January 20, 2008

Unsticking the PC

Frank has an HP computer that's a few years old. For some reason it's had some sticky problems. First, the CD drawer got stuck shut. I searched but couldn't find a reset hole. Eventually I did find it under a plastic cover, but in the meantime I searched the web to find another solution. It turned out to be this: with the PC off, hold the button on the CD drawer down while pressing the power button to start the computer. The drawer opens! Later I discovered this works on our music CD player too.

Then the power button on his PC started sticking. You had to press and poke several times to turn the darn thing on, and sometimes that didn't even work. Finally he put graphite on the button, just like you would on a door look. It fixed it!

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