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Are you getting angry at your PC or attempting "Percussive Maintenance"?

Updated on September 18, 2011
Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies
Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies

2010 version..if you really want to try fixing the computer yourself...


Does your computer

drive you crazy ??

Computers are great while they're working, but when they're not they can be THE most frustrating things invented!!!

Often we are tempted to press keys a million times hoping that the next key stroke will miraculously fix everything...and if it doesn't, we may revert to a more brutal bashing of the said device, in attempt to beat it into submission.

Those of use who are quicker to anger may actually take matters into our own hands and destroy the uncooperative beast completely...

When the equipment won't behave...

This Guy is having a problem with his computerised devices at work...

After several failed attempts to print something on he office printer from his desktop PC, he takes out the toner cartridge and gives it a shake....this is when technology starts to fight back...

The man eventually solves the intractable problem, by novel use of the photocopier...

Anti-virus treatment...

A delightful young professional in this next video is obviously very concerned that no-one else catches the deadly virus that has rendered her laptop completely useless..

I'm almost certain that this will not catch on as a formal office procedure for computer contamination issues...

Real Percussive Maintenance...

The calmer folks amongst us may also give our machines a gentle beating to solve minor issues with the hardware. This is real percussive maintenance rather than random smashing, which tends to result in expensive replacement costs...

There is actually good historical data to support this approach for some issues.

I have it on good authority, from someone with 35 years in the computing field, that up to the advent of Windows 2000 many computer issues could be solved by either kicking or hitting the tower. This was due to the fact that hard drives used to quickly wear and would get stuck. Strategic tapping would also work as a cure for loose connections.

It's as well to note, though, that continuous hitting of the same key, without giving the machine time to respond is unlikely to help. If fact this could make matters worse. A much better solution is to turn off the machine, count to ten and then turn it back on - several times if necessary (YES this does work better than turning it back on right away as it gives the circuitry chance to release all the charge in it).

If in doubt enlist the help of a professional computer maintenance expert !!!


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    • ruprect profile image


      7 years ago

      Those are some funny clips - reminds me of the movie office space when they take the printer out to the fields to beat it up. That stuff can be so frustrating.

    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      7 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Hi Flora...I never really get mad at machines. It's just one of those things you can't do anything about. I'm lucky at work that we use a server, so I can just access my files from another PC if required. At home I have a resident "Geek" so I'm covered as long as I keep the coffee coming :-)

    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      7 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Funny how we treat them like people eh Guys?

      Revenge is best served cold, copy their hard drives and THEN smash 'em to bits :-)

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      As I'm not tech savvy I tend to call a professional. that doesn't mean that I won't pace back and forth in anger that such problems happen at night or on Sunday.

    • thranax profile image


      7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      LOL nice comment Bill.


    • Bill Yovino profile image

      Bill Yovino 

      7 years ago

      My computer beat me at chess, but it was no match at kickboxing.


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