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January 24th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Laptop Power Supply

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Washington DC Laptop Power Supply – Laptop Power Supply Failure, Washington DC

Over the past few years, it seems, a good number of people have turned to using a laptop as their primary computing device over a desktop computer.   So when your laptop’s power supply fails it can bring your day to day business to a halt.  And when something like the power supply to your laptop fails you can only wonder, what caused the power supply to fail, how can you help prevent it in the future, and who can help you diagnose and repair it?

Laptop power supply problems and failure’s can be caused by a number of things, and if you do happen to run in to one of these unfortunate events, Geek ABC can help find a solution.  Geek ABC’s computer geeks are skilled computer professionals experienced in diagnosing and repairing laptop power supply failures.  Geek ABC is locally owned and operated and we provide onsite computer and network support and repair services throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  We can be reached via out website www.geekabc.com, or you give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment, and for more information you can check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/.

The three most common causes of power supply failure in a laptop are:

  1. Overheating
  2. Power surge
  3. Power Jack, usually the female side) breaks

Some of the things you can do to avoid a power supply failure are:

  1. Keep the area around your laptop clear and well ventilated when it’s turned on and in use
  2. Make sure the fans on the computer are working properly.
  3. Always use a surge protector when plugging in your computer.
  4. Turn your computer off when it’s not in use for long periods of time.

Being computer people, we know how extremely frustrating it can be to have your laptop die on you, especially when it’s your main device for work or school.  The power supply is only one on many things that can fail on your laptop so it’s extremely important to do everything you can to keep it running efficiently and properly.

Again, here at Geek ABC we want you to have a pleasant computer experience and if you run in to any problems with your Desktop or Laptop computer, we are here to help!  We provide same day, mobile, onsite computer and network support and repair services for residential and business customers throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and can be reached via out website www.geekabc.com, or you give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment, and for more information you can check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/.


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November 22nd, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Metropolitan Area Building Your Own Computer

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Washington DC Metropolitan Area Building Your Own Computer – Components For Building Your Own PC, Washington DC Metropolitan Area

If you have ever considered building your own computer here are the components you will need to look in to:

ATX case

Power supply

MB: Motherboard

CPU: Central Processing Unit

CPU fan

Case Fan

MEM: Memory

HD: Hard Drive

Optical Drive: DVD/CD/CD RW

Memory Card Reader

Video card (Graphics card) (Can be onboard)

Sound Card (can be onboard)

LAN (Network Card can be onboard)

Wireless network card

Keyboard

Mouse

Monitor

Speakers

OS (Operating System): Windows 7

Microsoft Office 2007

Antivirus software

*(Floppy )

*Modem

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November 2nd, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Northern Virginia (VA) Battery Backup

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Northern Virginia (VA) Battery Backup – Protecting Your Computer With A Battery Backup, Northern Virginia

Also known as an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a battery backup is one of the best ways to protect and preserve your computer as well as your data.  This is especially important when we maintain highly sensitive and important data on our computers or if we have an expensive computer system.

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Most people think that having a surge protector is enough to keep their computer safe, no to mention they are inexpensive.  This is really only the case when you are talking about voltage spikes.  Surge protectors don’t help to maintain the constant voltage level, “condition” the power, which is coming in to your computer.  Therefore, in the instance of a brown-out (low power conditions) or power failure, they are useless.  Brown-outs can be extremely harmful because they cause your computer to run on an extremely low voltage which puts a incredible amount of strain on your computers hardware.

One of the main purposes of a battery backup is to, again, “condition” the power and to maintain a constant voltage level for the electricity that is coming in to your computer.  Any sort of power change is very harmful to your computer and can eventually cause it to start failing.  Battery backups also have a quicker response time than surge protectors.  This will help with sudden and quick spikes in electrical current, which is constantly fluctuating.

The other reason to invest in a battery back up is that it protects your data.  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been in the middle of working on something when the power suddenly goes out and you’re afraid that you’ve just lost everything that you were working on that you hadn’t recently saved.  We all know how important the data is on our computers and taking certain precautions can help prevent us from losing it.

APC is the one of the most common, well-kn0wn brands for battery backups and when you start your research in to buying a batter backup (UPS) it’s probably smart to stick with brands that you know, just as with any other computer product.  There are some brands that are cheaper and that we aren’t as familiar with that can be just as good as the popular more expensive brands, but before you invest in them, do the research!  Most people should be able to survive just fine with a lesser expensive product that will keep your computers power running, in the event of a blackout or brownout, for about 5 to 15 minutes, which is plenty of time to save what you are working on and shut down the computer without issues.

In the long run, this will save you a lot of hassle when it comes to data loss and recovery as well as protecting your computers hardware from damage.


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October 20th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Alexandria Virginia (VA) Computer Power Supply

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Alexandria Virginia (VA) Computer Power Supply – PC Power Supply, Alexandria Virginia (VA)

The Power Supply Unit, often times abbreviated as PSU, in your computer is a hardware component that is used to supply the power to the physical workings in a computer.  The power supply converts AC (alternating current) from the wall jack in your home, to the DC (direct current) that your computer needs to run properly.  In a desktop computer the power supply is a metal box that is visible from the back of the computer; it will contain the power-cord receptacle as well as a cooling fan.  The Power Supply Unit in a laptop is not a noticeable and as easy to change.

Geek ABC’s computer geeks are experienced in diagnosing Power Supply failures and can be reached via out 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 support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

When you have power supply issues you might notice that your monitor and other peripherals continue to get power but your computer just won’t boot.  Some of the other symptoms you might experience when your power supply is failing are:

  • Your system won’t turn on but the peripherals do
  • Memory Issues
  • The system startup fails or locks up
  • Your computer reboots on its own or locks up during normal operation
  • The fan failing to spin
  • HDD (Hardware Drive Data) file system corruption
  • Issues running USB powered devices
  • Overheating due to the fan not running properly
  • And increased time that it takes for your computer to startup and shutdown

Possible power supply failure is a good reason to make sure that you have a current back-up of your data.  If you start noticing symptoms of your power supply failing you should check out your manufacturers’ website to see what information they offer on replacing it.  You should always have your computer’s specs on hand just in case something like this happens.  If you aren’t sure that the power supply is the problem or you don’t feel comfortable enough to change it yourself, GEEK ABC is here to come to the rescue.

Geek ABC’s computer technicians provide FAST, mobile, in-home computer support and repair services.  Geek ABC technicians are experienced in working with both PC’s and Mac’s.  We have expertise in upgrading and replacing memory, operating systems, hard drives, motherboards, power supplies, software, and processors as well as many other computer peripherals. Our computer geeks specialize in data backup, data transfer, data recovery, computer repair, laptop repair, virus removal, spyware and malware removal, network security, wireless network setup and repair, remote tech support, as well as other complicated issues such as the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).


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