Do you fix your own computer?

@deeeky (3667)
Edinburgh, Scotland
April 12, 2007 1:38pm CST
when the dreaded happens and you are left with a dud computer that wont start do you fix it yourelf? I usually try all the obvious checks like is it plugged in, is the fuse ok, have I paid the bill, etc,etc. If after all those checks I would take it to a computer repair shop and depending on the cost I would then decide to have it repaired or cut my losses and put that money to good use and buy a newer model. How would you handle it?
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15 responses
@Bizziebod (3526)
26 Apr 07
Hi Deeeky, I'm usually pretty good and can do most stuff with my pc, although my laptop did have severe problems a few weeks ago and it wasn't something I could fix myself. Luckily I work in a building with a pc company who I do some work for now and again, so they fixed it for me at no cost hehe!
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
26 Apr 07
Wow that's great and what a great asset you have by working with a pc company.
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
14 Apr 07
Yes i can fix my own computer and sometimes I do it for friends too, it's either software: formating and re-installing windows, updating/fixing drivers, etc. Or hardware, usually you just have to find out and identify the part with the problem and just replace it..
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 07
Nice to be able to have that ability and does save you money plus help your friends out as well.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
12 Apr 07
Deeeky I try everything before I give up and go and pay Money out lol Then it would depend how high the Costs are before I decide what to do
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
26 Apr 07
Yes it does matter when we have to fork out our hard earned cash.
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@Darkwing (21588)
12 Apr 07
I do all the obvious checks that you do, including the back of the modem and the broadband modem, then if all that proves ok, I "handle" it very gently and carefully! :-) I phone my ISP first and check that everything's ok on the network, and if that all proves ok, I phone my Support Team. They guide me through tests and analyse the problem for me. Then, they get a technician to phone me back and talk me through the deconfiguring and reconfiguring processes. All normally ends well. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend.
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 07
Having a good support team means a lot to having peace of mind.
@Asylum (48058)
• Manchester, England
12 Apr 07
I have always managed to deal with any issues that have arisen so far, irrespective of whether they were software or hardware problems. It really does help to have a respectable knowledge of the system because repair costs are often quite outrageous. The only problem with being able to deal with a computer problem is that I often end up with several computers that friends are having difficulties with. I am usually quite happy to help, but it can be time consuming if several people have problems at the same time.
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
12 Apr 07
Having a good knowledge of the insides of a computer has to be a good advantange to lessen the chance of being ripped off.
@kurtbiewald (2627)
• United States
12 Apr 07
i used to fix them for a living Field Service for Dell pcs did like 4000 service calls on em I would try to fix it myself
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
12 Apr 07
You will obviously have a super duper computer!
• Malaysia
25 Apr 07
I do fix pc myself, because i find a good advisor. You can look for him at http://softwaress.blogspot.com Ask him to give u some advice, they will suggest you what to do. I cut down so much cost from fixing my pc :) Good luck
• China
25 Apr 07
I don't know much about computer and I don't know how to fix my own computer,I always ask for help from my friends.I think we really need to know much about protecting our computers.
@cloud69 (113)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I have always been doing the repairs and troubleshooting since I have my first 386 33Mhz computer. Since then I have been studying how thing work and now I am assembling my own PC and other people's PC and I am enjoying it so much that I am regreting why I didn't took CompE in the first place.
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
I always try to fix my computer by myself, having knowledge in troubleshooting helps me out of trouble specially the bills you'll pay if you can't manage it. One important to have when you got computer is troubleshooting knowledge. Two things you should know: software troubleshooting and hardware troubleshooting, the second is hard to master even I who graduated as ECE can't fix when something internal problems occur. Why don't you download some pdf buks regarding this topic. I have my own troubleshooting guide i got in P2P sharing. Software troubleshooting is easy, and can't let you put out money to buy parts, coz comp. parts are not the problem.
• China
13 Apr 07
ya i love to fix it...
• Canada
13 Apr 07
Along with you I think we'd do all the obvious checks. failing that, we'd call my partners best friend. I don't think there's anything he doesn't know about PC's. When the apartment complex suffered a huge fire last year, the fire crews turned off the Hydro to all three buildings as a precaution. However, when they turned it back on, we suffered a power surge and fried our PC power supply. We waited a few days before calling up a PC repair guy who said it sounded like the power supply and it'd cost about $150 to fix. A call to my partners best friend revealed that we could do it ourselves for around $40. We got a new power supply for $55, and within an hour, we had our PC back. I think though for something that would cost a fortune, I'd cut my losses and buy a new one. PC's don't seem to last 2 minutes these days.
@euqaj18 (252)
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
If my computer at home have problem, I used to fix my own and I succeed. In repairing it i just check the problem with the help of the Internet and try to fix it because I know doing with ownself is an experience that can help and can practise your knowledge and most of all help you to gain learnings and abilities, save money and enjoyment.
• United States
12 Apr 07
i am lucky i have hubby that can fix ours. i couldnt of course but he can. he is one of those that if he cant do something he can read and do it in the end it drives me nuts sometimes. he built our computers and he is always fixing others pcs too. he did not know anything about them then one day thought he would learn he started reading and playing with them the next thing i knew he had a job at a computer repair shop and then he opened his own in our house. he didnt do well with it cause he fixed everyones stuff for free. lol he didnt have the heart to charge them caus they didnt have the money so now it is a hobby of his.
@milott (2647)
• India
12 Apr 07
no, i am always dependent on the service engineers of the computer brand that i brought, i don't fix it on my own. But with the worst service i get from the service technicians, i would hope that i should have learned to troubleshoot the pc, which would have been beneficial now!