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November 30th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Metropolitan Area Computer Upgrades

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Washington DC Metropolitan Area Computer Upgrades – PC Upgrades, Washington DC Metropolitan Area

It can be really frustrating trying to work or play a game on a slow or old computer, but before you consider throwing it out the window there may be a few upgrades you can make which could help speed up and make your computer feel newer.  Geek ABC is a local computer and network service and repair company who can help you determine if your computer is worth saving before you spend the money on upgrades or if you should just think about getting a new one all together.  Sometimes upgrading or replacing some of your computer’s hardware can make a world of difference.  Our computer geeks have expertise in many areas and would love to help you salvage what you might consider a lost cause.  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 mobile, onsite computer service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.

The first thing that you should consider upgrading is your computers memory or RAM (Random Access Memory).  Adding more RAM is one of the cheapest upgrades you can make that will give you immediate and noticeable results.  It will help to illuminate those nasty hang-ups and give you faster response times.

The next thing to consider is upgrading and adding extra hard drive space.  This will not only increase your speed but it will give you extra space for storage.  You can get either an external hard drive or install an internal one.

If you want to start playing newer games on your older PC, not only should you consider upgrading and adding more RAM but you should look in to a new graphics or video card.  PCI express graphics cards are great for improving your computers speed and resolution, but you have to make sure that anything you want to add on to your computer is compatible with your motherboard.  Older motherboards most likely won’t support newer peripherals.

With the advancements in technology today, most computers have a lifespan of about 4 years, but you don’t necessarily have to always go out and purchase a new one.  There are ways that you can expand the life of your current computer.  If you do have to go out and purchase a new computer, data transfer is one of our specialties and we would be more than happy to help you with that.  Again, 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.


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November 24th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Computer Components And Upgrades

Washington DC Computer Components And Upgrades – PC Components And Upgrades, Washington DC

At this point in time, I don’t think we could even begin to imagine not using a computer at some point during our day.  Whether it’s for entertainment purposes, work purposes, or school purposes, we can’t seem to go without them.  Computers have become an essential part of every day life for children and adults alike, but as the user we tend not to think about what is actually going on inside our computers that is responsible for making it work.  Computers are made up of many components and are in constant need of upgrade due to constant advancements in the field, and the slightest fault in one of these components could result in an extremely slow computer or one that won’t work at all.

The most important part of your computer is its motherboard.  The motherboard is the place in your computer where other important components are located.  Some of these components are the microprocessor, drive controllers, and memory.  Your computers performance relies largely on what microprocessor you have.  It is in this component where all of the instructions are received that you enter that in turn make the computer work accordingly.  The most commonly used processors are Intel and AMD.  Your computer’s memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) is the memory that is directly attached to the motherboard and it is what speeds up your performance.  If you don’t have enough RAM your computer will try to take memory off of the hard drive, virtual memory, and it will slow down your systems speed.  Other components that are directly attached to the motherboard are the sound (audio) card and video (graphics) card.

Of the components that are not attached directly to the motherboard, the hard drive if probably the most important.  Your pc’s hard drive is where all of your data is permanently stored.  Optical drives such as CD and DVD drives are another component to your computer.  DVD drives have become more popular than CD drives these days because DVD’s can hold more data than CD’s.  And even more that DVD’s, people are using USB thumb drives to store data because they are small, portable, and can hold higher amounts of data.

The last components to consider are the external components such as your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.  Without these you wouldn’t be able to use your computer at all.

As a local computer and network repair and service company, Geek ABC wants to make sure that you have the best information possible.  Owning a computer is pretty much an essential these days and it’s important that you have a reliable and trustworthy service and repair company on hand when you need them.

Here at Geek ABC we provide same day, mobile, in-home network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  You can reach us 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.


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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 10th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help

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Tips to help increase the lifespan of your computer:

Keep your computer clean – Most computers today come preloaded with a number programs and software that you won’t use, take the time to go through and uninstall them.  De-fragment your hard drive at least once a month to keep your files organized. Back-up and archive any documents you don’t plan on using to CD or DVD, delete them off of your hard drive and store them in a safe place.

Keep your computer up-to-date – Keep your antivirus up-to-date and set it to perform regular scans.  Check for system and software updates on a regular basis.
Increase your RAM (Memory) - RAM or Random Access Memory is probably the quickest and most cost effective way to give your computer that new PC feeling. Insufficient RAM is one of the leading causes of a slow PC.

Upgrade your Hard Drive – You can significantly improve your system’s performance by adding more storage.
Don’t be the first one to upgrade your OS – When new Operating Systems come out they aren’t without bugs.  Wait to upgrade your system when all of the kinks have been worked out.
Expect 4 years – A good computer should last about three to four years and with regular maintenance and upkeep you can stretch that an extra year or two.

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