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Chapter 1. PC Anatomy 101 > Using Your Computer's Anatomy for Troubleshooting

Using Your Computer's Anatomy for Troubleshooting

The overriding goal of this discussion of PC anatomy has been to encourage you to learn about your computer before you have a problem. No matter how good the technical support your vendor might provide, most computers don't stay in as-delivered condition for long. New hardware, new software, and operating system changes all change the character of a computer over time. By using the methods covered in this chapter, you can determine how your computer works when it's healthy, which makes recovering from inevitable problems faster and easier.

Leo Says: My Favorite System-Exploration Software

If your main gripe with this chapter is that it isn't long enough, you might want to dig even deeper into your system's configuration. My favorite software tools for learning more about hardware include the following:



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