Posted by: blueangel | February 17, 2011

Tips to Diagnose Hardware Problems

Your computer is made-up of several physical components called hardware and multitude software applications to perform desired functions. Several computer users experience frustration caused by hardware problems because hardware problems are common for both laptop and desktop computers. Don’t worry because all computers have utility to diagnose what’s wrong with your hardware. Here are some tips to diagnose hardware problems by using available utilities:

  • Click on “Start” menu in the lower left corner of your computer screen, then “Right-Click” on “My Computer” and hit properties form drop-down menu. You can also directly access “Properties” from the shortcut of “My Computer”.
  • “System Properties” window will be opened in front of you. Now click “Hardware” tab to access “Device Manager”. By clicking device manager you will see a list of all hardware that is installed on your computer. Each piece of hardware is organized under different categories such as “Modems, drivers or adapters”.
  • You will find hardware that shows a yellow exclamation mark icon next to it. This icon is an indication that your hardware is not working properly.
  • In next step, right click on the name of hardware that is not working properly and select properties. A “Utility” that controls that hardware will pop up. Any problems you have with this hardware will be listed here along with suggestions on “How to fix the Problem?”

I am sure that above mentioned tips to diagnose hardware problems will surely help you to find out what’s wrong with your specific hardware.



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