Posts Tagged ‘In-home Computer Repair’

October 4th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Computer Repair

***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.***

Washington DC – Washington DC Computer Repair

Geek ABC’s computer professionals provide mobile computer repair services to your home or business.  We are a locally owned and operated company that services the entire Washington Dc Metro area.  Our computer professionals have expertise in, but not limited to, desktop and laptop computer repair, emergency data recovery, data transfer and backup, virus and spyware removal, network installation and repair (both wired and wireless), software and hardware install and upgrades, as well as remote tech support and one-on-one training.

There’s no sense in wasting time disconnecting your PC and hauling it in to a repair shop when you can give us a call and we will send one of our computer specialists to you.  We provide in-home service at a time that is most convenient for you.  We will diagnose and fix your computer on-site and if it needs more in depth service and repair we will bring it to the stop to work on it and then return it to you on your time.

Geek ABC Computer Repair Services & Network Repair Include:

  • On-site computer repair Washington, DC
  • Home computer repair Washington, DC
  • Business computer repair Washington, DC
  • Business telephone solutions Washington, DC
  • Computer virus removal Washington, DC
  • Computer data recovery Washington, DC
  • Computer application repair Washington, DC
  • Computer database application repair Washington, DC
  • Computer network repair Washington, DC
  • Computer programming repair Washington, DC
  • Computer disaster recovery Washington, DC
  • Computer data backup solutions Washington, DC
  • Computer firewall repair Washington, DC
  • Computer image editing repair Washington, DC
  • Computer network server support Washington, DC
  • Computer network email repair Washington, DC
  • Computer network anti-virus repair Washington, DC
  • Website development services available in all 50 US States

Our Computer Geeks are available and Serving Home and Business customers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, below is a list of some of the areas we cover: (if you don’t see your particular city listed please give us a call)

Virginia (VA):

Arlington County: Arlington, Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Rosslyn

Fairfax County: Alexandria, Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, Burke, City of Alexandria, Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Great Falls, Lorton, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Vienna

Loudon County: Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, South Riding, Sterling

Prince William County: Bristow, Dale City, Dumfries, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Lorton, Manassas, Occoquan, Quantico, Triangle, Woodbridge

Maryland (MD):

Montgomery County: Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Deer Park, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Kensington, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park

Prince Georges (PG) County: Adelphi, Andrews Airforce Base, Bowie, Capitol Heights, Clinton, College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover, New Carrollton, Suitland, Upper Marlboro, UMUC, University Park

Washington DC:

Adams Morgan, American University, Capital Hill, Chinatown, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Farragut Station, Foggy Bottom, Friendship Heights, Georgetown, Georgia Avenue, Howard University, Logan Circle, U St. Corridor, Union Station, Van Ness, Woodley Park


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October 1st, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Accessories, Computer Tips and Help, Keyboard Tips

***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.***

Ergonomic Keyboards – The Benefits Of Using An Ergonomic Keyboard

If you’ve ever experienced pain in your hands, wrists or forearms that seems to be associated with current or past keyboard use, one thing you should consider investing in is an ergonomic keyboard.  Ergonomic keyboards have been around for quite a while and they are specially contoured and designed to reduce the amount of stress that is put on your wrists and hands while typing, and although they can be a bit more expensive, an ergonomic keyboard can be a worthwhile investment.  If you are a regular computer user and especially if you do a lot of typing, you can save yourself from the major discomforts that are caused by using a traditional keyboard.  Regular use of a traditional keyboard tends to cause poor posture of the wrists, hands, shoulders and neck, all of which can and most often will lead carpal tunnel syndrome or other “repetitive motion injuries”.  Using an ergonomic keyboard can provide its user with a healthier, and therefore, more constructive, efficient, and productive style of typing.

Ergonomic keyboards can basically be classified in to two different styles, adjustable or set.  With the adjustable model, even though it’s more expensive, you have the ability to adjust and set the angle of the keys to your own personal preference.  The set or fixed models aren’t as expensive as the adjustable but work in a similar fashion where the board seems to be split in half but in a fixed position where the keys are at an angle to match the shape of your wrists.  The set models tend to be more popular due to choice but if you are a daily computer user, an adjustable model will pay for itself in no time.

The advantage of using an ergonomic keyboard is that it provides the user a proper, relaxed, and more comfortable position for the hands, wrists, neck and shoulders.  Also, by allowing all of the fingers the ability to flex and extend, you greatly decrease your risk of suffering from a “repetitive motion injury”.

Having been a long time sufferer of carpal tunnel and going through the surgery to correct it, I have to say that purchasing an ergonomic keyboard is a great investment and it will save you in the long run.

Here at Geek ABC we strive to provide you with the best information we can to help make these types of decisions easier.  If you do decide that you want to purchase an ergonomic keyboard, Geek ABC’s experienced technicians are here to help you from beginning to end, just give us a call at 1877-GEEK-ABC  (1877-433-5222) to set up an appointment and we will be there every step of the way, from helping you decide which style of keyboard best suits your needs to installing and the set up of your new keyboard.

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.

Ergonomic Keyboards are only the beginning to what you can use to ease the stress of and reduce the chance of injury from working on computers these days.  There are different Mouse options as well and I hope to touch on that subject in a blog in the near future.


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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 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

***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.***

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

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 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.

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 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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In-Home Computer Repair – Why Choose In-Home Computer Repair?, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Herndon, Mclean, Reston, Vienna, VA, Washington DC, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, MD

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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