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Make your laptop last longer.

Make your laptop last longer.

What can I do to make my laptop computer last a lot longer? Call Larry The Computer Guy!

 

  • Avoid using your laptop on soft surfaces like beds, couches and pillows. This blocks the laptop’s air vents, causing your laptop to heat up. Hot internal components wear out faster than cool ones.
  • Clean your laptop fans once a month. Get a can of compressed air with a thin nozzle and direct the air into your laptop fans and air vents. This increases airflow through the vents and reduces the amount of work your fans have to do.
  • Carry your laptop in a padded or fortified bag to minimize wear and tear while your laptop is in transit. One bad drop can wreck a hard drive or crack a screen.
  • Never carry the laptop by its corners or edges. This stresses the case, which leads to early fractures and cracks. A weakened case means the laptop is more prone to bending and twisting, which can damage internal components.
  • Remove the battery when the laptop is plugged in. Batteries can overheat or overcharge when plugged in, reducing their lifespan. Store your laptop in a cool, dry location to further increase battery lifespan.
  • Use your laptop on battery power until you get a low power warning, then plug it in and let the battery fully recharge.
  • Don’t put your laptop in Standby or Sleep mode. Sleeping laptops still use a little bit of electricity, which drains your battery, forcing you to recharge more often. The average laptop battery is good for about 500 charge/depletion cycles. Use Hibernate mode instead of Standby.

gleaned from ehow.com

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Larry The Computer Guy

Desktop and Laptop repair in Commerce MI

248-360-8967

How to make your Lithium-ion batteries last for years

lithium ionThe lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in most of today’s tablets, smartphones, and portable PCs require very different care and feeding than with the nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) and nickel-metal-hydride (Ni-MH) batteries used in earlier devices.

Keep your lithium batteries cool

I was surprised to learn that heat is the number-one enemy of Li-ion batteries. Heat issues can be caused by usage factors such as the speed and duration of battery charging and discharging.

Unplug the charger to save the battery

Overcharging — leaving a battery connected to a too-high voltage source for too long — can reduce a Li-ion battery’s ability to hold a charge, shorten its life, or kill it outright.

Don’t deep-discharge your battery

Not all discharge cycles exact the same toll on a battery. Long and heavy usage generates more heat, putting more stress on the battery; smaller, more frequent discharges extend the overall life of lithium batteries.

Slow and steady charge/discharge is best

As you now know, both fast discharging and fast recharging generate excess heat and exact a toll on battery life.

Whenever possible, carry a spare battery

If your device allows for easy battery replacement, carrying a spare battery is cheap insurance. It not only gives you twice the run time but also helps you avoid the need to fully discharge a battery or use a quick charge. When the in-use battery approaches 15–20 percent charge, simply swap out the drained battery for a fresh, cool one — you get instant full power, with no heat worries.

Gleaned from www.windowssecrets.com

Larry The Computer Guy

Computer and Laptop Repair in South Eastern Michigan

Servicing Commerce, White Lake, Milford, Walled Lake, Highland, Hartland, Brighton, Howell

248-360-8967

 

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Do you need your website redone, or need a website?

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 Advanced, Custom Site (fees are TBD in consultation with the client):

  • Over 15 pages (additional templated pages are generally $50/page)
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  • Photo searches and stock photography (typically $40/photo)
  • Photography shoot (On site with client: $200/half day, $500/day)
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Any outside expenses for things such as subscriptions, licensing fees, buyouts for stock images, or other services will be estimated in advance and billed as incurred

Every web site development project starts with an estimate of fees, a scope of work statement and a site map of the proposed new site. This is so that there are no surprises or unexpected up-charges.

* You must host with Larry the Computer Guy for a one year period. Pick from any of our hosting packages. If you do not host with us normal rates apply. Offer expires September 30, 2015. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

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248-360-8967

Laptop and Computer Repair in Commerce MI

Windows 10 problems with old style CD-ROM games

gtaiv-press-100608376-largeSafeDisc and SecuRom DRM schemes are not allowed on Windows 10, which means the games that require it aren’t allowed either.

At the turn of the century, it was hard to find gamers—or gaming journalists, for that matter—who didn’t despise SecuRom and SafeDisc digital rights management copy protection on some of the top titles of that age. The DRM was accused of causing harware problems and were incredibly invasive on a user’s system. Those DRM mechanisms are gone now, but people still love to pop in their old Grand Theft Auto IV or Spore DRM-laden discs and play a little of these classics.

In Windows 10, however, that’s no longer possible: Windows 10 does not allow the SecuRom and SafeDisc DRM schemes to run, which means the games will fail to start. Boris Schneider-Johne, Microsoft’s German marketing manager for enthusiasts, explained the situation during Gamescom earlier in August (translation courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun).

“Everything that ran in Windows 7 should also run in Windows 10. There are just two silly exceptions: antivirus software and stuff that’s deeply embedded into the system…old games on CD-Rom that have DRM…that’s where Windows 10 says ‘sorry, we cannot allow that, because that would be a possible loophole for computer viruses.’

The two DRM schemes were thankfully short-lived—they ran primarily between 2003 and 2008, according to Schneider-Johne—so the number of games affected by this is relatively small.

The impact on you at home: Windows 10’s refusal to run DRM is a very simple example of how owning digital property with copy protection never turns out well for the consumer. Some games may already have patches that fix the issues the DRM caused, or you can re-purchase the game from places such as GOG.com that sell versions already patched. Alternatively, you could just run an older system and not bother with the upgrade, or you could try running the games in a virtual machine.

Gleaned from pcworld.com, Ian Paul Contributor

Larry The Computer Guy

Laptop and Computer Repair in Commerce MI

248-360-8967

Home Users – Are you ready to make the jump to Windows 10

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Make The Jump

It’s been a couple of weeks now since Windows 10 was released by Microsoft. We have seen a couple of large updates to resolve issues with drivers. There are still some issues with video cards to be resolved. So if you are a home user and want to upgrade, here are some suggestions for you.

 

Only upgrade if your computer was purchased in the last couple of years.

Check the computer manufacturers website to make sure there are not any known issues for your particular computer. (For example; Asus Tiachi-21 there are no drivers available for the tablet screen, so if you upgrade, your tablet screen will not function.)

Make sure you backup all your data including pictures, files etc.

Make sure you have your copies of Office programs available with product keys to re-activate as necessary.

Most installed programs that have a product key need to be re-activated. Make sure you have access to those keys.

We recommend downloading the update to a flash drive, so you will need to have at least a 16 GB drive available. (This is very useful if you have a slow internet connection of if the update fails on the first attempt.

Make sure you have plenty of time available to complete the upgrade. You will need to be present to watch the update as it is running. (On fast machines this can be done in an hour or so. If you are upgrading a laptop it has taken 6 hours or more to complete the upgrade.)

 If you are wanting to upgrade, but you are unsure and need help, we are ready to help you.

Upgrade Special for Home Users only – $99 Good until August 31, 2015.

You must have a valid version of Windows which is upgradable. Does not include clean installs of the operating system.

Give us a call at 248-360-8967.

Please Note: For business users we still are recommending that you do not upgrade at this time. Stay tuned and we will let you know when we feel it is safe to upgrade.

Larry

Larry The Computer Guy

Computer and Laptop Repair in Commerce MI

Serving the area for 24 years

Microsoft’s First Cumulative Update for Windows 10 is Here

windows 10Well that was fast. In this new era of Windows as a Service (WaaS), Microsoft has released its first cumulative update for Windows 10, which some are calling Service Release 1 (tongue in cheek, of course).

Microsoft lists the update as KB 3081424 and it’s a big one. It replaces KB 3074683, which you likely already installed since updates are automatically applied to Windows 10 Home machines. Same goes with Windows 10 Pro, though Pro users can opt to put them off for eight months.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t provide a ton of details about the cumulative update, and instead tosses out a ho-hum description of what you’re getting.

“This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10,” Microsoft says. “Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously-released fixes (see KB 3074683). If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer.”

That said, be aware that KB 3081424 checks in at around 325MB. You’ll also be required to restart your PC to finish applying the bug fixes, so save your work.

Expect more of the same, at least initially. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley heard from one of her contacts that Microsoft is planning to dole out more cumulative updates in the future, possibly every week for the first month of Windows 10 availability.

Gleaned from Maximumpc.com

Updates to installing Windows 10 on the two laptops.

windows 10 start menuThe Asus Windows 10 laptop is experiencing issues with the brightness control within Windows. If you click to change the brightness to anything less than 100% the display turns off and never turns back on even with a reboot. We have downloaded the newest ATI drivers made for Windows 10 and still have the same issue. The only way to get it into safe mode to correct the issue, is by starting and unplugging the power to the laptop several times until it wants to do a windows repair. We can then navigate to safe mode and revert back the display settings. Note: we do not recommend doing this as you can corrupt your windows install and hose your laptop. We are willing to do this on this laptop because it is a non-production unit used for testing.  So if we hose it we will just re-install Windows 10.

The Lenovo ThinkPad that gave us a lot of issues also, seems to be working fine. To date no weird problems or driver issues have been found.

We will continue to update you on these two laptops as  we have more information.

Windows 10 impressions

My first impression of Windows 10 is that Microsoft finally listened to businesses and they developed a very nice start button / tile system that is fast and works well. The operating system overall loads quickly and shutdowns fast. There is no lag when opening programs.  Third party programs written for Windows 7 and 8 seem to work fine. We have even tested some Windows XP programs that worked in Windows 7, 64 bit mode and they seem to be working fine also.

We will continue to update you as we delve deeper and deeper into loading and running programs on these test systems.

 

Stay tuned……………

 

Windows 10 issues

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We have attempted to install Windows 10 as an upgrade on 3 different systems. Here are the results.

 

 

Installation on a Lenovo ThinkPad running windows 7.

Downloaded the update and ran from the website. We did this two times and both times the update failed and reverted back to Windows 7. We then proceeded to download it as an image. We were able to successfully install when running as an image, but the product key did not work from Windows 7. We purchased a product key and this laptop is back in service.

Asus 17″ Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium.

We learned from the issues with the Lenovo laptop it was better to run from an image. We upgraded this laptop from an image. It seemed to upgrade fine, but it only  booted into windows once. We attempted to run the startup recovery from the image and could only get it into safe mode with networking. In this mode nothing works. So we clean installed with an image and now the Windows 7 Home Premium product key does not work. Purchased a key and it works fine now.

Asus Desktop running Windows 7 Professional

This desktop would not allow an update from the website. We created an image and successfully upgraded this computer.

We are recommending the following:

Hold off on the upgrade until Microsoft releases a conversion utility for the Windows Key’s or makes the upgrade process easier.

If you want to upgrade make sure you have a good backup and plan on spending the better part of a day.

Doing a clean install and then re-install all of your programs and transfer over all your data seems to be the best way to get to Windows 10 at this point.

 

Stay tuned for further updates…..

Windows 10: release date and features

windows10-08-650-80The future of Windows is coming on July 29

Microsoft isn’t exactly pressing the restart button on its operating system with Windows 10, but it’s changing enough for the company to skip a number altogether. Features from the Start menu to better multitasking to a brand new browser are all on the table for the new OS. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest new features coming to Windows 10.

The Start menu: bigger, better, stronger

The return of the Start menu that Microsoft teased during its Build 2014 conference and detailed in full at subsequent events has been available for testing in the WTP since October 2014. Replete with a merging of the traditional Windows 7-style interface and Windows 8 Live Tiles, the new Start menu is designed to please both camps: touch and mouse users.

“They don’t have to learn any new way to drive,” Belfiore said, referring to Windows 7 users. That said, customization will also be featured throughout, first with the ability to resize the Start menu itself along with the Live Tiles within.

The Start menu features empowered search capabilities as well, able to crawl your entire machine, not to mention web results. We know now that this is through Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant.

Gleaned from techradar.com