Computer Hardware Troubleshooting
Computer hardware troubleshooting is a lot easier than software troubleshooting. Either your mouse, monitor or keyboard works or it doesn't. Here's a list of tips, questions and advice to fix your computer hardware problems.
Monitor Questions and Tips
Computer hardware troubleshooting for monitors is complicated by the fact that there are so many different monitor manufacturers.
The hardware questions below are basic and common to most monitors. If you have a monitor issue that isn't addressed here, a good place to check for answers is at the monitor manufacturer's website.
Where do I adjust my monitor settings?
My monitor display looks strange.
This is one of those computer hardware troubleshooting questions that is best answer in person. However, there are some basics you can check:
In addition, the wrong monitor driver might have gotten installed. Go to the monitor manufacturer's website to download the correct driver and install it.
My computer screen is sideways!
To turn ON this feature, you probably pressed CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow.
To turn if OFF, simply press CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow instead.
Monitor says "No signal or No signal input".
How do I change the resolution of my screen?
My mouse died! How do move around in Windows without it?
I've got mouse problems.. the cursor is acting strange.
Computer hardware troubleshooting for mice is different for wired versus wireless mice, so I've broken the answer up for both types.
Solution: Turn over the mouse and see if there is lint or hair or something blocking the hole where the optical laser head is located. It will be a hole in the bottom of any optical mouse.Also, make sure you aren't using a reflective mouse pad. Dell used to make a mousepad that had shiny diamond shapes in it.. My optical mouse would act crazy on that pad, because the shiny pattern was interfering with the laser positioning.
Solution: This is usually an issue with the old track ball mice. Gunk builds up on the wheels and ball of the mouse, and causes it to stick. To fix it, unscrew the cap on the bottom of the mouse that holds in the ball, and swab the insides out with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol. Do not wash the mouse in water, unless you want to buy a new mouse.
My new mouse has features I want to turn off or on.
Computer hardware troubleshooting can be complicated, but most of the time, the problem is a basic connection or driver issue.
The list above goes over the most common computer hardware troubleshooting problems and answers. I don't profess to be a hardware guru but if you've got a basic question I didn't answer here, let me know, and I'll do my best to help you out.
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