Your first experience trying to fix a computer?

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  1. Member 79251

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    Moving on from the Your first experience with a computer?

    I have decided to follow the trend......when was your first 'oh dear' experience ? That pull your hair and kick a few things!!!! Mine was with a Packard Bell I think it was a 133mhz with 32mb and had speakers on the monitor that you bolted on! Wow brings back the memorys :suicide:

    The problem was with a sidewinder control and flight slim, could I ever get it to fully work. Up was left down was right and right was left. It was just backwards. 3 or 4 weeks was spent trying to fix the thing. I finnaly gave up and moved on. Much later I got a new pc and decided to get the old thing out and have another blast. Would you know it.......It started working! The reason broken socket on old pc, the game port!.
     
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    Can't remember the first software problem. But I remember my first hardware problem. The PSU had gone, so I had to replace it. Which was a hard task for me, as I hadn't really messed in hardware up until then. I still consider myself a hardware "n00b". Software though is a different - I excel in that ;)
     
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    I remember one of my first was a memory upgrade in a K Class HP Unix server worth about £750,000.

    Having blagged the job in the first place i (pretended) confidently to pop the existing Simm's off the board and proceeded to snap the retention lugs off of every single slot on the board :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    I'm a bit better now :rolleyes:
     
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    I am sort of the same.....not that amazing with psu / motherboards / cpu's both anything else I am fine. :(
     
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    i used to fix zx spectrums way back in the day. usually the bit under the keypad would fail, but it was easily fixed, only people were even more scared of opening computers back then than they are now. i've fixed countless computers since, and built a few from scratch to spec for a few people. to those who haven't got a clue, it makes you seem like a genius, but it's just like lego for grown ups :D
     
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    Yes,like the line .."lego for grown ups"...:D

    When I had a look inside my first computer I thought..ummm,not much too it, upgraded ever since, mind you, first few attempts
    ..bent the pins on a cpu,blew a psu...still,love a challenge.......:)
     
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    I'm not sure if it counts as a 'fix'....


    day1 of our first ever PC (went halves with my Mum), the Evesham guy came and installed it, set it all up, showed us through a few basics like the 'Works word processor....

    Within an hour of him leaving, we were literally at each others throats over the PC, and the fact that it just wouldn't do what we wanted it to do.

    And we were doing EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE TOLD.... ;)


    ( We were trying to format some text in the word processor, and change it to Magenta coloured..... it was serious stuff! :eek:)

    So, before we got the power tools out, we rang the helpdesk :D, and they talked me through format > font in less than 5 secs....

    It was at *this very moment* that I decided building aircraft was completely the wrong trade to be in.....absolutely no customer appreciation to be had, and far too many splinters.
    My family all thought I was completely mad at the time, but it paid off in the end! :)
     
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    altho i don't do it as a job, i've fixed and upgraded computers so much over the years that people can explain problems by phone or online and i can diagnose and fix most problems, like pc just cutting out, open the case, check the fan spins properly on the processor, stuff like that. you can have a £200 processor with a £5 fan with the tiniest of wires, and thats whats stopping your processor from literally melting

    one time this person i used to chat to online got a virus and the computer wouldn't boot. she called her friend from the chatroom who was online and i explained via chatroom to another person who explained over the phone how to wipe the HD and reinstall windows from scratch and get back online, and they were in another non english speaking country. i bet you don't get that kind of support from dell :D

    the only downside is that i turn up in the office on days and people have left thier pc's under my desk for me to fix for them. the IT department is next to me, but they usually refer people to me if they want something fixed quickly as they aren't familiar with the hardware side of things and outsource all that

    and then as well as all the pc stuff, people expect me to fix thier AV gear and set it up for them as they can't figure out how to use scart boxes and stuff, and can't even follow a simple diagriam that i'd draw for them. thank god i've got a mobile at home so i can screen my calls and ignore the phone!
     
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    I know how it feels, being tech support to everyone who knows your number is a pain in the rear. Especially (i probably shouldn't say this) if their complete idiots. Thank god for the remote assistance feature in WLM messenger, because the amount of times I've had a "***" response after giving people simple instructions on how to do things, if it was note for remote assistance, I would have gone mad :rotfl:

    First time for me? When I first had a PC in 97 (i was only 7 lol - pentium MMX 200Mhz, 32Mb RAM, 4GB HDD, windows 95), and I (despite never having used a PC before) was given the job of connecting everything up. Of course, I got it wrong, and it wouldn't boot up . So literally as my parents were dialling the support number, I managed to get everything plugged it right, lol. (IIRC, the power cable wasn't in properly :rolleyes:).

    First time for something proper though, was when I had installed Real player, and it had messed up the PC, so I had to find the Windows 95 CD (which took long enough itself) and then reinstall windows.
     
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    The only problem with building and fixing computers for people is that they seem to think they also qualify for a free lifetime service contract , which includes everything from getting their email working to opening and printing word documents for them.

    Dumbest one I ever got was my neighbour who after opening his shiny new overpriced badly put together beige box had spent the next 6 hours attempting to input the serial number for his microsoft office pack into his windows install prompt.

    The machine ran for about two weeks before all the viri and spyware he picked up from porn sites choked it!
     
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    someone i know who was clueless about computers had bought one, and then got viruses by clicking and installing any old crap that appeared as he browsed porn websites at nite. most sites were taking over his homepage, and he didn't know how to override it, so he took it to me and i fixed all the viruses etc and gave it back, and then next day or so it was back again, and so on, until after about 4 or 5 times i just stopped answering the phone or door to him as it drove the nuts. the worst thing was i said to bring it at X time so not to bother me, but X time was when he did his particular thing, so he would come later or earlier instead when it was bothering me

    the last person to ask me to sort something was the week before last, i said i would if they got someone to drive me there and back, as they expected me to spend about 45 mins to an hour to get home afterwards on the bus!
     
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    My first fix it started as a simple upgrade to my old pc but quickly turned into a new pc build, then replace the monitor, then a new printer, then we'll have a network, and build another pc, then why don't we have a pc in the lounge, and then lets upgrade the upgraded pc. :rotfl:

    I looked back recently at how much I've spent over the years and it's scary, price of a new car scary :eek:
     
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    That unfortunately sounds exactly the same as my life my friend, I know just where your coming from.

    People suddenly can overstep the mark of genrosity, and mistake your kindness for thinking you actually enjoy removing crap and upgrading their pcs.
    It got to a point where most of weekends were being taken up helping friends of friends etc, and enough was enough so I announced my retirement, or else charged money for my time.

    What puts it into perspective, is that if your neighbour/OH's family etc called you as an electrician to fit a plug socket, they would be expected to pay you.

    My OH's nan paid over £200 for PC world's 'aftercare'. Ive sorted out her pc a number of times, and all was running smoothly until she took it in for a 'service'. They decided it needed a 'new motherboard', and didn't load any drivers etc. So guess who was called when nothing would work when it came home.
    I told her to take it back to PCworld as shes paid for a service she's not received just like anything else in life, as Ive got too much on at the mo.
     
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    I think we should start a new thread on that - I looked at my Ebuyer account history the other day, and I had spent over £7500 with them the last couple of years!!

    Admittidly most of that wasn't my money mind...
     
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    Hmm, my first "oh sh**" moment was when i was messing about with my first pc. It was a Compaq persario, and when you boot up you're shown a shopping mall type front end, from which you had to choose where to go. This was like Windows 3.1 days!! I got fed up with that front end and wanted to go straight into windows, so i did what any good 11 year old does, delete stuff that you think will solve your problem. Alas, i created more problems, the frontend didn't show...nothing booted up!

    I think Windows 95 was just released, so lucky for me my dad fixed it :)

    Oh how i have come a long way since then :rolleyes:
     
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    I was asked to spec up and upgrade a pc for a friend of a friend of my brother, of course they want a top grade gaming pc saw one in pcworld for £1000 and can I do it for two shillings and a groat :rolleyes: oh and to save money could he keep the old hard drive and RAM and just add in the extra bits, I will do my best but back everything important up anyway just in case, we agreed a spec, and I ordered the bits, got his old pc to upgrade, and again when he dropped it off said to the guy have you backed everything up because I will try to do a repair install but for some reason Windows Xp will occasionally not give you the option, I don't know why but it happens, and then the only alternative is fresh install (which I prefer to do anyway with a big upgrade). Yes everything backed up to dvd, great so I change the motherboard, processor and graphics card, boot to bios change boot device, open dvd drawer and theres a disk in there, swap disk with the Windows disk and away we go, click through to the press F8 to agree and then you should get a repair option, I say should because for some reason you don't always, and on this occasion I didn't, so rang the guy, "sorry mate but we got to do a full install, now before I do have you backed everything up?" he replies "yes all done", "ok whats this disk in the drive?" "nothing be ok"
    so again I check everything backed up? yep its fine, ok so I start to format and install, 20 minutes later phone call, " we forgot to back up some pictures of my brothers wedding, can you get them" er no as it happens I can't now.
    He picks it up next day pays me for the parts but no offer for my time or for cashflowing his upgrade, and after a sort of thanks says he's disapointed I couldn't get his pictures back :mad: er why was it my responsibility to get your pictures back? Anyway he rings later and says his emails aren't there anymore where are they? :suicide: try to do someone a favour!!! Good news regards his brothers pictures though, they were on the disk he left in the drive :rotfl: What a muppet

    New rule in the upgrade deals, for the extra £30 you will be having a new hard drive and your old drive can be left with all the data on.
     
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    I always specify a bottle of single malt of my choosing before I commence the build.
     
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    My worst but not necessarily my first was when I plugged in both molex and sata power connectors into my SATA HDD after installing a new PSU. I only realised when I got the 'failed to read' warning. Too late though PCB was fried I went to the trouble of trying to source an identical PCB and even got someone to swap the firmware chips over to make the drive boot...it didn't though!

    This also taught me to backup more often as I lost loads of pictures of my wedding and of my 3 year old sons recent operations etc.

    HDD is still under my desk if anyone wants to offer to mend it! Apparently this needs a clean room and specialist software and equipment or £500+!
     
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    Highland Park? Lagavulin?

    Thats a very good idea I might start incorporating.... :zonked:
     
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    I bought a Compaq 486DX2 off my sister in the mid 90's. The first thing I decided to do was add a sound card and possibly quad speed CD-ROM drive. I can remember now, the fear and excitement as I took the cover off the chassis for the first time.

    I then got ambitious, as my next project was upgrading from Windows 3.1 to 95. It was on about a dozen floppies. Oh the thrill of a new OS :D

    God, I liked Windows 95! It seemed such a step forward at the time.

    The only down side at the time was that I was still smoking back then. The beige case of my PC quickly went nicotine coloured. The insides were always filled with a brown oily fluff :eek:

    How it's all changed. But I still occasionally get the same excitement, booting off a Linux live CD and tinkering with a new OS.
     

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