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Q. When I turn on my machine, nothing happens.
A. Check that the power supply cable is properly connected to the board and that the same color (usually black) is in the middle for both cables.
Q. My COM and parallel ports are not working
A. Since these ports are integrated into the motherboard for modern machines, the problem could be that the cables are not connected properly or are a bit loose.
Q. I've lost my BIOS password, help?
A.  Using your motherboard, locate the jumper that allows you to rest your BIOS.  Alternatively, take out your BIOS chip by yourself and then replace it.  Make sure your PC is off when you do this. 
Q. My CPU doesn't work
A. You can try taking out the CPU blowing into its slot/socket and then replacing it.  Make sure that everything else on the motherboard is set up correctly and connected to the CPU.
Q. I just bought a K6-2 processor and am having difficulty loading Window 95
A. Everything is OK under Win95 OS2, however, under Windows 95, there seems to be this problem.  Download the patch from
Q. I've upgraded my RAM and Windows is constantly crashing
A. First, make sure your SIMMs are in pairs. Also, check the speed of your memory (modern ones come in speeds of 60ns). You can slow down your memory through the BIOS or by adjusting certain jumpers. Check your motherboard for this.
Q. I get memory errors on bootup.
A.  When you first start your computer, your BIOS checks your memory to see if anything is wrong with it. If you see any reports here, then jot them down and look into them later. You can try checking that your RAMs are seated properly and aren't touching anything else.
Q. I've added some extra RAM but can't see them in my system.
A. If you're adding DIMMs then you should check your manual to see which bays you should put them in. If you're adding SIMMs, then make sure they are placed in pairs according to what your manual tells you.