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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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October 28th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software

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Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software – The Risks Of Pirated Software, Fairfax Virginia (VA)

Recently we had a customer call in who had used popular website for services to find someone to come in and update her computers’ OS’s (Operating System’s) to Windows 7.  Unfortunately, for her, this turned out to be more of a nightmare than a cheap and easy way to get things done.  The version that the person installed was pirated, and not only did she lost important data but it is costing her more in the long run than had she gone out and bought the software herself and had it installed by a professional.

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Pirated software is nothing new, but for those who don’t realize what they are getting in to; using and having pirated software can cause major problems, for you and your computer.  It puts your computer and your data at great risk.  The pirated version of Windows 7 that came out before its release date had a Trojan virus, malware, and botnets attached to it, and these did serious damage to a lot of people’s computers, before they realized it.  Most antivirus software’s weren’t ready with the Window’s 7 updates; therefore there was not way for them to detect these viruses.

Some other risks that come with pirated software:

  • Often the software lacks important elements that prevent you from performing upgrades
  • No warranty protection or support
  • Putting you, your company, or the company you work for at risk for copyright infringement
  • Could be infected with viruses or other malware that could damage your hard drive or cripple your network
  • And worst of all it could lead to criminal prosecution

In the long run, making sure that your software and operating systems are legal will cost you less, even though it seems like a lot at first.


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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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