The most prominent aspect of all computers is maintenance, as this does not only depend on the usage. But also how we manage and maintain our machinery to prevent damage and down time. It plays an important part on computer performance too. And if ignored, it can truly cost you more than what you would have actually paid for.
Computer hardware maintenance.
It consists of two part which are software and hardware maintenance. This is mainly used to reduce the possibility of hardware and software problems, by systematically and periodically checking hardware and software to enable proper work-ship. Replacing and repairing components that may show signs of wear and abuse. By checking the condition of components, cables, power supply and peripherals. This involves the removing of dust from the power supply, components within the computer, from the fan intake and also the heat sink. Cleaning of both the keyboard and the mouse are also important. Securing and checking of loose cables are also vital. A good preventive maintenance done on a regular basis helps to minimize failure and also the time and money an individual or Organization would actually spend, when computer machines are down due to lack of proper maintenance. By upgrading hardware or software, memory that may also be insufficient for great computer performance. And installing or upgrading software’s for reliability and security. It also involves the checking that installed software’s are up to date or current and upgrading were software or hardware updates maybe needed. But before you upgrade software’s, make sure you run some testing to see if the upgrade won’t affect your work or anyone within the organization.
Reviews on security, software and drivers updates are most recommended on a regular basis. And if they are not updated, make sure that you upgrade them, as the most recent your software updates are, the more secure you are from hackers and malware’s. Scan for viruses and spyware at all times and always update virus definition file or anti-virus, at most twice a week on minimum standards. Removing unwanted program and scanning the hard drives for errors helps protect you from losing your data and prevent your hard drive from crashing too. It helps in managing your data by preventing you being caught unaware. Defragmentation also helps most of the times as it rearranges your hard drive to reduces the degree of fragmentation, by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device used to store files into the smallest number of contiguous regions.
This is often the form of problem solving, that’s applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. This approach allows you to eliminate variables in a systematic order, by asking the right questions, testing the right hardware, and examining the right data to help you understand the problem and form a proposed solution. This is a skill that you polish over time, the more you expose yourself to trouble shooting, the more adequate and better experienced you become over time. It is mainly divided into six steps that is:
- Gathering data from a client, customer, user or yourself about the obvious causes.
- Verifying if the obvious causes are true or false.
- Try quick solutions first before intensive solutions are done.
- Gather data from the computer after quick solutions have been applied.
- Implement the solution after evaluating the problem
- Last but not the least close with the client or the customer
Note that before any of the procedures are done, please backup your data or your clients information at all cost. Verify if a backup was recently done and if not, then backup the data.
Cleaning up a CPU
After disconnecting and disassembling your desktop computer or laptop, place your motherboard containing the CPU on an area that does not have electrostatic discharge as both are sensitive to static discharge. This is done by placing them on a grounded anti-static mat and you should wear a static wrist strap while working with these component. Gentle detach the CPU and the heat sink from the motherboard and use cotton wool and alcohol (the more concentrated the alcohol the better) to clean them. Place back the CPU into the socket after cleaning and secure it using a locking assembly. Apply thermal compound on top of the CPU which helps keep the CPU cool. Then place back the heat sink after clean the base with alcohol. Keep in mind that as you clean the CPU, it should be held by the edges and not by the base surface that fits on the motherboard. Be extra careful while handling a CPU.
Improve computer performance
Just by doing the listed out procedures of computer maintenance and troubleshooting on a regular basis, you will never experience frequent computer failure that can become too expensive and may cost you a lot of time if you are running a big company, internet café or just your own small business. Keep in mind that troubleshooting processes are not all the same and may differ from time to time. But all the same a good maintenance helps to keep computer machines healthy. And if you are running an infrastructure or software or even platform as a service, you might want to keep maintenance as priority number one as you don’t want to lose out on customers due to Hardware or software failure.
So, for peace of mind, you might want to handle these maintenance tasks yourself. And also do a deep research about a software program before you actually purchase it for your upgrades, as it may prevent you from having down time due to wrong purchase. It may sound boring to do, but believe me its worth it. Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below and also check out one of our article about “computer mediated communication” you may find it useful.