Computer Hardware Safety
This article is designed to provide you with some useful computer hardware safety tips. Are you one of those people that are always opening and mucking around with the computer but are worried about safety?
Or are you a person that never opens a computer because your too scared about computer safety? Being clued up on computer safety tips can not only save your own life, but can also preserve the life of your computer!
If so then this article is the right one for you!
Computer Power Safety
Now the most important computer hardware safety tip is to do with power and electrics. The reason for this is that you can cause harm to yourself and to your computer if you are unaware of these safety issues.
Before opening your computer case and changing or upgrading parts, follow these steps:
- Fully shut down your computer
- Switch the power off button (at the back of the PC, if you have one)
- Turn off the power point and remove the power cable
- Remove other cables (eg. printers, monitors etc.)
- Wait a few minutes before proceeding to open the computer because power can still be running in the PC even after the power cable has been removed.
- Discharge static electricity – This is a crucial step. It is important that you touch your hands to a non-electrical metal surface before touching any other components inside the computer, after opening the case off the PC. This will prevent a static shock from frying the computer circuits.
Read System Requirements before Upgrading Parts
It is an important part of computer hardware safety that you always read the system requirements and component specifications before you upgrade your PC.
For example if your computer is designed to only have 2Gb DDR 2 RAM, then there is no way that you should buy DDR3 RAM of 4GBb sticks. Even buying 4Gb DDR2 RAM could damage your PC, if it is only designed to have a maximum of 2Gb.
The same goes for upgrading your CPU. You need to make sure that your motherboard is compatible with the CPU, before you buy it. Even if the CPU is compatible, you may need to think about cooling and whether your current computer fans will be enough for it.
Putting in incompatible parts into your PC, can shorten the life of the computer, or even fry those parts or your entire computer.
Do not force parts into place
When inserting new computer components into your computer, such as RAM, be careful not to force the parts into place. If the part is not sliding in nicely then most likely it has not been fitted into the slot properly. However, when inserting RAM, you do need to put some force into it to get it to click into place, but be careful of pushing too hard as this can cause a lot of damage to a computer.
Well I hope that this article on computer hardware safety has provided some light on this issue. As you can see, computer safety is one of the most important steps when upgrading and changing your computer.
So go ahead, upgrade or change your computer! But do it safely! All the Best!
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