Q. "The kid at the store
tried to sell me something called a UPS. Is it
really worth spending the extra $$ on or was he just
loading the sale".
A. "The Kid" was trying to do you
a favour. He just sold you a sensitive electronic
device (computer). Power surges/spikes and brown outs can
actually damage the microscopic circuitry in the
computer. The UPS device will protect your
computer as well as that long winded email to Uncle Bob
your were working on when the lights went out. It's
just plain smart and right to protect your investment.
Sorry no no no an $8.00 "power" bar is not protection.
Do not cheeeeeep out! Unless you like buying new
computers on a regular basis. I am still running
just fine on a 4 year old box that I bought used.
These are not that important if you are only using a
Q. "No matter what I do I
cannot get it to turn on. - and yes it is plugged
A. Well you might think its
plugged in but remember that the cord on a desktop has 2
ends. Are they both firmly plugged in?
If you have been paying attention you should have it
plugged into some kind of decent surge protection
device. Is it turned on? on and plugged in?? Is
there actually power in the outlet or has the breaker
been tripped??? Notebook computers have three
points of potential problem. The main power cord
plugs into the source, a transformer and the transformer
then plugs to the computer. Try unplugging and
re-plugging all these before you holler for help.
I always tell people that if I "come over" and plug your
computer in and it works - I want $100 cash and a good
shot of scotch. You would be amazed how many times
folks call back and say oops - how did you know?
"My computer is going
these days. What is wrong"?
A. First of all how old is it. If you
bought it when you still had your own hair/teeth then perhaps its just time.
If it is fairly new - Have you installed any new and fancy
software lately? New software sometimes requires a whole lot
more memory to run properly. You need at least 4 gigs these
days to run anything and even 8 Gigs is the current standard on the newer
systems. Pay attention and read the screen every time
BEFORE you say yes.
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Computers do not actually slow down. They
are still working hard but the software we install over
the years just places more and more demands on the
system. That combined with the fact that very
often the internal files get all messed up (very
technical term?). Click
here and run a free scan of your system and you will get some
idea of just how clogged up and out of date things are.
Its worth the $$ so go ahead and buy it at the end of
the scan and let it do its thing. Then run it
again and possibly a third time and you will see a huge
difference. After this run it about once a week
or 10 days to keep things running at peak.
A. Have you been visiting sights you should not
have been visiting. I often find when I go out and respond to a problem that when I check the browsing history I have to
give my "naughty naughty" lecture. Unless your
seriously protected with the latest
software these "sites" can plant all kinds of spyware on your system
and glean all kinds of information you would rather they did not know.
I have spent up to 6 hours cleaning up systems like this in the past.
Now I check the history first and if I see the "naughties" I just wash
my hands, walk
away and say "good luck". Or sometimes I will turn the
$$$ meter way up and give it a try. Do you feel
like spending $400 to clean up the mess just because
decided to check out that link your buddy sent you.
A. Is your kid into gaming on the system or on
line. These programs take up huge space and the kids themselves
get into places that plant all kinds of spy ware. This stuff
again will slow the system down.
The following link will detect spyware and deal with it.
I strongly urge/push/cajole you to never never let any
kid do gaming on your computer. You are just
begging for a nightmare.
Free Performance and Security Scan, Scan Now!
Q." I have three different anti virus
software packages running so I could not possibly get
A. It is a wonder that your
computer will even start under a load like that.
NO NO NO. One good quality anti virus package that
you actually paid for "should" protect you just fine
without grinding the system to its knees. You must
totally uninstall all traces of every antivirus package
except the one you are using or it will cause problems.
I once worked on one with 6 packages because the guy
gave me the computer because "it was a piece of junk".
No it was not. It was still fairly new but he
was/is a collector of anything free. It took me
almost 8 hours to make a usable computer out of it and
it was just fine in the end. I passed it along to
a local school here in Panama where it has been working
now for about 3 years. :-)
If you follow the links provided above
you can install some of the best and most affordable, up
to date protection available. If you are not
interested in protecting yourself right from the start
then the rest of my advice likely will not be of much
That's enuf for this month.
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