This guide is written with a new Builder as its intended audience; experienced Builders might also find it of use, especially those new to FreeGeek Chicago and unfamiliar with our process. It is written in an order mostly corresponding with the Build Checklist. The guide might make Build look complicated, but as you get used to the process you’ll find that some steps which take many words to explain take just a few seconds to complete. The writer of this document prefers to err on the side of overexplanation rather than the possibility of leaving things unclear.
This guide is for a typical, straightforward Build; in reality, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Build and there will likely be problems you will need to troubleshoot. Some potential trouble spots are noted, but there are always more! The guide also assumes that you will be building the computer from start to finish. More commonly, you won’t get all the way to the end and will have to leave it for someone else to complete another day, and/or someone else started the process and you will have to continue/finish the job.
This station allows us to test memory and test/wipe hard drive disks (HDDs). It ensures that all FreeGeek Computers leave with memory and HDDs that will function properly. Bad memory and HDDs are found and recycled. We want donors to be confident that all of their personal information is destroyed, so:
This pad provides the solutions to some common issues that we run into on the Build Floor. Problems may be purely hardware related, or getting the right software installed and setup for specfic systems.