What are the Best Tips for CPU Repair?

N. Madison
N. Madison

There are many tips a person can use for central processing unit (CPU) problems. For example, an individual may make sure his computer is getting power and check to ensure that its connections are tight and its plugs are not damaged. An individual may then look online for information about fixing his CPU problems or even to get free help; technical support phone numbers may prove helpful as well. Unfortunately, do-it-yourself efforts do not always prove effective. In such a case, one of the best tips may involve knowing when to seek the help of a professional.

A Central Processing Unit (CPU).
A Central Processing Unit (CPU).

One of the best tips for CPU repair is to make sure there is power going to the computer. A person may overlook something as simple as a power plug that has come out or a surge protector that is turned off, blocking power to the computer. He may also forget to check that a laptop’s battery is charged and ready to deliver power. Checking that a computer is plugged in or a battery is charged is a good first step in troubleshooting computer issues. Additionally, an individual may do well to check that power is coming from the electrical socket he is trying to use and the cord isn’t frayed or damaged.

A CPU.
A CPU.

When CPU repair is necessary, another good tip involves gaining access to a computer that is working. If an individual can access the Internet, he may find a wealth of knowledge available concerning CPU problems. He may find free tutorials and forums that lists common CPU problems and their solutions. He may even find people who are willing to instruct him on how to fix his computer for free via the Internet.

Often, computer systems come with free technical support after purchase. Some people may even purchase extended technical support packages. In some cases, a person may get instructions for troubleshooting and fixing his CPU by calling a tech support number. This may be a particularly good tip, as some tech support agents may be able to take control of a person’s computer remotely and fix problems from a distance. At the very least, a tech support person may be able to rule out CPU repair issues that can be fixed at home.

Last, but not least, a good tip for CPU repair is to know when to seek professional help. CPU-related problems can be complicated and time-consuming. In many cases, it is difficult to even figure out what has caused the issue in addition to determining how to fix it. In such a case, the amount of money a repair technician may charge may be well worth it when compared to the time and frustration that often goes along with fixing a computer on one’s own. In fact, if an individual finds out that there is something physically wrong with his CPU rather than a related issue, he may need a professional's help with replacing it.

A heatsink is the part of a computer designed to move heat away from a computer's central processing unit.
A heatsink is the part of a computer designed to move heat away from a computer's central processing unit.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Discussion Comments

Logicfest

@Terrificli -- That is good advice, but it is not impossible to replace a CPU on your own. I have known people that have built entire computers by using only the knowledge they've built up over the years and forums on the Internet that answer questions.

Still, anyone replacing a CPU should keep in mind that those things aren't usually cheap. You could lose a pretty good investment if you mess up the installation and get it wrong. That's not to say someone should try that -- just use caution if you do.

Terrificli

I would say that consulting a professional is the first place you should start. That wasn't true a few years ago when it was a fairly simply matter to pull out a defective CPU and plug in a new one.

Those days are gone in at least a couple of ways. First of all, a lot of CPUs are soldered directly into motherboards (that is really common with laptops) and either weren't designed to be replaced or need to be replaced by someone who knows what they are doing.

Second, modern CPUs produce a heck of a lot of heat and it is very easy to mess up the mechanisms that dissipate that heat and keep your computer out of danger. While your BIOS may shut your computer down when the CPU gets too hot, you are still risking burning one out if you don't install it right and that can cost some money.

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