Should you get an extended/accidental damage warranty for your computer?

By content at August 16, 2013 17:27
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Should you get an extended/accidental damage warranty for your computer?

Extended warranties extend the coverage against defects and problems that a computer may experience for a longer period of time. An accidental damage warranty can cover a computer repair in situations that the standard warranty may not, such as water damage or dropping a laptop on a floor. On the surface, these warranties could save you a lot of money if you need a repair, but are they worth it? Let us look at a few of the factors to consider.

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Laptop DC Jack Repair Procedure

By content at August 08, 2013 11:16
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Laptop DC Jack Repair Procedure

First and foremost you need to disassemble the laptop and remove the motherboard . Locate the DC jack on the motherboard, typically speaking, it is an almost square component with a metal casing located at the back of the board in relation to where it was in the laptop. Using a soldering iron set to around 800° F, heat and remove the solder holding the DC jack to the board. Removal of the solder is best achieved by using a desoldering pump. You may need to turn the motherboard over to completely loosen and remove the solder. You may be tempted to pull the component if the solder is almost off; do not do this! You run the risk of damaging the motherboard permanently.

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Static Electricity: The Computer Killer

By content at June 26, 2013 13:09
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Static Electricity: The Computer Killer

Static electricity seems pretty harmless in everyday life. Perhaps you walk across a carpeted floor, touch a metal light switch, and get a minor shock, but this is generally nothing more than a minor annoyance. When it comes to computers, however, static electricity can be extremely harmful to the sensitive components that make up a desktop or laptop . Let us take a look at why static electricity is harmful, and what you can do to prevent damage.

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How to Reduce Laptop Power Consumption

By content at June 21, 2013 12:11
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How to Reduce Laptop Power Consumption

Power consumption is a leading concern of laptop users everywhere and proper use of the power utilities can lessen the load place upon the battery of the laptop. A few simple steps can be taken to preserve and conserve energy. First, if your laptop is capable of it, and it probably is, set the sleep or stand by settings to be turned on. These usually have a time set before which they will turn on. Depending upon your usage, this could be set to 5 minutes or to an hour; most average users set it to around 1/2 hour. If buying a new system choose a model with an LCD as they use less power and often have specific voltage and brightness controls to help in energy conservation.

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Upgrading Laptop Memory - Acer Aspire One

By content at June 06, 2013 14:52
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Upgrading Laptop Memory - Acer Aspire One

The Acer Aspire One is a powerful netbook with great battery life and portability. Unfortunately, the standard model comes with only 1GB of RAM , even though it can support up to 2GB. The good news is that upgrading an Acer Aspire One is both easy and inexpensive. Adding more RAM allows you to have more programs open at once without slowdowns, and increases the overall performance of any computer.

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Common Laptop CD/DVD Problems

By content at June 03, 2013 11:14
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Common Laptop CD/DVD Problems

Virtually every person using a computer will at some point encounter DVD and CD reading issues with their computer, for both desktop and laptop users. All DVD/CD players operate with the same mechanism and are all subject to similar flaws and minor problems. Like all mechanical devices these devices have a life span, and once they have lived through their designated time they typically are defunct. First, check the optical disk for scratches or any other flaws that may hinder the reading process. By exercising a few precautionary methods you can extend the life of your DVD/CD ROM.

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Simple Steps to Speed Up Your Laptop

By content at May 22, 2013 09:46
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Simple Steps to Speed Up Your Laptop

Your laptop, like all computers, is likely to become a little slower the longer it is in operation. Many users think the best solution to this problem is to get a new laptop, but there are some things you can do to reclaim some lost performance and speed. Here are a few simple steps to speed up your laptop .

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Top Causes of overheating in Laptop Computers

By content at May 16, 2013 09:32
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Top Causes of overheating in Laptop Computers

An overheating laptop can not only damage the laptop and its internal components, leading to costly repairs, but in extreme cases, it can even cause burns and other safety concerns. For these reasons, it is a good idea to take a few precautions to keep your laptop or notebook running as cool as possible. Here are a few of the top causes of overheating in laptop computers, and a few ways to prevent or resolve them.

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Signs that your Laptop may be Overheating

By content at May 13, 2013 13:51
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Signs that your Laptop may be Overheating

Laptop overheating can destroy your machine. Most often, overheating will be caused by the processor , or the failing of your computer’s ventilation system. Recognizing signs of overheating early is important, as is caring for your machine to ensure it has a long, healthy, and operating life.

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Methods of Cleaning a Laptop

By content at May 10, 2013 16:52
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Methods of Cleaning a Laptop

While cleaning a laptop may seem pretty straightforward, there is definitely a right and wrong way to go about it. It is a good idea to give your laptop a thorough cleaning every few months, to ensure that it stays in great shape. This can actually prolong the life of your laptop, as it can keep harmful dust from building up in the vents, which can cause overheating.

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How to troubleshoot a CMOS Battery problem

By content at May 02, 2013 16:07
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How to troubleshoot a CMOS Battery problem

Laptop computers , like their desktop counterparts , typically contain a CMOS, or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor, battery. This battery is mounted on the mother board, and retains the BIOS information of your machine when it is completely powered down, as well as maintains the date and time information, and backs up what is on your RAM in the case of a power interruption.

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Four Easy Laptop Upgrades

By content at April 30, 2013 10:06
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Four Easy Laptop Upgrades

When upgrading your laptop, you want to ensure you are getting the most from the upgrade while also getting the most value for your money. In many cases, you also want to make sure that the upgrade is easy enough for you to do it yourself in order to avoid paying a repair shop on top of the upgrade costs. Here we will look at four easy upgrades for your laptop that will add extra performance, storage, and convenience.

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Replacing a Toshiba Laptop Inverter

By content at April 18, 2013 11:08
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Replacing a Toshiba Laptop Inverter

If you are having issues with your Toshiba laptop’s screen flickering or a screen that is too faint to read, it may be time for a replacement Toshiba laptop inverter. This occurs because the backlight is not receiving the correct voltage. In some cases, you might also hear a faint buzzing sound. Most laptops use an LCD panel with fluorescent bulbs used as their backlighting source which is then filtered through the liquid crystals to create the image. Since laptops run on fairly low voltages, the backlight would be too faint to read without more power. This is the job of the laptop inverter.

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How to disassemble a Dell Laptop

By content at March 28, 2013 15:21
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How to disassemble a Dell Laptop

It is necessary to remove the casing of a Dell laptop when a repair or upgrade is needed to the memory, CPU or hard drive as well as other peripherals. This instruction will apply to most Dell laptops. First turn off the laptop, disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. On the underside of the laptop you will find three removable covers for the Wi-Fi, if installed, memory and hard drive. These must be removed before the casing; using a small Phillips head screw driver, remove the screws and then the plate. Next, disconnect the cables, and there should be two, from the wireless card, and remove the card itself.

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Common solutions to internet connectivity issues

By content at March 04, 2013 14:44
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Common solutions to internet connectivity issues

One of the most frustrating problems many users face is that random seeming event when your computer simply will not connect to the internet. You can’t tell why, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong, but no matter what you do, your computer just cannot seem to get online. There are however, a few common culprits that can get between you and the great wide world of web, and luckily they’re pretty easy to remedy as well.

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Common Computer Hardware Terminology

By content at February 21, 2013 15:38
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Common Computer Hardware Terminology

When it comes to repairing, building or just understanding computer hardware, it pays to know the terminology. Computers have so many different parts it can often be difficult to keep track of the terminology. Here is a list of some of the most common hardware components included in desktop and laptop computers.

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How to locate and identify Acer Laptop Part numbers

By content at February 12, 2013 13:31
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How to locate and identify Acer Laptop Part numbers

When it comes time to repair your Acer laptop, you will often need replacement parts . However, because manufacturers use different parts for specific models of laptops, it is imperative that you find an exact replacement part. Finding the part number of the various parts of a laptop is not always easy, but this guide will give you a few options to help you along the way.

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5 Simple Things You Can Do To Speed Up Your Desktop PC

By content at January 11, 2013 17:04
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5 Simple Things You Can Do To Speed Up Your Desktop PC

Many computer users experience slowdowns over time with any desktop PC. Unfortunately, as a computer gets slower, many of these users decide that it is time to purchase a new PC, but with just a few simple steps, it may be possible to regain much of this lost performance and speed, making your PC more enjoyable to use. Here are a few steps you can try to speed up your desktop PC .

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Symptoms of a failing Laptop DC-in Jack

By content at December 26, 2012 10:22
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Symptoms of a failing Laptop DC-in Jack

A laptop’s DC-in jack is the connection between the Laptop AC adapter and the motherboard . As power enters the AC adapter from a wall outlet, it is converted to the DC power that a laptop requires to function. The DC-in jack is the port through which this power travels. Some of this power is routed to the laptop’s battery, charging it for mobile use. The rest is used to power the laptop while it is on and in use.

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How to replace the optical drive in an HP EliteBook 8740w

By content at November 09, 2012 15:25
Filed Under: Laptop Repair
The HP EliteBook 8740w is an impressive machine for business users, and is designed to be rugged enough to withstand the rigors of traveling. The machine is also designed with parts that are fairly easy to replace, especially the optical drive, as it requires very few steps.

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