Computer Repairs You Should Do Yourself and Never Pay For

The sluggish economic environment around the world has made solving problems with a DIY approach much more appealing.

When it comes to big ticket items like your home computer, bringing it to a professional for repairs will always carry a hefty pricetag. And there are times you can’t do much of anything but groan and pay it.

After all, the last thing you want to do is make a problem worse. However, there are a few computer repairs that are incredibly simple, and you’ll easily be able to handle them yourself with just a little bit of care and a few minutes of research.

It’s all about knowing the difference between a repair that needs a professional hand, and something you can tackle in an hour.

When it comes to the latter, there’s really no reason to every pay for someone else to do it. Buy the hardware and keep the labor money in your pocket, and you’ll be back online and clicking away in no time.

Here are a couple of computer repairs you should do yourself and never pay for.

The first easy DIY repair is replacing the memory. Many of the times you get that scary blue screen it’s due to the memory failing. At other times, your computer seems to be working very slowly, and the culprit is not enough RAM.

Instead of bringing it in and leaving it in the shop for days for a simple upgrade, just replace the memory yourself.

The key is determining what level of memory you need. There are several easy ways to figure it out. Download a free memory analysis app for Mac or PC from any one of several computing websites.

It will check out your system, let you know what sort of memory you are currently operating with, and then offer options to upgrade.

Once you’ve got the new memory card at home, it’s simple enough to put it in. Just open up the case, and look for the slots located right next to the CPU.

The current memory will be in one of them, held in at either side by white latches. Pull them out and remove the current memory card.

Slot the new one in its place, and the white latches should snap back down. Close the case up, and you’re ready to go.

Another easy repair is changing out the hard disk. The hard disk is where all of your data is stored, and any quality hard disk can fail after a while.

Always remember to back up your data on an external drive, so you won’t lose stuff if the disk cuts out. But if that’s covered, it’s a super easy task to change the drive out for a new one.

Make sure you research the proper hard disk, so you know what you’re putting in. Then pop open the shell case, identify the current hard drive, unplug it and replace it with the new one. It’s really that easy.

The final repair you’ll always want to tackle yourself is replacing the power supply. This is probably the most common computer failure, and most power supplies are the same.

Just make sure you’re buying the appropriate new hardware for your computer, and that you have all of the required connecting cables. Open up your computer’s case and make a note of each connection with the current power supply.

You’ll just unscrew the power supply from its case, replace it with the new one, and reconnect all of the cables. Make sure you screw it back in tightly, so it doesn’t shake around.

It’s incredibly straightforward, as are all repairs you should handle yourself. Just don’t push your luck. If you don’t know what the Cisco GLC-LH-SM is, you probably shouldn’t attempt to repair it.

Evan Fischer
Evan Fischer is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He enjoys writing about the latest tech news for a variety of companies and discovering new and innovative gadgets.
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