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How to Do Computer Repair

Now a days its easier to repair a system because most of the computers have less than a dozen parts. In my opinion, repairing a system is much easier than diagnose the problem. You hardly encounter hardware problems as they are less common than software issues. The secret to computer repair is going about it in a systematic manner and eliminating the possibilities of the recurrence of the problems. This article lists some of the basic tips, which you can consider while troubleshooting a hardware device.

At first, you must confirm whether power supply is working properly. Try to listen the sound of fans, look at the little lights at the front of the computer case. The best economical option for you is to repair a power supply. Its possible for hardware vendors or service centers to simply replace the entire power supply. Most of the issues with SMPS are easy to trace and inexpensive to fix.

If you encounter any video error or there is no image at all on the screen, first you should check the Video cable. The main reason of video error is the motherboard failure. Check whether you have a compatible driver. Repair that part to rectify the problem.

People who are still learning the basics of computer repair tech support – like what devices are involved in what operation – will often assume that all boot errors are due to a hard disk failure. Hard drive errors are normally pretty easy to troubleshoot. In order to troubleshoot hard disk error, confirm whether your PC is able to detect hard drive. This can be done with the help of BIOS.

The hard disk may display errors including “retry, abort, ignore” or “cannot read sectors”. This can be due to bad or unreadable sectors on the drive. You can easily repair these problems by reformatting and reinstalling the operating system. This will cause you to loose all data on your drive, so it is important to always have a good backup of your files daily.

You can also repair bad sectors and errors from your hard drive by running Windows built-in utility like check disk, disk defragment and scan disk. Its recommended that you should run these utility in order to make your hard disk clean and healthy.

Personal Information and Identity Safe at the Computer Repair Shop

What you are about to read may alarm you. If you take your computer in for repair, your personal information is at risk of getting into the wrong hands and you can become a victim of identity theft!

Most people don’t think about it, and some take it for granted, but really how safe is your personal information when you take your computer in for repair.

Hi, my name is Bill Arnoldi. I own my own computer repair company and have over 18 years of experience in I. T. management.

This is a question posed to me by both my consumer and corporate customers over the years.

Not every computer repair tech or company adhere to the industry ethical practices of not snooping around on a client’s computer. There are some steps that you can take to minimize your exposure to your personal information and confidential data being compromised, but in general, there is always some risk.

Here are some tips on reducing the chance that your personal information and personal identity stored on your computer will get into unscrupulous hands.

There are really two major components to consider when addressing procedures to increase the security of your personal information when you place your computer in the hands of a computer repair technician or service provider.

The first component is limiting the amount of personal information that you place in computer service provider’s possession when you give them your computer to repair. You can do this by utilizing one or both of these procedures.

Don’t give it to them in the first place. If you can keep your hard drive, take it out of your computer and ask the service technician to use another drive of their own to perform the repair. This really only works when the problem is NOT with your hard drive, such as in data corruption, possible failure, or infection by virus, malware or spyware.

If your computer still boots and you can access your programs, clear all your usernames and passwords from all your programs, messengers, and web browsers. Move all your personal data files to an external backup device like a flash drive or hard drive. Then you can use a utility to securely wipe all the deleted information from your hard drive to make sure it cannot be recovered. Remember, just deleting the information once does not really delete the data, you need special software to completely make the data unrecoverable.

If taking your hard drive out is not an option, try hooking it up to another computer to remove your personal data to another drive temporarily while your computer is in for repair. Also make sure to delete all the temporary files that may contain your personal information, such as the web browser cache, and other temporary file locations.

If none of these procedures are practical for you, then you have to establish confidence and trust in your service provider.

The second component to ensuring your personal information is safe with your computer repair person is determining their integrity and establishing level of trust and comfort with them.

Here are some ways you can feel comfortable with your computer service provider.

Find out how long they have been doing computer repair. The longer the better. In theory, if they were dishonest and lacked integrity, they would probably not be providing services anymore.

What have they been responsible for in the past? If they have experience in providing service to large companies, then they probably have a good track record for protecting customer data because large corporations demand security for their data before they let a person perform repairs on their systems.

What procedures do they have in place to prevent data theft or snooping at their company? This does not necessarily apply to the individual technician where they are the only person performing the computer services, but is more applicable to companies with several techs. They should have policies and protections in place to limit the ability on someone absconding with a client’s data. in truth, these protections are not 100% effective but they can serve as a deterrent. Ultimately, in my opinion the only real sure method would probably be to strip search every tech before they left the premises. That’s not happening, so therein lies a bit of risk regardless of the protections in place.

Obtain testimonials and references. Google them on the Internet. See if there are any complaints about their handling personal information. Get recommendations from friends or seek referrals to a tech that someone else has used successfully.

The sum of all this is that you need to do enough research or inquiries until you feel comfortable handing over your computer with your personal information on it to them.

Utilizing these practices is not foolproof. I cannot stress enough that the only bullet-proof way to ensure your personal information and identity is not compromised except is to make sure the computer repair company does not have access to it in the first place. The reality is that in most cases, this is just not practical or possible, especially where correcting problems on the hard drive to restore functionality is what is required.

Finally, keep in mind that in general the majority of computer repair and service providers are on the up-and-up. There are a few sour grapes in the bunch, but the rest of them are pretty good.

What Are the Average Wages of a Computer Repair

This is a rough question to answer. A repair tech has more possible ways to market his or her skills than, say, an accomplished line cook or a pharmacy employee. They are capable of working hourly at a company job (dollars per hour vary by size of employer), they can labor at home through the classifieds, advertising a priced-out flat rate, or they can find some employment with any companies that are advertising themselves by using the yellow pages, and this type of employment gains an hourly rate. There is no straightforward answer to what, out of these ways of finding work, pays the best. On the average, however, the amount of computers in the USA that are in need of regular maintenance, and the amount of know-how a computer repair tech must have to get any kind of low-level repair work, work together to make employment as a repair technician a pretty respectable, consistent occupation.

Laboring for an hourly dollar amount as a part of an already existing business, the lowest-paid computer repair techs get something close to $10 an hour, and the highest-paid computer repair technicians with the same level of responsibilities seem to earn something close to $15. This dollar wage varies depending on status of the employee’s certificates in the repair technician field and related experience in tech work application. To illustrate this, our research showed that Best Buy technicians, when they work in the store, earn about $11 an hour, no matter if they possess a low-level certification or not. There are an infinite number of hours in this line of computer tech salary work, though, so the money is reliable.

There are an increasing number of techs who offer flat rate fixes in the classifieds or visual posters on busy streets. This type of pre-established service is getting to be more of a fad, probably because of something called market ambivalence. This phrase means that the customers who find themselves with a seriously broken computer – say, a computer completely gummed up with all kinds of viruses that it will not even load the operating system correctly anymore – this sort of customer has no idea the amount of time it will take a computer tech to repair this sort of a thing, and an even weaker notion of the amount of time it would take to get it worked on. A certain breed of entrepreneurial repair techs, who have worked enough to understand the whole range of colorful and virulent viruses common to PCs, along with the amount of time it will usually take to fix them, see this as an opportunity to try a new way of selling their services. If a tech is certain that they will seldom see a computer so virus-laden that it means they’ll have to be taking a loss by working an uneconomically high number of labor hours, they are able to safely advertise a flat-rate computer repair.

A study of Craigslist ads coming from Portland, Oregon, and New York, NY, has yielded results showing that, when changing the numbers for difference in price of living (deflating the cost from NY a bit, as it costs significantly more to exist in NY than OR), your normal flat-rate computer repair costs in the neighborhood of 50 bucks. Technicians are, at this point, starting to offer mobile tech services able to guarantee virus removal and thorough efficiency maintenance costing around $50. There were a handful on the low side of the price range – some displaying $20 virus purges and $30 data recovery – and, interestingly, this was a price found in Portland and in NYC – however it remains that the middle range flat-rate repair cost is higher than that.

On-Site Computer Repair Companies

Some things to consider when choosing an on-site computer repair service is how qualified and experienced are the technicians that a company has, what is the reputation of the company, and do they have a Website? Also, how quickly can they come to fix my problem and do they guarantee their work?

Well, if you’re looking for computer repair technician on Kijiji, be ware! Anyone can put an ad on there and call themselves a PC tech, some are not certified, most don’t even have a website, and they all want cash.

One thing you want to look for in a computer repair tech is their means of communication. When your computer is in need of repair, you will want ways to communicate that are handy for you. Most businesses can give assistance via the telephone or through their Website.

Another asset is access to parts and testing equipment, mind you there are always situations where the computer cannot be fixed on-site, but to maximise your chances of having it fixed right away you want to call someone with all the parts at the ready. There is nothing worse than someone taking the computer away for a period of time wondering if your data will be lost.

So be sure the company you hire has certified techs, a business licence, a Website, and offers receipts for their work. This should give you piece of mind when the unthinkable happens and you need your computer repaired quickly and properly. You will also be much more likely to refer the company to your friends and family if they do a great job.