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Top Reasons for Onsite Computer Repair
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No one wants to experience computer problems. Whether it's used for personal or business use, your computer is likely indispensable. Essential customer files are on there! All your downloaded music! The family photos! Vendor contracts and employee payroll information! Compounding the crisis is the hassle of going to get the computer fixed. That's why we offer onsite repair services.

When You Need Computer Repair

Regrettably, there are common computer problems you might encounter at home or work:

A blue computer screen with some white text, aka the "Blue Screen of Death", or a STOP error. This one's scary. It could indicate failing hardware, damaged software, driver problems and more. Don't know what any of that sentence meant? That's OK. We do!

  • Having trouble installing new applications.
  • The computer is running so slow a turtle would beat it in a foot race.
  • Your applications are acting possessed and are unpredictable.
  • The keyboard, mouse, or printer are not working properly.
  • Your computer keeps restarting on you.
  • Downloads are taking forever.
  • You can't open that attachment from your boss.
  • The computer freezes or shuts off suddenly.
  • The graphics on the computer screen look wonky.
  • Your computer is making noises mimicking an old clunker car.

Troubleshooting these problems to diagnose what is really going on can be challenging. It depends on how much you know about computers to begin with. Since you rely on your computer for so much, it's a good idea to consult with computer repair experts.

Why Onsite Computer Repair

#1 Convenience.

You don't need to worry about doing more damage when you unplug everything and drive the computer to a repair shop. You also avoid the commute across town, headache of finding parking, and annoyance of waiting in line. Whether a business office or home, our computer repair experts can come to you.

This is more convenient for you. You don't have to lug the computer to a store and back only to have to set it up all over again. Your computer stays right where you typically use it. When we're done, you can just push the power button and get going as if nothing happened.

#2 Context.

Seeing your computer in its natural habitat helps our experts too. Sometimes the issue isn't internal to the computer. So, we wouldn't be able to properly diagnose the problem if you brought the computer in to us.

For example, the hiccup could be caused by a faulty power board or misbehaving printer. Unless you thought to bring those into the computer store too, the problem wouldn't be replicable. And nothing's worse than going to the trouble of getting help only to say "well, it doesn't seem to be that annoying thing right now." That's when the expert looks at us like we're crazy and says "next time, just try turning it on and off again."

#3 Cut Downtime.

When the computer repair service comes to your door, you can also reduce downtime. Whether the computer is essential for homework at home or business services, you probably can't imagine being without it for a few days. It's like losing a limb! Onsite computer repair aims to fix the problem in just a few hours, without taking the computer away.

We can handle most repairs onsite. In some cases, it's more cost-effective to bring the computer back to base. We still save you hassle by dropping the computer back off to you. We'll also set everything back up again when we return your computer. That way you don't have to worry about which cord goes where!

We hope you never need computer repairs. But, if you're ever facing an error message you don't understand or your computer has ground to a halt, give us a call at (508) 279-1080. Our computer repair service experts will be happy to schedule a time to come to you!

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Why is My Brand New Laptop So Slow?
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Your old computer is beginning to slow down. So, you invest in a shiny new laptop. The clouds part and the sun shines down on this bright and lovely new device. Everything will be faster and easier. Only, from the first day, the new laptop is lagging. Why is it running so slow? One of these might be the reason.

#1 Not enough computing power.

In many cases, the laptop doesn't have enough RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is the computer's main memory. This helps your computer do more at once. Information from the operating system, application programs and data are kept here, when in use, for quicker processing.

RAM is like the computer's short-term memory, while the hard drive is the long-term memory. Just as the human brain can't hold everything in short-term memory, RAM can get overloaded too. When this happens on your laptop, the computer processor needs to go to the hard drive. This slows things down.

Resolution: You might see 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or more of RAM available. How much you need is going to depend on what you plan on doing with the computer. For a laptop with Windows 10, we recommend at least 8GB of RAM, but 16GB is more comfortable for a better experience.

Not all laptops will let you access the RAM. When you can, though, upgrading memory can be quick and affordable.

#2 Mechanical hard drive.

Often a single part is letting you down. With a less expensive computer, manufacturers skimp. While it's less common these days, some laptops will come with a mechanical hard drive. You might think of this like a record player with a needle reading the vinyl album. Since something is moving to find data, the laptop runs slower than it would with a Solid State Drive (SSD), which has no moving parts.

Resolution: In many cases, a mechanical hard drive can be easily upgraded to an SSD. However, some super slim laptops have limited upgradability.

#3 Bloatware.

Retailers like to tout all the bells and whistles that come with their laptops. So, when you turn on your laptop for the first time, you may notice there's already a lot of software preloaded. Much of it you'll probably never use. Maybe there are toolbars you don't need, games you'll never use, or stock widgets that you couldn't care less about. These examples of bloatware slow down your computer.

The third-party applications are a revenue source for the manufacturer, but don't always help you. Microsoft, for instance, sells a line of computers that come without any pre-installed third-party software. Computerworld reported those PCs "start up 104% faster, shut down 35% faster and have 28 minutes more battery life."

Resolution: When you get a new laptop, check out the pre-installed software before you add your own. Determine what the existing software will do, and uninstall anything that you won't want.

If your laptop is slow on the first startup, this may be due to system updates. For instance, a Windows 10 automatic update to bolster the security of the computer. You can't do much about these, but look on the bright side, your laptop security is current!

Improved speed is a main reason to invest in a new laptop. Don't let a lagging laptop disrupt your productivity. We can help with a slow running laptop.

Instead of wasting valuable time waiting on a slow computer, give us a call at (508) 279-1080!

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