Taking Tech Support Into Your Own Hands

The modern world is demanding a lot more technical know-how from its population than ever before. As the devices you own become more powerful and useful to us, they also become a lot more complicated. This has resulted in a huge increase in the work that repair engineers and support teams have to do. But, these sorts of services cost money. And, it’s money that doesn’t have to be spent. Most of the items you use can be fixed with just a little bit of learning. To help you out, this post will be going through three different types of product, and the way you can solve issues with them.



Most people have some sort of computer, nowadays. Be it a laptop, desktop, or a smaller device; it’s almost impossible to get by without something like this, in the modern age. Some of the biggest issues that come with these items are as a result of software problems. And, any problem like this can be solved with relative ease; compared to hardware issues. To start, you need to search for your issue. To do this, you should consider the most basic terms you can use to describe your problem. If you have an error message; try to search for that. Use the top results to guide you, and try to fix the issue. Once you’ve exhausted Google, and you’ve tried everything, you could consider reinstalling your operating system. Make sure you create a backup of your files. And, then, you can use the built-in reset tools to get started.

Hardware problems with your computer might be a little harder to solve. Desktop computers can have parts changed without any fuss. But, laptops are much harder to work with; and, they are the most common. Thankfully, when a hardware component of your computer is broken, you should hear a series of beeps when you power it on. Research this beep code, and see if you can find any guides to help you to replace the broken part. Websites like eBay have parts available for most devices. Sometimes, though, you won’t be able to turn your PC on at all. Unfortunately, unless you know what you’re doing, you may have to take it to the shop at this point.


Small Electronics

When it comes to small electronics, like phones and tablets; you have to take a different approach. It can be much harder to diagnose issues with these sorts of devices because they are much less standardised than computers. To start, you need to do some troubleshooting. For example, you have a phone which won’t charge up. To start, you’d want to test the easiest part to replace. So, in this case, it would be the battery. So, you’d test the battery with a multimeter. If it is working within the correct voltage parameters; it’s fine. Now, you’d move on to testing the board delivering power to the battery. As you go through each part, you will eventually find the source of the issues. And, now, it’s time to fix it.

Once you have the information you need, you’re ready to start working on the fix for your device. If it’s software; you have an easy job. You just have to remember to backup all of your important information from the device; like SMS messages and contacts. Then, you can proceed with the work. If you’re working with hardware; you also need to backup everything. But, alongside this, you should also be looking for the help of a website like iFixIt. Their range of tools is great for any small device. And, they have hundreds of detailed guides relating to most phones and other small electronics. This sort of resource is great for anyone who isn’t comfortable with doing this sort of work on their own. Like with laptop parts, it’s best to source your device’s components from sites like eBay. But, you may find options from the manufacturer.


Large Electronics

Now, it’s time to look at some larger electronics. The troubleshooting process for something like a fridge or a TV is a little different to a computer or phone. Unfortunately, these items are the least standardised of the lot. And, this means that you have to look for very specific articles and guides to solve issues with them. To avoid taking something like this apart when you don’t know which part is broken, it can be worth looking up common problems with the exact model you have. When one of these issues matches yours, you know that it is likely to be the answer. And, now, performing your own appliance repair should be easy. So, it’s time to get to it.

With the resources behind you, fixing something like this could actually be easier than fixing a smaller device. The parts on a cooker are much larger than that of a phone. And, this gives you a lot more space. You will have to find some tools, though. Each guide should tell you exactly what you will need for the job. But, when buying tools, you should always go for the most versatile options. If you need a spanner and have found one with sockets; it would be a good option to go for. This sort of approach is used to ensure tools can be used for later jobs.

Why Bother?

At this point, this might look like a lot of effort to go to just to save some money on repairs and support. But, in reality, doing this can save you more than just money; it can also save you time. Having to wait for an item to be fixed can be a painful time. So, instead, it can be better to expedite the process by doing it on your own. Getting to know the devices you use is a great way to ensure you can keep fixing them in the future. And, it will help you to save money long into the future.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done; if you want to start saving some big bucks on your electronics and IT problems. Going in the future, it’s not inconceivable that this sort of practice will become very common. The need to recycle and reuse is very prominent in society. And, this will continue to have an impact on technology.

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Cascade of Colour is a UK Male Lifestyle blog delving in to the world of Mens Fashion and Grooming, Food, Music, Design, Tech and Travel. Want to get in touch? Drop me an email at cascadeofcolour@gmail.com

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