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Chapter 17. Upgrading Your Hardware > Upgrading and Repairing

Upgrading and Repairing

Upgrading or repairing your computer when there's a problem, rather than replacing your computer, makes as much sense as keeping your car in good repair rather than trading it in whenever you come across a mechanical problem. It can be even more cost-effective when you do it yourself, rather than taking it to the nearest computer shop. Knowing you can handle these functions yourself can also be satisfying, like the first time you figured out how to change the oil in your car.

Most common upgrades and repairs are really pretty simple to do, as long as you take a few simple safety precautions and avoid forcing delicate electronic parts to do things they don't want to do. Typically, all you need is a single screwdriver to remove the outer panel of your CPU and perhaps to remove some internal pieces. Most elements inside your Pavilion simply pop into and out of place in sockets, though occasionally you'll have to remove and then reattach cables.


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