Tag: notebook

Becoming Self-Sufficient with Basic Laptop Repair and Maintenance.

As convenient as laptops are, they are such an inconvenience when anything goes wrong with them. Laptops are built to proprietary designs, unlike desktops.

If anything goes wrong with a desktop -  a fan, a USB port, the graphics card, even the motherboard, everything is built to a standard that you could go buy a cheap replacement yourself and stick it in. No such luck with laptops though. Everything in a laptop is designed for that particular laptop only.

There are no standard layouts, or motherboard designs. A motherboard from any desktop would often fit into the cabinet of any other desktop. Laptop motherboards are just all randomly shaped. If a replacement is even available, it will only be something you find with the very manufacturer, and no one else. For this reason, laptop repairs often end up costing more than a new laptop itself, and that is a shame. People resent this so much, there have been new businesses opening up online, that give you a better way out than taking your laptop down to the recyclables dumpster.

If your laptop seems to be dying, a good way to get it back on its feet would be to give its insides a thorough cleanup. You can find cans of compressed air at any DIY store; a blast around the DVD drive and the CPU heatsink and fan assembly (if they made it so that they would be accessible), can often be of great use. Once that’s out of the way, be sure that you have a great antivirus suite on board.

You don’t even have to pay for them anymore; products like Microsoft’s free Security Essentials suite will take care of any errant programs slowing your experience down. Of course these are really elementary, and will probably not take care of most problems.

If whatever ails your computer cannot be fixed with a reinstallation of Windows or a few utility programs, perhaps there are some eminently replaceable parts of the computer acting up, through old age.

If your laptop is still under warranty, you’ll probably not need to mess about with your laptop repair yourself (not unless you’re actually hoping to void your warranty). But barring that, there a few easy checks and upgrades you can get done yourself; even in the most notoriously badly designed laptop, a little hatch to open on the bottom will let you put in some extra RAM through, and another hatch to take out the hard drive, should be easy to access.

A RAM upgrade is the easiest thing you can do to speed up your laptop. Before you go about upgrading anything, you need to check out exactly how much RAM your laptop has, and how much more it is designed to take. You can find out in the manual that came with your laptop, or you could find out by going to the website of the Crucial memory company.

They have an online tool that’ll right away tell you everything. An entry-level Toshiba Satellite laptop from perhaps three years ago for instance, cannot handle more than 1.25 GB in all. If you go and put in any more, you will send your laptop completely around the bend. Any laptop repair attempt has to be undertaken with care.

If you learn enough about how the insides yourthe laptop, almost no laptop repair exercise need be out of bounds. You can replace a faulty trackpad, the keyboard, or even the screen. Just a little mucking about on eBay, should yield you a great spare part in no time, and you’ll feel rewarded for being quite the intrepid explorer.

Tags: , , , , ,

Acer Notebook Computers Offer Value and Performance for you personal use and business.

Since I can’t stand being chained to a desk all day long, I’ve always preferred using a laptop to a desktop computer. This allows me to easily take my work with me wherever I need to go, whether it’s across the living room or across the country. I never have to mess around with thumb drives or transferring files to make sure I have what I need on a particular machine. I just toss my laptop into a bag and head out the door.

Right now I’m in the market for a new unit to replace my four-year-old model. I’ve been hearing and reading lots of good things about Acer notebook computers, so I’ve decided to check out this brand a bit more. I’ve never owned something from this manufacturer, but they’ve been around for a long time and have developed a good reputation over the years.

I know Acer notebook computers are generally considered to be a great value for the money, but frankly I’m more interested in performance than saving a few bucks. How do these laptops stack up against other brands?

Very favorably, as it turns out. For example, the Aspire line features some of the best Acer notebook computers currently available.

These notebooks are cheap, but come with specifications that are suitable for my purposes, such as the latest Intel processor, Windows operating system, 3GB (or more) of memory, and a very spacious 250GB hard drive. Moreover, many of the models in the Aspire line are thin, light, and sleek, which is definitely the trend these days. Plus these Acer notebook computers often cost less than comparable offerings from Toshiba, Sony, Dell, and HP. Granted, this type of laptop might not be the best for gamers or those who are heavy users of graphics programs, but neither of those labels applies to me, so I shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

There is a vast lineup of Acer notebook computers for today’s consumers to choose from, so I’m sure it’s going to take me some time to read through all the specs and reviews for each one in my price range. But I don’t mind putting in the extra work because I realize that’s all part of the process of making an important purchase like this.

I use my laptop each and every day for work, which means I need a reliable, functional machine that performs as expected with no breakdowns. If it takes me a few weeks to find the perfect one, so be it.

Anyway, I know there are some people out there who balk at the very notion of buying anything other than a Mac, but I’m not one of them. While it’s true that I do place a premium on performance, I’m not willing to spend three times what I have to just to get an Apple logo on my machine.

It looks like Acer notebook computers can do what I need at a fraction of the cost, so I’m planning to give this brand a try.

Tags: , , , ,
Back to top