I Need Help!
Everyone needs some help once in awhile. Most of the time minor problems can be fixed with just a little maintenance. Scandisk, Defrag, disk cleanup, etc., can do wonders for how a computer runs.
But sometimes all of that doesn't help. If you have checked for spyware and come up clean, checked for virus with an updated scanner and you are still having problems, you need help!
Just because you are having a problem with your computer doesn't mean you have to take it into a computer repair shop, you may be able to fix the problem yourself! The problem is, you don't know where to turn for help. If you are lucky, you have a friend with a lot of computer savvy that will come to your rescue. But wouldn't you like to know how to fix these computer problems yourself?
Learn to use Google. Getting a strange error message? Bring up Google and type in the error and press enter. You will probably get a ton of hits (links to sites) to check out. Read carefully and you may learn just how to fix your computer problem. Didn't find anything? Maybe you need to be more specific in what you ask. Linda Johnson has a neat tutorial on how to search.
If you decide to join a Yahoo Group or maybe Freelists, or a forum (there are hundreds of forums), please remember this:
1. These folks are happy to help you, but don't expect an answer immediately. The members have a life and are not always on the 'net.
2. When you ask a question, provide as much information as possible, like what version of Windows you have, an exact error message if possible, what you were doing when the problem started. Make your subject line pertinent, like 'My computer will only start in Safe Mode' and please, please, don't make your subject 'Help!'.
3. A simple 'Thank you' is always appreciated when the problem has been fixed. (But don't forget to trim!)
Some great Yahoo Computer Groups
- Computer Help and Discussion (General and all versions of Windows)
- Computer Tips and Tricks (General and all versions of Windows)
- WinTips-Tricks (General and all versions of Windows)
- WinXPHelp (Windows XP, and possibly Windows 7)