August 17th, 2011 by Roopam | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Onsite Computer Repair Services, Small Business Computer Repair Services, Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers

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Dreaded Blue Screen – Blue Screen of Death, Springfield VA Computer Repair, Springfield, Virginia

A few things in the world can be more wobbly than they appear or they sound. It can be your car, your stairway, your neighborhood, your boss or your best friend. My idea of writing this blog is not to establish some controversy into your mind but it is simply to make you more familiar with the things we love to take for granted. Therefore, I am attempting my blog on one dreaded computer problem and not on how to become deal with frenemies.

My choice of writing is to a great extent dependent on the number of computer issue related phones we receive at Geek ABC, a Computer Repair Springfield, VA company that provides PC Repair services. There are reasonably a large number of customers at Geek ABC encounter this weird problem of Blue Screen. Some are able to describe it well, while some just sound frustrated with their Computers’ windows freezing entirely and they are left facing Blue Screen. It is almost a situation of cyber helplessness.

Only a Computer Repair Technician now knows the evil behind this Blue Screen. It is just important to understand at any point you see a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) that it is almost one of the most fatal computer problems to happen to a computer machine.

What is Blue Screen of Death?

It is an error stage generated in the form of a blue colored screen by the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Blue Screen is also known as Stop Error or a Bug Check. Blue Screen is a critical error, can be recovered in most of the cases and causes the machine to crash. It surfaces up in the case of Windows crash or windows lock-up. There is more meaning believed to be attached to Blue Screen Error. Blue Screen conveys the error and with its blue color, it is believed to leave a calming-effect on its users in case of system crash.


What causes Blue Screen of Death?

Blue Screen can be caused because of particular issues within the operating system. It can also be memory issues, corrupt DLL files or unstable registry.  Please, find below a brief list of potential reasons behind a Blue Screen.

  • A Faulty Hardware can make up to be a potential reason for Blue Screen. A newly replaced hardware that is not supported by the existing Windows. There are times when the user removes hardware during Windows malfunction and places a new one instead that in turn causes a Blue Screen.
  • Similarly, a Recently Installed Software if installed in the same way as a few Antivirus software are installed causes a Blue Screen.
  • A Faulty Random Access Memory (RAM) may also contribute to Blue Screen.
  • Bad Clusters or Corrupt System Files on the Hard Drive can also cause Blue Screen to occur.
  • USB Drives or Memory Sticks which are not updated, older versions, or are infected may cause a Blue Screen.
  • Incompatibility between hardware and software
  • Blue Screen Error can as well be generated due to an Over-heated Computer or Processor. A few minor details like dust and dirt accumulates and starts building-up on hardware, taking almost all the possible ventilation opportunities away from the Computer.
  • A Corrupt Hard Drive can also be a reason behind Blue Screen. It is quite common to resort to the last alternative reinstalling Windows in case of unrecoverable errors. You will not realize that may cause Blue Screen to occur too.


How can you prevent or repair Blue Screen of Death?

Prevention is better than cure. Let us just minimize any possibility in the first place to expect Blue Screen occurrence. Unfortunately if you encounter Blue Screen, please follow the steps below whichever you may find applicable.

  • In case of Hardware Errors, the only option most likely is to observe what new entity you introduced to your computer hardware during a DIY computer repair act that has caused Blue Screen. Please, try to observe how your computer hardware was before. This computer repair technique will also be applicable in the Blue Screen caused by the introduction of new software to the machine.
  • If you doubt recently installed software to be one of the reasons for your Computer’s Blue Screen, you may choose to uninstall the same software. This Computer Repair step is reasonably easy and can be performed by accessing Control Panel (in case you can login your system) START menu and by opting for Add/Remove Programs.
  • For the Blue Screen error that is believed to have been infused in the system because of a faulty or corrupt memory stick, please try to remove or replace RAM out of the slot and push them back into the  slot firmly to avoid having them ended burnt accidently.
  • Blue Screen error caused because of processor overheating can be prevented by vacuuming or brush cleaning the inside of computer hardware to avoid any kind of ventilation blockage and enable a reasonable air flow.
  • Please, remember to update the driver for the USB Drives to minimize any occurrence of Blue Screen.
  • Please, arrange for Error Checking of a corrupt segment if Blue Screen occurred arbitrarily and you believe the reason for this unfortunate situation were bad clusters or corrupt system files.


Who can you rely on and how can we help you?

We are Geek ABC, a locally owned computer and network service and repair company that provides mobile, onsite computer service and repair for businesses and residents throughout Northern Virginia (VA), Baltimore Maryland (MD) metropolitan area, and Washington DC metro area. Geek ABC Springfield VA Computer Repair company provides onsite computer repair, laptop and PC diagnostic service and repair, data recovery and other technical services. If you have any questions our services we can be reached via our website, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  You can also check out our blog at for additional information.

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October 12th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers

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Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers – Choosing A Router For A Wireless Home Network, Springfield Virginia (VA)

The three routers that come to mind when setting up a wireless home network are:

1.       Cisco Linksys

2.       D-link

3.       Netgear

These are the three most trustworthy routers that aren’t too expensive and will cover all of your network needs.  They all range from approximately $30.00 to $100.00 for your basic wireless home network.  If you get a router through your cable company, when you set up a wireless network, most likely it will be a Cisco Linksys router.  If you decide to get a router and set up your network on your own, D-Link and Netgear are of similar quality and offer the same features and security options at a cheaper price.  The three models that I recommend for beginner home network users to look at are the D-Link Wireless-N 150, Netgear Rangemax N150, and Cisco Linksys E1000.  These three routers are close in price and offer easy-to-use security options. The security of your wireless network is very important but easy to achieve.  Many routers have built in firewalls and you can consult your router’s configurations page to help you set a password.  There are many other brands of wireless routers out there, that work just as well, such as Belkin, Buffalo, EnGenius, Zonet, Hawking, Tenda, and Trendnet.

The D-Link Wireless-N 150 – In addition to WEP this router supports the latest in wireless security, WPA/WPA2, to keep pesky neighbors from gaining unauthorized access of your internet, from hackers accessing your information, and attacks from potential viruses.  The support for WPA/WPA2 ensures that your data has the best possible encryption.  The N 150 model also has a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) push button feature that helps you activate and set up your network security functions with ease and it also uses dual active firewalls, SPI and NAT, to block potential virus threats and attacks.  You also have the ability to set up parental controls to deny access to specific websites.

The Netgear Rangemax N150 offers “Push ‘N Connect” technology for WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) easy setup and installation.  It supports WEP as well as the latest encryption WPA/WPA2.  It also has double firewall protection (SPT and NAT), as well al Denial-of-service (DoS)attack prevention.  It gives you the ability to set up a guest network with restricted access ensuring your privacy and security.  You can also block certain websites with the parental controls to provide safer internet experience for your children.

The Cisco Linksys E1000 comes with simple easy-to-use software for setting up and customizing your router and its security features with advanced features that allow you to customize your router.  It also supports WEP as well as WPA/WPA2.  The E1000 comes with parental controls that allow you to block specific websites as well as restrict internet access during certain hours.  It also gives you the option to set up a separate, password-protected guest network to allow your visitors access to your internet without having access to your computers.

All three of these routers are easy to you and will give you and your data the protection it needs.  You should always refer to your router’s manual and other documentation before setting up your home network.  This will ensure that you are installing it properly and that you are utilizing the security features available.  If you have any further questions or need help setting up your wireless home network and router, Geek ABC is here to fulfill your specific needs.  We be reached via our website or you can give us a call @ 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, onsite network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Geek ABC offers onsite 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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