Your cheap computer system has been purchased online and it has now been delivered to your door! Congratulations!
There is excitement all around as the long awaited moment has arrived.... Anxiety sets in as eager hands tear at packaging to expose your new toy!
At a glance, everything seems OK and it's now showtime!
Unpacking your system
Inspect all shipping cartons and look for any damage to the boxes.
Carefully examine the contents of the cartons to ensure that the components are not damaged.
Do not throw away the shipping cartons. Keep them in a safe place in case it becomes necessary for you to return the computer to the vendor/manufacturer. These boxes are also very handy for transporting your computer during moving.
Secure all shipping documents.
Check to ensure that you have received everything that you purchased. If anything is missing, you should immediately contact the Vendor.
Your main components should include a system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse and power cables. Speakers might also have been included and you probably also purchased a printer.
Unpack everything including your monitor, printer (if you bought one), disks and instruction manuals as soon as you possibly can.
Your invoice and packing slips are extremely important documents! They usually have detailed information concerning your computer system. This information will be important if you need service and for using your warranty if necessary.
The telephone numbers to call if you have questions or if you need assistance, should be carefully noted and kept in an easily accessible place.
Your warranty cards for all your system components should be completed (with the serial numbers) and mailed. Remember to keep a record of these numbers.
You should register your computer system and its peripherals. This will ensure that you obtain help from the manufacturer or vendor if you have a problem at anytime.
Ensure that you have adequate lighting but without any glare being directly on the monitor screen.
Place the computer components in an area that is properly ventilated. The computer produces a lot of heat and, therefore, the components need to be placed in such a way that allows plenty of air to be circulated freely around them.
Your computer cables should be able to reach all the different components and the power cord must be able to reach the power source.
Ensure that all your peripherals are connected together correctly to ensure proper functioning of your system unit.
Your monitor, keyboard and mouse should be connected to the relevant ports on the back of the computer. Refer to your set-up guide as necessary.
Purchase a UPS backup system to protect your computer from power surges, spikes and brownouts which can cause you to lose your work during a power outage.
Turn on your computer and monitor after ensuring that everything has been connected properly. If everything is O.K., your system will boot up.
If your operating system software was loaded, you can start working with your computer immediately. If it is not loaded, you must install it.
If your various application software were not installed, read the installation instructions for each and install as specified.
Connecting to the Internet:
If you are going to be using the Internet, you must install Computer Internet Security software such as antivirus, anti-adware, anti-spyware and a firewall. This will help to protect your system from viruses, hackers getting your personal information, unrequested pop-up ads and Web sites finding out about your Web browsing preferences.
Your cheap computer system will prove to be an asset to you. You will now be able to enjoy the benefits of using it to perform your work more efficiently and for recreation. You are going to find so many different things that you can use it to do!
Do not become intimidated by your computer. Enjoy it!