The handling of electronic components always involves certain risks, but when we talk about the PC, it is something necessary as it is necessary to perform some maintenance from time to time to keep it in good working condition and thus avoid damage. other types of problems, especially when we talk about internal cleansing. Therefore, it is necessary to take certain precautions and not to make mistakes, as in some cases these can be fatal. Let’s see them.
When handling the PC, disconnect it from the power supply
“Bah! If I am only going to change the RAM memory modules for new ones, it is to remove the old ones and put the new ones, it is not necessary to unplug the PC for that ”.
A common mistake, and especially among the most expert users, is to make changes to the hardware without disconnecting the equipment from the power supply, and it is a mistake that can actually lead to a short circuit and crash. from the PC.
It is enough that when removing the old material or installing the new one, poor contact occurs for the “spark to jump” and a short circuit to occur, bringing with it several components of the device. ‘equipment. In the case of the example we have set, it is very easy for one pin of the RAM module to come into contact with two of the pins of the board socket, causing a short circuit and fry both RAM and motherboard.
Be very careful with this, you should always disconnect the equipment from the power supply, turn off the power supply and wait at least 30 seconds (for the source capacitors to drain power) before handling any internal components. equipment.
Static electricity can damage your PC
Several times we have pointed out that the static electricity It is a great enemy of electrical components, and when handling the PC you have to be very careful with it, especially when handling the processor. Whether you are changing the heat sink or installing a new processor, be sure to “discharge” the static electricity first (this can be done by simply touching something metal with your hand).
When you have a positive charge and touch a component that has a different charge than yours, you are transmitting a certain level of voltage and amperage to the component, and although the devices are ready to take a certain level of load, if you pass a higher load, you can reach to spoil them. Better to heal in health and, as we said before, “unload” before you touch anything. It doesn’t cost anything and it will keep you out of trouble.
Be careful with the routing of cables and their ties
Routing the wiring inside the PC is almost an art, but it’s not just about preventing the cables from being seen in the visible part of the inside of the equipment, but you have to take some precautions and avoid hidden and embedded cable entanglements. anyway, because in some cases (and especially with power cables) a coil effect can occur and create static electricity, which can damage the PC as well.
Be very careful with the metal flanges as well, because if they come in contact with the case plate, short circuits can also occur which can end up damaging the PC as we explained earlier.
Other errors that can mess up your PC
We’ve walked you through the top three mistakes that can end up messing up your PC, and as you may have seen, all three are related to electricity. However, these are not the only mistakes that can end up giving you serious problems, because without going any further, improper handling of hardware components during their assembly or disassembly can also cause you to leave them unusable.
Likewise, and back to the issue of cleaning, be careful when cleaning the fans as the blades are usually fragile, so don’t press or bend them too much so that they don’t spoil.
Also pay attention to the location of the PC: having it on the floor and not on the table can lead to accidental shocks, in addition to being much more prone to dust on the floor. In any case, if you have any questions on how to handle any component of your PC or the PC itself, we will be happy to answer you in the comments.