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QOTD: Are You Always Fixing PCs for Others?

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?

  • PraxGTI
    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
    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
    I am..

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

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  • ispyamoose
    I want that t-shirt, haha.
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  • xrarey
    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
    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
    i need one of those tshirts :-)
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  • kittle
    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
    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
    a daily basis. am considering making a business out of it because im getting tied up as it is
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