I have always been interested in computers, but in the beginning, I would not venture any further than to the software end of learning. However, learning only the software side, and knowing nothing about the hardware side, can open you up to some costly times at the shop.
When I was selling peripherals, I happen to ask my immediate supervisor how he would go about learning the hardware side of computers. He looked at me and flatly stated, “Like I did — learn by doing build a computer from scratch”.
Well, that is exactly what I did. And I’ll give you a tidbit of what I learned and the problems I encountered.
1. I tried to put a floppy drive from my old unit into my new unit. I blew up the floppy drive. Lesson learned do not put outdated computer components into a new system. Duh!
2. Some of the old programs are not compatible with the new operating system. Did cost me some extra money and time.
3. Don’t build a new system from scratch it cost more than a manufactured unit, unless you have money to burn, want to learn more about computers, or you are going to repair computers for a...