Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Art of "Troubleshooting"

"Troubleshooting is an art"

That was what was told to me during the interview of the first job that I had.
I was knowledgeable in computers then and had no issues diagnosing PC related problems so it didn't really mattered that I had a manual or guide to assist me in find the root cause of the problem.

A computer is made of up several core components.

1)The Core Processor
3)Video card
4)Storage disk
5)Main board that all peripherals is connected to
6)Miscellaneous cables that acts is the interconnect between peripherals and mainboard

The fools [aka sure to work] method of locating the source of the problem would be to replace each item, step by step, until the problem is solved.

That of course is the most basic step of troubleshooting....
Provided that you have enough spares to swap around with...
This, of course, deals only with the hardware aspect of PC related problems, not dwelling into the software related problems which would open up to another world of possibilites where there is no easy or direct method of swapping out peripherals one by one..

Software aside, relating only to hardware troubles....
Humans are somewhat like that also.
The PC is a partnership of several core components.
A human relationship is a partnership of 2 beings.

A faulty PC can be repaired by swapping out faulty parts..
In finding out which is faulty, each part is swapped until the combination works again.

In a relationship, objectively speaking, the only way to troubleshoot is to swap to another person to share the relationship with. However, if the problem still remains even when the "supposedly" faulty component is removed and swapped with another one, what can it say about the unchanged component?

I recently shared an old thought with some old friends about marriage..
"The final girlfriend whom the swinging bachelor playboy married, isn't exactly the best, nor may she be any different from the first girlfriend, but simply the fact that he is tired of finding flaws and chooses to settle down with what he had at the moment and relentlessly works to make her the woman he wants and at the same time,constantly improving himself to be the man she desires."

So, if swapping isn't solving the problem, probably one should review what exactly needs to be changed...

Today is the 2nd day of 2007.
Someone had to spoil my first day of 2007.

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