How Much Do You Know About Computers?

@NailTech (6892)
United States
March 12, 2012 8:38pm CST
Well, I have been using a computer for several or so years and I still can't so things like clean the inside of one myself or change the motherboard, put a new HD in, and/or add a new OS. Are you that way or at ease with trying to do such things with your computer? This is why I have to buy another computer every 3-4 years cause it scares me to go under the hood so to speak and try to fix things. :P
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@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
Fixing and troubleshooting is not as hard as it looks. It's not a kindergarten's game as well but once you know a little something, you could really save a lot of cash and time when problem arises. I think I got into knowing stuff about hardware in computers when I was around 10 years old. I got interested and now I know many things about it. I like the advantage of knowing all that I know today. It keeps me updated and gives me the privilege to not be afraid of checking and troubleshooting. I know I have saved a lot of cash and time repairing my own stuff and knowing what the trouble is first hand. I guess everybody has their own cup of tea, and I can't force you to drink mine but I'm just saying it would really do you good if you would.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Oh I would need every step explained to me though in kindergarten steps, you don't know the half of it, rofl. I spend so much money on computer stuff, it's where most of my money goes, so maybe I'll be learning more about how to do things on my own soon, instead of just going ahead and wasting money on a new PC. I feel like I'm wasting it anyways. I do want to take a class or so on it but not if it just explains to me what I already know or if the steps are way too advanced either.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
A class would be good but it would probably be cheaper if you had a friend who could teach some things to you. I first learn things from my elder brother and then some from my teacher and the rest from self experience and online forums and videos.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
27 Mar 12
I do have some friends who could but to have them bother with teaching me might be too much time consumed by them to bother with. I'd like to learn it myself too in a class but I'd not likely apply. I learn alot from my internet friends, though.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Yeah, I'm with you on that. I have a friend that knows alot about that stuff and I have had to have him fix mine before. The only exception is adding a new OS. As long as you have the disk, it's almost self explantory. I usually have to buy a new one every 2-3 years as opposed to 3-4. But I always get mine on e-bay. That way, I pay $150.00 at the most. But hewre is another thing I can't do - yet - transfer everything from one computer to another. So for instance favorites, I have to redo all of that. Any browsers I have I reinstall them on my new computer. So it can be a bit of a hastle for me just changing computers.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
13 Mar 12
I almost never have the disks, though. I had went to Best Buy to get mine made, but then when I went back to get them, there was no disks. They just gave me the new computer and by the time i discovered there were no disks, it was 2 1/2 weeks later. I paid $40. for them and none to be found. ARGH. I have never bought a computer on eBay, do they usually work for quite awhile?
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Oh yes. I bought this one in February 2011. It is going strong. It is an IBM T42. It came with XP installed. It has 40gb hard drive. Enough for me. I paid $149.00 for it. There is one on e-bay right now for 124.99. By the time I have to buy another one, I will probably be able to find one like this for under $100.00. or maybe even a better one for right around 150.00. I will never buy a new one.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
27 Mar 12
I end up buying alot of refurbished ones myself, they aren't worth buying new due to the fact they always upgrade to the newest OS in like 6 months. The ones that have been used already usually still have some use still left on them.
@dogsnme (1268)
• United States
7 Apr 12
Let's just say I know my share about computers. I'm certainly no expert though. I've had computers since I bought my first PC in 1996. But, it was only about six years ago that I built one for the first time. I was a little nervous about it and I definitely took things slow. And I made a mistake or two but nothing serious. It was fun but also a lot easier than I imagined. About a year or so ago I bought another computer case with the intention of building a gaming computer. I haven't bought any more components since then because I'm saving money to pay off my house later this year. But, I still plan on building another one. It's really not hard at all to build one. I found a book that shows you, step by step, how to build several different types of computers. I'm sure you could find plenty of websites as well that show you how to build computers. And doing things like changing the motherboard or installing a hard drive are not that big of a deal either. You just have to be sure that the hardware/software you are installing is compatible with your system. Don't let it intimidate you. PC's can be a lot of fun to tinker with. You just have to do your "homework" so to speak and just take it slow, like baby steps.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
11 Apr 12
Wow that is about the time i got my first computer too. But I have never yet built one, I wonder if I ever will have that much in me to try it. I doubt it. I'm just that computer savvy I think. I'm most certainly a geek in training, in ways, but still can't quite get the jist of all the computer lingo and such.I would have to read a good site or book to take baby steps in order to build one, maybe one day when I have the means and the interest in it, and also boredom.
26 Mar 12
i am using computer for 6yrs. i know to remove/add hardisk as well as ram. it not so difficult job.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
27 Mar 12
Good for you, I'm glad you can do this. You seem very smart and able to do anything you aim out to do! 6 years is a long time, I wish I could get used to them after using them for so long myself, on the inside as well as out.
• United States
13 Mar 12
I know enough to survive. I know all of the basics of computers, and I usually know what to do if one breaks down.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
24 Mar 12
Good for you, thats about all I know as well. I need to take some classes for the more involved things.
@victorkrish (1522)
• Malaysia
13 Mar 12
Nowadays the technology grow very advance until every year got new operating system and other hardware new release. I not very familiar with every software or hardware that currently appear in the market. However, i just wanna know and keep learn the new technology. I think you too good in computer can buy and fix yourself. Upgrade the computer one of the best way for all.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Thats what you have to do it seems, keep learning the new technology that are out there, it seems. I don't know, maybe it's due to me not being a guy, cause for some reason guys are more knowledgible about that stuff. Even in the computer stores, there are mainly all men in there who do work with the computers and that kind of thing. I did come across a few ladies online who know what to do when it comes to computers, but they are few and far between as far as how I've seen it personally.