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Safety Guidelines 2

Read the Instructions

Always make sure that you read the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly before starting a task. Some people do this only as a last resort, but serious damage can occur to components if they are fitted or configured incorrectly. A common example would be installing a processor. It is extremely important to ensure that the motherboard and processor are configured correctly. The processor will require a specific voltage and clock speed. These vary from processor to processor and damage can occur if these items are set incorrectly. The manufacturer's instructions will also contain a guide to installation and configuration, which may save time and alleviate potential problems.

The documentation will also cover compatibility issues, which may affect the operation of the hardware. For example, a particular motherboard will suit only certain processors and this will be detailed in the manual. Similarly a motherboard and processor will require a specific type of memory and this will also be detailed. Identifying any compatibility issues at an early stage will save time later on. The standard of documentation varies greatly from component to component and from manufacturer to manufacturer but it is still worthwhile reading the documentation supplied before starting the practical task. You may also wish to check the manufacturer's website for up-to-date information. Many manufacturers have very good sites containing errata and updates to component documentation.

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