Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts
Copyright 2010 by Morris Rosenthal
All Rights Reserved
This page offers links to flowcharts for PC diagnostics, excerpted from my
book. The non-active links are for charts that are included in the book but
not available online. The published book contains seventeen flowcharts for
computer diagnostics plus a short text for every chart expanding on the decision
points. The troubleshooting process is the same for an expensive Sony or
IBM, or a downmarket eMachines or Acer. Dell and HP (who purchased Compaq)
manufacture desktop PC's in a wide range of price points, but you have to
go through the same troubleshooting steps for the cheap ones as the expensive
ones if you want to correctly identify and repair the failure.
The 2nd edition of the eBook can downloaded anywhere in the world for $9.95 or the new 3rd edition of the book can ordered from Amazon for $17.00, or from Amazon UK for £13.95 or through any retail store by the title "Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Third Edition" or ISBN which is: 0-9723801-8-3.
Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts: Troubleshooting PC Hardware Problems from Boot Failure to Poor Performance, is not for absolute beginners, as you can see from looking at any of the diagnostic charts. There are no photo-illustrations in the book, no history, nor explanations of basic computer part functions, like "What's a hard drive?". The sole focus of the book is learning a structured approach to PC repair. The intended audience is hobbyists who already have some experience repairing computers or beginning computer technicians. This book has been growing in popularity with computer lab and classroom teachers and has been adopted as a text in several technical colleges and government training programs..
The PC diagnostics apply to ATX computers, which displaced the old AT standard beginning in the mid-90's. Although I included a few "live power" troubleshooting procedures for advanced techs with their insurance all paid up, the rule for ATX systems is to unplug the power supply before working in the case. The general approach in the diagnostic flowcharts is to try to push parts swapping off until the end, so that readers without a large stock of spare parts will have a chance to fix the problem without spending money. Flowchart critics please note that my main design approach was to av
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