PC Setup & Services
You have a fresh computer and you’re ready to set it up. This may seem like a huge and complicated task, but it’s actually a lot easier than you might think! Almost all the computers are set up in a similar way, so it doesn’t matter what brand of computer you have.
If you’re setting up a new computer that’s still in the pack, you’ll probably find a how-to guide that includes step-by-step information. Even if it didn’t include instructions, you may still set up the computer in a few easy steps. We’ll show you through the different steps needed to set up a typical computer.
Setting up a laptop computer
If you have a new laptop, setup should be easy: Just open it and press the power button. If the battery is not charged, you just have to plug in the AC adapter. You can carry on using the laptop while it charges.
If your laptop with any peripherals, like external speakers, you have to want to read the instructions below. Laptops and desktops normally use the same types of connections, so the same steps will apply.
Setting up a desktop computer
Open the monitor and computer from the box. Remove any plastic covering or protective tape. Place the monitor and computer case on a small table or work area.
Place your computer case in an area that is well ventilated and has good air flow. This will help to prevent the computer from overheating.
Locate the monitor cable. There are several types of monitor cables, If you’re having trouble finding your monitor cable, refer to the instruction manual for your computer.
Connect one end of the cable to the monitor port on the back of the computer case and the other end to the monitor.
Open the keyboard and determine whether it uses a USB connector or a PS/2 connector. If it uses a USB connector, plug it into any of the USB ports on the back of the computer. If it uses a PS/2 connector, plug it into the purple keyboard port on the back of the computer.
Now open the mouse and determine whether it uses a USB or PS/2 connector. If it uses a USB connector, plug it into any of the USB ports on the back of the computer. If it uses a PS/2 connector, plug it into the green mouse port on the back of the computer.
If you have external speakers or headphones, you may connect them to your computer’s audio port. Many computers have color-coded ports. Speakers or headphones connect to the green port, and microphones connect to the pink port. The blue part is the line in, which can be used with other types of devices.
Now locate the two power supply cables that came with your computer. Plug the first power supply cable into the back of the computer case and then into a surge protector. And using the other cable, connect the monitor to the surge protector.
To finish, plug the surge protector into a wall outlet. You may also need to turn on the surge protector if it has a power switch.
If you have a printer, scanner, webcam, or other peripherals, you can connect them at this point. Many peripherals are plug and play, which means they will be recognized by your computer as soon as they are plugged in.
Other peripherals may include software that needs to be installed before you can begin using them.
That’s it—you’ve finished setting up your computer, so it’s time to start using it!
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