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How to Fix Any Computer... And Quietly Weep

By , republished with permission from <b>Matthew Inman</b> - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 84 comments

An illustrated guide.

If you're a diehard reader of Tom's Hardware, then you're likely the sort who does all his own work on your computers. Sure, hardware may have its problems but sometimes those issues may seem minor in comparison to a software headache. After all, you can always swap out a piece of hardware, but it's tougher to just pick out something that's just not working at the software level.

We may have dozens upon dozens of guides on how to better your computing experience here at Tom's but sometimes it all just comes down a simple couple of steps. The online comic strip The Oatmeal has an illustrated guide on how to fix any computer:

 

Republished with permission from Matthew Inman, creator of "The Oatmeal" web comic.

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    Thilindi , April 20, 2011 1:07 PM
    "Buy a new Mac. Overdraw your account. Quietly Weep."

    Ok, now THAT was funny.
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    Thilindi , April 20, 2011 1:07 PM
    "Buy a new Mac. Overdraw your account. Quietly Weep."

    Ok, now THAT was funny.
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    plznote , April 20, 2011 1:10 PM
    "Light from Saturn"
    Blame Sun Microsystems.
    Hilarious.
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    CyberAngel , April 20, 2011 1:20 PM
    I'm still using my Amiga 3000....
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    hangfirew8 , April 20, 2011 1:22 PM
    Linux Kernel is written in C, not C++.
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    guruofchem , April 20, 2011 1:23 PM
    We weep quietly for you, CyberAngel...
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    irsoccer05 , April 20, 2011 1:23 PM
    That was pretty funny. I'm impressed.
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    azconnie , April 20, 2011 1:24 PM
    Step 3, reload your files from that backup you were keeping. You were backing up, rite?

    If this says anything, it's PC FTW. It's the only one that can be reasonably serviced at home with minimal cost, and hazard, provided you take very simple preparation steps.

    On a related note, Windows: Partition HDD. Install to new partition. Take salvageable files from old partition and install to new. Delete old partition. BACK UP FILES THIS TIME.
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    a-nano-moose , April 20, 2011 1:27 PM
    What if my Abacus crashes?
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    puddleglum , April 20, 2011 1:29 PM
    CyberAngelI'm still using my Amiga 3000....

    Yeah, I loved my Amiga 3000 more than anything I've used since or anything you can get today.
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    cookoy , April 20, 2011 1:41 PM
    pretty much sums up what our IT support team is doing
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    Horhe , April 20, 2011 1:43 PM
    Funny how he nailed it in all cases.
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    Diversian , April 20, 2011 1:46 PM
    a-nano-mooseWhat if my Abacus crashes?

    Haha, so funny. It's odd you say that, I almost bought this 2 days ago.
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    kilo_17 , April 20, 2011 1:47 PM
    Great comic!
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    nukemaster , April 20, 2011 1:50 PM
    a-nano-mooseWhat if my Abacus crashes?

    Slide all beads back to the starting position and try again.
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    K2N hater , April 20, 2011 2:07 PM
    Bravo!
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    rmirwin2 , April 20, 2011 2:08 PM
    Anyone care to write one for corporate IT? :-)
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    pkellmey , April 20, 2011 2:08 PM
    puddleglumYeah, I loved my Amiga 3000 more than anything I've used since or anything you can get today.


    I second that. It took nearly a decade before PCs were able to match my Amiga 2000 for graphics and sound.
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    Anonymous , April 20, 2011 2:11 PM
    That view of Linux might have been funny about 10 years ago, but now it only shows vast ignorance eager to pollute others. I switched from Windows (XP) to Linux (Ubuntu) a few years ago, and I would never go back. After some rough spots getting used to the differences, I found it both easier to use and more reliable than Windows. I don't need the Windows games and everything else is there in abundance.
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    Bolbi , April 20, 2011 2:14 PM
    Actually, modern Windows 7 reinstalls don't lose all of your files. Even if you don't back them up (which you really should), the installer dumps all of the old files into the a folder named "Windows.old". In the end, the PC steps seem to be the most painless (unless you're a millionaire!).
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    masterasia , April 20, 2011 2:15 PM
    That's pretty funny and somewhat true.
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