New book: Help! My computer is broken

Surprise! We thought we’d squeeze in another shiny new thing for you before the year is out. And it’ll make a cracking Christmas present.

Our brand new book Help! My Computer is Broken (How do I fix it?) takes the most common computer problems and tells you how to fix them.

Who is it for?

Front cover of the book featuring two cartoon people struggling over a broken computer

It’s “the intolerant person’s guide to keeping your computer computing.” If that sounds like you, we recommend you hop straight over to the Raspberry Pi Press online store and pick up a copy for just £10.

What’s it about?

It also makes a good, only mildly passive-aggressive, gift. If the above text messages ring a bell, and you’re fed up with being the in-house tech support for your family, then Help! My computer is broken (How do I fix it?) can assist. It shows readers how to fix common computer problems, without having to wade through technical jargon or pester said tech support person.

Who wrote it?

the book open showing a page about computers sleep mode

We had the brilliant Barry Collins, who has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years, write it for you. He’s written for most of the UK’s leading tech publications, and he is a former editor of PC Pro as well as former assistant editor of the Sunday Times‘ technology section.

the book open on a page about spotting data fraud

He’s now co-editor of The Big Tech Question, a site designed to answer people’s tech queries – in a similar vein to this book. Barry also makes regular appearances as a tech pundit on TV and radio.

Where can I buy it?

the book open on a page about cleaning computer screens

You can buy Help! My computer is broken (How do I fix it?) now from the Raspberry Pi Press online store, or at the Raspberry Pi store in Cambridge, UK.

Our lovely friends at Wireframe magazine have also made a free PDF version available.

Extra Christmas cheer for you

A selection of Raspberry Pi books on a table surrounded by Christmas decorations

While you’re shopping at the Raspberry Pi Press online store, make sure you check out our Black Friday deal, which we’ve decided to keep rolling until Christmas Eve.

If you buy just one book from the Black Friday range (priced £7 – £10), you get two more completely FREE!

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This book is made for me, determined to keep both new and old machines working for as long as possible.

Ashley Whittaker

Go for it, Paul ?

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Can’t wait for a translation into German. ?

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Cool idea, for a book. It is a bummer that so few Raspberry books are not easily available in the states. Or. I don’t know where to look . . . At least there is a PDF version.

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As much as I appreciate yet another free PDF book from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, there is no reference to the venerable Raspberry Pi computer anywhere in the main text. I had high hopes of finally finding out how to sort out the myriad problems that can occur when an SD card decides to corrupt itself! Colour me disappointed.

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If an SD card becomes corrupted, then the only reliable way to fix it is to flash a clean OS image to it using the Raspberry Pi Imager or another tool such as Etcher.

We could have tried to spin that out to fill an entire book, but we’d have struggled…!

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Which operating systems does it cover?

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If I am having trouble with something RasPi related, is there someone I should reach out to?

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There is a support forum somewhere around here. Try clicking on the menu at the top of the main website to find it.

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