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Computer Repair The Consumer Dilemma

By Adriana Noton

Computers have become valuable sources of information storage, social networking opportunities, communication and entertainment. In fact, there are few things as private to some owners as their cell phone and their computer. While a cell phone, which needs repair, can easily be switched out and the SIM card placed in another cell phone, computer repair is not usually so simple or painless.

For some computer owners with a sick machine, a repair shop is the first and only stop. The time involved is not near as important as having the job done without fuss on their part. Others may choose to call in a friend or family member with some skill in repairing computers and this works with some varying degrees of success. Occasionally a computer owner may possess the skills to repair their own, or be very curious and attempt it anyway.

What any individual chooses is naturally up to them because it is after all, their machine. A repair shop may not be the speediest choice possible and this can be important to an individual who uses the computer to work. If a machine is sent to a repair shop when it comes back the work done is usually guaranteed which gives the owner recourse if the repair was not done to their satisfaction.

Sometimes the problem with the machine is not complex, and such problems as newly installed software causing errors or even viruses might be fixed by calling in a friend who knows how to work with computers. Unfortunately if the friend called in simply worsens the problem a computer owner is worse off with no recourse. Of course with such problems success is sometimes possible too and in that case the computer owner has saved the time and expense of using a repair service.

Not everyone is lacking in knowledge of hardware and software issues and these individuals usually repair the machines themselves. Even persons possessing minimal knowledge may attempt simple repairs such as replacing a hard drive, replacing a modem or upgrading a video or sound card. There is however on most machines a seal on the back and if this is broken in most cases the manufacturer warranty is voided.

If the problem with the computer is a lot more difficult than just a new hard drive or modem then the repair might require a lot more time and certain equipment. While repair shops have specialized diagnostic equipment to track down hardware failures the home owner is usually less well equipped. Unless the user cares to guess at the problem they are usually stuck and should send the machine out to be repaired.

If the computer user suspects a part is bad they might remove it and take it to the local repair shop for testing. Some shops will perform the testing free of charge while others will charge only a small fee. If the part is indeed bad then a replacement could be ordered but it may not solve the issue if that is only part of the failure. Unless the computer owner is dead set against using a repair shop then it could be when they reach the point where they cannot find the root cause then taking the machine in is the best solution.

In every instance, a computer user should evaluate their skills and knowledge versus the issue and skills required to fix it. While a computer user who has absolutely no wish to learn anything about a computer will send that machine off to San Antonio Computer Repair immediately, others may prefer to try and find the problem themselves. While it is never good to attempt to repair a machine when the person lacks the technical skills, brave souls may try it anyway and learn something in the bargain.

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Noton, Adriana "Computer Repair The Consumer Dilemma." Computer Repair The Consumer Dilemma. 22 Aug. 2010. 21 Apr 2016 <>.

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