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This FAQ is here to help you if you ever need to disconnect your computer to bring it to me for repair.

 

Disconnection

 

 

 

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The best advice I can give is to take a photo of the back of your computer BEFORE you disconnect all of the cables, then you can refer to this photo to see which cable goes where when reconnecting it

 

Laptop / Tablet

 

These are very simple as normally the only connection you would have directly plugged in would be the power cable.

 

Very occasionally you could have a device such as a printer connected with a USB cable - if so make a note of which port it was connected to.

 

I will need:-

 

The laptop/tablet

The power cable

A note of any password / passcode to login to the computer (if it has one)

 

 

Desktop / All-in-One

 

In most cases you would have several cables connected to the back of a desktop or all-in-one computer.

 

Power cable

Keyboard and mouse cable - these will usually be connected with a USB cable unless you have a wireless keyboard and/or mouse which if so then you will have a small adapter (often referred to as a dongle) plugged into a USB socket, this can be left connected

Ethernet / Network cable - unless the computer is wireless then this cable links the computer to your broadband router

Audio cable - if you have speakers connected to your computer

Peripherals such as printer / scanner - these will usually be connected with a USB cable unless they are wireless

 

I will need:-

 

The computer

The power cable only if it DOES NOT use a standard UK power lead (often referred to as a kettle lead) as per image below

 

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A note of any password / passcode to login to the computer (if it has one)

 

 

Reconnection

 

Hopefully as suggested above you took a photo of the back of your computer before removing any cables - if so then you can use this as a guide as to what cable goes where.

 

If not then use the information on this page to identify cables / connections.

 

Any problems at all when reconnecting your computer please contact me.

 

 

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