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Chapter 1. PC Anatomy 101 > TROUBLESHOOTING

TROUBLESHOOTING

FAST TRACK TO SOLUTIONS (SYMPTOM TABLE)
SymptomFlowchart or Book SectionSee Page
I want to adjust AGP video settings.Advanced BIOS and Chipset Features Menus49
I need to enable my USB ports.Integrated Peripherals (I/O Devices)51
I don't know what hardware is inside my system.Inside a Typical PC24
I don't know what a parallel or serial port looks like.Rear Views of Typical Desktop Computers18
I'm not sure if I have USB or IEEE-1394 ports.Rear Views of Typical Desktop Computers18
I'm not sure how to tell if my hard disk is recognized by my system.Detecting Installed Drives47
My hard disk is not being recognized; what do I do now?Points of Failure Inside the Computer27
I need to disable onboard audio so I can install a sound card.Integrated Peripherals (I/O Devices)51
I want to make sure the CPU (processor) fan is running when I start my computer.PC Health (Hardware Monitor)54
How can I tell if my processor or memory voltage is correct when I start my computer?PC Health (Hardware Monitor)54
My system is wasting time looking for Serial ATA (SATA) drives that are not installed.Integrated Peripherals (I/O Devices)51
I can't use my USB mouse or keyboard when the Windows desktop is not running.Integrated Peripherals (I/O Devices)51
How can I view IRQ, DMA, memory, or I/O port address usage in Windows?Viewing Hardware Resources in Use62
I think I might have a hardware conflict.Hardware Resources58
I have replaced my serial or parallel port devices with USB devices and want to disable the serial or parallel ports.Integrated Peripherals (I/O Devices)51
My computer is beeping when I start it.Power-On Self Test and The Computer Doesn't Start57
My computer won't start.The Computer Doesn't Start709
I can hear my computer turn on, but there's nothing on my screen.The Computer Starts but the Screen Is Blank658



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