28 January, 2018 by Gary Cox
It is natural when you own a computer to become attached to it to a certain degree. This is also true if you work in a company that uses computers, you can become attached to the computer that helps you do your work. But many times our computers have issues and we are far to invested in them to take notice. Sometimes we are also far to invested in our business to notice the same problems. Bottom line, when a problem first starts, an expert needs to have a look as soon as possible.
- Little problems nearly always become big problems.
There are several key things that a casual computer user does on a daily basis that can result in a massive problem down the road. These same problems are then repeated by people in the work place, because people have similar computer habits at work that they have at home.
- Over use of cleaning programs and efficiency scanners.
- Refusal to acknowledge error messages.
- Failure to clean out old programs and files.
- Not getting routine maintenance.
When you don’t correct these problems immediately they get worse. When problems get worse they eventually render the machine unusable. A trip to the computer repair technician is needed and comes at a higher cost than it would have. Bottom line is that proper care of a computer and routine check ins with an expert are both important to proper health and your wallet. As much as you shouldn’t go years without seeing your doctor, your computer should not go years without seeing its doctor.
- Consider your problems before you take it to a repair person.
As most computer repair technicians will tell you, “we are not mind readers, we need to know roughly what is wrong to be able to fix it”. You don’t need to have a degree to be able to notice what is wrong with your machine. But taking your computer to the technician only to state that its acting “funny” does not help you, your computer, or the technician. Proper communication can mean you get your device back faster than if they have to guess what is wrong. If your repair service comes to you they may need several days to fix a problem that could have been fixed faster with better communication. This can affect how efficient your business is.
Sometimes the simplest act of giving them a call, and describing what is wrong, can ease your mind about what is happening, computer problems can be scary. Especially if you rely on them to earn a living. A very simple problem may happen and it looks world ending to you. But to your computer repair expert it is a simple fix.
- All computers have an expiration date.
We all wish our computers were stamped with a date when it is officially going to no longer function. But sadly, much like a car, they do not. This is due in part to advancements in replacement parts and systems. Even with steady replacement of bad parts, good care, and a proper use of a computer it will eventually die. Generally, this news is shared with you over the phone by your computer repair service. This is not the end of the world, it happens. Learning how to judge when enough replacing is enough is an art as much as it is a science. You have to balance your love of your machine with common sense. Eventually you end up investing more than a replacement device would cost. A good computer repair service is trained to know when and how to tell you it is time to replace it.
All in all, the best advice for any person considering a computer repair service or computer repair advice is this: Always consider if your judgement of the situation is clouded or not by how much you are attached to your computer.
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