Types of Hardware Problems
The hardware in a computer is the physical and touchable components of the system. The typical hardware components of any computer include the keyboard, mouse, speakers, RAM, cords and anything else in the computer that the owner can touch. It differs from software -- the programs installed on the hardware. Hardware problems are common with a wide range of computers because any broken piece, damaged area or minor annoyance with the hardware affects the entire computer.
The keyboard is a vital part of any computer. It not only allows typing, but it also gives commands as well. Common potential problems with the keyboard include stuck keys, broken keyboards, keyboards that will not connect to the computer or keyboards where the letters end up jumbled. Fixing the keyboard problems will depend on the problem. For desktop computers, the best action is often purchasing a new keyboard. For a laptop, options include purchasing a new keyboard, sending the laptop for repairs or pressing a stuck key a few times until it becomes unstuck.
The mouse is used for a variety of purposes, such as playing games or opening files. While it is possible to control a computer with the keyboard, it is difficult and troublesome as well. The most common problems related to the mouse include freezing on the screen, connection problems, failure to move or damage to the mouse. The brand and type of mouse will determine the best troubleshooting options. For example, a wireless mouse that freezes might need a battery change, while a wired mouse that freezes will need repairs or replacement.
Power Cord Problems
Power cords are a vital part of any computer, whether it is a laptop or a desktop. The desktop needs the power cord to work. A laptop can run on batteries for a limited amount of time, but then needs the power cord for recharging. The most common problem with the power cord is an improper connection. Check along the entire length of the cord to ensure it is plugged in and any connections are connected as well. If the power cord is plugged in but not working, replace the cord.
The motherboard contains several parts of the computer including the RAM, BIOS system, mass storage and CPU. The computer motherboard contains several devices, which can create numerous potential problems. Problems with the motherboard range from too little RAM to BIOS problems. Fixing the problems will depend on the specific problem and, in the worst case scenario, purchasing a new motherboard will fix the problems.