pc tech problems

  [DELETED] 17:37 06 Apr 2006

Can anyone tell me are computer shop techs good enough to repair our prescious computers or do they need more tuition and what has happened to you good or bad. so far I have found it is like - if you pardon the expression - the blind leading the blind. someone please prove me wrong.

  [DELETED] 18:11 06 Apr 2006

It depends on how good a techie is, most should have at least CompTIA A+ which is the basic techie qualification.

Most shops are fine, the best seem to be shops that people/friends recommed, PC World should be fine, you could always back up any data you are worried about. Their are plenty of large capacity usb drives to back data to, try click here

If you need more help or advice you know were to come.

  [DELETED] 18:11 06 Apr 2006

Why use a computer shop for repairs when there are so many very good trustworthy IT specialists around? If you don't know one personally (as I do) then you could always ask around for a recommendation or just try the phone book. I could probably take my pick from 4 or 5 in my area who are all good and I would trust them with my business PCs, but I haven't needed to use one for a long time as I always do my own maintenance.

  [DELETED] 19:20 06 Apr 2006

I fix my own now, I remember how petrified I was the first time I took the case off, it looks really daunting. But with a bit of time you quickly pick up things. I have qualifications but not for computer repairs I'm self taught, and don't use a shop for repairs now. Consider it gfpbatpcadvisor it can be frustrating but also very very rewarding as well as saving cash.

Incidently I know 3 people who repair PCs as a job, 2 are fine but one of them I wouldn't trust to change the batteries in the TV remote.

  [DELETED] 19:52 06 Apr 2006

Thanks Totally-braindead I have to agree i just felt really peaved that pc world tech caused so much trouble and ripped me off. I normally do my own repairs on my pc but decide to take advantage of the free 1mth support. I wanted to upgrade 512 ram to 1gb on my new laptop he told me it only had 1 space for ram and also 256 built in so I purchased a 512 and replaced the only 256 I thought I had.which seems stupid considering it can upgrade to 2 gb. after some time I found that it did indeed have 2 slots,1 hidden underneath the keyboard. OffI goes to pc world to get another 512 only to find the first guy charged me almost £20 more for the ram.

  [DELETED] 20:03 06 Apr 2006

Bunch of money grabbing idiots, better to spend a bit of time reading up on your own model and doing it yourself, it's easier then you think.

  [DELETED] 21:01 06 Apr 2006

PCworld... There's one across the way from my shop. One of their staff came in and bought a dozen tubes of superglue!

Seriously! I wonder what for.

Saying that, my current system was bought from them and it's been great. I suppose you could say it hasn't "fallen apart" yet ;)

  PurplePenny 21:42 06 Apr 2006

It won't with all that superglue :-)

  spuds 09:57 07 Apr 2006

Having dealt with a number of local computer shop 'techies', I have come of the opinion that they fall in the category of fairly good to downright bluffers, whose qualifications stem from a copy of an Haynes manual.

Personally, I am getting more to the stage (and perhaps saving money and grace)of attempting my own repairs, via of course, the help from this and other forums.

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