Use the process of elimination to fix computer problems

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When some part of your computer hardware is suddenly not working right, what should you do? Before you call the repairman for service, you might want to use the process of elimination to find the problem. Here’s an example: Let’s say your printer stops working. The cause of your problem could be the printer, your computer, or the cable, so try this: First, change only the printer and see what happens. Second, change only the cable and test the results. Finally, use different computer with the same cable and printer. Good problem solving techniques involve identifying the different components of a problem, then swapping out each component, one at a time, to identify which one is failing. You can apply this basic technique to almost any situation and after a while, you’ll get pretty good at it. Next time, you might fix the problem yourself and save some money.

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