High street computer retailers and repair shops will typically be able to repair most, if not all, computer faults for you, albeit at a high cost, and a high turnaround time. In most cases it's actually more than possible to repair these things yourself. You might feel like you haven't got the confidence or the skills to do so but... If you're able to move a mouse, and type on a keyboard, and you're willing to learn a bit; you've definitely got what it takes to repair your own kit. Luckily for you, this course provides you with 5 knowledge-packed modules.
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Module 1 - Tools and Jargon
In this first module we’re going to be covering some key things that you’re going to want to know for the rest of the course, and just for your future use of computers in general. The main things we’ll cover are:
- Common terminology that’ll help you to understand your own research, and other guides.
- Some common misconceptions
Module 2 - Software Problems part 1
There’s a lot of software related things that can go wrong with a computer, so I’ve split those up into two modules. The first of these is focusing on the security and overall usability of your system. We talk a lot about cleaning viruses and malware, and just keeping them off your system, as well as keeping your data secure, through selecting and managing good passwords; and backing up your data. Once you’ve got all your data backed up, you’ll have peace of mind if anything happens to your computer, that all your data is still safe. That’s even in the event of having all your files encrypted by a piece of ransomware.
Module 3 - Software Problems Part 2
This is the second module which focuses on software problems and is going to look at some slightly more complex things. We’re going to be delving a bit deeper into Windows’ settings menus and making more system-wide changes, intending to tweak things a bit to speed up your computer – getting it to feel a bit snappier. This could make your 10-year-old system that seems like it’s on it’s last legs, feel much newer again. We’ll be able to do that even more once we get onto module 5, though, but module 3’s speed tweaks should still make a difference. We’ll be looking at more system maintenance tasks, things like reinstalling Windows entirely, as well as working with drivers, which is the software which tells your computer how to talk to other devices.
Module 4 - Speeding Up and Fixing Problems With Your Internet / Wi-Fi Connections
Regardless of the way in which you connect to the internet on your devices, knowing how that works, and how to work with it if you have any issues with it, can be quite confusing. In module 4 that’s what we’re going to be taking a look at. If you’re having issues with your Wi-Fi or internet connection at the moment, I’m going to be teaching you one huge thing, that can really help to improve your experience when using the internet around your home. In my experience with it, I’ve had up to three times the speed and signal.
Module 5 - Delving Inside Your Computer to Fix it, and Make it Faster
In the last module – module 5, we’re going to get a bit more hands on. We’re going to be opening up your computer and taking a look at some hardware problems. For each main component in a computer, you’re going to learn what they can do when they’re having problems. Once we’ve covered the possible symptoms for one part, you’ll learn how to find a replacement for it, and how to do the replacement. As well as direct replacements, you’ll also learn how to find upgrades for components, in case you want to improve your system at the same time as fixing it.