Other times, something else inside the system may just need to be readjusted or replaced to get you going again good as new. Like, maybe a toddler s**t in there or something. Most computer parts are easily and cheaply swapped, but you really only get the full benefit of it when a professional handles it for you.
Why The IT Department Doesn't Want You To Do It Yourself
For the love of all things that are holy, please do not go rooting around the inside of your computer by yourself, especially if the company you work for owns that computer. If you don't readily know where the components you need to work on are located, you could legitimately mess up your whole system. For instance, the memory sticks issue I mentioned earlier. Sure, taking the memory out and putting it back in can fix a computer that won't boot up. But some PC manufacturers make it difficult to even find the RAM to remove. On a laptop, you may have to remove the keyboard, take off the screen, and then unscrew a panel underneath to get to the system board where the RAM is located. Furthermore, if you have a carpet in your home, you're susceptible to static electricity. If you manage to zap your computer with the static shock, you can make friends with the idea of your system never working again.
Worst. Superpower. Ever.
In short, computers are an IT professional's bread and butter. Actually, if we're talking about IT workers, I should probably say computers are our Doritos and Monster Energy Drinks. However easy most problems are to fix, our job is to make sure you can do your job. And we can only do that by making sure your computer isn't trashed. So while this may have been a peek behind the curtain of what we do, it's probably best you stay on the other side of that curtain. If nothing else, the smell alone back there might make you sick.
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