No one can escape computer problems

Hello welcome to the computers with ease podcast. it’s been about 2 1/2 years since I bought my last computer and I was having difficulty with it so I thought to myself it’s time to get a new computer.  I had been thinking about several options in terms of either buying one off the shelf or building one myself , ever since myself and a friend had built my wife’s latest computer I thought it would be another interesting experience for me to build my own.

This I thought would also give me the opportunity to get exactly the equipment that I wanted being the geek that I am I thought I would go for a higher end processor with lots of RAM and definitely increased my hard drive space.

So I went ahead and purchased the kit from a distributor and once I got all the parts I found a wonderful colleague to help me put the system together thinking that once we built it the hard part was over. Well unfortunately boy was I wrong.  This computer has turned out to be nothing but problems from beginning to end.

The initial assembly went very well but within several hours I noticed there was a problem, the computer would freeze up unexpectedly or would restart unexpectedly.  Myself and my friend have spent numerous days, hours and even weeks trying to figure out what’s going on.

I’ve replaced multiple items within the computer and I’m still no farther ahead, the computer is still not running properly and as you can imagine it’s very frustrating.  You may be wondering why my telling you this particular story, well because we all have difficulties and frustrations and questions with our computers including those of us who work with them on a daily basis.

I myself have been working with computers for 35 years and so yes it even happens to me the best advice that I can give you is start slowly, be persistent and develop a plan to solve your problem or come up with a solution.  It may be to ask someone else to assist you as I’ve had to do during this computer build more than once.

it may be developing a plan to say I’m going to do step one then step two and then step three and then I’m going to reevaluate where I am.  What I’ve learned, what I need to do and then figure out how I get to the next step.

But no matter what you decide to do and how you decide to do it look upon it as a learning experience and you will do much better and have a much better or have a much more enjoyable experience in the long run.

If you have any questions, comments or things you’d like to see in this podcast please feel free to e-mail me at darrell@computerswithease.com you may also want to visit my website which is www.computers with ease.com Thank you very much.

P.S.  The computer is now fixed and working well.  The problem was a faulty memory chip which passed all memory tests.

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