Where can I find online courses for PC and laptop repair?

Jonthue M June 13, 2014

Where online would you go to obtain the amount of information and a experience as a PC & laptop repairer. I done a little bit of repairs myself but want to do a course for free or affordable that will enhance my knowledge base to confidently start a part-time business in that field.

  1. Dr.sunil V
    June 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Laptop manufacturers such as HP, Apple and Acer offer free online videos and courses that can help familiarize users with their computers. Online video sites have numerous tutorials for users. Publishers such as O'Reilly offer a host of free tutorials and training for laptop customers on their website.

  2. Oron J
    June 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    In terms of books, "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" as mentioned by Bruce is the book to get.As for experience, I'd suggest working in an environment where there are experienced colleauges to help you when you get stuck or just to learn the little tricks of the trade. One way to do that is to volunteer in an organisation which reconditions PCs, e.g. for recycling.

  3. Jan F
    June 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    For software or operating system based repairs you can find more than enough (free) information on the Internet using a search engine, visiting technology sites and even here on MUO and also the Answers section – see what issues other MUO visitors have and do the research on that problem.

    Hardware repairs:
    For Desktop systems it mostly is experience and knowing about common issues. Again, a search engine should give you some information just searching for "common hardware issues", "identify hardware faults" and similar terms.

    For laptops I suggest looking into service manuals as they contain all the information professionals are usually given to repair the specified device. Below one good link having quite a collection.

  4. Bruce E
    June 13, 2014 at 6:28 am

    You may want to look into getting A+ certification first. There are many sources for those classes both online and real-world. You can also find self-study books at your local bookseller or Amazon. Depending on how well you learn by simply reading, the book route is generally much cheaper. As far as experience, you can only get that by doing it, so online courses don't really help with that.

    As far as books go, you may want to consider "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" by Scott Mueller which is probably in its 20th edition by now. It covers not only the latest technology used by the average consumer, but things like SCSI controllers and devices which are not normally used outside of the business world now.