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November 23rd, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Bethesda Maryland (MD) Computer Sound Cards

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Bethesda Maryland (MD) Computer Sound Cards – PC Sound Cards, Bethesda Maryland (MD)

The sound card on your computer or PC is an internal component that is used to process audio files so that you can play them back through your computer, either with speakers or headphones.  Sound cards are also known as audio cards or sound boards and they can either be expansion cards or integrated into the motherboard of your PC.  Most people these days are looking for the best sound possible or 3-D sound so they usually purchase a separate sound card and disable the integrated sound.

Sound cards can come with a number of different jacks or ports which are used to plug in various peripherals such as speakers, headphones, MIDI (Musical Instrumental Digital Interface) keyboards and other instruments, joysticks, and microphones.  They are usually color coded and labeled for easy installation.

There are two different types of sound cards that you can get for your computer.  The first is an ISA sound card.  They are usually found in older systems and are cheaper than their new counterpart, PCI.  PCI sound cards have quite a few advantages over ISA such as higher quality, MIDI hardware support, line out connections for home stereo equipment, and their compatibility with SoundBlaster.

If you are looking to improve the over all sound of your computer system, a new sound card is the way to go.  Geek ABC is local network and computer service and repair company that provides same day, in-home service and repair, and we can help you with upgrading your computer’s sound card.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com or you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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October 15th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Rockville Maryland (MD) Wireless Network Adapters

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Rockville Maryland (MD) Wireless Network Adapters – Choosing The Right Wireless Network Adapter, Rockville Maryland (MD)

Now that you have your wireless network installed, you will want to make sure that you can use all of your computers, laptops, PDA’s and other devices wirelessly.  Having a wireless network will allow you have all of your computers and other devices connected at the same time which will give you flexibility to use them throughout the house.  Some of your devices may not already have wireless capability; therefore you will need to look in to wireless (Wi-Fi) network adapters.  Geek ABC is here to help you decide what network adapters you might need and how to install them.  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, in-home network and computer support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Whether your wireless adapters are PCMCIA, PCI, USB, or Bluetooth, they give you the capability to connect to the Internet just about anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network.  If you have your (Wi-Fi) wireless network set up at home, you can move your computers or other devices from room-to-room for access to the Internet.  You can also use them in places such as hotels, airports, café’s, and even on some airlines that provide in-flight Wi-Fi.  There are also wireless adapters that support Evolution Data Only (EVDO) and they allow you to receive a broadband signal through your cell phone provides 3G network.  This may be a bit slower but it will give you online access anywhere cell coverage is available.

Popular brands of wireless network adapters are D-Link, NetGear, Cisco Linksys, Belkin, EnGenius, Hawking, Hitachi, Microsoft, Nyko, and Xsense Connectivity.

Desktop computers (PCs) are equipped with PCI card slots.  The PCI wireless card is designed specifically to fit in to the motherboard of your desktop computer.  This will provide your desktop PC with Wi-Fi capability.

Designed to work with laptops, PCMCIA adapter or cards give your laptop Wi-Fi capability.  Some laptops have pre-installed network cards, others do not and not all laptops are equipped with PCMCIA card slots; therefore you may have to look in to a USB adapter.

USB wireless adapters can be used for laptops as well as desktop computers.  It is a simple way to upgrade or add wireless connectivity.

Bluetooth technology is one of the latest additions to the family of wireless networks.  If you device supports Bluetooth is very easy to use and can be extremely helpful, not to mention fun.   This is something that I will get in to further in my next blog.

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