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QOTD: Are You Always Fixing PCs for Others?

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Computers break down and produce problems for people on a daily basis. Things can go wrong, and sometimes, the problems are not even fixable--like a fried CPU. Sometimes some things just have to be entirely replaced.

Arguably, sometimes this is the fastest route to solving the computer problem. Troubleshooting hardware or software issues, depending how severe, can consume a considerable amount of time--especially for those who consider themselves technically savvy. Parents, family, friends, coworkers, strangers; if you're the computer "expert" in the group, they'll be knocking at your door soon enough.

The question of the day is: Are you finding yourself always fixing other people's computer issues?

If you are in this situation, what are the most common problems you're finding?

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    xrarey , April 9, 2009 10:35 PM
    I am ALWAYS fixing computers for others, especially when I have built computers. Somehow people don't understand that simply because I put together the hardware doesn't mean I am responsible for all the Windows woes...
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    PraxGTI , April 9, 2009 10:32 PM
    I can't go anywhere without being asked to fix a computer or computer related issue...even the last funeral I was at I was asked to fix a computer. I guess thats what I get for being a Systems Analyst / Certified IT Technician.
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    ispyamoose , April 9, 2009 10:35 PM
    I want that t-shirt, haha.
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    PraxGTI , April 9, 2009 10:32 PM
    I can't go anywhere without being asked to fix a computer or computer related issue...even the last funeral I was at I was asked to fix a computer. I guess thats what I get for being a Systems Analyst / Certified IT Technician.
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    uronacid , April 9, 2009 10:34 PM
    PraxGTII can't go anywhere without being asked to fix a computer or computer related issue...even the last funeral I was at I was asked to fix a computer. I guess thats what I get for being a Systems Analyst / Certified IT Technician.


    I know how you feel, it's gonna be ok. Don't worry. You'll get through it.
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    the_one111 , April 9, 2009 10:34 PM
    I am..

    I also am asked on what hardware to buy/software ALL THE TIME.

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    ispyamoose , April 9, 2009 10:35 PM
    I want that t-shirt, haha.
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    xrarey , April 9, 2009 10:35 PM
    I am ALWAYS fixing computers for others, especially when I have built computers. Somehow people don't understand that simply because I put together the hardware doesn't mean I am responsible for all the Windows woes...
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    MrBradley , April 9, 2009 10:36 PM
    I work at a computer store so it only seems natural for people to ask me to fix their pc's. :p 
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    jsloan , April 9, 2009 10:37 PM
    i need one of those tshirts :-)
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    kittle , April 9, 2009 10:40 PM
    I used to endup fixing peoples PCs a lot, but after explaining to them how they got in the mess in the first place.. the number of repeat fixes dropped off to zero.

    I *would* like that tshirt.
    but I also like the one I already have: "phd.com professional help desk"
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    Cuddles , April 9, 2009 10:40 PM
    Not a whole lot. Most of the computers that are around me are built by me and if I didn't build it I won't fix it.
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    daft , April 9, 2009 10:40 PM
    a daily basis. am considering making a business out of it because im getting tied up as it is
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    mcnuggetofdeath , April 9, 2009 10:42 PM
    lol. yep. Being an IT tech has that effect, not to mention a reputation as an uber nerd that precedes me amongst all my friends.
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    tommysch , April 9, 2009 10:42 PM
    I work in a Paper Mill IT dep so yes. But I dont always say yes.
    But im getting harassed most of the time as a free custom PC consultant. I should bill 150$/hour for consultancy...
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    Blessedman , April 9, 2009 10:43 PM
    yes and the pay sucks...
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    SAL-e , April 9, 2009 10:43 PM
    jsloani need one of those tshirts :-)

    I think I seen it at Zazzle.com If you don't find it, you can print own version ;) 
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    kittle , April 9, 2009 10:45 PM
    Hrm. i should answer the 2nd question.

    The most common problem was "Its slow" usually fixed by removing the 1,001 bloatware items from the system tray.
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    crisisavatar , April 9, 2009 10:45 PM
    once every 2 weeks or so ? not so bad, i am a gamer
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    icebain , April 9, 2009 10:46 PM
    It never stops, but I'm guaranteed to be in my mother-in-law's will for my services :D 
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    Tech-Boy , April 9, 2009 10:48 PM
    Yes, I live in a foreign country were computer parts will cost you a arm and a leg. Most people are still in the Pentium 2 and 3 era here just because parts are so expensive. I get asked to fix some sort of computer problem on a daily basis and people will literally beag and beag until you do it as the have no one else to turn to. Right now the Principal of the school my brother goes to wants me to fix her three other computers at the school!

    I find the main problems people are having with computers are:

    1- Viruses.
    2- Person Error.
    3- Memory ram kneading to be reset. Its very dusty here!
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    scryer_360 , April 9, 2009 10:50 PM
    Yes I'm always fixing others pc's. I worked for the GeekSquad for some time, and everyone finds out about it one way or another.
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    jhansonxi , April 9, 2009 10:52 PM
    I have a lot of customers that get the 100% off friends & family discount.
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