A huge chunk of the corporate world is mobile, and they need computing power that can accommodate that. Over the years laptops have gone from bulky and heavy to slim and lightweight. But, even with all the upgrades in power, size, capacity and memory, laptop problems still arise pretty regularly. Here is a quick list of five of the most common problems we hear about and how you can address them on your own. [Read more…] about 5 Common Laptop Problems and How to Repair Them
Computer Maintenance & Repair
There is nothing more agonizing than waiting for your computer to catch up with you. It gives bad flashbacks to using dial up modems. Are you willing to try your hand at some basic computer maintenance? The folks at Small Business Trends Magazine outline 10 ways to help you give that PC speed a little gas.
1. Reduce Items that Run on Startup
If your computer takes a long time to start up, the first thing you want to do is see everything it starts when you hit the power button.
To do this, click on the Windows button, click “run,” and then type “msconfig” into the box. Click on the “Startup” tab. Some things you want to leave alone. For example, your Antivirus. Others, such as Adobe Acrobat or Google Toolbar Notifier, you don’t need to startup with your computer.
2. Remove Programs No Longer In Use
Along with preventing every app on your computer from starting with Windows, you should also review which programs you no longer need and remove them.
Access the uninstaller tool from your control panel and use that to uninstall programs you don’t use. I regularly do this, of course, as a software reviewer.
3. Clean Your Drive
Clean up your drives by typing “cleanmgr.exe” into the run menu to access Disk Cleanup. This is that “search programs and files” box that shows when you hit the Windows Start icon, usually in the lower left of most screens (although you can move it to any part of the screen).
4. Consider Switching From Internet Explorer to Chrome
If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) as your Web browser, it is time to upgrade. Make the Google Chrome download the last thing you do on it.
Chrome is faster and has fewer bugs than IE 11. (Sorry, IE users.)
5. Clean Your Browser
Regardless of your browser, you should clean it out regularly. To clean Chrome, click the three bars icon in the upper right corner, then click “Tools,” then “Clean Browsing Data,” and then check the history boxes, cookies and cached items.
Or, download CCleaner which does a great job on the five top browsers, registries and Windows, overall.
6. Scan For And Remove Malware
Anything that starts with “mal” must be stopped. You should regularly scan your system to get rid of any malware that may be slowing your computer down.
7. Scan For And Remove Viruses and Spyware
In addition to performing regular scans on your computer for malware, you should also regularly scan for viruses and spyware.
Access your antivirus and manually perform a scan. You can schedule these weekly. Just make sure you do so when you won’t be using the computer. Also, having more than one antivirus on your computer will slow it down, so unless you are wanting to be incredibly thorough, and perhaps a bit redundant, it is better to run only one.
8. Make Adjustments For Better Performance
If you want better performance and don’t mind losing visual effects such as mouse shadows, click on “computer,” and then “system properties,” and then “advanced system settings.” You will find a performance settings button that allows you to select “adjust for best performance.”
You can also reduce your screen resolution, which can speed things slightly and improve battery life when running on it.
9. Defrag Your Drive
You should defragment your drive or schedule it to perform this action automatically. In general, you can do this monthly. However, if you excessively download, move, uninstall, or install programs, you may need to do it more frequently.
If your computer is running slow, you can manually analyze the disk to see if it is more than 10% fragmented. I still do this occasionally, but Windows seems to be doing a better job of keeping things optimized.
10. Add More RAM Memory
There are a few physical things you can do to increase your performance, as well. You can and should add more RAM memory until the computer is at capacity. I’ve found that as a machine ages, you can extend its utility with a RAM upgrade. I’m literally ordering RAM for one of my laptops as I write this.
In most cases, this is simply a matter of snapping in or out memory sticks. Laptops are usually slightly more tricky and you have to remove screws, but still fairly easy. You can also have a retail store service desk do it.
If none of these help, maybe it’s time to talk to the professionals. Let the techs at Great Lakes Computer help you with your computer repair needs and other IT solutions.
Computer users fret about keeping a clean hard drive to keep things running smoothly. You clean out files, run de-frag, and empty your recycling bin faithfully. But there’s physical cleaning to be done in addition to all your digital cleaning.
Your PC tower generates static electricity when it runs. This static sucks in dust and hair particles from the air that can gunk up your works. This little computer maintenance tip from ITToolbox will help extend the life of your machine.
It is very important to know how to clean out your PC case. You should never open your computer while it is running or when any power cables are attached. It is very important that you remain safe while cleaning your PC case.
First, you need to shut down and unplug your PC. Next, you will want to remove all the peripherals cables like video cables, audio cables, USB cables and power cables. You will also need a can of compressed air and a clean, damp rag.
Since all PC cases are different, you may need to read the computer manual before opening your model as this will prevent any damage to your system.
After you have all cables detached and the case open, you can start by using the compressed air to clean off the motherboard, any fans, and the inside of the case.
Next, you can use the damp rag to wipe down the inside and outside of the case. Close up the case and plug everything back in. Now, you will be all set and have a clean PC.
If you’re looking for a little more maintenance than a light dusting, let the techs at Great Lakes Computer help you out.