When the Clay Community School Corporation gave away computer units at East Side Elementary on Aug. 15, many people waited in line for more than four hours to get one of the free computers.
Maybe it was the frustrating wait. Maybe they didn't understand that a computer requires an operating system to work properly or that it was worth paying the $5 installation fee. Maybe they didn't realize that the computers came as is, and without modems. Maybe it was because an operating system does not always properly load and can have system errors.
Whatever the reasons, local computer stores have received calls from people trying to fix problems with the computer systems.
Nathan Lewis, the owner of Computer Central, located at 537 E. National Ave., has made arrangements with Network Specialist Bill Milner to correct some of the problems people are experiencing with the units.
"Owners of the computers given away on Aug. 15 can drop off the unit at Computer Central between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays so that we can take them to have the operating system installed," Lewis said.
The $5 installation fee will remain the same as before, whether a person is having the operating system installed the first time or having it reinstalled to correct a problem.
Technicians at Computer Central will also provide a modem, which allows Internet capability, to owners of the free units at a reduced price of $25, which includes the cost of installation.
These services will only be available for computers given away by the school corporation on Aug. 15. Owners need to be prepared to leave the unit for at least two days for the service work to be completed.
For more information, please contact Computer Central during their regular business hours at 443-7825.