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Learning about computers for free?


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#1 LadySapphira

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

Hi everyone. I have some extra time on my hands and was wondering how you all learned about computers - some of you have very good answers/can really help people with their computer problems. So, I was wondering where a good place to start is. There's so much information out there and not very much guidance.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:12 AM

Personally, I started by taking everyone elses junk computers and dissassembling them and re assembling them, mixing and matching until I figured out what did what etc and once I had the basics down, doing research online, (google, wikipedia, places like BC) asking friends etc. time and experience.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 07:19 AM

I bought some books on A+ certification, then I found an online course for A+ certification. It's out of business now.. But like Patriot, I started gathering my buddies old unused computers and started tearing them apart and combining them to make working ones. There is a lot of good info online. The course I was taking was $10 (US) and self paced, there are others out there and some are very affordable if you wanted to that. :blink:
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:34 PM

99.9% of what I learned was self-taught. When I got my first computer I spent the better part of 3 months exploring the computer, clicking things to find out what they were and using google to find out things. Lots of trial and error those early months but it helped me learn.

I also had 2 computer gurus. One was my then 18 year old son who usually gave me a "mom, you are so ignorant" look when I asked him questions then he wanted to do whatever for me instead of guiding me through it. I finally told him HE was new to a lot of things at one time and I didn't treat him as ignorant or stupid because he didn't know how to do them.

My other guru lived in Mississippi and I called him a lot.

I learned how to install a hard drive, replace the cmos battery, video/sound cards, my cd rom, and reinstall Windows because I was to cheap to pay someone else to do it.

Yes there is a lot of information on the net. Some of it is excellent, some is not so good. After a while you realize that there are some sites that are very reliable. I have a few I tend to use over and over.

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