5 Sites to Learn How to Repair Your Own Computer

Tim Lenahan 10-09-2009

Here on MakeUseOf, we’ve shared DIY stuff before (5 awesome DIY sites 5 Awesome Do-It-Yourself Sites Read More , ThomasNet – An Awesome Repository Of Technical Information for DIY Men, 3 Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home 3 Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home Science is way too complicated, tiring, and can just be done in a lab, right? Read More ).  The purpose of this article is to share 5 pages that help more specifically with how to learn computer repair.


Have you ever had a problem with your computer and gotten a quote from one of those box stores?  Holy cow! I know this guy who got a virus, took his tower to a store and paid several hundred dollars to have them install an anti-virus program and “save the day.” I am serious, several hundred dollars!  OK, I understand that a laborer is worthy of his hire, but I believe that every single one of us would jump on the chance to save a few bucks if we could.

If there was any possibility to do some of those PC repairs on your own, and therefore save a few buck, is that something you’d learn how to do?  Here are five links that will help you with those DIY computer repair jobs.

(1) Fixing My Computer… 100% free step-by-step guide

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If you can get by the pink, blue, and green pastel colors, this site can be a real great resource in you journey to DIY computer repair proficiency. Once you arrive at this site, you’ll easily find, along the left hand side, a nifty menu system obviously designed to look like a file explorer.  On that menu you’ll find categories for almost any kind of fix you can think of.  Check out a few of them and see if a problem you are having is covered.  I’m not sure what’s up with the butterfly, so if you can get to the bottom of that, please tip us off in the comments!


(2) Yahoo Answers Community – Computers & Internet

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I know, there are many communities out there on the internet that are ready and willing to give answers to your questions for nothing more than a few kudos.  Yahoo Answers is just one of the communities that I’ve had the most luck with.  For some tips on computer problems you are having, ask the community over in the Computers & Internet section and you’re sure to find some answers!  Do what I do.  Begin by searching through the many questions already answered.  Odds are someone else had the same, or similar, problem that you are having so avoid the fuss of re-asking the same question.

(3) – 11 Ways to Fix Your Laptop


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I like this article because it attempts to get right to the point with some of the most common problems associated with laptops.  The goal of the article is better articulated by the writer himself:

To pinpoint the most common problems, we picked the brains of senior technical-support officials at Alienware, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba. And we’ve provided solutions for getting your laptop back up and running with minimal effort.

You can go through each one of the 11 pages OR you can use the nifty little dropdown menu at the bottom of each page to jump the the topic you need.  This article covers topics such as overheating, battery problems, network issues, and virus or spyware infestation.  Like I said, the basics are covered here. They’re not exhaustive, but a really good start!

(4) Lifehacker’s Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes and Upgrades


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Some of us will never get to the point where we will be wanting to build a PC from scratch, like number 1 on LifeHacker’s top 10 list of computer hardware fixes and upgrades, but some of these fixes or upgrades are easy enough for most of us.  I’ve used my own good opinion to rate the number one’s on this list: Easiest fix on the list?  Changing or upgrading RAM on a laptop (unscrew a few screws and that’s about it); Most creative? Using elastic strips to quiet a noisy hard drive; Most difficult or involved?  Starting from scratch on your own PC.  Good list and a great help.

(5) – Computer category

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This site is more of an answers community.  It seems pretty exhaustive in the computers category.  The site is fairly easy to use – if you notice, the white speech balloons mean that there is no answer yet and a green speech balloon means there is an answer.  Browse around and see if you can find an answer to your question.  If not, it seems that there is a section that allows you to ask a question.  Check out this post (because I think its funny): i wanna go on bebo but i cant in skwl?.  I already learned a new trick from the site: My computer screen as turned upside down how do i turn it back?. Check it out and see what you can learn!

As a word of warning, there are obviously some repairs that not every person is capable of accomplishing on their own.  If you are over your head, and you KNOW it, seek help, probably even professional help.  The purpose of this post is to save you some dough on some things that you ARE capable of doing, once you know how.

Do you know of any other online sources that help with DIY pc repair?  Feel free to share in the comments!

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  1. Gotango
    November 23, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    GoTango is into Post Sales Service of Consumer Electronics for individuals and businesses. It deals in repair & services of Consumer electronic products like Mobile, Laptop and Tablet and Buy/Sell of refurbished Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop.

  2. vinayak
    September 21, 2016 at 5:06 am

    sir mera pc start kerne per fain me awaz aarahi hai lekin start nahi ho raha hai kya hua hai plz segation

  3. Tilanka
    March 23, 2015 at 7:17 am

    How preparing my computer keybord not support why

  4. 1fastbullet
    November 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    oh, yeah. Yahoo Answers is surely the place to go for advice about fixing a computer. Or maybe brain surgery, quantum physics....
    The combined I.Q. there must easily approach 8 or 9.

    • Tim
      November 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm

      LOL! Cute whit! If you search for it, you can find a good answer there! Good point, though, any open forum is also open to nonsense. That's why you need to search for the answer you're looking for.

  5. Kirk @ affiliate network marketing
    September 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I always get excited when I find useful sites like the one you have here. It is because of sites like this one that I am learning more than I thought that I ever could about fixing computers. And Hey Bud! I am getting good at it! I am thinking about charging for my services now. So far there has not be a problem that I have not been able to fix.

    All it takes is a little research and and awesome resource sites like this one... You are bookmarked...thanks

  6. dnxtgsp
    September 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm


  7. mark rob
    September 22, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Today all people need to use computer.So in this days they want some knowledge to repair their computer at their own.
    So this post will help them really.

  8. pidge
    September 15, 2009 at 5:37 am

    another great site is

  9. Chicago Joe
    September 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Great advice. I dont know how many times I have to tell people the very same things. Glad I’m not the only one.

  10. madz
    September 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Fixing your computer is really that easy nowadays, everything's almost always available on the net :)

    • Tim Lenahan
      September 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

      Yeah, in fact I've been doing some interviews of some techie people on my own blog and one of them, a PC tech by trade, stated that half of his research is done on Google!

    • Christian Velasquez
      September 13, 2009 at 5:46 pm

      Yes, online support may prove to be very useful

      but what about us offline users that don't have internet access @ home, not even a single nearby network to connect?

      PDF guides anyone?

  11. Tim Lenahan
    September 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    @Jaker: Can you share the link?

    • Chris
      September 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm

      Not OP, but this could be it

    • Chris
      September 12, 2009 at 6:08 pm
      • Tim Lenahan
        September 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

        Thanks a bunch!

        • Christian Velasquez
          September 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

          You're very welcome. :]

        • Ethan
          January 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

          Shut up you muggle

        • Ethan
          January 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

          Ya dads bent

  12. Jaker
    September 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Hope Computers is just brilliant...why didn't you mention it? You didn't know about it? Shame!

  13. madmatt2006
    September 11, 2009 at 1:04 am

    This is another one it's new they are certified techs and it's free and because it's new it's not over crowded. Also anther good one is here been around for years now

    P.S I'm staff member at both sites

  14. TechMan
    September 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Another great site that can help you fix your computer is Techman Help -

    This site offers you Free PC Support.