Posts Tagged ‘BIOS’

January 13th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Ballston Clarendon Rosslyn CPU Overheating

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Ballston Clarendon Rosslyn CPU Overheating – Processor Overheating, Ballston, Clarendon & Rosslyn

One major problem we see with our customers here at Geek ABC is an overheated processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit).  There are a number of factors that could cause your computer’s processor to overheat so it’s important to keep them in mind.  Through the BIOS in your computer you can check the temperature of your processor.

The first and most common issue we see is too much dust built up around the fan and heat synch.  Dust build up in your PC’s case will cause for poor air circulation which in turn will cause it to over heat.  Keeping your CPU clean will increase air flow to the processor and will keep the temperature at a normal degree.  Dust is unavoidable so it’s important to try to clean it frequently.

Another reason for over heating could be that one of the fans is going bad.  If a fan is going out then there is little to no circulation throughout the computer.  In this case the fan has to be replaced.  There are generally three fans that help with the air flow in your computer, the power supply fan, the case fan and the CPU fan.  Through your computer’s BIOS mode you can test the fan’s RPM’s to make sure they are working properly.

A Heat Synch that isn’t properly seated is another reason for overheating but this isn’t something that your computer will warn you about, nor is it something that is easy to detect.  The slightest difference in placement can cause a problem.

A few things that you can do to make sure that you don’t have problems with your system overheating are to make sure that your computer is kept in a well ventilated area, and that the heat syncs and fans are clean of dust and pet hair.  Another good thing to do is to try to shut your computer down for a few hours each day, that way they aren’t constantly running, this will help with lifespan of your fans.

If you think you are having issues with your system overheating, Geek ABC is here to help answer your questions and to keep your computer up and running properly.  We can be reached via our website, http://www.geekabc.com/, you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment or visit our blogspot at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/ for more information.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home computer and network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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November 5th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Montgomery County Maryland (MD) BIOS Password

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Montgomery County Maryland (MD) BIOS Password – Resetting Your Computers BIOS Password, Montgomery County Maryland (MD)

BIOS or the Basic Input/Output System is a built in application that verifies the system before accessing the hard drive.  To ensure accessibility when disk failure occurs, BIOS are located within ROM chip.

There are some BIOS’s that allow you to require a password a password to be entered before your system will boot and others allow you to require a password to be entered before the BIOS setup can be accessed.  If you happen to forget this password and need to reset it, there are three main ways you can go about this.

The first way is with the manufacturer supplied software.

The second way is to remove the battery for the CMOS memory, which is next to the motherboard, for at least 30 seconds, causing it to lose all CMOS information, including the BIOS password.  This battery allows the CMOS memory to maintain its information even when the computer is powered off.  Sometimes this battery is soldered to the motherboard, so that leaves us with one more option.

Somewhere on the motherboard is a jumper that will also reset or clear the BIOS password.  If the jumper isn’t labeled then you will need the motherboard documentation to find it.  Usually it is standing alone near the battery.

One thing to remember if you are planning on clearing the BIOS password with one of the last two ways, when opening and working on the inside of your computer, it is important to wear an antistatic wrist strap to avoid damage to your computer.

If you feel this information hasn’t helped you in clearing or resetting your systems BIOS password, please feel free to contact us here at Geek ABC.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment. We provide same-day, mobile, onsite computer and network support and repair for residential and business customers throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area.


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