September 29th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, In-Home Computer Repair, Wireless Network Setup and Repair

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Wireless Network Set up and Configuration – Wireless Network Setup and Configuration for Gaming Consoles

These days they sky is the limit as far as gaming goes.  There are few family households without a Wii, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, and if they are connecting them via the internet, the possibilities are endless.  Any three of these consoles can be set up wirelessly, given that you have a working wireless network connection

Connecting your gaming console to the internet gives you options such as playing multiplayer games online with others around the world, viewing youtube videos, watching Netflix movies, and surfing the internet.

All 3 gaming consoles can connect to the internet by using their built in Wi-Fi for wireless connections.  If you don’t already have a high speed wireless network set up, I suggest that you get one.  The instructions for setting up your console shouldn’t be too difficult but if you run in to problems, Geek ABC is here to help.

And, if you don’t already have one and are ready to set up a wireless network in your home or are you having issues with your current wireless network and need help with connecting your Wii, Playstation or Xbox?  Call us here at Geek ABC to get it done quickly and reliably. Our qualified, experienced technicians will help you connect your router and configure the firmware to communicate with your ISP as well and your computers and gaming consoles, we will test each of your devices to make sure they are compatible and running properly and we will help you with your network security and encrypt your network so that your prying neighbors and other unwelcome hackers can’t get in.  We offer same day, in-home, onsite computer service and repair such as virus removal, and data backup, transfer and recovery in the local Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington DC area in cities such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase.


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September 23rd, 2010 by admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Computer Crash Recovery, Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Data Backup and Recovery

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Data Backup – Backing Up Your Data

One of the most important things we can do is back up the data that is on our computers.  I know that we don’t often think about it, but a system crash due to a virus or hardware failure can be disastrous.  And even though it seems redundant and time-consuming, performing regular data backups can save you a lot of headaches.  Consider what it might cost you in time, effort, and money if your system does crash and you have to reconstruct all of your data or risk losing it forever.

The most popular options for data backup are:

1.       CD and DVD (Optical Drives)

2.       External Hard Drives

3.       Flash Drives

4.       Online Backup Services

5.       RAID System – Mainly applies to business environments or a person with very large amounts of data

ConsumerReports.org has a great table that lists the Pros and Cons of each option for data backup.

Optical drives (CD’s and DVD’s) are great for backing up files such as your music and photos.  With the boom of multimedia downloading sites such as iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster, most, if not all, of our music is on our computers and if you think about it, to lose them could possible mean losing thousands of dollars, and as far as photos go, because we are more inclined to use a digital camera these days, all of our photos are digital and we rarely ever print them out because it’s much easier to share them via email or social networking site, those memories are priceless, especially if you lose them. CD’s and DVD’s are prone to scratches and other physical damage that can cause problems so you have to make sure that you are careful with them and store them safely.

Flash Drives are better suited for backing up files such as word documents and excel spreadsheets.  Using the computers USB Drive you can easily back up your data and transport it.  Flash drives are nice because they are small but they offer a limited amount of storage space and because of their size they can be easily lost.

External hard drives are probably the best when it comes to backing up home computers.  They offer a lot of storage space and you can set them up to run automatic backups on a regular basis.  This eliminates having to back up data manually as with optical drives or flash drives.

Online backup services are an alternative that a lot of people are choosing these days because you can access your data remotely, as long as you have an internet connection and safe from physical damage.  Up to a certain amount of data is free for online back up services, after that they usually charge a small monthly or annual fee.

RAID system configurations are good for business environments or for individuals with large amounts of data.  In the even of a system failure RAID essentially gives a mirror image of the hard drive.  They automatically image the drive (back up).

In the even of a computer crash or system failure, having your data backed up is essential.  If you haven’t backed up your data, we strongly recommend that you do.  Geek ABC offers  data recovery services, RAID troubleshooting and installation, can assist in data backups,  and in-home computer repair for home and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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September 22nd, 2010 by admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Webcam Information and Tips

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Webcam Information and Tips-

1) What is a webcam?

a)      A webcam is a small digital camera that works with your computer and uses real time video and audio streams that can be accessed via the internet, instant messaging or with video conferencing applications.

2) What are the different types of webcams?  There are two main types of webcams:

a)      Dedicated webcam: The most common type of webcam, they connect to your PC via a USB connection.  They are easy to install and use.  Most Windows operating systems will automatically pick up the device as long as it is a recognizable brand.  If you purchase an off brand webcam you may have to install the software.  All webcams can and do have certain limitations such as poor resolution and a potentially low number of frames per second.

b)      Integrated webcams: These come as pat of your computer hardware, most often seen in laptops.  Most laptops these days have a webcam integrated into their design.

3) What are the different webcam features?

a)      Frames per second – This is probably the most important aspect of a webcam.  The number of frames per second that are recorded will determine your image quality.  At minimum you should consider a camera with 30 frames per second.  But keep in mind that other factors such as modem speed, internet connection and internet traffic will also contribute to your image quality.  As the general rule applies, the faster the better.

b)      Resolution – Most webcams have resolutions of 160×120 and 320×240 pixels.  There are higher quality cameras with resolutions of 640×480 and above but they are going to be quite a bit more expensive.  You can always expect a better quality of image with a higher resolution.  Another thing to consider is a camera that can adjust to variable lighting situations; this will also help with a better image quality.

c)       Zoom – There are two different zoom options to look at with a webcam.  Digital zoom, which simply increases and decreases the size of an area and Optical zoom, which will actually change the lens position.  The ability to zoom in on things is a great feature.

d)      Microphone – Most webcams come with built-in microphones so you can enjoy live conversation as you view and chat, but there are some that don’t, so you have to take in to consideration that if your webcam doesn’t have a mic, you will have to purchase one separately.

e)      Portability – How your camera is fixed on your computer can be important.  Most cameras these days give you the option to clip in on to your monitor or to semi permanently fix it in place.

4) What are the main uses for webcams?

a)      Keeping in touch with friends and family around the globe via face-to-face chat using services like Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, and AOL Instant Messenger
b)      Most schools incorporate webcams as instructional tools in the classroom or for online classes.

c)       Videoconferencing for work, to hold meetings with other employees and clients across the globe.

d)      Used in gathering information such as keeping an eye on your kids or your pets.

e)      Playing online games

f)       Sign language communication for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired individuals.

g)      Can also be used as a still camera to take photos

h)      One-on-One Training

5) How much do webcams cost?

a)      Depending on their features they range from about $20 to $150, most are fairly inexpensive and will meet the needs of the average user.

b)      Fairly inexpensive and for the average user a good webcam ranges from about $20 to $60.

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September 21st, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Scanner Tips

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How to Choose a Scanner-

Having a personal scanner can come in quite handy and opens up a whole new world for storing printed documents and photographs that might otherwise get damaged or lost.   It also allows us to easily share and print multiple copies that you would be unable to do otherwise, unless you actually saw the person who had them.  And converting your old photos in to digital copies can also save you the time and money it costs to have them printed at a photo lab.

Photo and document scanners come in varied ranges of price and size, and have a variety of features.  Some of the more new models even come with a loading tray that will hold and upload multiple pages or photos at a time, which saves you the hassle of having to scan each one individually.  Uploading your photos and other documents to your computer allows you to easily store them on your PC or a disk and to share them with others through email or online through a social media profile, personal website, or blog.  These days a personal scanner is a must have for any person who desires to keep things such as their old photos and documents well protected and in great condition.

Nowadays, due to the number of different brands and types, choosing the right scanner isn’t so easy.  Here are a few guidelines I have put together that might help you in your decision:

1.       Do as much research as possible before buying your scanner.   A great place to start doing this is by reading the Cnet Scanner Reviews

2.       Flatbed vs. Sheet-Fed – Flatbed scanners seem to be more popular because of their easy-to-use features but for someone who plans on scanning multiple pictures at a time, a sheet-fed scanner will come in handy because you don’t have to load one picture at a time, and some feeder scanners these days can hold multiple photos at a time.  One feature that you can look for in a flatbed scanner is one that comes with a 35mm film scanning option.  This allows you to scan your old, developed 35mm negatives, therefore eliminating the need for a photo shop altogether.  That way you don’t risk sending out your old negatives for print and losing them.

3.       Price – Know your budget. Find out which scanner will best satisfy your needs and try to fit it into your budget.  If what you find is too expensive, find out which features of a scanner you will need most for your purpose and choose a scanner which scores high for those particular features.

4.       Make sure that any other accessories and peripherals that you own or may purchase in the future, such as your digital camera or removable memory are compatible.

5.       Make sure that the software that comes with the scanner is compatible with your computer.  Or if you purchase additional software, you want something that is compatible with your scanner, for instance if you have an HP scanner, you don’t want to buy Kodak software.

6.       Don’t purchase a scanner that has greater resolution than your printer or display device because the images that you scan may not be able to be displayed or printed at all and if they are they most likely won’t be to the quality you desire.

I hope that the guidelines that I have provided have helped you succeed in choosing the right scanner that works for you.  Here at Geek ABC we strive to provide you with the best information we can to help make these types of decisions easier.  Geek ABC offers on-site, in-home computer repair and services for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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September 20th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Password Tips

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Guide to Creating Strong Passwords -

These days, in the age of computers, it’s important that we protect our information.  We rely on our PC’s for just about everything and therefore making sure that nobody can hack in and steal our information is important.  Identity theft has gotten all too popular and nobody wants to fall victim to it.  The best thing you can do to protect your information is to password protect everything, and these days we have to use passwords for just about every website and software application we use, especially in the work place.  Here are some guidelines to follow when creating strong passwords:

1.  Your password should contain at minimum 6 to 8 characters

2.  Your password must be alphanumeric; containing at least:

a.  One number

b.  One special character

c.  Both lower and uppercase letters

3.  You should never use personal details (birthdays, house numbers, first or last names, children’s names)

4.  Don’t use the same password for more than 90 days

5.  Never write your password down and keep it

One guideline I try to follow when creating my password is to exchange certain letters for characters.  For example:

1.  Using @ instead of a

2.  Using ! instead of i

3.  Using $ instead of s

4.  Using 0 (zero) instead of o

5.  Inserting a character such as % in the place of a space

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September 17th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, Home Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Low Virtual Memory Error Message-

What is Virtual Memory?

The process of increasing the apparent size of a computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) by using a section of the hard drive space as an extension of RAM and treating it like real memory, thus virtual memory.  Basically, when the entire RAM on your computer is in use, Windows will attempt to create virtual memory by using hard drive space to create more memory and treat it as such.

Even though your software can’t make the distinction between virtual and real memory, there is a good chance that you will notice your programs and software are running considerably slower because of the hard drive activity that it requires.

Here are initial steps you can take to increase the size of your virtual memory:

Windows 7

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows Vista

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance pane, click Settings.
  4. In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change.
  6. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value, click Set, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

Windows 2000

  1. Right-click My Computer and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click Advanced
  3. Click Performance Options.
  4. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change to increase the paging file.Windows 2000 requires an Initial value of 126 MB for debugging.
  5. After you change the setting, click Set, and then click OK.
  6. In the System Control Panel Applet dialog box, click OK to the following message:

The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.

  1. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
  2. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your virtual memory issues and if you continue to see signs of low virtual memory, or if Windows warns you about a low virtual memory problem, you should look in to adding more RAM.  The first step is to check with the information that came with your computer to determine which type of RAM is compatible with your computer and here at Geek ABC we offer in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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September 16th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows-

Most people use the right click button on their mouse to perform various functions, but did you know there are keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you can use instead?  This can often cut the time it takes to do something in half.  Below is list of the most commonly used shortcuts that we suggest everyone get to know and use:

(To use any of these combination’s you have to remember to hold the Ctrl, Alt, or Shift key down and strike the letter key)

Ctrl + C Copies the Selection to the clipboard Ctrl + V Paste – Inserts the content of the clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut – Removes the selection from the active document and places it on the clipboard Ctrl + N Opens a new Word document
Ctrl + S or F12 Saves the active document Ctrl + F Find – to search for specific text in an active document
Ctrl + P Prints the active document Ctrl + O To open a previously saved document
Ctrl + A Selects all text and graphics in the active window Ctrl + W Closes the active window but does not exit word
Ctrl + B Bold – formats the selected text to bold or to remove bold Ctrl + Z Undo the last action, can be repeated several times
Ctrl + I Italic – formats the selected text to italic or to remove italic Ctrl + U Underline – formats the selected text to underline or to remove underline
Ctrl + Y Redo – after an action has been undone it can be reinstated to the document Alt + F4 Exit – closes Microsoft Word
Alt + Tab Quickly switch between open programs F1 Opens Word Help
Ctrl + left arrow/right arrow Moves the cursor one word at a time Ctrl + Home/End Moves the cursor to the beginning or the end of a document

For Highlighting Text:

Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights one character to the left or right Ctrl + Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights an entire work from the beginning or the end

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September 15th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Printer Tips

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Choosing the Right Printer-

Choosing the right printer to buy can be a daunting task.  The choices are vast and the cost can vary considerably.  Finding the right printer mainly depends on the individuals’ primary usage.  The main thing to consider is whether you are buying for personal use or for a home/small business and also what your main use for the printer will be.  Do you need it mainly to print documents or will you be printing photos?

For someone such as a student or the average printer user, a basic Inkjet printer will probably suffice.  They can range anywhere from approximately $50 to $150 for decent quality.  The one thing to look out for though is the lower the initial cost of the printer; the more it might cost you to run it, i.e. the cost of ink.  The most important thing to look at before you buy your printer is to look at the cost of the ink.

For someone running a home or small business a LaserJet printer would be ideal but they tend to be a bit pricier than the basic Inkjet.

Another thing to consider is looking at non-traditional brands.  Most of us are familiar with brands such as Epson, Dell and HP but Samsung, Kodak and Brother have come out with a lot of good printers in recent years.  I actually recommend Brother because we’ve been using the same Brother 9700 for approximately 7 years now and it’s still in great shape.

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September 14th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Onsite Computer Repair Services

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Is your computer running slow? -

Do you often find yourself asking “why is my computer so slow?”  Well, you’re not alone.

Here are a few things you can do yourself, in order to keep your computer running like new:

The first thing you should look at is getting rid of or deleting any files that you no longer need and back up files that you don’t use often on to DVD or CD, delete them from your hard drive, and store them in a safe place.  This will give you extra space on your hard drive and improve the performance of the OS.

Next you can remove all of the useless start up programs.  Computers these days come preloaded with a number of programs that you will never use.  Go through them and uninstall anything that you don’t need.  This will increase the speed of your computer.

Third, defragment your hard drive.  Performing a disk defragmentation on your hard drive, every so often based on usage, will organize your files and boost your computer’s speed by approximately 20%.

The next thing that you can do is make sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date and running.  Poor performance can sometimes be attributed to viruses and malware so you want to make sure that you are performing regular virus scans and updates to ensure that you eliminate them.

And last but not least, one thing that users tend to forget about is cleaning up their registry.  This is probably one of the most effective methods in restoring computer speed.  Every time you install, uninstall or run a program, registry entries are created.  Over time your system will be filled with errors and this will slow down its performance significantly.  If you are unsure about making manual changes to your registry using the Windows Registry Editor, there are a number of Free Registry Cleaners available.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your computer speed.  Geek ABC offers in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.

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September 10th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help

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Tips to help increase the lifespan of your computer:

Keep your computer clean – Most computers today come preloaded with a number programs and software that you won’t use, take the time to go through and uninstall them.  De-fragment your hard drive at least once a month to keep your files organized. Back-up and archive any documents you don’t plan on using to CD or DVD, delete them off of your hard drive and store them in a safe place.

Keep your computer up-to-date – Keep your antivirus up-to-date and set it to perform regular scans.  Check for system and software updates on a regular basis.
Increase your RAM (Memory) - RAM or Random Access Memory is probably the quickest and most cost effective way to give your computer that new PC feeling. Insufficient RAM is one of the leading causes of a slow PC.

Upgrade your Hard Drive – You can significantly improve your system’s performance by adding more storage.
Don’t be the first one to upgrade your OS – When new Operating Systems come out they aren’t without bugs.  Wait to upgrade your system when all of the kinks have been worked out.
Expect 4 years – A good computer should last about three to four years and with regular maintenance and upkeep you can stretch that an extra year or two.

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