New model computers are introduced in Santa Monica California daily. You may love a certain brand and purchase it. But if you forget or be careless about repairing and maintaining them then you will face various technical problems.
Computers are machines made of electronic parts. It’s a machine which includes both software and hardware. If there isn’t proper maintenance your computer will fail to operate and you may end up with data loss and other critical errors.
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People entering the field of computer repair need to do quite a bit of research to find all the tools they need to be able to fix the long list of problems that computers and laptops face. When I first started, I used to carry a huge toolkit full of all sorts of devices. The bag itself looked pretty impressive and had almost anything you might ever need. But as time went on, I discovered that 99% of the issues you need to resolve can be taken care of with just a basic set of technical equipment.
If you are going to perform laptop repair as well as desktop services, I recommend carrying a precision screwdriver tool kit. They cost somewhere around $10.00 and they are by far the most useful item I carry. Laptops and Macbooks especially tend to use really small screws to hold components together. Small torx screws are pretty much an entry barrier for new technicians who don't have the experience to know that they even needed a small torx screwdriver.
The second best tool for computer repair is a USB stick. You can store every single program you will ever need to troubleshoot a computer problem on one little stick. I store multiple types of anti-virus programs, anti-malware programs, rkill utilities, Hijackthis installations, popular browser install kits, data back up software, data transfer software and recovery programs. On top of storing your repair software, you can also use the USB key to transfer drivers and other files that you often need to download on-site.
While the USB stick and the precision screwdrivers will get your through 90% of your problems, you will need a very diverse kit for the remaining problems. You'll need to get a CD pouch full of operating system disks and manufacturer recovery disks. Don't forget that you'll need one of each kind for both 32bit and 64 bit operating systems. Then, you'll also need to carry a power supply tester for computer repair. On the laptop repair side, you will need to invest in a voltmeter to troubleshoot inverter problems and dc power jack issues.
Finally, the last additions to your toolkit will be standard technician items. Flashlights, measuring tape, thermal paste, electrical tape, extra screws and more... Most of these tools will rarely be used. But when you need them, you'll really wish you had them. As you get more comfortable doing computer repair, you'll be able to custom tailor your kit to your personal preferences. With enough experience, you might decide to add soldering iron and a heat gun for more advanced board level repairs.
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The cyber-world is full of threats such as viruses, spyware, Trojans, Worms and etc. These can affect your PC and even steal your personal information. These cyber-threats can cause huge dilemmas to your PC. Always have an anti-virus guard installed. Upgrade the program and schedule regular updates. Your software’s database should be updated for a full-protection.
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Most laptops have a touchpad that provides the full functionality of a traditional PC mouse. However, it often malfunctions either partially, or occasionally it will fail completely. The simple answer when it fails is to connect a USB mouse and use the laptop without the touchpad. Even after connecting a USB mouse the pointer will sometimes randomly move on the screen because the touchpad is still partly operating. The best solution is to disable or turn off the touchpad; there are two ways to do this.
Many laptops use a function key designed to enable and disable the touchpad. Most use the Fn key plus the F8 key to do this. If this does not work with your laptop look on the key legends of the function keys for what looks like a pointing finger; this is usually the key to press along with the Fn key. However, other laptops have a tiny switch either on the side or the palm rest of the case.
If your laptop seems not to have a touchpad disable key or switch, then you can permanently disable it from the Control Panel of Windows. To disable click on the Start Menu and select Control Panel, double-click on Mouse, click on Device Settings, and click on Disable. Finally click on OK and the touchpad will now be disabled.
If the touchpad operates correctly most of the time but just occasionally twitches or moves the pointer a few pixels, then there is software that may save you using a USB mouse when word processing.
Touchfreeze is a free utility that you can download and install on your laptop. It is a very small program that is simple to install and configure. Touchfreeze disables the touchpad only when you are using the keyboard, it has no effect on most touchpad movements and button clicks, etc. so will not affect the normal operation of the laptop. It helps overcome the annoying problems associated with a faulty touchpad; when using a word processor the pointer jumps to a different line or word, and you continue typing without noticing this until you check the text.
The actions you take to overcome a faulty touchpad depend of how you use your laptop. If you always use your laptop in a fixed place on a table, for example, then you may find that a USB mouse is acceptable all the time. However, if you primarily use your laptop on the move, you probably do not have space for a USB mouse so will either want the touchpad replaced or repaired.