Archive for ‘hardware

My new computer, and an important Windows tip

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What a week this has been. It started with a simple process: replacing a monitor. By the end, I had to replace my primary computer. And I discovered something very important for you to know about Windows – especially Windows 10.   I’ll give a brief summary of what happened. I use 2 monitors on […] Read more »

How to save disk space, and reduce the size of your backup

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Last week I told you about how my backup process saved all of my critical data twice in the last couple of months. One of those backups is called a system image backup and it saves EVERYTHING on your hard drive. As a result, that backup can be pretty big. Today we’ll talk about an […] Read more »

Can’t go online straight out of Sleep Mode? Here’s the fix

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I got this question from one of my clients, Jim, recently: “Scott, whenever I move the mouse to wake up my laptop from Sleep Mode, I can’t access any website. I open Internet Explorer and it just says “Page cannot be found”. If I close Internet Explorer and wait a minute or two, I’m always able […] Read more »

Do you need a new router?

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Most households and small businesses use a router to distribute the internet signal. You might have purchased the router, or your internet provider may place it with your for you to use, but they still own it. Also, your modem may also be a router (all in one box) or your router might be a […] Read more »

Why does my hard drive show less space than it actually has?

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I recently got an email from my friend Preston, who had this question: “I’m wondering why, when you get a new hard drive, you don’t get the full amount of space that it says on the box? When I got my PC a few years ago, it said I had that 500 GB hard drive, but […] Read more »

4 ways to free up space on your Windows hard drive

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Years ago, hard drive space was an issue that I dealt with more often. Back in the days of 40 gb and 80 gb hard drives, it didn’t take a whole lot to fill one up. Then you started getting the warnings “Drive C is getting low on space”. These days, with hard drives more […] Read more »

What is a laptop docking station?

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A laptop docking station can be a pretty handy thing, if you need one for your circumstances. What kind of computer user would find value in one of these things? Anyone that uses a laptop as their home computer, and also takes it with them to work or while traveling would benefit from a laptop […] Read more »

Use a flash drive to give your PC a quick boost of energy

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Sometimes you might be in a situation where you need to give your computer a quick boost of RAM (memory) in order for it to be able to handle an extra load.  Maybe you’re working on an older computer, and you have Word, Chrome, Photoshop and maybe a few other programs all running at the […] Read more »

Make a Windows keyboard key act like a different one

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There’s a key on my Windows keyboard that I never use: Caps Lock.  I think probably the majority of people don’t use it.  And those that do use it regularly, shouldn’t!  When you type in all caps, it is considered the equivalent of yelling.  It’s rude.   Yet there it is on the keyboard. […] Read more »

Don’t worry about defragging your hard drive any more

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Back in the early days of personal computers (which was actually not that long ago), everyone was concerned about defragging.  “I have to defrag because my computer is so slow!” was commonly heard.  Thankfully, you don’t really have to think about that any more. First, a quick review – what is defragging? “Defrag” is […] Read more »