I wish Microsoft had some good scripts and tools for fixing Windows issues. This past weekend I spent about four hours on the phone with two different Microsoft technical support guys, both of which poked around in a seemingly random fashion, and didn't find the problem. Now I am waiting for them to do some research and call back. Ridiculous! I am reasonably sure that Microsoft employs people who know how to fix Windows.
I don't remember ever having purchased a product which came with insulators on the mains plug. I think the manufacturer should be asking himself why he put them there, and not asking the customer why he didn't remove them.
tekichip, I know what you mean by scripts. When I moved and tried to discontinue my Dish TV subscription, Dish tried to send a shipping box to me for return of my old equipment. They repeatedly sent it to my old address. In one case my complaint was handled by someone in the Philippines and I heard children screaming in the background. A further complaint was handled by someone in India. He wanted to know what country Montana is in. As I gave him my address he said he didn't have enough lines to contain it. "How many address lines do you have?" I asked. "One," he said. He claimed that has to include my address plus city and state and zip. I had to escalate my problem to an executive level of the company. During a string of scores of emails the company had turned me over to a collection agency to try to bill me for the unreturned equipment. I had to ask the executive to fix that on my credit report. It's hard to find good help these days.
@vimalkumarp, It's also hard to troubleshoot in person sometimes. A helpful salesperson at Best Buy told me about a customer who complained that his cell phone wasn't working -- he wasn't receiving any calls. The Geek Squad tried it out and made a couple of successful calls. He seemed satisfied and as he walked away, the technician noticed that he turned the device off. "Sir," he asked, "Do you always carry it around that way -- with it turned off?" "Yes," the customer replied. "But you have to have it on to receive calls," the technician advised. The customer replied; "But doesn't that use up my minutes?"
It's a good thing the technician watched the customer for a few more seconds.
I feel your pain, tekochip. In that particular instance I had narrowed down the issue and knew the area we needed to focus on, but the tech support guy with the foreign accent absolutely refused to deviate from the script. At least when you are defragging a disk, you can walk away and come back later...we didn't get anywhere and finally I had to get transferred to another department where they actually had technicians answering the phone calls. The technician understood what I was explaining and did not respond with "Is the computer plugged into the wall outlet?" when I was done - for which I was grateful. After that, things proceeded smoothly and we eventually solved the problem.
I find it very frustrating when they work from a script. I had a recent issue with a Samsung Smart TV. Even though the description of my problem clearly described that the TV was running and connected to the netwrok, I had to go through every single step of the scripted diagnostics with the service rep.
In the end the problem was solved, but it was as painful as waiting for a disc to defragment.
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