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Poll: When your computer has problems, who do you turn to?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 5, 2014 9:22 AM PDT
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online forums
by DF. / September 5, 2014 10:32 AM PDT

I've had a lot of success over the years with online forums, particularly Malwarebites and Windows.
It gives me a good access to experts and I can then solve the problem.

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by James Denison / September 5, 2014 12:43 PM PDT

I turn to myself, the internet, or linux forum specific to my need at the time.

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who do i turn to for computer problems
by kathyt / September 5, 2014 12:50 PM PDT

while I am very much an amateur with computers, I have used a number of your choices.
It depends on what type of problem I have had. Friends, the Internet and Computer repair shops have all helped me at different times.

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Do it myself
by Zouch / September 5, 2014 7:47 PM PDT

Most stuff I can handle straight off, where it's something I've not come across before, I'll chcek online resourced and learn the principles to add it to my skill set.

Sure, it's a learning curve to start with but a real investment for the future. And you donlt have to wait for the shop or your favourite techie to have the time to fix it.

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Me, Myself and I(nternet)
by Bob_Meyer / September 6, 2014 12:07 AM PDT

I usually do it myself with advice from the internet. Generally, If I can't do it myself, I replace the computer. And occasionally, truth be told, I try and mess it up to the point that I have to fall back on replacement.

Recently, I took an aftermarket refurbished laptop in to a local computer repair shop to get the DC jack replaced. In the process of repairing it, they managed to 1) kill the motherboard and 2) short out the CMOS clock board when they replaced the mobo. ****.

So, in return for paying $200 for "repairs" they gave me a comparable refurb from their stock. I should have just replaced it with a new one to start with. I should have let them keep the one they trashed and replaced it with a new one. I shouldn't have paid the $200. But I did.

So it goes.

Bob Meyer

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by Bob__B / September 6, 2014 12:19 AM PDT

Me first.
Goggle second.

Then I come to the forums and beg for "pearls of wisdom".

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I take it as far as I can
by itsdigger / September 6, 2014 1:09 AM PDT

and than come here to the forums and talk to the pro's.
Lot's-o-knowledge here ...


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One of the majority
by netsiu / September 6, 2014 9:34 AM PDT

Me first, Cnet Forums then Google.
Repair shop last ditch effort but I have never been happy with the way it works afterwards. takes awhile to straighten all the kinks out.

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