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Technical Problems and Advice Information technology now covers such a large range of systems, devices, programs and communication that there are an almost infinite range of problems, or questions which can arise. Fortunately there is a source of a vast range of information which can help in many instances, Google search. Google While there is information available from many sources, Googling for an answer can usually find the solution. When typing in a question to Google, if you don’t find what you need, change your question. Google looks for keywords and tries to relate them in importance. For example:- “My Internet connection is not working” - note: “My” is irrelevant here. “ NBN is not connecting” “ NBN down” These 3 searches give quite different answers.
Be Connected Click to connect Be Connected is a Government site offering a vast range of guidance, training and general information on most aspects of computers, mobile phones, and the Internet. This is an excellent website, easy to navigate to find information and lessons. The lessons are short, mostly supported by a short video and best of all, each offers a “Handy printable Guide”. Click- Be Connected Suggest you select “Topics” and then either type in a search, or explore the extensive list of topics. Here are 2 examples to click:- Apple iPhones
Using trusted company support services If you are seeking direct product or service company support such as Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Canon, HP, Lenovo etc, be careful to connect to the true company site rather than an advertised service. For example if you search for “Windows support” the first 3 answers which appear are from other organisations which may offer downloads of programs you don’t need and which can cause trouble. If you do use these sites, for information, avoid any downloads Check the actual site address for example Windows is:- Windows Support The original company support is the one you can trust.
Calling for support - using “Chat” This is just a great option,highly recommended We often need to call our suppliers like Internet Service Providers, Telstra, Optus, etc, Banks, and similar organisations where we have accounts. Using the normal phone in services can be difficult, working through a series of dialling numbers and then hearing — ”we are experiencing a high volume of calls etc” . A better alternative is to use the “Chat” option where it is available. There is an example from the NAB site. You click on the Chat icon usually on the bottom right like this one.
Note: you need to be signed in to your account. Typically you get a message like “Hi this is Jane how can I help?” You simply type in your query (a good idea to give your name), and press Enter. In a less than a minute you usually get the first reply. This continues as a text conversation of questions and answers until you are satisfied. This could take from just a few minutes or as long as needed, even an hour or so, if you are receiving detailed instructions. The huge benefits are:- 1. Generally the first and subsequent responses are less than a minute 2. You don’t have a problem with language or hearing 3. You have clear, written instructions 4. At the end of the call you can receive a full copy of the conversation emailed to you.
Windows 10 Updates Problems with Windows 10 updates is one of the major reasons members our members have been seeking advice. Computer stopped Some updates can take 2 hours or more. We suggest leaving the computer plugged in and switched on for at least 2 hours, even overnight. If it hasn’t then restarted, press the ON/OFF switch for 20 seconds, to force shut down, wait 20 seconds and press the ON/OFF to restart. Update Error If you receive and update error, or the update repeats the same update with “failed” you can download the Windows Update Troubleshooter and run that.
July 2021 Computer very slow starting and/or Printer not working Some Windows updates in can cause either or both these problems on some computers. Usually these problems are corrected quickly by a further update. To correct this press the Windows Key, type Update and follow the prompts to install any new updates.
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