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A Career in Computer Maintenance

At one time, long before personal computers came to exist or became affordable and ubiquitous, General Electric designed a huge “mainframe” that they deployed in Boston. At the time, they believed that the entire city of Boston, all of its government offices, all its universities, its scientists, could easily be served by that one computer – all they would need would be to connect to it for a server at home. Routine computer maintenance shuts down servers and nodes on a regular basis these days; the GE mainframe was designed to never need any computer maintenance whatsoever – no software updates, no hardware upgrades. Thankfully for anyone who hopes to get into computer maintenance for a career, this isn’t the way things are done anymore. Because for people who have a technical bent of mind, and who love solving complicated tech problems, the computer maintenance niche is a godsend – it pays extremely well (starting salaries hover around $60,000), it comes with a good deal of respect, and it can be very satisfying to those who care.

The kind of training you need to get into computer support actually begins right at home – driven by a strong interest in learning about how machines work. As in most areas of problem solving, you don’t necessarily need to know everything to become an expert; you just need to know where you need to go to consistently find the answers. Put that together with a good deal of hands-on experience fixing your friends’ computer problems, and you’re off to a good start. Your formal training to become a computer maintenance technician starts in high school. Certification training courses exist in many high schools that count as credit towards a college degree or associate’s degree. Once you graduate from high school, you can run for a two-year or four-year graduation course, or you could attend community college that will send you out into the real world for hands-on experience. Certification though, is what will truly set you on your path.

A computer maintenance technician requires the certification of a competent authority in the field to be accepted at any business as an IT maintenance expert. Where you go for your certificates depends of course on the area of hardware that interests you. Basically, if working on hardware from a specific vendor is what really does it for you, you will of course need to apply for certification by that company. Several major vendors offer their specialized certifications – Novell, Microsoft MCSE., Apple and Cisco are just a couple of the most famous names. If your interests run more widely than the narrow focus of a single vendor, vendor neutral certifications should be your thing. The Computer Technology Industry Association Certification would be your goal here. An A+ certification from these people allows you to accept work in computer installation, preventive maintenance, basic networking, and computer security. If you go to a high school where they offer you classes to prepare for these certification exams, you could be in luck.

When you finally do qualify and get into the biz, make sure that you keep on learning. The computer industry is all about innovation and advancement. Nothing impresses your client like a little obscure program you can tip them off to that can solve a problem of theirs. However, if at any time, you should find out that you don’t have the answer to a problem, make sure that you admits as much up front, and make sure you know where to go to look for an answer. Too much damage is done to careers when people don’t have the stomach to admit that they don’t know.

PC Diagnostics and Maintanence

Today it is almost unheard of; either not to have or at least know how to use a computer. Little kids operate them as well as the adults these days. This is definitely the computer age. Every few years a new computer or operating system pops up that’s better than the one we currently have. This is the way of technology.

One way to make sure we keep our computers running at its optimum level is to do routine maintenance checks on them. Simple things can be done to keep our computers tuned. Its good to make sure our software and hard drives are up to date. Now day’s computers can be scheduled to check for updates and let you know when one is available.

Another good thing to do is make sure your system is protected against malware and hackers. Make sure you have a good firewall and an anti-virus program to help keep predators at bay. It is an important habit to run your anti-virus program on a regular basis. Better yet keep it on and let it run in the background. You can get combination protective software suites which are available on and off line. They have firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware and anonymous surfing in one software program.

There is all kind of supportive tools online for computers. There are many sites that offer freeware and free tests for your computer. If you suspect you are having a hardware issue you can go online and either use one of the freeware tests or purchase a download to try and resolve the issue yourself. If it is a problem you can’t resolve on your own you can print out the test results and give them to a technician so they can fix it for you.

If you are experiencing software issues sometimes all you have to do is uninstall and reinstall the software to correct the problem. If the software is corrupted and you are under some sort of guarantee you can get another one either free or at a discounted price.

Diagnosing computer problems can become quite complex. If, after doing all the things you can do possible to try and remedy a computer problem is to no avail, then it is time for a professional. Sometimes it turns out cheaper to hire a professional than to screw around our selves with a computer. We can cause more damage without knowing it and will wind up having to get a whole new system. When in doubt go for the technician.

Computer Maintenance

Maintenance schedule of a computer has to be two ways, the hardware maintenance and the software maintenance. The hardware maintenance is to check that the computer is dust free and the components that require oiling like fans are well oiled. Make sure all the components are seating well on their various positions such as the memory and the processor and the hard drive. This is very important in the sense that by time components can have moved slightly and if continuously used like that it can cause damage to the computer especially electronically. For a healthy computer system this maintenance will be required to be carried out thrice a year that is after every 4 months when operating the computer in a good dust free environment.

The software maintenance is when one is to check weather the software are up to dates and the antivirus is updated and on the guard. The disk fragmentation software has to be run as well to make sure information is seating well on the computer hard drive. It is very important that the software is kept up to date so that if there are any vulnerability in the software that has been updated your computer will stay up-to-date. Temporary file that accumulate as the computer operate are also deleted to create space. The temporary files also make the computer very slow in process the commands hence they need to be removed from time to time. This has also to be done intervals, for the anti-virus it has to be updated automatically each time there is a new release of the database for the anti-virus. The other software can be set to update also each time an update is available but this usually comes is one in a while say in two months but anti-virus are updated every week. The operating systems also releases some security patches and service pack updates, these are very important to update because the make software operate efficiently.

A Clean Screen Is The Bee’s Knees

Just like every other part of your office, your computer screen should be cleaned regularly. Dust, grime and fingerprints all take a toll on its clarity and brightness. The best approach is to gently clean it every two or three weeks with a commercial lens and screen cleaning wipe. These wipes are specially designed to clean fragile screens without damaging them. Of course, there are multiple methods for cleaning your screen. Whichever technique you use, here are some mistakes to avoid:

  • Never use paper towels, tissues and napkins. These products are all made of wood fibers and can scratch your screen. Also, they are not lint-free and will leave debris behind on the screen.
  • Never use tap water, because the bountiful minerals in it can damage your screen. Instead, make sure to always use distilled water.
  • Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto your screen. If the liquid drips down to the base of the screen, it can permanently damage it.
  • Never press hard on your screen. Rather than scrubbing it, only use enough pressure to hold the cleaning cloth or wipe to the screen.
  • Never clean your screen before shutting down your computer. If it’s a laptop, unplug the power adaptor and remove the battery first.
  • Never use any cleaning solutions that contain ammonia or alcohol. They are too powerful for the sensitive components of most computer screens.