You might need a nerd if…
- Your computer turns on, but fails to initialize or boot
- Your computer constantly freezes up
- You’re frustrated by your computer’s speed
Important stuff to know about your computer’s CPU
It’s a big factor in your computer’s speedThese days, the CPU isn’t the only processor in your typical computer. The processing load is spread out across a few devices. However, it’s still a key factor in determining how fast your computer runs. The better your processor, the less you’ll have to wait for it to complete a task. What we refer to as a single CPU is actually a cluster of CPUs which work together. Each of these CPUs is called a “core”. Unless you own a really old computer, even the lower end CPUs these days will be dual core. Quad-core provides significantly higher performance but it’s not uncommon for regular computer users to use them.
It gets hot. Really hot.CPUs are incredibly active parts of your computer. They perform millions of calculations behind the scenes as you go about your daily computing business. As a result, they heat up. The more powerful your CPU, the hotter it runs. As a result, computers which are built around a powerful CPU tend to have a lot more technology built into them to handle heat. If those technologies fail, then a more powerful CPU is going to be more vulnerable to heat damage.
It can move aboutA house will shift during the day and night as it gets hot and cold. Over time this can create cracks and structural damage. Your CPU is subject to exactly the same stresses. As your CPU heats up and cools down, gradually it can become unseated from its pins on the motherboard. It can also cause damage to the cooling compound surrounding it. For this reason, CPUs often require physical maintenance and re-seating.
Signs that a CPU may be malfunctioningIn most cases, the moment a CPU experiences problems your computer will simply become non-functional. Without its processing grunt, a computer is typically unable to boot. However, diagnosis can become a bit more problematic if a gradual heat buildup is the problem or if your CPU is making only intermittent contact with the motherboard. In these cases you’re likely to see any of the following:
- The computer turns on, but fails to initialize or self-check (you’ll hear a beep when a computer self-checks).
- Your computer completely freezes or frequently stutters before crashing.
- Your computer begins to regularly experience blue screen of death errors.
CPU processor repair and how a nerd can helpWhen it comes to CPUs, there are a few ways we can help you out.
We can make your computer faster (and cooler)If you’re frustrated that your computer is running slow or that it’s struggling to run your software, we can help by installing a more powerful CPU into your computer. We’ll also make sure your computer is equipped to handle the increased heat. An amped up CPU will make a huge difference to most tasks, from graphics to multitasking productivity software to gaming.
We can re-seat a dislodged CPUIf your CPU has come loose we can re-seat it for you. We’ll make sure it’s not damaged and if necessary we’ll add additional cooling compound to prevent future issues. Nerds On Call has a wealth of experience in repairing computer hardware and if we can save you the cost of a new CPU, we will.
We can replace a damaged CPUIf your CPU has been irreparably damaged, we can install a fast new CPU to your computer. We’ll also make sure your computer is properly equipped to handle heat issues. CPUs are a fragile piece of hardware. If your computer’s CPU fails you may experience everything from freezing and crashes to a complete inability to boot. Nerds On Call has the experience and know-how to deal with all these techy problems. You can call us on 1-800-919-6373 or fill out our contact form for a processor repair.
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Questions nerds often hear about Processor Repair
What does CPU stand for?
It doesn’t really stand for anything. It’s just a cool sound which kind of sounds like a laser pistol. Okay, that was a lie, it stands for Central Processing Unit.
What is the best thing I can do to make my computer go faster?
Nine times out of ten, a CPU upgrade will deliver the best bang for your buck in speeding up your computer. If you have a need for speed, give us a call.
My computer just stopped with no warning! Help!
When your computer just suddenly stops without warning, it’s often because the CPU became dislodged as a result of heat warping. We can run a full diagnostic, figure out the problem and reseat your CPU for you if that is the problem.
Can you fix my CPU?
We can certainly reattach it to your motherboard. Unfortunately, if it has failed most of the time it’s more cost effective and much easier simply to replace it.