My horror story started with wanting to upgrading a computer
for a friend, while saving him some money too. Luckily for me
my friend would be very understanding later in the deal gone
wrong. I had been taking some computer upgrading classes and
met another student who just happened to upgrade old computers
for a living. He seemed all right, even had a chance to visit
his house and office where he was presently working on upgrading
At that time my belief was to help the little guy rather than
the certified license person. I put my trust in this one person.
A problem here is that if the person wants to he can walk off
with your computer and cash never to be seen again. Most of these
fly by night hot shots will ask for the money up front. We did
that and regretted every moment after that. So I would suggest
holding on to your money at least until you have had a chance
to test the upgrades in your computer for yourself.
We brought the computer tower 486 over to mister upgrade
man. He took a quick look and told us,"No problems, all
have it back to you in a week. he said as he gladly took my friends
money up front and the computer. We told what we wanted he told
us what he could do and he even showed us a list of what he could
do and how much it would cost us. It all sounded great but, talk
is cheep and we got parts that were older than the computer itself.
We also had to fight to get the computer back. When we finally
had the computer back in our possession it did not look right.
The so called new parts were dirty and the lettering that we
could visibly see on the CD player told us that it was not what
we had ordered. The CD player was not even bolted in properly
and rattled when the drawer opened. Luckily we had only paid
the guy about a hundred dollars and if he would have done the
job as he had intended he would have made a lot more plus maybe
even a tip. However, we believe that the day that we had given
this guy an advance that the money was spent on other things.
He had those older parts lying around and what we could not see
he did not do. We took the computer back and after checking it
out took our loses and that computer sat in one of his corners
Coming back to my friend from last week, she went though a
lesser situation but a similar story. A friend said that they
could do it but in the long run could not. This time I hope no
money had been exchange but I am not sure. I just had wished
that this person would have come to me first- since they had
been around when the first incident took place.
My Solution to you is if can not afford
a new computer have your computer checked over by either a licensed
certified computer upgrading outfit. If you do decide to venture
into the black hole and use a back yard geek keep your money
until the job is done. If they want money up front say good bye
and take your computer elsewhere. As around if you can about
this out fit that your taking your computer to. Check with the
Better Business Office or Consumers Affair for any complains.
Take your computer to at least two different Mister upgrade places
to get there opinion. And if you can go with a friend who knows
the difference between video RAM and regular RAM. However going
with a friend is always a good idea any ways.
Our story end by eventually have a computer custom built to
specifications made by my friend. We took it to a licensed and
certified computer specialist who had a store front and a reputation
too. If the same thing were to take place today we likely would
have bought a new computer from our favorite computer store.
Today you would likely find a computer fast enough to do what
you need it to do in your price range.
If you are thinking about upgrading
your computer but your not sure if you should. Send me an email
of the kind and roughly how old it is. Also tell me what upgrades
you have in mind to do. My only hope here is that I will have
saved you from getting ripped off and in return you get the best
value for your hard earned cash.