We at MakeUseOf always try to answer a call for help whenever it is put up in the comments. Of course, we don’t have all the answers. Nobody does. At best, you can shout for some free help and hope it echoes around the World Wide Web and somebody with the troubleshooting skills answers back.
We generally take to the search engine and type in the error or problem. The search results tap into the many computer support sites, troubleshooting discussion boards, and Q&A sites on the hunt for a similar problem.
Instead of forgetting the website that helped us out from the soup, it pays to bookmark it, for errors are always around the corner.
Some of you must have bookmarked a few from our previous post on computer troubleshooting advice. Meanwhile scroll through ten more free computer tech help that stand ready to lend a hand with disaster control.
When I scrolled down and looked at the number of active users, the figure of 5,000+ suggested a bustling forum. The discussions are all around Windows 7. The Windows 7 forum is an unofficial stage to air the problems you might be having with Microsoft’s latest OS. From driver compatibility problems, to crashes and debugging, if you are using the spanking new OS, this is a must-bookmark for Windows 7 help and support.
I couldn’t have thought up a nicer name for a Windows troubleshooting website. The site is not much to look at. The Articles section is limited, but it is the Discussion Forum you must go to if you are seeking solutions for any errors.
The discussion boards are grouped under Windows OS versions. Use the search tool to locate a specific problem and solution.
Server Fault is a free Q&A site for system administrators and IT professionals. The site is very clean and neatly organized. The site says that it seeks to present itself in a way that brings the best of Wikis, Blogs, Forums, and Digg/Reddit. The question and answers are collaboratively edited by the participants.
For a bit of an ego boost, you can earn points by asking and solving questions that get awarded as Gold, Silver, and Bronze badges.
With 390,000 registered members, the discussion forum has lots of people to talk about computer issues. Two million posts in a wide variety of threads cover topics from the early Windows 95 to the latest iPad. Every aspect from software to external hardware is chatted up on this active forum.
The tabbed links at the top lead to different sections of the website like a small tutorial section and a glossary.
The Cyber Tech Help Support Forum is a part of this computer help online community. You can tap into the community of users to seek solutions for your software, hardware, or networking needs. Macintosh and Linux issues are also posted.
Leo is the guy who runs this simple Q&A tech problem solving website. And he doesn’t charge a penny for the free computer technical support. The site is about seven years old now, so you can dip into 2,296 technical support articles or simply use the search box. The style of answers is conversationally like banter and in “˜plain English’.
Protonic is a more hands on solution than forum posts. You can use your free Protonic user account to ask a question which gets answered by a volunteer technician. The length of time it takes for the answer depends on a number of factors, for instance, the complexity of the problem or question.
You have to feed the system details into your account when you register for one. Look into the FAQ of the web service for more details. The online troubleshooting website covers Windows, Mac, and Linux related problems, along with any handheld OS.
I really couldn’t try out the website in full, but the tag line says that they have answered 185,039 to date.
Ask a tech support question for free and get crowd sourced answers from the large community. The site is a well rounded discussion board that covers all angles of computing including a sub-forum on certification and education.
Windows and Apple support is pretty much organized. The numbers of free Linux help forums aren’t falling back. Linuxquestions.org is a comprehensive storehouse of Linux questions and discussion. From the point you are starting out as a newbie to Linux Enterprise, there’s a lot of coverage.
You can also find a few sub-forums on BSD, Solaris, IBM AIX, and a few UNIX platforms.
Microsoft’s TechNet is a support website for technical information, news, and events for IT professionals and advanced users. Part of the website is subscription based, but a large part of free support resources have been opened to the public. This includes a vibrant discussion forum, an Open Source blog, technical documentation in the TechNet library, and a Wiki that’s beginning to take off. The Learn section has neatly arranged info (and videos) on the path you should take for learning Microsoft technologies.
The internet community is always willing to lend a hand. With discussion boards and Q&A services, troubleshooting support may not be real time or hands-on, but it is free and instructional. Tells us about your favorite free computer tech help site that has saved you from splitting hair.
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