Who Do You Trust With Computer Repair

Choosing who to trust with your computer can be just as scary as picking an auto mechanic. And these days, we often rely on our computers even more than our mode of transportation. Following are some tips to help you feel less overwhelmed when trying to decide on a computer repair company:

  • Get someone local to you. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be tempted to choose a company further away just because a friend or coworker recommended them. It’s important to choose someone local, however, because your goal is to develop a long-term relationship with the same group of people; and this is not likely to happen with the inconvenience of traveling too far. In addition, these days, Google Places can be relied on to return trustworthy results for local business searches.
  • Check references and reviews. Often when a computer breaks down, the first thing you do is panic. You’re tempted to choose the first repair company you come across, but this is usually a mistake. Someone under-qualified or disreputable for other reasons will only make your life worse in the long run. Take some deep breaths and check out the references and reviews for a company before taking the plunge.
  • Word of mouth is not worthless. While it’s good to check out other reviews and references, do pay special attention to what your friends, family, and coworkers say about their experiences with local computer repair companies. You know you can trust these people to be honest. If someone you know well strongly recommends a particular company without bias, chances are that choice should be at the top of your list.
  • Can you communicate? When you initially call a company, ask questions and make sure you can communicate well with the computer repair person. Computer experts are often poorly trained in explaining issues in layman’s terms, and this can create a myriad of problems from money issues to misunderstood expectations. Choose someone that is easy to talk to, helpful, and eager to answer your questions fully and completely.
  • Experience, experience, experience. When it comes to computers, schooling is no match for real-world experience. Make sure your technician has that experience, as well as expertise in the specific area or areas you need help with. Your computer should not be used as a guinea pig or learning tool for someone fresh out of school.
  • Availability of onsite service. These days many companies offer remote or online computer repair services. This is fine for some situations, but make sure they also offer onsite service in case the need arises.
  • Availability of spare parts. Because time is always of the essence when it comes to computer repair, it’s critical to choose a provider who has reliable, convenient access to a wide selection of spare parts. It’s also good to check whether that company would be willing to lend you a stand-in computer in case of an unusually long delay in repairs.
  • Installation and upgrade expertise. Even if you’re not interested now, it’s likely that in the future you’ll need some help with installation and configuration issues, and/or upgrading system components such as hard drives or graphics cards. A good computer repair services provider will have technicians available to perform almost any service involved in computer maintenance or repair.

So when that dreaded crash happens, remember to follow the tips above and think logically before making a decision. Choosing your computer repair company wisely can lead to peace of mind, a rewarding long-term relationship, and a lot more money in your pocket.

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Buying a Computer For Your Small Business – Choosing the Right System

If you’re looking for a good computer system for your small business, your first consideration will probably be performance as well as price. With today’s technology, however, the performance levels of computers are suitable for most business applications and I’m not talking about the latest, greatest, state-of-the-art machines either.

You can assume that a desktop PC in the $500-$1000 range will be able to handle any business software that you will be using. Whether it’s bookkeeping or accounts receivable software, such as Quicken, your small business desktop should not be a major expense.

A Typical Small Business Computer System:

Here’s an example of a good system that won’t break the bank; it sells for less than $600.00.

SYX Venture H420i ITX PC Bundle Intel E5300 Dual Core 2.6 GHz, genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, 2GB DDR2, 500GB Hard Drive, DVDRW, 19? LCD Monitor Small Form Factor PC.

What does this system summary really mean?

* Dual-Core technology (Dual core: just a fancy name for two microprocessors.)
* 500GB SATA II hard drive (That’s 500 gigabytes; 100GB is OK for starters.)
* 2GB of DDR2-800 memory (DDR2 is a type of memory used in most newer systems today. It’s the 2 GB memory size that we like)
* Intel E5300 Dual Core 2.6 GHz CPU (Intel brand dual core (two microprocessors) with a very good speed of 2.6 GHz)
* Windows 7 Home Premium 64 software (the newest version of Microsoft Windows)
* Intel DG41 motherboard (not that important unless you want a different motherboard)
* GMA 4500 integrated graphics (standard graphics card good for regular applications)

This Bundle Includes:

* SYX Venture H420i ITX Desktop PC (the CPU)
* SYX Venture 19-inch LCD Monitor (and it comes with a monitor)

One advantage to shopping online is the amount of information that is available to the buyer. Here’s an example of a spec sheet (the actual specs list is much longer but I have kept it shorter for the sake of article space). A spec sheet is almost always found in an internet ad.

Key Features:

* Condition: New
* Lifestyle: Business
* Operating Systems: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
* Startup Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Pro
* Platform: PC
* Form Factor: mini-ITX
* Bays: 1 – 5.25″ Slim/Slot Loading Drive Bay
* Internal Bays: 1 – 3.5″ Drive Bay
* Available 3.5″ Drive Bays: 1 – Front Accessible
* Available 5.25″ Drive Bays: 0
* PCI Slots (Total): 1 Low Profile PCI
* PCI Slots (Available): 1 Low Profile PCI
* PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): N/A
* PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): N/A
* PCI Express X16 Slots (Available):N/A
* PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1

As you can see the information about this system is extensive and something you might not find at a retail store. Along with a spec sheet, you’ll also get a pretty good description of the system as shown below:

The SYX Venture H420i Desktop PC’s compact design easily fits on any desk in your office. It comes loaded with the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system with a Windows XP Professional custom image downgrade for the flexibility your productivity applications require. Handle multiple presentations and reports simultaneously using the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 2.7GHz processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory. A Slim DVD±RW Dual Layer optical drive lets you backup data to DVDs and CDs. The Slim DVD±RW Dual Layer optical drive provides speedy downloading and uploading to your company’s server via the 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port.

Used (refurbished) vs. New

There are many places where you can buy refurbished (including off-lease) desktop computers today. It is the opinion of this author, however, that you should make this consideration only if a couple hundred dollars is that important to your budget. With technology being as cheap as it is today, why take the chance? Besides, new systems generally come with a 12-month parts and labor warranty. What you buy used today may not be working so well in a few months.

Best Computer Deals

There are plenty of computer superstores and office supply stores that sell computer systems, and you might find some pretty good prices as well. However, do not overlook purchasing a computer online. Many times you’ll find better prices and offers that include free shipping–which makes the purchase more attractive–and the selection is very often astonishing. Remember, it doesn’t take up any floor space to put up a website.

All in all, you should be able to find the best desktop with the performance level you are looking for with the price you are willing to pay. Do not be afraid to shop online. It may be one of your best options for finding the best computer prices on the market.

Other Considerations When Buying A Small Business System

Expansion capabilities for the future may be very important to you. There may come a time when you want more memory or a bigger hard drive. Perhaps your system has started to run a little slower and you want to speed it up. Whatever problems you may encounter down the road, they might be alleviated by hooking up an external device or adding a card to an internal expansion slot.

Here are a few things to remember when making a new computer purchase.

USB Ports: USB ports are important components that allow you to connect printers, flash drives, digital camera, MP3 players, mice and keyboards, Usually a CPU will come with four USB ports but there are some that have eight or more. If you anticipate connecting a lot of external devices, make sure to check how many ports come with the system.

Optical CD and DVD Drives: A CD and DVD if possible. Also desirable would be a CD-RW (re-writable) format and DVD-RW format if it’s affordable in your budget. A recordable DVD drive can store up to 4.7GB of data, which makes it a good device to have if you are using data with a lot og graphics or music. Some drives also can record data, images, music or video to CDs and/or DVDs. Actually you want both.

PCI Slots: Your system should have two free PCI slots for future expansion possibilities. PCI slots will enable you to use other hardware features such as audio cards or network adapters.

AGP Slot: Your graphics card uses a high-speed expansion slot to display 3D images. (AGP means Accelerated Graphics Port). What’s good about having an AGP slot is that the graphics card will have it’s own RAM that is uses with the CPU so your system will not slow down. Having this slot will be beneficial if you want high power graphics in the future.

Modem: Essential for connecting to the internet. An internal 56Kbps V.90 modem is standard fare on nearly every new PC nowadays.

Hard Drives: Today the typical computer will come with a hard drive that has at least 40 GB of storage. Our recommendation, though, would be in the area of at least 100GB to 160GB for small business applications. A common drive speed is 5400 rpm, but a 7200 rpm Ultra-ATA/100 drive will perform much better. The Ultra-ATA is what connects the drive to the PC.

Hopefully breaking down the hardware elements as I have will make your small business computer purchase a little easier.

About the Author: Mike Stancik has been computing for over 25 years. He also has a degree in Digital Electronics and has designed and built his website http://www.wesavemoney4u.com

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Clean Your Laptop

Always read your user manual first to find the recommended ways to clean your laptop before you decide to begin cleaning your laptop. Computer manufacturing companies suggest cleaning your laptop once yearly but if you travel frequently you may need to clean your laptop more often. Never use any strong cleaning products or anything ammonia-based to clean any part of your laptop.

Pet hair, dust, cigarette ashes and many other forms of dirt can build up on the surface and inside of your laptop. These dirty things could mess up your computer’s display, impact overall performance and cause issues with I/O ports.

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To clean your laptop, you need these items;

Soft cleaning cloth, compressed air, cotton swabs and cleaning solution

For the Exterior

  • Never spray cleaning solution directly onto the computer.
  • Always spray on soft cloth first then wipe clean the exterior of the laptop.
  • Don’t use abrasive cloths or harsh cleaning products.

Cooling Vents

  • Use can of compressed air to clean the cooling vents.
  • Hold fans in place with cotton swabs while cleaning them.
  • Be careful not to spray too close or too hard to the fan blades.

I/O Ports

  • Using the cotton swabs, wipe away dirt that has built up in the I/O ports.
  • Compressed air can then be used to blow the remaining dirt away.
  • Do not blow dirt into the I/O ports.

Display Screen

  • Make sure the laptop is powered off before cleaning the display.
  • Use a non-abrasive cloth or per-moistened computer wipes.
  • Do not use paper towels or ammonia-based cleaners.
  • Spray on cloth then wipe the computer screen from left to right going from top to bottom.
  • Use one part water and one part isopropyl alcohol to make your own cleaning solution.

Keyboard

  • To prevent your keys from having problems try to keep food and drink away from your laptop.
  • Get rid of accumulated dirt by using compressed air.
  • Check the computer’s user manual to see if the keys can be removed to clean.
  • Cotton swabs can be used to cleaning in and around keys.

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