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Looking For A Good Pc Repair Course

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#1 compudon


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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:27 PM

I am searching for a good pc service and repair correspondence course to teach me enough to pass the A+ exam and make some money. I tried Foley-Belsaw but the info was ten years old!!! Then I got some info on Ashworth University but their course is based on a book by Mike Meyers called A+ cert course. Ashworth U. couldn't answer any questions and I found out their operators are paid to sign people up (red flag).

I'm wondering if it is just as good to purchase a few good A+ cert books and study them. It is cheaper than the $700 most courses cost.

Sorry I had to list this in this forum. I didn't see a forum for educational info.

Here's the A+ books I've seen:





The last one has the best reviews and seems to be the most complete.

If there is a better forum for this to be in please let me know.

Thank You

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#2 Vaerli


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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:01 PM

books probably aren't going to beat a class, seeing as a class will probably deal hands on, which will definitely help more in that area.

I don't know that much about computer repair to give you advice, but I would go for the class, personally.

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#3 GaryT85


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Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:55 AM

if you ever learned to drive, im sure you did it in a car, not a book..

see the logic?

as good as the books may be for details, which will come in handy, there really isnt anything that beats actually having a go..

(another point to make is the fact that you may not have the resources to learn with, in terms of PCs and or hardware... if you did, it would be your responsibility to pay for anything that may get damaged during the learning process, where as do it as part of a course, then they will have insurance for that type of thing...

also if trying to learn about fixing a certain thing, you would need to have things set in certain scenarios... which you may not know how, they would)

im not a salesman for any of these training companies by the way..

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 02:59 PM

Take some time to check out the training situation. I was given a grant by the state for taking classes and the "school" was a joke. Luckily I was able to get what I needed from the course but there are a some places just wanting to take your money and plop you in front of a computer monitor, which isn't much better than a book.

You need a combination of hands-on and book knowledge. Start collecting old computers and take them apart and check out the insides. You will be amazed at what you can teach yourself.

Then, try and find a computer shop or geek that will give you the assistance you need.

Good luck.


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Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:45 PM

How I learned about computers was a lot just trying it hands on (besides a lot of help from this forum and other websites). I remember reading about the different parts and got interested so I started out with small things like taking the ram out. Then one day I got into it and before I knew it my whole computer was in pieces on my floor :thumbsup: . Luckily for me I didn't ruin anything, but it really helped me the most learning the different connections and what not. Also, while doing this I would get the occasional computer screw up and this helped me learn how to fix computers too.

One day for instance, I was blowing the dust out of a computer and afterwards it wouldn't do anything except bring up a weird amber light on the HDD indicator. I kept seeing if I broke the processor or something, but after a while I just tried tightening all the connections and then it started working! I was so relieved! Now I know to always check to make sure the cables are all secure.

As rigacci said, you should look into some getting some older computers and just messing around with them. Maybe you could get some computers that have compatible parts and you could try switching them out.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:45 AM

Go to a computer tech store, and ask them if they can teach you/provide a course for you to take..?

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