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 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 13th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Free Computer Repair Services, Home Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Onsite Computer Repair Services

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Here at Geek ABC, when you use our in-home computer repair services, you know that your computer is priority. Chances are, if you drop your computer off at one of your neighborhood “Big Box” stores, there is no guarantee that the technician is 100% dedicated to your computer. With having one of our technician’s in-home, you know that your computer is their #1 priority. Basically, you have your own personal geek there to explain and answer questions about the little things that you need help with in other computer related areas, aside from the main issue at hand.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

With in-home computer repair you don’t have to worry about disconnecting your computer and all of its parts and haul it in to the store. This saves you time, money and gas. Most issues can be fixed same day and if your computer is in need of more extensive help, we will bring it to our shop, perform all the required maintenance and repairs, and return it to you. Whereas, if you take your computer and drop it off at some random “Big Box” store, there is no telling how long it will take them to fix it, it could be a few days up to a few weeks.

Another reason to choose Geek ABC for your in-home computer repair is that we can schedule and provide services at your convenience and our technicians are on-time, friendly, and knowledgeable, not to mention, we fix the problems right in front of you. There’s no need to worry about your personal information being lost or stolen and if you have questions along the way we are there to answer them. And last but not least, compared to “Big Box” stores, our rates are considerably lower, we give a 90 day labor warranty on in-home service calls and we also provide free over-the-phone support to all of our existing customers.

Geek ABC offers in-home computer service and repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.  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 | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services

To Repair or Replace-

Ask yourself these three questions:

How old is my computer?

What do I use it for?

What is it worth?

Computers are ones of the most frequently used devices in our homes and offices today.  There isn’t a day that goes by where most of us don’t use one.  So what happens when your computer breaks down or crashes?  The first thing that crosses our minds is how much is this going to cost me to fix…and if I can’t fix it how much is a new one going to cost?  Or, is it going to be more expensive to fix than to just simply replace it?  Due to all of the competition amongst brands these days, computers are fairly inexpensive, but then we have to think about all of the data that is on our computers.  Transferring data from one computer to another is not only timely but can be costly as well.

So the first thing we need to know before we start to make this decision, what’s wrong with my computer?  Why did it break down or crash?  As stated in my previous blog, the most common reasons for a computer crash are, “Bad Drivers”, “Bad Power Supply”, “Corrupt Files (viruses)” and “Overheating”.

Every case of “should I replace it or repair it?” is very different and there really isn’t a straight-forward, simple answer.  If the cost of repair is going to be more than what a new one would cost then it’s better to replace it, but always keep in the back of  your mind, what I said earlier, the data that we keep in our computers can sometimes be irreplaceable.  The best thing that you can do is always keep a backup of your files.  Should you need to transfer your data from an old computer to a new one, Geek ABC will be there to help.  And, here at Geek ABC it’s our job to help you make the best informed decision of whether to repair or replace your computer.  Our technicians will always be upfront and honest with you about the cost of repair and if we don’t think that it’s worth the time and money to repair we will do our best to help you decide what new machine will work best for your specific needs in the future.

Geek ABC is here to come to you, we service the entire Washington DC Metro 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 and Washington DC.

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March 2nd, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Free Computer Repair Services

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