make sure all the hardware is running as it should, and more importantly, making sure the security is running as it should, is up-to-date, and has not been compromised, or allowed to lapse. Ignoring this could cost you dearly. It would be like running your car without servicing it...sooner or later something is going to go bang.
Bring your PC, Laptop, or Macbook in for an annual check & service. We will give you free advice on how best to look after your system, and back up your precious data.