Don’t Wait To Fix It
Computer hardware maintenance means taking small steps to prevent big problems later. Nowhere in computer maintenance is this more evident than when it comes to fixing small problems before they blossom into unfixable problems later.
For example, is your computer making a weird sound? A lot of the time when I get called in to fix a totally broken computer, I later discover the computer was making weird sounds for weeks before. If they had called me earlier, I could’ve pinpointed the problem by just listening to the computer, ordered the replacement part, and made the switch in about 5 minutes of downtime. But when I get called into to fix dead computers, it usually takes several days to identify the problem and replace the broken part.
Any inconstancy in your computer devices should be investigated. If your USB flash drive doesn’t always work, or your DVD burner sometimes burns bad disks, or your computer monitor flickers occasionally—these are all problems you should investigate with a quick search on Google.
If you can’t find an answer on Google, at least write down a comprehensive description of the problem, date it, and save it for any repair technician you later call. Knowing where and when the problem started can save hours of troubleshooting because to understand computer repairs can be difficult.