Troubleshooting Practice

noconfidence

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No c, please call me Mark.

I can relate to the knowledge not sticking around long. I am terrible with the remote learning thing. I cannot do it without the classroom element. Some people can, I just never could.

I took my A+ back in '98. I didn't cram for it. I was already an electronics technician, so knew most of the stuff. I did take a couple of practice tests online to see where I needed reinforcement and worked on just those specific areas. (In my case it was largely printer related, the phases that laser printers go through). I'd probably have to study a bit more for the test these days. It's apparently two parts now, where it was a single test back then. They still had DOS questions at that point. I'm not sure what the new modules are like. (I may have to find a practice test and see if I could even pass it anymore ...)
I'm sorry. Mark.

The problem I face couriant, is that, how can I take a job where I'm paid to troubleshoot, when I don't feel any confidence in my ability to do so?
Also couriant, may I ask if this comment was said to put me in my low place? "I remember the City and Guilds.... not sure what degree I did from there though..." I may be missing the point.
 

noconfidence

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No c, please call me Mark.

I can relate to the knowledge not sticking around long. I am terrible with the remote learning thing. I cannot do it without the classroom element. Some people can, I just never could.

I took my A+ back in '98. I didn't cram for it. I was already an electronics technician, so knew most of the stuff. I did take a couple of practice tests online to see where I needed reinforcement and worked on just those specific areas. (In my case it was largely printer related, the phases that laser printers go through). I'd probably have to study a bit more for the test these days. It's apparently two parts now, where it was a single test back then. They still had DOS questions at that point. I'm not sure what the new modules are like. (I may have to find a practice test and see if I could even pass it anymore ...)
I'm sorry. Mark.

I apologise for the offence. I have genuinely enjoyed our words.
 

Gr3iz

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No offense taken! Believe me!

I'm not sure what James meant, either, but I doubt it was meant to offend.
 

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When you go to troubleshoot anything, computer, automobile, kitchen appliance, whatever, what I do is try and reduce the component to the least common denominator. As an example IF you were attempting to find the cause of a no POST issue with a computer, you would pull out any add-in cards like a nic, sound, etc, remove the video card and use the onchip video, pull out all ram and install a single ram chip, disconnect any usb device, pull the pw connectors from ALL drives both hd and optical. Now you have the computer reduced to the bare essentials ie motherboard, processor, pw supply, and ram.
When you attempt to pw ON and the system does POST, you would shutdown and start connecting devices one at a time until you find the problem. No POST and you would have to start swapping parts.
 

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BTW Terry's advise about reading through threads where something has been solved is a very good suggestion.
 

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Just finding common ground, as I am also a Brit though I have lived in the US for about 20 years now... don't remember much of my UK life before that now. :)

For me personally I learn by doing things. I like to think I have learned from CRJs work in the Hardware forums as I have slipped away from that in the last few years, but ultimately I think you will grow more if you are in a position that fits on what you want to do. Finding a part time position or an internship for a week or two might give you the boost you need.

And of course we can always help you troubleshoot if you come across some stumbling blocks :)
 

noconfidence

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Just finding common ground, as I am also a Brit though I have lived in the US for about 20 years now... don't remember much of my UK life before that now. :)

For me personally I learn by doing things. I like to think I have learned from CRJs work in the Hardware forums as I have slipped away from that in the last few years, but ultimately I think you will grow more if you are in a position that fits on what you want to do. Finding a part time position or an internship for a week or two might give you the boost you need.

And of course we can always help you troubleshoot if you come across some stumbling blocks :)
Alright, thank you very much sir.
 

Cookiegal

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I've deleted several posts that have nothing to do with the topic and move the thread to the Random Discussion forum as it doesn't fit into any of the other technical categories. This is not social media or a chat room and we don't need to hear about bodily functions so please keep the discussion on track with the topic which is how to get practice troubleshooting computer problems or the thread will be closed. Thanks for understanding. :)
 

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