Everything on your laptop is stored on a hard drive, from precious pictures of your family’s new puppy all the way up to the operating system itself. External hard drives extend your storage space while offering you plenty of room to back up your computer. If you have documents, images, presentations, music, or videos you cannot afford to lose, consider the benefits of purchasing an external hard drive. [Read more…]
In April, Microsoft ended security support for the aging Windows XP operating system. Are you one of the many people who, two months later, are still running an XP machine? With no given security updates, upgrades, or patches, your computer is even more at risk for viruses, hackers, and program holes or bugs. Keep reading for more information, and then consider switching to a more modern operating system. [Read more…]
Whenever you use the same computer day in and day out, you quickly get used to its habits and quirks. However, how can you tell when a simple quirk is actually a sign of a larger problem? Here are a few ways to see if a faulty motherboard is the culprit.
What Exactly Is the Motherboard?
The term motherboard refers to your computer’s main circuit board, which controls and connects most of the systems and components. In addition to memory, the motherboard supports hard drives as well as attachable video, sound, and network cards. [Read more…]
If you are like most laptop owners, you rely on your device for a wide variety of tasks; you carry your laptop at your side rain or shine. Unfortunately, immunity against the weather is not one of the trusty laptop’s prime features, as evidenced by multiple trips to a reputable laptop repair service. As summer solstice approaches, the days are getting longer and hotter. Summer weather conditions can create a multitude of “health” problems for your laptop that result in a less-than-efficient technological experience in the long run:
- Decreased battery efficiency or death due to high temperatures.
- Overall damage due to outdoor exposure (water, sun, wind, etc.).
- Electrical problems due to extreme heat.
- Damage to inner components due to humidity.
- Melted hardware due to hot temperatures.
- Slower processing speed.
Below are a few essential tips on how to protect your laptop from overheating during these hot summer days. [Read more…]