Hardware Troubleshooting

What Does Hardware Troubleshooting Mean?

Hardware troubleshooting is the process of reviewing, diagnosing and identifying operational or technical problems within a hardware device or equipment. It aims to resolve physical and/or logical problems and issues within a computing hardware. Hardware troubleshooting is done by hardware or technical support technician.

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Techopedia Explains Hardware Troubleshooting

Hardware troubleshooting processes primarily aim to resolve computer hardware problems using a systematic approach.

The process starts by first identifying the problem and finding different issues that can cause such a problem and eventually leading to implementing a solution or alternative.

Hardware troubleshooting is generally done on hardware equipment installed within a computer, server, laptop or related device.

Some processes within hardware troubleshooting include:

  • Removing, repairing and replacing faulty RAM, hard disk or video/graphic card.

  • Cleaning dusts from RAM and Video carts slot/ports and from cooling fan.

  • Tightening cable and jumpers on motherboard and/or components.

  • Software related hardware problems such as device driver update or installation.

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