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December 22nd, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Potomac & Takoma Park Maryland (MD) Two Monitors One Computer

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Potomac & Takoma Park Maryland (MD) Two Monitors One Computer – How To Have Two Monitors Hooked Up To One Computer, Potomac & Takoma Park Maryland (MD)

One of the best things I ever did to make my computing life easier and a bit more fun is to hook up two monitors to my computer.  It gives you twice as much desktop space and is especially nice if you work in graphics or are an extreme gamer.  It really isn’t that difficult to install two monitors to your PC, the only requirement that you have to have is a second video (adapter) card.  If you are using a VGA connection you can always just get a VGA Splitter but most monitors are USB these days.  Your computer will always have one video card already installed but you may need that second one for the second monitor.  If you are unsure about what you need, or about installing the second video card yourself, or if your computer is even capable or handling one, here at Geek ABC we are more that willing to help you figure it out.  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.

If you are a laptop user you most likely already have multiple video adapters, you have the one for your LCD display as well as another for a regular monitor.  Basically all you have to do is plug in your monitor and adjust the video settings by right clicking on your desktop, selecting “Properties” and going in to the “Settings” tab.  This will be the same for setting up the dual monitors on a regular PC once you have the hardware installed and set up.  Once you have gone in to the “Settings” tab you can set things like the resolution, color depth as well as determine where you want each individual monitor icon depending on their actual positions.

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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 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

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*Modem

If you have any questions or need advice, Geek ABC is here to help.  Geek ABC is a local computer network and repair service company that provides same-day in-home computer network and repair services.  If you have questions 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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November 19th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Woodbridge Virginia (VA) Graphics Cards

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Woodbridge Virginia (VA) Graphics Cards – Signs That Your Video Card Is Failing, Woodbridge Virginia (VA)

As I stated in my previous blog, the video or graphics card in your computer is what your PC uses to change binary code in to the pictures that you see on your monitor.  If your video card is failing you can usually tell right away just by looking at your monitor.

If you feel like your graphics card is failing and you need to have it looked at or replaced, Geek ABC is here to get the job done.  We are a local computer and network service and repair company with expertise in many areas, such as video cards.  For more information 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.  We provide same day, onsite computer and network repair and service.

Some of the signs that your graphics card may be going bad are:

1.      Pixelation:  Pixelation is usually the first sign that your video or graphics card is going bad.  When this happens you will notice that your screen seems to have a very low resolution.  The pixels will be so large that you can see them individually.  The first thing you will want to check are your display settings, because a computer that was previously set on a high resolution that all of the sudden looks pixilated could mean that your video card is about to die.

2.      Lines:  If you ever see lines that are running either horizontally or vertically through your screen, this could also be a sign of a failing graphics card.  They may or may not always be in the same place every time you load your computer.

3.      3D Images Start To Look One Dimensional:  If you are a person who plays 3D games or knows that an image on your computer is supposed to be in 3D but it looks flat or distorted, this can also be another sign that your graphics card is malfunctioning.

4.      Blurred Images:  A good graphics cards will have crisp clear images and clearly defined boundaries.  If you notice that images are blurry, this is just another way to determine that your video card is going bad.

Again, if you notice any of these symptoms on your PC, please feel free to give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) or visit us on our website www.geekabc.com


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November 18th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Rockville Maryland (MD) Computer Video Cards

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Rockville Maryland (MD) Computer Video Cards – PC Graphics Card, Rockville Maryland (MD)

There are two ways that your computer can create video.  One is with integrated video and the second is with a video card, also known as a graphics card.  A video card is a component inside your computer that is responsible for converting the binary code from the CPU into a picture that can be viewed on your monitor.

Integrated video is a chip that is built into the motherboard.  Older systems tend to have integrated video because it is less expensive.  The downside to integrated video is that it tends to give a poorer quality of picture and it can slow down the system considerably because it relies on the systems memory and CPU to run.

Video or Graphics Cards plug directly into an expansion slot on the motherboard of the PC and they can use various slots like PCI, PCI Express or AGP.  Newer video cards also come with their own memory, graphics processing unit (GPU), and their own cooling fan.  Therefore they can run faster, produce higher quality pictures, and tend not to fail as frequently.  The four main components to a video card that are responsible for creating a 3-D image out of binary code are the memory, a processor, a connector to the motherboard, and a connector to the monitor.  They are also responsible for adding light, texture, color, and filling in remaining pixels.  Some graphics cards only have a single port that is used to connect to your monitor, but with the advancement of video games today, you can find quite a few video cards that have multiple ports for additional TV’s or monitors.  These ports include VGA (Video Graphics Array), used for your standard CRT monitor, VIVO (Video In/Video Out), and DVI (Digital Video Interface), which is used for connecting LCD monitors.

Another thing to consider is that if you plan on watching DVD’s or playing the most up-to-date computer games, a good graphics card is the answer.  Most of the games today are too much for integrated video to handle and chances are they won’t even load.

If you have any questions about what type of video capabilities you have on your computer, if you are having trouble with your current video card, or if you are interested in installing a new graphics card, Geek ABC is here to help.  We are a local computer and network service and repair company with expertise in the area of video cards as well as many others.  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.  We provide same day, onsite computer and network repair and service.


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