Troubleshooting Power Problems

You’re having a problem that you think is related to power. You’re not sure if the problem is related to the voltage from the wall receptacle or if it’s an issue with your computer’s power supply. What tool would help you troubleshoot this issue?

A) Multimeter

B) Circuit tester

C) LiveCD


E) Monkey wrench, or perhaps a real monkey

The answer: A) Multimeter

A multimeter is a great tool whenever you have a question about power, wiring, or continuity.

Want to know more? Watch “Installing and Troubleshooting Computer Power.”

Troubleshooting power problems with personal computers goes well beyond the power cord. In this module, we’ll show you how to use a circuit tester and multimeter to troubleshoot power on the motherboard , the PC components, and the power outlets themselves. You’ll also learn about power protection systems and the process for installing a PC power supply.