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Moi? Fix a Computer?

Why would you ever want to attempt to fix a computer yourself? Well, if you decide to have the local computer repair shop work on your computer or even one of the large superstores, you can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 to $70 per hour for labor and there is usually a 1 or 2 hour minimum labor charge. In addition to the labor charge, there is also a charge for whatever parts they install in your computer. Some places will charge you to not only fix the problem, but also to diagnose the problem. In addition, you may have to wait a few days before the repair shop can even get to your computer.

In 1997, one of the TV news magazines aired a program on getting a computer repaired. They took the same computer, with the same problem, to 3 or 4 different repair shops to have it repaired so they could compare prices. The repair bills ranged from $200 to replace a hard drive to one shop recommending that they trade the computer in on a new one because it was not repareable. In reality, the only problem with the computer was that the hard drive's data cable was unplugged!

Working on a computer doesn't require a degree in engineering or computer architecture. Hopefully the following will give you the confidence to at least attempt to solve a problem yourself before paying someone else to do it.

Note, there are some problems that you are just not going to be able to figure out, so hopefully you have a trustworthy computer repair shop in your area.


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