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Possible to learn enough about computers to deny professional help?

#1MoonDanceKidPosted 7/9/2012 6:09:05 PM
I was curious about something. Is it possible that people who frequent computers, such as many people on this board, to get to the point where they are able to fix and manage all of their computer problems without ever needing to go to a specialist?

My cousin said he feels as though he gets ripped off whenever he goes to Geek Squad to ask for service, but I wanted to know is there ever a point where anyone could become computer savvy enough to never have to ask for any aid?

I know its different for various subjects. For example, Accounting is a complicated field where you may want a certified CPA to manage your books before you ever think about it, but is it the same for computers?
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#2KulaXDiamondPosted 7/9/2012 6:10:22 PM
I'm pretty sure there is. I mean, just like some people some shops have the most dull minded people out there. It's just a matter of practice and learning.
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#3DV8ingSourcesPosted 7/9/2012 6:11:59 PM(edited)
You want to be good with computers? Learn how to research and collect facts, then google is all you need for 99.9% of the problems a person may come across.

Eventually you see patterns and retain a fair bit of information and end up not needing google for most things.
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#4TheWarhammeronlPosted 7/9/2012 6:14:21 PM
Just like cars.

Mechanics will rip you apart with prices.

But plenty of people know enough to fix up cars.

So at the end of the day....duh? Of course there are people out there who know enough about computers to fix it themselves? Am I understand the question?
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#5JPlaya26Posted 7/9/2012 6:15:53 PM
Absolutely. My computer had a crippling virus. Instead of spending money having someone look at the thing, I could get the SAME diagnosis and solution simply by finding out the information online. The availability of information on the Internet is so fantastic and readily available that you SHOULD be able to find and fix whatever there is to your heart's desrie. The only thing that would hold you back is how complicated and time consuming the thing may be.
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#6Digital StormPosted 7/9/2012 6:16:09 PM
You never get to the point where you're able to fix all your problems. That's where having friends at similar levels of expertise can be beneficial as you can bounce ideas off of or ask if something sounds... cattywampus.

You can always learn more.
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#7Rolen74Posted 7/9/2012 6:16:16 PM
I'm usually able to solve most problems on my own, and will never go to any computer service for help. If there's ever a problem I can't figure out I just reinstall Windows. It's good to occasionally have a fresh install anyways.
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#8arleasPosted 7/9/2012 6:17:53 PM
If you're willing to do research, there's very little you need professional help with.

The one thing that comes to mind is hard drive data recovery... that's not something for amateurs...like if your hard drive logic board fails and you THINK you can get a replacement, or if the hard drive crashes and you want to get some vital piece of info off of the dead drive... it's not like you can just open it up and transplant the disc and bingo, it works!

Stuff like swapping out bad equipment, or reinstalling the OS or whatever? Yeah, that's no big deal and they'll rip you off if you take it in.

Half the time they'll charge you for something as simple as plugging in a cable that came loose.
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#9BogePosted 7/9/2012 6:19:51 PM
I've been messing with computers since the 90s and I haven't had one issue (since my first year) that I've had to ask anyone what to do. I've also not bumped into a problem that I wasn't able to solve either.

I think a lot of it is knowing your computer. Knowing the hardware, knowing what's been installed, what's it's been used for, etc. That's what helps you know what to do to fix it.
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#10iscareu13Posted 7/9/2012 6:20:57 PM(edited)
~75% of my problems on my own without any help.
~24% I need some Google'ing for.
~1% I will ask either a board or a friend.

Two years ago, my Google rates were MUCH higher.

As an above poster said, you start noticing patterns and other things between issues and over time learn them so Google isn't needed.