QUOTE(FrankCastle @ Jan 25 2009, 10:42 AM) [snapback]1480609[/snapback]
Wow, a fan... I never had one before... I don't have a speech prepared. jk
I learned most of what I know by playing around with PCs. Building them and troubleshooting is the best way to get experience. If you have a problem with your PC don't be so quick to format it because that won't help you learn what went wrong to begin with. If I come across a problem I can't solve I just keep digging till I figure it out. And when I'm all out of ideas I look into forums like these and Google searches help too. Sometimes if a problem comes up with a specific product it's best to check the manufacturer's forums if they have one. Often times others have had the same exact problem you're having.
So if there was a rule book, rule #1 would be patients.
Also, I sometimes spend hours trying to figure something out. After a while it gets annoying, so I just walk away from it and get back to it the following day. Believe it or not, sometimes the next day things just work out a lot easier for some reason.
Like I said before, the best thing is to play with PCs, both software and hardware. If you're trying to get into a job like geek squad then you will have to get your A+ certification first. It's all memorization so get yourself a good A+ cert book and study that before taking the test. Look for practice tests online if they're available.
I never actually took the test to get my A+ cert. but I did take a class for it. If your school offers a class for it, take it. If it's a good class you will get hands on experience.
Alright, got myself an A+ Cert book, im also going to be taking a A+ Cert + Computer Forensics + database management class next year.