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November 5th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Prince George's (PG) County Maryland (MD) Antistatic Wrist Strap

Prince George’s (PG) County Maryland (MD) Antistatic Wrist Strap – Using An Antistatic Wrist Strap, Prince George’s (PG) County Maryland (MD)

I’m sure that all of us are extremely familiar with walking across a rug or carpet touching a doorknob or other grounded metal object and getting an uncomfortable static shock.  This is known as Electrostatic Discharge or ESD.  If you’ve ever opened up your computer to put in a new sound or graphics card, add RAM, or upgrade or CPU or hard drive, and you weren’t careful, you could have done major damage without even realizing it.  Static electricity can be a killer to the inner workings of a computer.

One of the easiest ways to disperse static electricity when we are working on the inside of a computer is to wear an antistatic wrist strap.  There are a number of different antistatic wrist straps on the market and they can range from under $10 for a one-time use disposable model to $50 for a multi-use unit designed for people who work on computers and other electronics regularly.  There are also cordless straps that you can find for around $40.  They tend not to work as well but they are better than taking no precautions at all.  If you are using an antistatic wrist strap you need to be sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to connect and use it properly, otherwise it’s completely useless.

Before you can feel it, static electric shock must be between 3,500 and 4,000 volts.  The static electricity that you get from walking across a carpet and touching a grounded metal object has a range between 10,000 and 12,000 volts.  And while this sounds impressive, static electricity has extremely low amperage and if you know anything about electricity it’s the amps that are dangerous, not the volts.  With this said, it’s important to know and realize that it only takes a tiny shock of 400 volts to damage the integrated circuits and inner components of your PC.  That means that without even noticing or realizing that you are doing it, you could be causing your system major damage, and it may not be something that happens right away, it could take, days, weeks, or even months before a component starts to show symptoms of failure.

So, if you are planning on opening up your computer, its worth your time and money to invest in something as simple as an antistatic wrist strap.  There are other safety measures you can take as well like using other antistatic components and making sure your work area is safe and clear of plastic and other objects that can hold static electricity.  Another way you can reduce static electricity is by controlling the humidity.  The lower the humidity level the more likely that damaging static electricity will build up quickly.  This is means that if you can’t control the humidity yourself with your ventilation system, you should try to avoid working on the inside of your computer during low humidity times such as cold winter days or hot summer days with the a/c running on high.  A humidity level between 35 and 50 percent is ideal for doing your computer upgrades.

Here at Geek ABC we work hard to provide you with the best information we can and to help you have a positive experience with your computer.  Geek ABC is a local computer and network service and repair company.  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 provide same day, mobile, in-home network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


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September 27th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Crash Recovery, Computer Repair Service

***We provide onsite Computer Repair and Network Support for home and business in VA, MD and DC. Please, call us toll free 877-433-5222 or fill out the Service Request Form to schedule an appointment. We have put a blog below that you may find useful knowledge about computers, services and products.***

Blue Screen of Death or BSoD – What is the Blue Screen of Death?

In simple terms, The Blue Screen of Death is your computers way of telling you that something has gone exceeding wrong and it can be extremely intimidating and is very apparent.  The technical terms the BSOD is a “stop error message” and this is because the error that has occurred is so significant enough that every process on your computer has to come to a stop.  Basically, when applications within your OS aren’t behaving correctly the BSoD occurs.  Most often the BSoD can be resolved by simply rebooting your computer (PC) system, but if that doesn’t work you should look for expert advice.

Most often the Blue Screen occurs with software issues such as a corrupt operating system.  In other cases it’s caused by memory issues or incompatible hardware and software.

Geek ABC offers on site computer repair service 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. We also provide free over-the-phone support for residential customers.


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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

***We provide onsite Computer Repair and Network Support for home and business in VA, MD and DC. Please, call us toll free 877-433-5222 or fill out the Service Request Form to schedule an appointment. We have put a blog below that you may find useful knowledge about computers, services and products.***

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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