BSOD and Other Scary Stuff …
The topic of today’s training was on troubleshooting the Operating System which was a lot of information for me. David Davis, our instructor, covered the details of system files, error messages, the boot sequence, recovery from booting errors, WinPE and BartPE, OS troubleshooting techniques, and much more.
This part of the training also focused on objectives 3.3 and 3.4 of the CompTIA A+ exam which are to identify tools, diagnostic procedures and troubleshooting techniques for the Operating System as well as performing preventative maintenance on the OS.
This is without a doubt an important part of this course and I will definitely need to go back and review the whole thing before taking the exam. There is a lot to remember, and even though I understand the troubleshooting techniques and the different tasks of performing preventative maintenance, I still have to be able to perform these functions on my own. And that’s just a little more than scary.
I went along with the examples David did and tried them on my own computer, which helped a lot. But when I’m faced with a real problem and I’m on my own, I get really nervous and paranoid. I keep thinking that if I make a mistake I’m just going to make everything worse. Am I the only one?
I cringe at the thought of getting an error message on my computer — the whole experience is just so stressful and frightening. If you’ve ever seen the “blue screen of death” on your PC then you know what I mean. So trying to troubleshoot the OS on my own is not going to be easy.
David Davis makes it seem so graceful and effortless, even when he’s warning us to be careful not to misdiagnose any problems. He makes the process of eliminating one potential cause after another seem so easy. In my last post I wrote that I’m finally starting to feel confident about this whole experience, but today’s lesson brought me back to reality. This is going to be a lot harder than I thought.
At the moment I know that what I need is practice and lots of it. And some courage too …