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Computer People opinions please on Geek Squad

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by 686beretta, Dec 12, 2011.

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  1. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    I got a bill in the mail saying I need to renew my subscription. Is it worth it? Or would I be better off when trouble arises going to a computer repair business?
     
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    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    How many times have you used them thus far? Was it worth it to you at this point?

    Personally i wait til i have a problem an address it then. Some people just like having the piece of mind of having someone on call.
     
  3. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Think of it like buying an extended warrenty on a new car. Useless.

    Eric
     
  4. Bill T

    Bill T Active Member

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    Google Geek Squad, or else check customer opinions of them on Best Buy's website. They are less than stellar in their reviews. I deal with a local computer place here in town. It just seems more personal, and they appreciate the business more than a chain outfit. I rely on these type of places because I know just enough about computers and related equipment to be dangerous.
     
  5. John Galt

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    How can anybody say how good or bad your Geek Squad is since there are hundreds of Geek Squads in the country- one for every Best Buy? Almost certainly some are better than others.
     
  6. Barkingspider21

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    iN MY OPINION geek squad sucks..PLAIN AND SIMPLE
     
  7. quartering

    quartering Active Member

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    for $199 a year? you could buy a new 'puter for that
     
  8. Fast Oil

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    They came out to set up the new wireless printer to my wifes I-pad. Claimed he could not do it as the printer (that Best Buy recommended for this purpose) was not compatable to the I-Pad. Showed us on the HP site list of wireless printers that our model was not "highlighted". Went to the Apple Store to confirm, store employee "rolls eyes" and shows us the same HP page and explaines that the "highlighted" printers are a hyperlink.

    Spend your money on a local you can trust.
     
  9. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    Do not call the Geek Squad if you have a virus!!!!

    After a half hearted attempt to get rid of it ... they format your hard drive and reinstall the Operating System.

    Now you have to reinstall all your programs ... BUT ... all your files and photos are GONE!
     
  10. W.P.T.

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    Back everything up on an external hard drive so you don't lose everything just in case you have to reload your operating system ... I have burned 3 hard drives and 2 mother boards so I back up my computer about once a month by adding the new stuff to the external hard drive ... Cheap Insurance ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  11. Big Heap

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    I have a couple of guys who do business in an old home, have all the test equipment and the smarts. They are like a good auto mechanic who knows the subject.

    Do business with someone who can fix things rather than just install new parts.
     
  12. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    RE: Back everything up on an external hard drive

    With windows make sure you save your FAVORITES and COOKIES to the external hard drive. Just click on File, Import/Export to accomplish this.

    Make sure you have your passwords. I use signup shield and it helps on an install to have the master listing saved to the external. All files are encrypted. If your doing online banking and such, the only way to go.

    The only problem you might have is if you don't have the master windows install disk. Many computers are shipped without one. Check that out and see what your options are incase they need to format. The Geek Squad may charge you extra if you don't have one and they do a format. I know HP gives an option to purchase a disk when ordering online. A good insurance policy.

    Don't store your backup at the computer station. Theft, fire... A local school teacher had his school computer stolen (at the school). They also took his backups that were stored next to the computer : (
     
  13. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    If you would stay off those porn sites you wouldn't have those issues. :)
     
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