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The 6 Computer Maintenance Steps [Pic]

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Trumple07
Male, 13-17, Europe
 425 Posts
Saturday, April 21, 2012 4:45:59 AM
@OldOllie

Have you ever considered getting some more RAM? Or perhaps a newer OS? You sound like the kind of guy who thinks "they don't make 'em like they used to" and still runs XP and complains when it crashes
I run simulation software on Win7, and in the mean time I'm surfing, I have pdf/word documents open, skype, all that jazz. Maybe even play a game for a while on top of that. Never had a crash...
Check your hard drive isn't failing on you (or your RAM sticks)
You computer isn't supposed to crash at all....you act like Bill Gates wanted computers to crash

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14367 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 10:43:52 PM
...some companies pushing out updates without proper testing and then fixing the bugs from said updates. this isn't typically the larger companies (apple/microsoft), but it happens often enough that I let newest versions of things to be established for a few weeks before I even considering updating.


Are you serious? MS puts out nothing but half-baked beta crapware, and then lets us find the bugs for them. They quit supporting Office '97 5 yrs ago, and they NEVER DID get the bugs out of that. "What? You have a new OS? Call me when you release SP3." And it's not just MS, but they're the worst.

Most people don't have crashes because they don't make their computers work. When I'm working, I have 8-10 browser tabs, 4-5 Word files, 2 email clients, and 1-2 Excel files, and yes, from time to time it crashes. I curse the bloody hole from which Bill Gates was spewed, and then I go back to work. When I'm just surfing, though, it NEVER crashes.

PacoP42
Male, 13-17, Western US
 1081 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 10:32:08 PM
it's not really that hard to figure out what's wrong...just check temps and hard drive health with free and user-friendly software. if there are obvious signs of ram/slot failure (random frustrating BSODs) then run memtest86. 90% of the time you can pinpoint the problem, and from there it's easy to fix

Suicism
Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Friday, April 20, 2012 12:51:17 AM
Or - build your own system without all the backdoors and useless add-ons, with solid hardware and an OEM OS for about the same price - and learn how to use safe mode.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14367 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:36:44 PM
Langer, there's one other difference: in business, they pay you $40k/yr.; in academia you pay THEM $40k/yr. And syncing Outlook to a phone is a useful skill that is probably beyond the capabilities of most computer science professors.

darkmagic14n
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1633 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:43:53 PM
the problem corpsecrank and nettech arise from some companies pushing out updates without proper testing and then fixing the bugs from said updates.

this isn't typically the larger companies (apple/microsoft), but it happens often enough that I let newest versions of things to be established for a few weeks before I even considering updating. I'd rather stability than be on the bleeding edge

Corpsecrank
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 875 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:21:15 PM
"updates are to repair problems, if you aren't experiencing problems, you have no reason to update"

Not true in the case of security updates and product enhancements....

Or stability entrenchments. If the code gets cleaned up and runs more efficiently then the update was well worth it. The real question is why NOT update rather than why update if things seem fine.

Langer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 391 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:41:31 PM



have you tried turning if off and on again? :D

nettech98
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 989 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:04:27 PM
"updates are to repair problems, if you aren't experiencing problems, you have no reason to update"

Not true in the case of security updates and product enhancements....

Swash
Male, 30-39, Australia
 225 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:23:34 PM
I'm speaking from experience too, Dark. I'm a computer service technician. I never reinstall the OS unless it's absolutely necessary and when I do I give the customer the option of having their profile data rescued first.

That said, the corporate service techs for HP, Dell and the like, yes, they'll reimage as their first option because they only work with their own tech and have an image with drivers already in place.

For a non-standard build it's the drivers that take up most of the time - the OS installer can be left to run itself for most of the operation, but driver installation requires a whole bunch of individual installers that have to be located, downloaded and then executed. Much more time effective to run a few scanners.

darkmagic14n
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1633 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:07:17 PM
when it is explained that those were what had been causing the constant popup advertising.


what you really mean is that when they reinstalled the OS, it lost those; seriously, 99/100 when you get your computer 'fixed' by someone, they reinstall the OS instead of finding out what was actually wrong.

I'm coming from experience here, it wasn't even a software issue (though they claimed it was), it ended up being 2-3 bad caps near the video card. $15 later and a little soldering, and the computer hasn't had issues for 5 years

Swash
Male, 30-39, Australia
 225 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:51:27 PM
Step 5 is inaccurate. People don't tank technicians. They complain that their custom cursors have been removed and that the toolbar they really like is missing and continue to complain when it is explained that those were what had been causing the constant popup advertising.

Then they take their PC home and load it up with all the same crap that caused the problem in the first place.

ForSquirel
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1673 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:47:07 PM
I'm not typing on a laptop, so this doesn't apply to me.

In other news, this sub is boring.

darkmagic14n
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1633 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:16:32 PM
updates are to repair problems, if you aren't experiencing problems, you have no reason to update

I would also never take my computer somewhere for repair; its not theirs, so they have no hesitations about reinstalling the OS and losing all data

insane_ai
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 686 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:43:48 PM
Step five needs to include paying the tech that fixed your computer.

Why is that part left out or taken as a surprise so often?

Maybe people think we techies spend our time and money on learning how to work so we can take care of them. What's next ObamaTech legislation?

8BitHero
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5426 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:52:52 PM
The only type of people that do this are the ones that use Facebook. Freaking out because they won't be able to update their status or poke someone.

tedgp
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3283 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:32:47 PM
Pathetic submission yet again.

i_love_anime
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 175 Posts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:13:36 PM
Link: The 6 Computer Maintenance Steps [Pic] [Rate Link] - Damn, this is the story of my life every time my crappy work PC craps out.


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