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Nassau County Computer Repair, Nassau Laptop repair |Nassau County Networking / Wiring

Nassau County Computer Repair, Nassau Laptop repair |Nassau County Networking / Wiring

Nassau County Hardware Repairs

 There are plenty of physical parts on a computer that can fail.  That’s why you always need a good computer technician to take a look first.  We offer excellent Nassau County Computer Repair, Nassau Laptop repair |Nassau County Networking / Wiring across Long Island. We are currently serving Nassau County, Valley Stream, Elmont, Malverne, Franklin Square, Lynbrook, West Hempstead, Oceanside, Manhasset, Lake Success, Great Neck, and Rockville Centre. We can not only get the parts replaced, we can do it at the lowest possible price!  Looking to boost your computer speed with some new hardware, but not sure what to get or how to do it?

Nassau County Computer Repair, Nassau Laptop repair |Nassau County Networking / Wiring

When Windows 8 will not boot: the Automatic Repair disaster

“My PC won’t boot” – never good news, but even worse when there is no backup.

The system was Windows 8. One day, the user restarted his PC and instead of rebooting, it went into Automatic Repair.

Automatic Repair would chug for a bit and then say:

Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC. Press “Advanced options” to try other options to repair your PC, or “Shut down” to turn off your PC.

Log file: D:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

Computer malfunctions can range from a minor setting that is incorrect, to spyware, viruses, and as far as replacing hardware or an entire operating system. We provide on-site services usually at an hourly rate, and we can provide services off-site, . Some have pickup and drop off/pick-up services for your convenience. We also try to take back old equipment for recycling (In the EU, this is required under WEEE rules).

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Hardware repair

While computer hardware configuration varies widely, a computer repair technician will work with five general categories of hardware; desktop computers, laptops, servers, computer clusters, and smartphones / mobile computing.  Computer technicians also work with and occasionally repair a range of peripherals, including input devices (like keyboards, mice, and scanners),output devices (like displays, printers, and speakers), and data storage devices such as internal and external hard drives and disk arrays. Technicians involved in system administration might also work with networking hardware, including routers, switches, fiber optics, and wireless networks.

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laptop overheating repairs

 

 Signs of a Bad Hard Drive:

 

Hard drives form the basis of our computing. The use of computers comes down to manipulating data, and the hard drive is, of course, where we store all our data; family albums, music, work documents, email, the list goes on.

Most of the components in your computer are electronic devices. They don’t fail with time like a mechanical device such as a car. But your hard drive is one of the few mechanical devices used in modern computing, and as such, it’s destined to die eventually. It’s important to learn to recognize the warning signs of an imminent hard drive failure, since you might not have the budget for an extensive back-up system, so you can rescue all that data before it’s lost—sometimes forever, not retrievable at any cost.

Find out when it’s going to fail before it fails. That’s not always possible, and sometimes a hard drive will just die—but it’s still important to keep an eye on the symptoms of an imminent hard drive so you have the chance to back-up your data and get professional help. Hard drives are incredibly sensitive bits of hardware, so don’t try to crack it open and have a look inside unless you know what you’re doing. And most definitely ensure that if you do crack it open, the platters don’t get exposed to the open air—hard drives can only be opened in Class 100 clean rooms or they’re pretty much instantly destroyed by dust. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to back-up than to get your data recovered. Once you detect any of the signs of failure you need to ensure that you have a back-up and if not, make one. Then when the drive dies, you can claim your warranty if you still have it, or buy a new drive, and be on your way. Recovery can cost thousands and thousands of dollars, with no guarantee the data will all be recovered; it sure is a ridiculous amount to pay, but there’s not much you can do but shop around and find the best price. The cost of transferring a back-up onto a brand new drive is much cheaper than having a recovery specialist do the same for you.

Listen for strange noises: Sometimes hearing strange grinding and thrashing noises means your drive is beyond repair—for instance, if you’ve had a head crash, it very often is. Or it could just be that the motor has failed or your hard drive is grinding away because of noisy bearings. If you’re hearing strange noises then act very quickly—you probably don’t have much time.

Watch for disappearing data and disk errors: Your computer won’t let you save a document? Or you’re sure that you had a file on your desktop yesterday that’s nowhere to be seen today? Programs that always worked suddenly stop working, asking where a file it depends on is stored?  These are all potential signs that your hard drive is on its way out. Of course, it could be that your kids moved your files for fun or a virus is eating through them, but disappearing data is never a good sign for your drive if you can rule out those alternative causes.4Your computer stops recognizing your drive: This may seem obvious, but if your computer no longer recognizes your drive chances are there’s a problem with it, not the computer. Test it in a friend’s computer and see if your hard drive is recognized by it. Often, this will be a logical failure—unless you can hear strange noises that indicate a severe mechanical or head problem.

5Computer Crashes: Does your computer regularly blue-screen or suddenly reboot? Does it crash often, especially when booting your operating system? If your computer is crashing, especially at times when the computers is accessing files (such as during the boot sequence), it may indicate a problem with your drive.6Really Slow Access Times: It shouldn’t take half an hour to open a folder in Windows Explorer, or two hours to empty the trash. People have come across this problem plenty of times over the years, and it’s always followed by a failing hard drive within a month or two.7Sound is a great indicator. As soon as the sound changes from the norm, or you get plenty of clicking and grinding from your hard drive, you need to power it down immediately. Get to know the sound of your hard drive while it’s young and in working order, because you’ll need to be able to hear the slightest differences when it gets older.8If your computer crashes or can’t find a file that was there not long ago it can mean that your hard-drive is on its way out, but it could also be that there is a simple file-system error in the disks’ formatting. These types of error can usually (but not always) be fixed by using the chkdsk function that comes as standard in nearly all Windows installations. To correct a file-system error on drive C:, open a command-prompt while running your computer as an administrator if necessary – if using Windows Vista or later – and type “chkdsk C: /f”. (If you want chkdsk to check for data file errors too you can add another parameter: “chkdsk C: /f /r”.) chkdsk will check and repair the file-system structure on disk C: (Plus check and repair any data-file errors if the /r parameter is used.). If you have more than one hard-drive it is advisable to run chkdsk on those too, by substituting the C: for the drive-letter of that particular extra hard-drive. (Such as E: – The command will then look like “chkdsk E: /f /r”.) This will clear up a file-system error in most cases, and the drive will work normally again. However if the error recurs, either on reboot or within 12 hours of operation on the same drive as the original error; then your drive is failing and you should try to back up as much data from that drive as you can as quickly as you can before removing and replacing that drive. (It is irreparable and will only deteriorate further if you continue using it.)

Logical Failures: Logical failures occur when the electronics of the hard drive failure or the software (firmware) has a problem. This kind of failure is usually the cheapest and easiest to have fixed. Unfortunately, it’s also an uncommon failure.

Media Failures: If the hard drive has been handled roughly, or the magnetic platters are scratched, have read/write errors or low-level formatting problems, this is a media failure. These are also relatively uncommon. Once the platters are scratched, the data should be considered scrapped.

Why do hard drives fail? Mechanical Failures: Mechanical failures probably make up the bulk of hard drive failures. The motor burns out, the drive overheats, bearings get stuck—the kind of thing you’d expect to find when a car fails. These can be nasty but if the failure didn’t affect the platters, you might have a chance of recovery, but at a cost.

Head Failures: A head failure occurs when the read/write head crashes into the platters (the head crash), has an “improper flying height” or the wiring between the logic board and the head is faulty—among other failures related to malfunction of the read/write head. This is a common failure. The head crash is particularly nasty.

 

How to Install a Power Supply

If a computer won’t start or computer diagnostic software indicates that the power supply is problematic, installing a new power supply may be your only option. Fortunately, this is one of the easier computer repair tasks to do. Plus, since the problem originates in the power supply, data loss isn’t likely. Similarly, if you are building a new computer, you’ll need to install all of its components including the power supply. In either case, the steps are primarily the same with the main difference being the removal of the old power supply in an existing system.

If you’ve previously used computer hardware diagnostics tools to inventory your system and have a printout handy, take that along to the computer repair store so that you can select the right power supply for your system. If you don’t have a printout, the computer technician should be able to help you select a compatible component.

Because you’ll be dealing with an electrical component, following all safety precautions is necessary. Make sure that the computer is completely unplugged from its power source. If you’re working on an existing system, your original power supply could retain a charge even if it’s not plugged in, so treat it with care.

After disconnecting the power, remove all jewelry and gather your tools. Unscrew the screws holding the case together and carefully remove the case. Place the screws in a safe location. Find the existing power supply and unbolt it as well as disconnect the cables attached to the motherboard and other devices. Slide the power supply out of the unit.

To install the new power supply, you’ll want to first look at the back of the power supply unit to make sure its voltage switch is in the correct position for your country. Once the voltage switch is confirmed to be in the correct position, slide the unit into position and attach the cables to the motherboard and other devices such as CD-ROM drives. If you overlook an internal device, it won’t have power and will not run, so make sure to pay close attention to all of the devices inside your system. Once all of the power connections have been made, align the unit in the mounting bracket so that you can bolt it into place.

Reassemble the computer case, plug in the system, and power on your computer. You can test individual components to make sure that they’re receiving power or you can use computer diagnostic software to run a quick system-wide hardware test. If the system passes all of the computer hardware diagnostics tests, then your installation is complete. While it’s not necessary to use computer diagnostic software as a final step, it’s useful for making sure that your installation was a complete success.

Repairing your laptop computer doesn’t have to be a long and complicated process. There are countless things you can do right away that get help your laptop computer get back up and running in no time at all. Here are some basic tips and tricks to help you with your next laptop computer repair situation occurs.

First, take a look at the environment you are doing your laptop computer repair in. Static electricity is, believe it or not, the enemy here. You want to work in an environment that is free of static electricity before you start opening up any parts of your laptop computer. (In other words, don’t open up your laptop while on a carpet, etc.)

Next, just like anything else in computer repair, you want to be sure you backup your files so as to not lose them.

Always remember that when it comes to laptop computer repair:

  • Don’t disassemble any laptop if it doesn’t need to.
  • Be sure you’re using the right tools.
  • Stay away from anything that can cause static electricity.
  • Test the laptop properly beforehand.
  • Keep any parts you remove in a safe place.
  • Keep the screws with the parts they have been taken from.
  • Put the right size screws back into parts when it’s time to reassemble it.
  • Observe how connectors work before disconnecting them.
  • Make notes for yourself if you need to as you pull apart the machine.
  • Most importantly, don’t rush through it. You never want to skip steps.

Are you ready to take part in your own laptop computer repair? If you follow these hints above you’ll be sure to get off to a great start.

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