New model computers are introduced in Berkeley California daily. You may love a certain brand and purchase it. But if you forget or be careless about repairing and maintaining them then you will face various technical problems.
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Laptop Hardware Repair
I have had many people over the years complain to me about computer repair shop problems. There are industry certifications for computer repair, but there isn't any law requiring companies to have these certifications or actually any training at all. There have been a couple of recent and interesting studies done evaluating computer repair companies.
In one such study a reporter unplugged the power to the hard drive from the power supply inside the computer. Fixing this would take less than 1 min. Several computer repair specialist were called to diagnose and fix the problem. About half of the individuals called were able to fix it for the minimum one-hour site visit charge. The other half either charged more, or had to take the computer back to their shop. Some of the technicians that took the computer back to the shop required that more hardware be purchased and one of them totaled more than $250 in additional hardware to fix the problem.
Another recent study took 18 computer stores, some large corporations like Best Buy and CompUSA and others were small mom and pop computer stores and gave them a total of 31 common and simple computer problems. Surprisingly, the computer repair shops could not solve 18 of the 31 problems. Of those 18 stores, only 7 stores were able to properly diagnose a bad hard drive cable. 8 of the 18 shops advised the computer owner to replace perfectly good parts averaging $340 in useless repairs.
The 18 stores were also given a computer with a faulty CD ROM drive.Only 8 of those stores re-attached the audio cable to the CD ROM drive.
A third study had 1 guy take a laptop with a failing hard drive into a computer repair store to get the hard drive problem diagnosed and replaced. On average the computer repair shops charged him over $100 dollars for backing up the 20 Gigs of data off the hard drive, another $200-$300 to replace the hard drive and an additional $150-$200 charge for removing spyware (which wasn't on the computer to begin with). After all was said and done, the reporter took the laptop to his 14-year-old neighbor who put in a new hard drive and got it working for the cost of the hard drive.
This is pretty depressing is not it?
So what should you do if you have computer problems? These 6 tips below should help you out.
1. Check to see if the computer is under warranty, and if it is, let the manufacture fix it.
2. Back up all of your data. It's a good idea to keep backups anyway.
3. Use some diagnostic tools to try to determine or solve the problems yourself.
4. Locate and recovery disks that came with your PC. These might be necessary in restoring it or could be used to perform diagnostic checks as well.
5. Ask your friends for recommendations on computer repair shops or people and be sure to check to see if they have insurance and certifications.
6. When you drop off the machine, get a written estimate of what the repair will cost and how long it will take. Tell the technicians you want to approve any additional costs and part replacements.
And if all else fails. Google it!
Computer Repair, Buyer Beware!
HP Repair In Berkeley California
In order to become a good laptop repair service personnel, or if you want to repair your own laptop, you're going to need to know the common problems that you'll encounter. The problems can range from the power source, to the internal hardware.
1. Taking It Apart
Taking the laptop apart can become a major problem to you if you want to fix the internal hardware. This is the first thing that you need to know. If you don't know how to do it, Google it, because if you do it wrong, you might end up damaging the laptop.
Different brand will require a different way to take it apart.
2. Power source
The power source can also become a common problem. Again, you're going to need to take it apart to fix this. Sometimes, the adapter or the power jack might become the cause of the problem.
Fan malfunction or unsuitable working environment (hot environment, no air flow, etc) can become the reasons why your laptop overheated. An overheat computer can shut itself down. So, you're going to need to ensure the fan is working and you have the suitable working environment. If it keeps overheating, I would suggest you to buy an external cooling fan.
4. Hard drive malfunction
Hard drive can become malfunction if it experiences constant physical and movement shock. However, after the creation of the solid state technology, this problem has been reduced significantly and fewer people now experience this.
5. Cracked Screen
Due to the nature of the laptop mobility, it faces a major screen problem where people sometimes can cause the screen to crack due to the reasons such as unsuitable storage bag. In order to avoid this, store your laptop in a suitable bag and never put any heavy stuff on top of it.
6. Finding The Parts
Let's say for example you have a hard drive failure. Yours is a SATA hard drive. But because you don't know what the hardware is and where to find it, you end up buying a different hard drive. It might delay your repair job. Check your local Yellow Pages or the Internet to ensure that you're aware of the shops.
7. Water Damaged Laptop
Drinking while using the laptop can cause spill to your keyboard or the surrounding areas. This will cause corrosion to your internal hardware and you need to have access to the internal hardware in order to fix it. Therefore, it is advisable not to drink or eat anything when operating the computer.
These 7 common laptop repair problems are the problems that you need to be aware of. By knowing these, it'll be easier for you to prepare yourself and to repair laptop.