The Computer Guy was opened by Patrick Palmer of Hampton, Iowa, after working with computers since the age of 14. While still in high school in the early 80's, Palmer worked together with his father, Roger, in a home-based company called Palmer & Palmer Computer Services. After high school graduation in 1983, he went on to further his education at NIACC in Mason City, Iowa. During that time he started a 17 year radio career. In the midst of that career, his passion for computers was still ablaze and he opened The Computer Guy in 1996. Palmer found that by providing quality services at reasonable prices , he could gain the trust and respect of those whose computers he serviced, thus building his business.

After leaving radio in 2000, Palmer went to work for Midwest Wireless, a Minnesota basecell phonene carrier that had an office in Mason City, Iowa, but went on with his work as The Computer Guy. Eventually in June of 2006 he struck out on his own and now dedicates his full time efforts into his company that he loves, serving local customers as well as national computer accounts like Dell, Staples and Sony.

Since 2005, Palmer has been trained and licensed by Dell, Hewlett-Packard, MicronPC and Sony Vaio and has also gone on to earn the CompTIA A+ and CEA CompTIA DHTI+ Certifications. He feels that knowledge is power and knows education never ends, especially in the world of computers and technology.

In April of 2009, Palmer took the decision to take the bold step and move his business to Downtown Hampton into a retail storefront. He bought his parents' computer paper and supply business and on July 1st, 2009, he hired an employee, opened the doors and hasn't looked back.

The Computer Guy serves Northern Iowa, with free pickup and delivery service in a 45-mile radius of Hampton, Iowa. Palmer also provides Remote Assistance computer fixing services for those who live around the corner or around the globe.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • FREE PC Inspection & Tune-Up (Walk In Only)
  • Virus/Spyware/Malware Removal
  • Wired/Wireless Home Networking
  • Hardware & Software Tutoring/Instruction
  • Warranty Repair Services

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • CompTIA A+

Serviced Areas

  • Free pickup and delivery within 45 miles of Hampton Iowa.

Payment Options

  • American Express, Money Orders, Discover, PayPal, Cash Only, Personal Checks, Google Checkout, Debit Cards, MasterCard, VISA, Dwolla

Contact Details

  Person The Computer Guy
  City Hampton, IA
  Zip Code 50441
  Address 115 1st Avenue NW
  Phone Number (641) 456-1936
  Mobile 641-420-1234
  Fax 641-456-9144

Business Representative

The Computer Guy


From Our Website

Too often computer users get lured into the marketing of big box stores or fly-by-night technicians who only care about their bottom line and provide little or no service! We strive to create real and lasting relationships with our customers so you know you can count on us as your go-to computer shop. Our roots run deep in Northern Iowa, so you can count on The Computer Guy to take care of your technology needs. Contact us today using the form on the right, or give us a call or send a text to 641-420-1234!

Pat Palmer's knowledge of computers came at around the age of 14 in 1980 while in 8th grade. His father Roger brought home a new TRS-80 Model I computer and said, "I bet you $20 that you can't figure this out!" Like so many things, Pat took it on at full speed and helped his father to write a program to figure batch weights of concrete for the Ready Mix Plant he was managing. Using the school's Apple IIe computer, Pat wrote a basketball statistics program for the Hampton Bulldogs Basketball program, a dating/compatibility program for the kids in his class, and a program to determine the ideal set of lottery numbers.

It happens every day. Someone clicks the wrong icon, downloads the wrong attachment or accepts the wrong file and BINGO, you have a virus or malware attack. Don't panic, just call the easiest number in North Iowa - 641-420-1234. The Computer Guy will be able to clean up the infection and in MOST instances you will not lose photos, documents or other valuable data in your computer. For over 20 years The Computer Guy has brought computers back from the "dead" caused by viruses and malware and has been diligent in research on the topic - even attending "Virus Remediation Training" in Houston, Texas.