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Mike Rigsby


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Areas of expertise: PC Hardware, Peripherals, Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Applications, Networking, Microsoft Applications. I am good at researching issues and have a lot of contacts in the IT industry. So, if I can't directly answer a question I can likely find the answer. Areas I won't be much help in: Apple Computers, Linux, older Networking technologies like Token Ring, or Thick/Thinnet.

Experience in the area

I'm currently a Network Administrator for a contract circuit board manufacturer in Oregon, USA. I've been working on PCs from a hobby standpoint for better than 25 years. I've been doing it professionally for 4+ years.




A+ Certification, Network + Certification, MCP, MCDST, MCITP

What do you like about this subject?

I've always enjoyed troubleshooting issues and working with my hands so I'm definitely more of an hands on technician. Programming or general coding would drive me mad in short order. I've also always liked being involved with new technology.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I plan on furthering my certifications and experience in all hardware related aspects of IT. I will also likely start getting more Networking and Server level skills and moving into a Systems Administrator role.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Computers are possessed! If you're a PC Technician you're also part Witch Doctor. If you manage to fix something, don't knock yourself out trying to figure out why it happened, just settle for it being fixed. Sometimes weird things just happen.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Just the usual Apple/Linux vs. Microsoft/PC debates. Both sides have their die-hard followers who will never change their minds about what they prefer. I personally am on the Microsoft/PC side of things but I'll give the other guys their kudos. Both sides have their definite advantages and strong points.

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2017-01-17 Wifi?:

Sadly many hotels have really poor wifi.   Unfortunately you're pretty limited in your options. You could go to a local stop for whatever your cell carrier is and buy a cellular hotspot device, or if your

2016-11-14 re install:

If the drive itself isn't so damaged that it can still be imaged to a new one then you can use any of various hard drive imaging programs.    Clonezilla is one that is good and free. http://clonezilla

2016-10-05 Follow-Up:

If you go here: http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/support/downloads/TC70159200B.exe it should start downloading an audio driver. You can try running this new driver installer to see if it fixes the

2016-10-05 Follow-Up:

Not even remotely true so I'm wondering if they understood what you were asking.    What is the Model Number of your laptop? Like a Toshiba Satellite XXX? Or what? It should be printed on the laptop somewhere

2016-09-30 Problems in my Laptop:

Since you just did an upgrade to Windows 10 chances are it's the Audio driver.   You can look at Toshiba's drivers site and look up your specific laptop model and see if there are new Windows 10 drivers


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