Help with Your Hardware Questions

This section covers how to get some answers, or where to get those answers, for your your questions concerning hardware.

Hardware is a general term that includes computers, monitors, printers, external hard drives, internal upgrades (e.g. chips, memory, video cards, power supplies, etc), projectors, film and digital image cameras, video cameras, sound equipment, etc.

Software is a general term for all programs such as word processing, database, image and video editing, web composition, ftp client (for uploading web files to server), suites of such, planning and review programs, scheduling and email (e.g.) "Outlook" and "Thunderbird." More on this in the Software section.

This section does not include the process of arriving at a church decision to purchase and use the hardware. Please see the decision process. Specific hardware will be discussed in relationship to specific uses covered in other parts of this section of the site.

1. Researching
2. Purchasing
3. Learning to Use
4. Troubleshooting
5. Disposing

1. Researching

When you have identified the specific hardware that you need, find out as much as you can about it.

For reviews of good integrity try these sites:

Use caution when looking at a site of a company that is trying to sell you the product. Employees of these companies have been known to write very positive reviews and post them as if they were users. Also, many of these vendors will post the "great and wonderful" writing of the products' manufacturer's marketing department. These would include:

Other Helps for Research:

2. Purchasing

Do you purchase from a commercial vendor such as Klausradio? Or, do you purchase from a consumer vendor such as Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, Dell, Gateway, Lenova, etc. ?

Shop around. C-Net and PCMag have rated online vendors and "brick and mortar" vendors for service, availability of your product, and prices asked by them.

3. Learn to Use Your Tech

4. Troubleshooting

5. Disposing of Old