Computer hardware

Upgrading or replacing computer hardware

Most people have a computer, but as time goes by it will have problems running the new software available. You may have to upgrade you PC in order to use the new games, software or peripherals that keeps being developed. To know what to upgrade and why, is important, so you get the most out of your personal computer.

Most computer components can be replaced, unless it's a proprietary design of the manufacturer. Some may have devices embedded onto the motherboard or main board. Most embedded or on-board devices like VGA cards or sound cards can be disabled to install a better one using one of the available expansion slots of the PC.

You might need to update your display adapter because your new games are slow and the display is choppy for example. You may need to install a bigger hard-disk to be able to install the much bigger applications on the market. Adding memory to speed up the overall performance of your computer. Most of these can be done easily with a Philips screwdriver and does not require much dexterity.

Before, installing the drivers for a peripheral was harder and sometimes needed to have the proper settings on installation to match the components hardware settings, usually done with jumpers. If you did not specify the proper memory range or interrupt, the device would simply not function or could even crash the PC.

Now with Plug&Play, it's basically all auto-configured and will usually not need you to specify any settings since the device has the information and will pass these to the Plug&Play bios of the computer. This eliminates conflicts in memory ranges, interrupt assignments and bad user hardware settings.

This help peripheral manufacturers deliver an easy to use component that can be installed by a customer without the need of a professional technician, making the cost lower, minimize technical support calls, and make it available to more computer owners.