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Implementation Tips 1

When the preparation is completed you can then perform the build, repair or upgrade. Again there are guidelines which can make the task safer and also prevent damage to the hardware. These are detailed below.

  • Keep all screws and fastenings in a safe place. This will ensure that you can find them when they are required, and also that they do not lodge themselves in areas where they can damage other components. A common example would be a 'lost' screw causing a short circuit underneath the motherboard.
  • Store the system enclosure cover in a safe place. These are fairly large items, which are a risk to safety and are relatively easily damaged.
  • Avoid sharp edges, which may exist in the system enclosure. Many system enclosures have relatively 'unfinished' edges and these can be quite sharp and are a risk to safety. Sharp edges also pose a risk to cables.
  • Use the correct tool for the job. Incorrect use of tools can cause you to slip and injure yourself on sharp edges or result in damage to system components and screws.
  • Secure all components properly within the system enclosure. Tidy loose cabling both in the system enclosure before reassembly and around the computer after installation.
  • All connectors should be firmly connected both inside and outside the system enclosure. Many of the problems which occur with computer systems are connector-related or cable-related, such as a cable pulled out or a connector which has worked its way loose.

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