Posts Tagged ‘Overheating’

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,, you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment or visit our blogspot at 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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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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