Computer Repair Problems – How to End Them Forever, No Kidding!

This article explains how you can have a fully reliable computing experience, escape all computer repair hassles and expenses forever, and save a ton of money too.

The Problem

You’re in the middle of a big project for an important client, with a deadline looming, and your computer starts acting funny. And then it dies. You already know what happens next.

Confusion. Delays. Errands. Stress. Repair technicians. Working on an unfamiliar computer. Embarrassing excuses to the client. And of course, an unexpected and unwelcome repair bill. Geez, what a hassle!

Are you ready to leave this part of your computing life behind, once and for all forever? Are you ready to save some money doing it too?

It’s easy, let’s go for it!

The Solution

Buy cheap used computers, instead of expensive new ones. Yes, I know, it sounds nuts at first, but it really does work. Here’s how. We can buy 3 used computers for significantly less than we’d pay for one new computer. Computers depreciate in value dramatically over just a few years, even though they may still be perfectly suitable for most user’s routine daily needs.

As example, I’m typing this article on a 10 year old $79 used Mac. 79 bucks! It does 98% of everything I want to do to make my living online, and the other 2% doesn’t really matter. Because I’m paying only $79 for my computer, I can easily afford to buy a couple of them. This is how we leave the land of computer repairs behind forever.

When lightning recently knocked out the network card on the computer I was using, I didn’t panic, grind my teeth, or call a repairman. I just set the dead computer aside, and booted up one of the back up machines. Downtime, less than 2 minutes! No sweat, no swearing, still smiling.

The Secret Strategy For Safety

A key part of our safe and reliable computing lifestyle is to keep all of our files on an external hard drive, which is faithfully backed up to a 2nd external hard drive.

When one computer gets sick, we can simply reconnect the external hard drive containing our files to a another computer, and keep right on working. We can afford two external hard drives with the money we won’t be spending on a new computer. Or maybe we have a few extra hard drives on hand already.

A Money Saving Solution

What’s really cool is that having a stress free computing lifestyle actually costs less than buying a new computer. Buying one new computer costs somewhere between $500 and $2000. And then we have ONE computer. If something happens to that one computer, we’ve got problems.

Buying 3 used computers at $100 each costs $300. Now if something happens to our computer, we don’t have a problem. Instead, we have 2 spare computers, sitting right under our desk, ready to go to work for us on a moment’s notice.

So the question for us as computer shoppers is: Do we want an unreliable computer setup for $500 – $2000? Or a fully reliable computer setup for $300?

But, Aren’t New Computers More Reliable?

I know, that’s what I thought for years too. It sounds logical, but it’s just not how the computer industry works. Remember, that big impressive brand name company you bought your computer from didn’t make your computer. They assembled it, from parts they’ve bought from all kind of companies you’ve never heard of, from all over the world.

And the computer makers just don’t have the time to test each part installed in each machine. They ship the new machine to you and me, and let us test it. Do you want this job? Is this why you bought a computer? Nope, me neither.

What I’ve learned after buying dozens of new and used computers over the last 15 years is that there isn’t really any difference between new and used computers in terms of reliability. Sometimes we get lucky, and sometimes we don’t, no matter what we buy.

How To Buy A Used Computer

The ideal way to buy a used computer is from a local friend you trust. But, that option isn’t always available. The next best option is to buy used computers from companies who specialize in selling used computers, and who offer a 30 day warranty.

Here are some tips on buying from companies who sell used computers.

1) Do some Net research on the company first. If the seller is a bad actor, it shouldn’t be hard to find complaints online. Visit forums for the kind of computer you want, and ask for advice.

2) Once you find a seller of used computers who treats you right, be loyal to them. Resist the temptation to shop around because somebody else might be $5 cheaper. You’re already saving a ton of money by not buying a new computer, be happy with that.

3) Buy the oldest computer that still meets your needs. By “your needs” I don’t mean every cool feature you’ve read about somewhere. Be realistic, how do you actually use your computer on a day to day basis? Remember, the older the computer you buy, the better of a deal you’ll get.

Is This For You?

This strategy won’t work for everybody, because some of us really do need the cutting edge features found only on the newest computers. But for most of us, full reliability, a hassle free experience, and saving money, is a more important feature than the latest whiz bang gadget gizmos found on the new machines.

Buy cheap used computers. Once you get used to not having computer problems, you’ll never go back.

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Computer Repair Done Right For Free

This article will help users to perform a complete computer cleanup, which will improve the overall performance of their computers. It’s not meant as a substitute for regular computer maintenance, performed by a professional computer technician.

Almost every computer user knows that, from time to time, your computer starts to run a little slower or you notice that you hard drive space is dwindling. So many people shrug this off and choose not to do anything about it. They think that it’s normal to have these kinds of computer problems and that there isn’t anything they can do about it. Your computer is trying to tell you something…it’s time for a cleaning. It’s time to clean up the junk and organize the files on your computer, just as you would clean and organize your office.

This step-by-step tutorial will put you on the path toward a cleaner, more efficient computer. You’ll learn how to perform a complete computer cleanup and you just may save yourself some money, in the future, by maintaining your computer, instead of just taking it to a repair technician when it breaks.

In this tutorial, we’ll only concern ourselves with Windows XP (I guess I’ll have to re-write this article for Vista), for a couple of reasons.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows 98, 98SE and Millennium.

If you still have one of those earlier operating systems, your computer is just too old to become “efficient” by today’s standards.

Follow these cleanup steps and you just may learn to love your computer, again.

Unused User Accounts If you have any User Accounts that are no longer active, logon as a computer administrator and remove them.

1.Click START, then CONTROL PANEL.
2.When the Control Panel opens, click USER ACCOUNTS.
3.Click CHANGE AN ACCOUNT.
4.Click on the name of the account you want to remove.
5.Click REMOVE THIS ACCOUNT.
6.When given the option to “delete files” or “keep files”, choose to delete them.
7.After removing all unused User Accounts, restart the computer. Windows Updates Make sure you have all of the latest Windows Updates installed by visiting update.microsoft.com and following the instructions on the website.

It’s critical that you keep your computer up-to-date. Microsoft releases new security updates all the time and it’s easier just to set your computer to automatically download and install these updates. Here’s how to do that:

1.Right-click on MY COMPUTER.
2.Click PROPERTIES.
3.Click the AUTOMATIC UPDATES tab (reference the illustration, below).
4.Choose “Automatic (recommended)”.
5.Click APPLY and OK.

Remove Unused Programs This is pretty basic stuff. Most Windows users have already been through the steps of adding and removing programs, but we’ll list the steps for those who haven’t.

1.Click START, then CONTROL PANEL.

2.Double-click ADD OR REMOVE PROGRAMS.

3.When the window that opens has fully loaded, scroll through the list of programs and remove any that are unwanted or no longer used.

4.Just a piece of advice…any programs listed that mention anything about “bargain”, “cash”, “search”, “web” or “fun”, in the program name, should probably be removed.

Temporary File Cleanup Temporary files are one of the biggest wastes of hard drive space, hogs of computer resources and major causes of recurring spyware and virus infections. They need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Follow these steps to remove ALL temporary files from your computer:

1.Double-click MY COMPUTER.
2.Open the root drive (usually C:).
3.Open DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS.
4.Click TOOLS, then FOLDER OPTIONS.
5.Click the VIEW tab (reference the illustration, below).
6.Under “Hidden files and folders”, click “SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS”.
7.Uncheck “HIDE EXTENSIONS FOR KNOWN FILE TYPES”.
8.Uncheck “HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FILES (RECOMMENDED)”.
9.When the warning message pops up, click YES. 10.Click APPLY, then OK.

***It’s recommended that you change the file folder settings back to their default settings after you fully complete the computer cleanup.***

1.With the Documents And Settings folder opened, open a user account folder.
2.Open the LOCAL SETTINGS folder.
3.Open the TEMP folder.
4.Press CTRL+A to select all files.
5.Press SHIFT+DEL to permanently delete all selected files. *Note*: you may be unable to delete ALL of the files and folders because some of them may be “locked” by the operating system or another program. Select smaller groups of folders or files in order to remove as many as possible.
6.Navigate back to the LOCAL SETTINGS folder.
7.Open the TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES folder.
8.Repeat steps 4 and 5. See *Note*.
9.Repeat steps 1 through 8 for all user account folders.
10.Empty the RECYCLE BIN and restart the computer.

Virus And Spyware Scans If you don’t already have an antivirus program and two or three antispyware programs installed and updated on your computer, then you’re BEGGING for problems. I use Webroot Antivirus/Antispyware and Spybot Search & Destroy (free). If you’re relying solely on “free” programs for your computer security, you’re likely making a big mistake. I understand that you don’t want to pay for software. Nobody does. You just have to look at the value in investing a little bit of money toward preventing the problems that might arise from choosing the “cheaper route”. Ok…enough said on that subject.

The most efficient way for antivirus and antispyware products to complete their scans successfully is to run them while the computer is in Safe Mode. To restart Windows in Safe Mode, tap the F8 key about every half-second or so, at computer startup, once you see the manufacturer’s logo. You’ll then be brought to a screen where you will use the arrow keys to choose the boot mode. Use the arrow up or down key to choose SAFE MODE. Press enter and let Windows do it’s thing. When the computer has fully booted, complete FULL SYSTEM scans with your antivirus and antispyware programs. When they are completed, reboot the computer, normally.

Defragment The Hard drive(s) This is the final step in your major computer cleaning. This will insure that the files on the disk are organized in such a way that makes them more quickly accessible, causing less “wait time” and less wear and tear on your drive.

1.Click START.
2.Navigate through ALL PROGRAMS to get to the ACCESSORIES folder.
3.Choose SYSTEM TOOLS.
4.Choose DISK DEFRAGMENTER.
5.Select the main disk (C:).
6.You shouldn’t need to “analyze” the drive. At this point, it’s better just to choose “DEFRAGMENT”.
7.Let the program run through the process and reboot the computer, normally, when completed.

That’s it! You should see a HUGE improvement in the performance of your computer.

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Slow Computer? How to Fix It!

All users of the great scientific invention, the computer, face this issue at some point of their life. And then at that situation they scratch their heads and rack their brains on one simple question: “How to Speed up my computer?” or “How to Speed up my PC?” or “How to improve my slow computer?” Here I have some answer to the question, which helped me and will help common users like me.

Before answering the question, let me go ahead and let you know that why computer does slow down. What is the root cause of slow computer? The following are some of the main reasons for the performance of any computer, and the following are the process to gain speed.

Hardware: – This is a vital reason for the performance of any computer. Hardware parts which are responsible for the performance of a computer are:

(a) Processor: – The processing speed of a processor is responsible for the speed of processor but it has NOT much to do with a slow computer. The user chooses this speed while purchasing any Computer.

TO GAIN SPEED: – TRY PURCHASING A GOOD PROCESSOR WHILE PURCHASING. We basically do not change the processor to gain speed. It’s a One Time Decision while purchasing.

(b) RAM: – This HAS much to do with Slowing down as well as performance of any computer. Every computer has limited maximum amount of RAM that it can use. While doing any job in computer, it eats up the RAM. In fact, If we do not open any applications in a computer still you will find around (20- 40) processes will run in your computer, but it varies from computer to computer. We can definitely increase our RAM for better performance, but it has a limit according to the motherboard you are using. For computers using Vista Home Basic OS (Operating System) needs at least 512 MB of Ram to Run.

TO GAIN SPEED: – INCREASE YOUR RAM, according to the configuration of the motherboard. Note: – Always Check the Type of RAM (DDR, DDR2 and SDRAM) before extending.

(c) Hard Drive: – Computer’s hard drive plays a vital role in the process and results into a slow computer, if the hard drive is crashed, no matter whatever we do we will find the computer freezes or hangs very often. The other symptoms of a Bad hard drive are a blue screen of death and frequent restart of the computer.

TO GAIN SPEED: – CHANGE THE HARD DRIVE. That’s the only solution if the hard drive is the root cause of your slow computer.

(d) Applications and Processes: – Applications and Processes have significant effects on the computer speed. Many Applications and Processes run in its own even if we do not manually initiate it during startup.

TO GAIN SPEED: – FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING STEPS:-

1) Simply close unnecessary programs (It consumes much of the RAM or in simple words, the computer speed).

2) Open Task Manager (Press ALT +CTRL+DEL simultaneously to open) and close few processes manually from the PROCESS tab. (If you are computer savvy and know the proper function of the process)

3) When you play a 3D game, try to play it in a Game Mode from software like ADVANCED SYSTEM CARE, etc. because it closes unnecessary processes in background automatically and provides the user a good gaming experience.

(e) Virtual Memory: – It is also important for the performance of a computer. The best part is we can always increase virtual memory (page file) of our computer without any cost.

Open system properties. (Right click on computer >> Properties >> Advanced tab >> under performance Click on settings >> Click on advanced >> Change >> and Increase the Virtual Memory).

(f) Disk Cleanup: – The inbuilt disk cleanup utility can help us delete temporary unnecessary files and increase the computer speed and help improve the performance of the slow computer.

Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Cleanup

You can also download several cleanup utility software like CCleaner etc.

(g) Disk Defragmentation: – This utility helps to rearrange all the files of your computer and definitely helps to increase the computer speed. This process takes around 1- 2 hrs depending upon the size of the partition.

Start >> Programs >>Accessories>>System Tools >>Disk Defragmentation.

So you should have got the answers to your “How to Speed up my Computer?” Computer is a scientific invention and has been a boon on us but that doesn’t mean that is not to be taken care of. Proper maintenance of your machine will not only improve the performance of your slow computer but also make sure that your new friend lasts a long time.

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When to Upgrade Or Purchase a New Computer

Helping in the decision of a new computer or possible other options! In the current financial situation of the world economy it is an hard investment to purchase a new computer. The first thing that you should look at is the reasons why you want a new computer. A super computer user will be able to answer that question easily. But, that does not hold true for all of us.

Most of you have a computer that is several years old and our having performance issues. Before going out and buying a new computer you may want to consider a different alternatives to computer purchase than purchase. In most situations think back to the day you received your computer when it was new. This process will also allow you to thoroughly understand what is on your computer and how you use it.

* Did you like your computer when it was new?
* Does your computer fit your needs?
* Where you able to do everything you needed and wanted to do on the computer?
* Do you need it back to when the computer was new and it would perform well and fit your needs?

If you can answer yes to the above questions you may want to take a different course of action and save yourself some money and improve that old computer.

The Alternative to Computer Purchasing: I have currently work on several computers for friends and associates with this current process and been able to create pleasing results for them with their older computers. Here is the process I walked them through to restore and upgrade their computer to like new or better than it was when it was new.

1. Go over their important Data and Files they have saved on their computer. Make sure you capture all the file directories from Picture Software, other used programs, email and so forth. This process should be followed to the point that you have accounted for everything you do on your computer. This is necessary not to lose any important files.

2. Using either an Picture Software, other used programs, email you discovered on the computer so that you can replace it back to the computer later. Be sure to make notes of the file location so you can put these files back in the location that you found them.

3. The following step is to look at the software on the computer and determine what came on the computer at purchase and what has been added later. At this point it is time to make sure you obtain all the downloaded software information and/or Cd Rom discs and make sure you have all the software licensing code for each software application. You will need this information and the software to re install applications on you computer. The ones that came with the computer will restore however some you may have licensed an application and you will need that documentation also.

4. Then you need to look at your computers hardware setting and make sure you know how to reconnect to you internet account, scanners, printers etc… Check and write down the computer settings. If you are using Outlook, Outlook Express, or some other non internet based email program make sure you know the settings and the location of your file directory for your email so that you can also copy it so you can return the file to the directory after reinstalling.

Once you have completed all the above wait a couple days and go over what you have learned as you use your computer to make sure you have not missed or forgotten anything. Also re verify that you have successfully copied all the files you need to keep. If you have downloaded executable for programs save them too. It will make it easier that downloading them again to re install.

Computer Upgrades The best upgrade to speed up your computer is to max out the amount of Ram Memory that the mother board can handle. First go to control panel, systems icon and find out how mach RAM your computer has installed. Then go to the manufactures websites support page and find the details of your model of computer. It will tell you how mach RAM the mother board will handle. (Most computers have slots for two RAM chips to be installed. Most of the older Computers can handle 2 gig of memory.)

Then there are a lot of websites that will tell you what memory you need for you computer model. I use Geek.com and NewEgg.com as a rule and get great prices. For an example, I purchase 2 gig of RAM Memory for an older HP Pavilion that had one 512mg memory chip for around $65.00. The additional RAM greatly improved the computers performance.

Conclusion At this point you are ready to entirely erase your computer and completely reinstall everything on your computer back to when you first removed it from the box. Unfortunately Windows systems tend to degrade and get bough ed down over time and cause problems. This is the best way to keep you computer running at peak efficiencies. I commonly will reload mine every 1or 2 years as I start to have issues.

I will follow up this article with the types of computer restore options for you so that you will know how to find the information and restore your computer. Talk to you very soon!

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How Computers Evolved – History and Generation of Computers

Evolution of computers has been drastically and dramatic. Computers have been in the existence in the early 1950s, but people were not able to use them. When you mention the word computer most people only think of the Desktop Computer, but in reality computer start with our calculator.

Therefore a computer can be defined as an electronic device that input, process and output information. Lets take in the case of a calculator, when adding figures you are example 1+1 =2, now you will be input data which is 1+1, this data is going to be processed through addition process, to give us 2. Now 2 is the process information which is the output.

The first computers to be invented were very big, slow and time consuming with limited capabilities. Computers history and has gone through various stage as they evolve starting with the first computers, before first generation computers we had the ABACUS computers which were limited by their capabilities

The first generation were developed in the early 1940s with their architect based on massive electronic value. They were vacuum tube dependent and without this they would not operation, from first generation computers came in the second generation computers which were better than first generation computers in performing electronic calculation but still were slow, an example of this second generation was the ABM 7000 series.

As the computer kept on evolving into generations people being more knowledge about them and the invention kept on being better, due to this the third computer generation was realized , this computers generations were powerful than the first and second generation computers, and use integrated circuit normally known as IC. An example of the third generation computers was IBM 360 Series.

The third generation computers led to the fourth generation in computer history, with this generation, electronic function were getting better, efficient and more enjoy with relatively less errors compared to the previous computer . And this are the computers used in our day to day activities. They are also using Integrated Circuit IC for their daily operation. The fourth generation computer will lead to the fifth generation computer which will be more powerful and ability to take instruction from people. This is known as artificial intelligence, in some instances robots are being used to do certain work which were done by human beings.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.