Welcome Class of 2010 !
Classes are on hold for me this year due to hip problems.
Watch right here for any changes due to weather.
Building & Understand Your Own Computer: Tuesdays $75 at the Great Valley Middle School Rm 102 7-9 PM Class starts March 25 th and runs to April 15th
The second course "Fixing Broken Windows" or When Windows Freezes will be a great opportunity to understand Windows, to find out what goes wrong, and how to fix it, including dealing with the latest infections. This class also at Great Valley Middle School Rm 102 from 7-9 PM Class starts April 22 for 2 weeks.
Gene teaches "Night School" in the fall and in the Spring. One course is "Build and Understand Your Own Pentium Computer". Most students take this course to learn about their system rather than build one. Some take the course so they might be able to upgrade their computer. Another course is "Fixing Broken Windows". The school gives it a fancier name: When Windows Freezes or Other Computer Woes..
The "Build" course covers alot of technical
information so you can choose what is the right computer or expansion
equipment for yourself. You will learn the differences between AT, ATX,
and proprietary equipment and why major manufacturers computers can
not be upgraded to the next generation. You will learn how the computer
operates and the pitfalls of building one. At least one
We cover the differences from the original 8088 PC/XT right up to the latest Celerons and Pentium 3's and 4s.
There is no obligation to build a computer, nor will you be confronted with advertising.
Students will be able to handle a "blown out motherboard,
CPU, memory, and other key components". The motherboard was blownout
by a former student who didn't believe how critical the proper handling
actually is. You will see the insides of a hard drive and learn how
it operates and why it crashes. You will also learn what makes the motherboard
tick. You will see the different generations of computers and learn
the differences. Different types of expansion cards will
Since static electricity can easily destroy new components, the instructor will be the only person to actually build and handle the working computer. It is assembled over the 4 weeks, although it only takes about a 1/2 hour to normally build one. The Windows installation and the Hard drive details is in a combined classduring the 4th week, usually takes an hour including installing the drivers. You will learn how to install/re-install Windows correctly.
Much of the class is information about what to choose, how it works, and the pitfalls of building your own computer. Note: you will not save money by building a computer, but you will have a much higher quality computer, compared to all the low cost "junk" on the market today.
Note that the new middle school is just to the left of the high school on Phoenixville Pike, just off Rt 401.
I am usually there about 630PM.
The course always fills fast so you must be quick to sign up when the brochure comes out. Classes usually start mid- Sept and the beginning of March.
There is an optional final test and a great review. It is not done in class time. Those who complete it and submit it per instructions will get a certificate. Details will be given in class. Click here for the FINAL TEST. The ANSWERS will be available from information given in the last class so other classes don't see them prematurely.
You can write the school if you do not get a catalog in
January/February or August at:
I have been teaching Chester County Night School for for about 15 -16 years and also for Main Line School Night for 1 year before that. I have taught a class at the Exton Library as well. I enjoy teaching this class and give it the best attention possible.
The schedule for "Building Your Own Computer" is:
When Windows Freezes
or "Fixing Broken Windows" as I like to call it, covers first, what makes up Windows, and second, what goes wrong. We then cover all the ways to attempt repairs. We use the same logic, just like used by a technician who would repair your computer.
If school is cancelled because of weather, then Night school is also cancelled. You can check this page for cancellation and makeup information. You can also reach me at 610-644-3633 (at store) during the day unless weather is really bad. I can usually update this page on short notice as long as power is available and the Internet works.