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Are all Geeks truly smart?

Postby Mindblower » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:07 pm

Here is a link everyone needs to watch.
The Show This Week
What you should know before you call a geek in to fix your computer, so have some fun and enjoy the clip, Mindblower!


http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/ and then press the play button.

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Postby JeanInMontana » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:14 am

Hmm they have changed it to a lawn chemical film.
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Postby Mindblower » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:01 pm

Here's the new link (believe valid for only one week), Mindblower!

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/getting_gouged_by_geeks/

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Postby JeanInMontana » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:37 am

Thanks for the link. I have had similar results claimed from users on another forum(s). I have also had forum interaction with "IT Professionals" that made me glad it wasn't my company they were in control of.
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Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:55 am

There's just one thing about that article that annoys the heck out of me ........ it assumes all techies carry replacement parts for all machines (impossible to do).

In the video, the part that was actually bad was the RAM (if memory serves). Now to properly diagnose that without taking the machine in to the shop (or whatever place the company works out of), the technician would have to have a replacement RAM module that is suitable for that machine ..... so now we're into having to carry SD, DDR, DDR2 etc etc, then having the specific module (i.e. PC100, PC2100, PC2700 etc etc etc), of which there are hundreds.

On that note however, what the technicians should have had, was a RAM test disk. Microsoft, amongst others, offer an ISO that can be downloaded, which then allows booting of the system into a test environment, that will then test the module(s).

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

For those that don't have this btw, get it ..... been using it since they released it and it's been immensley helpful when working on not only my machines, but others aswell.
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Postby Mindblower » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:09 pm

The problem (which is fairly obvious) is that the computer repair service industry is NOT regulated. Just because some knows about computers, does not make them a repair person.

I speak from some experience being a "trouble shooter" (able to quickly identify what is causing the problem), and it's not computer related, but having this knowledge helps me track down some problems in other fields which others (the so-called experts) overlook.

Had they been trained, I'm hoping they might look at the total picture before offering a guess.

When I studied electronics, diagnosing the fault meant looking back wards and not stopping at the first part. Then we were instructed to try and determine what caused the part to wear out, and so on, Mindblower!


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