Newbie want to learn Computer Repair

By cricket1001 ·
I am retiring early on 2/26/2010 at age 57 and would like to get into computer repair as a part time job. What classes would I take?

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What is your knowledge level

by shasca In reply to Newbie want to learn Comp ...

What aspects of repair are you already familiar with?
What do you feel are your strong points?
What are your intended aspirations you want to accomplish?
If you want to start at ground level, the attached training org. and course at the top of the list is the best place to begin.

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I'd suggest you save your class money.

by Ron K. In reply to Newbie want to learn Comp ...

Learn at home. There are 1,000's of websites for learning about computers.<br>
COMPTIA A+ Certifications are just a piece of paper. Nice to have on a business card but they don't prove anything.<br>
Get a computer or 2 or a dozen and take a few apart or better yet, put new components in them. Upgrade them as far as they'll go. <br>
Network them through a router, a switch and wirelessly. <br>
Install XP Pro, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 on various hardware. Do it a dozen times for each and you'll eventually remember to have all of the drivers before you install them, :^0 Maybe. <br>
Working on computers isn't the same as working on VCRs used to be. It is and it isn't. For one thing VCRs used to cost hundreds of dollars. That was a good time to have a side-job fixing them. Now VCR tape players are cheap. People don't fix them, they throw them away. Computers are almost a throw away commodity for many home users. <br>
VCR's were a cinch to fix too. Computers can be a PITA to fix. Anyone should be able to install an operating system but what are you going to do if there's valuable (priceless ) data that MUST be saved? Learn how to save it. <br>
I have roughly fifty-grand's worth of hoohaa on my computer. Unless I had backups, which I do, formatting and reinstalling an OS wouldn't be an option. You need to know better than to simply say, "I have to reinstall the OS." <br>
I don't know how it is where you are but around here there are 8 brick and mortar computer repair shops on the main street and this is a small town. Everyone and their uncle is into computer repair. It's like having a lawn service around here. You have to mow for the rock bottom dollar or you're not going to get any business. Even if you do get business you'll be eating PB&J sandwiches for lunch instead of dining at Red Lobster. <br>
My advice is to buy a used boat and go fishing a lot. At the end of the first year you'll probably be money ahead of where you'd be if you just now start learning how to fix computers. <br>
I have zero overhead and a smidgin of knowledge but there is NO WAY I want to fix computers for a living. Everybody seems to want something for nothing. I'd rather fish.<br>
You're not retired if you're having to work. I'm retired. I'm 53 and haven't worked for the past four and a half years. I don't miss it a bit.

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In my neck of the woods

by santeewelding In reply to I'd suggest you save your ...

Pays more to run guns, drugs, and women across the border, which I'm thinking about doing, if I retire.

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Probably much safer to

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to In my neck of the woods

After all Irate Domestic Customers are Nasty so I try to avoid them whenever possible.

I did try retiring and then only work part time but things didn't turn out that way I'm now working harder to support the Bank's, My Staff, The Companies who supply the Cars Servicing, The Office Supply Companies and God only knows who else and I've forgotten what my Play Toys look like. :_|

Life was so much easier when I worked for a Boss.


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Sounds like work so I'm not going to do it.

by Ron K. In reply to In my neck of the woods

I'm going to stick with spreading negative vibes.

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Ron I'm going to have to report you to Taminkins

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Sounds like work so I'm n ...

You have used that Disgusting 4 Letter W word yet again. :0

Will you never learn?


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I screwed up. I'll try not to let it happen again. (NT)

by Ron K. In reply to Ron I'm going to have to ...
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I would say save your money on Courses

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Newbie want to learn Comp ...

And do as suggested above. Get a couple of systems and tear them apart and rebuild them several times at both the Software and Hardware levels. That will teach you far more than any class could.

There also used to be very Inexpensive CD's available with instructions on Repairing Computers, I've never actually used one but I've been told that they are quite helpful to those who are not quite sure what they are doing but I personally prefer things like the Ultimate Boot CD as a Diagnostic Tool.

It's very good and what makes it even better is it's regularly updated and it's Free.


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by shasca In reply to Newbie want to learn Comp ...

Interesting opines folks.
I don't think I would have had a clue as to what I was doing if I hadn't gotten some classroom training prior to diving in head first.
I can't always figure it out all by myself. I need someone to explain to me why.

" But the book said it's supposed to work like this"

Maybe, just maybe, it doesn't come to all of us as easy as it apparently does to youall.

I stand by my advice to get some classroom traing first.
If it's taught at a local Communit College it can actually be a kick in the sss and be a way to network with others.

Maybe being a "Lone wolf" isn't the best way.

If you are wanting to start a business, and have NO previous jobs to use as references, some schoolin on your business card just may open that first door to that first job.

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Completely agree

by santeewelding In reply to hhmmm

That's how I did it.

I was so bad that, in my very first class, when he said, "Okay, folks, turn on your computers", I had to ask, "How?"

If not for that class, I would be looking still for that button.

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