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Your computer is full of cables, wires and electronic gadgetry. If everything is not in perfect working order, you likely will have a problem on your hands of some sort. Here are some ways you can fix your computer yourself, saving yourself time and money with a computer repair shop.

· You can’t turn your computer on. The problem is generally one of two things. Either your power cord is bad and needs to be replaced, or your power supply is bad. Check both and replace an item, if needed.
· You turn on your computer and it freezes. This generally happens when you don’t have enough memory for your computer. You should check to see how much memory your computer has and how much it needs to operate. You can start your computer by using your back-up start-up disk and add new memory, if you must.
· Your mouse, monitor, disk drive, CD ROM drive, or speakers don’t work. Check the connections. You may have to clean the connectors or even replace a cable. The other problems include software problems, in which you need to reinstall your software, or a main computer chip problem, in which you need to have your computer professionally serviced to remedy the problem. If your mouse isn’t properly working, take it apart and clean it thoroughly.
· Your keyboard doesn’t work properly. The first thing you should do is thoroughly clean your keyboard. It’s possible it’s gotten dirty over the time you’ve used it. You should take apart your keyboard to clean it. Your keyboard may also be damaged. You should take apart your keyboard and check the circuit board for any circuits that look different from the others. Sometimes there might be one wire that is lose or a button that is bent. Try to correct the problem.
· Your computer has an interior grinding noise. This problem is generally caused by a faulty hard drive. This signals a hard disk about to crash. You should immediately back up all your data and replace the hard drive. The other possible problem could be that the bearings in your computer’s fan are dry. Lubricate the fan bearings.
· Your computer won’t read its hard drive or floppy drive. You could have a damaged hard drive or floppy drive, in which case you’ll need to replace the drive. You may also have a dirty drive. Clean your floppy drive carefully. Another possibility is that your drive is loose or misaligned. If this is the case, you should adjust the drive so that it is secured in the correct position. The final remedy is that you are using the wrong disks for your floppy drive. Get the correct disks and try again.