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Sorting out the processors when purchasing a new computer

When it comes to processors or CPU’s, you have one of two manufacturers to choose from: AMD and Intel. These companies make virtually all of the world’s desktop PC CPUs, but that’s where the similarities between the two firms end, for the most part. So, should you go for an AMD or Intel CPU when building your PC?

Here, we will delve into the differences between Intel’s and AMD’s CPU offerings, which will help you make an educated decision when it comes to purchasing a new computer.

Perry Hall Computing LLC Generally speaking, computers with AMD’s chips are cheaper than their Intel counterparts. If your budget is tight, an AMD based computer is likely the best way for you to go.

There’s no real “right” answer when you’re trying to decide whether you should go for an AMD or Intel processor.
The Intel Line up begins with the I3 processor. The computers that are based upon this processor are for everyday use andpERRY hALL cOMPUTING llc casual gaming such as apps on Facebook, and sites like Pogo.com. The AMD counterpart to this would be the A6 processor.

Next up we have the Intel’s i5 processor based computers. These units are good for  watching movies, creating and sharing home movies through programs like Movie Maker. The AMD counterpart is the A8 processor.
The next two are the high performance gaming machines The Intel i7 and the AMD A10. The computers based upon these processors pack a serious computing punch and look to pay for that performance.

The price difference at this level of performance for  a laptop based on the AMD A10 processor vs the Intel i7 can be as much as $400-$500 for essentially the same performance.

For an everyday user who does more that checking email, updating their various social media pages I would recommend the AMDA8/Intel i5 processor, however, If you just check email, log into banking to pay bills and check Facebook etc. The i3/ A6 series processors will do you just fine.

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How to Extend The Life of Your Laptop

www.BaltimorePCFix.comSuch a simple thing but many of us don’t do it, all you need to do to give your laptop a better chance at life is use a cooling pad.  I’ve monitored hard drive and internal operating temperatures of laptops with and without cooling trays either fan power and no fan.  Laptops can run 10-15 degrees cooler which doesn’t sound like much but it will affect performance and life of the computer and chances are your laptop will continue to run hotter and hotter until it fails.

Cooling Pad prices range from $15-$45 and are sure cheaper than replacing your laptop every two years.

 

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Thinking of Buying an All In One Computer? Think Again

hp-touchsmart-iq800-series-all-in-one-pcWhen you buy a real desktop PC you can usually upgrade it after a few years by replacing parts or even taking out the parts and putting them into a new computer. You can also use the monitor with another computer in the future. When you have an all in one computer you are extremely limited in what you can upgrade. After a few years your all in one computer becomes out dated and you have to buy a completely new computer to catch up with technology.

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Computer Repairs tends to also be much easier when you are working with a desktop. Desktops typically have significantly more room to work in and they do not use as many proprietary parts. If an aspect of the desktop breaks you can just swap it out with a new part. Please remember that not all desktop computers are equal so try to avoid any of those smaller mini towers as they can be significantly more difficult to upgrade.

Heat – is one of the things that damage the most of a computer. Tower desktops are originate so that the fan creates a vortex that helps cooling the parts inside. For laptops and all-in-one computers the space is limited, so it’s harder to an effective airflow to cool down the parts.

The Screen – because the screen is part of you computer. If it breaks, you can’t use your computer will being worked on. For a desktop you just plug in an other screen and you are back at work.

If you are considering buying an All In One Computer Our  Suggestion at Perry Hall PC Repair is to buy a Laptop. For the same price, you’ll have computer of equal power that able to move around. If you don’t like typing on the small screen, it’s easy to plug a keyboard and mouse in your laptop. Think a laptop screen is too small, you can connect to a monitor of your liking of your liking and use you laptop screen as a on the go screen.

 

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Laptop Screen in the Dark? Here are Some Tips as to What Could Be The Cause

pc repair_baltimoreHere at  Baltimore Computer Repair we have recently been getting many laptop computers with blank LCD screens. So this weeks piece of advice tells you how to find out what may be causing the problem with your laptop computers LCD.

These are the most common problems which affect laptop screens and cause them to go completely black.

Burned Out LCD Bulb
A laptop computer has a very thin and long light bulb which shines light at the screen and when this bulb gets burnt out the screen goes dark. However the laptops screen itself is still completely fine and its only the bulb that needs to be replaced.How to find out if it’s the bulb that’s broken: If the bulb is burnt out the computer should start up like normal including all of the lights on the computer turning on. The only real difference is that the screen will be completely black and wont show any images. What you want to do is shine a flash light at the LCD while the computer is on. If you are able to make out a the background or at least see that their are some images then you just have a burned out laptop LCD screen bulb.

If you can not make out the background, proceed to the next problem of how to test for inverter problems.

Note: Many laptops have the ability to dim the light on the LCD by pressing a certain key, so make sure that the laptop is not just dimmed down.

Inverter That Doesn’t Give Enough Power.An inverter is simply a part in a computer which makes DC (Direct Current) into AC (alternating current). When the inverter in a laptop fails it doesn’t give the amount of power necessary to power the laptops screen and that’s why you may suddenly see it turn black for no apparent reason. Or when you turn on the computer the LCD screen doesn’t turn on, even though everything else seems fine.How to tell if the inverter is broken on your laptop: Well if you cant make out the background of the screen with a flash light, the next most likely problem you would have would be a bad inverter. What you want to do is hook up a monitor to the laptop, if the monitor recognizes the laptop and the laptops screen shows up then you have a bad laptop inverter that needs to be replaced.(you may also have a loose video cable, see next possible issue)

Note: On some laptops the screen will not be recognized automatically and you may have to press a certain set of keys on the laptop. You may need to consult your computers manual for further instructions.

Loose Video CableTheir is a very thin cable which connects your laptops motherboard to your screen and provides it with all the power and information needed to display the images. However some laptops my pull at the video cable when opening and cause it to became loose.How to tell if its a loose video cable that’s giving you a blank screen on your laptop: Well unfortunately the only way to tell is if the computer is opened up and the cable is reset. I recommend that this only be done by someone who has good knowledge and is comfortable with opening up the laptop.

If that still doesn’t solve the problem then it is likely a bad video card.

Bad Video CardThe video card controls all of the information that relates to images, basically it tells the screen what to display.Does my laptop have a bad video card? If after hooking up an external monitor and the screen doesn’t display anything it is likely the video card that has a problem. You may also see a black screen and hear beeps.

On the majority of laptops video cards cannot be replaced separately and the entire motherboard will have to be replaced.

Note: The beeps do not automatically mean that it is the video card that is faulty. The beeps are codes which refer to a specific malfunction within the computer. You will need to consult your computer manual for what are known as POST or BIOS codes.

While these are the most often problems which create a blank or black laptop screen they are not the only ones. ***Please be aware that this is general information and you should get a computer diagnosed by a knowledgeable technician.

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Laptop Cooling – It’s Getting Hot in Here! Maintenance Tips for Your Laptop

dell-laptop-fire-baltimorecomputerfixThat hum your laptop makes? You know,  that annoying hum inside your laptop that grows louder with time.  Or maybe it’s a persistent clicking or whirring sound from the fan.  Perhaps the  laptop’s fan is not audible at all and instead the computer gets very hot and even shuts itself down.  All of these symptoms could point to a laptop fan failure — and it’s critical to get it checked out.

Should the fan begin to fail then the hard drive, as an example, may sustain damage.  This can result in slow performance, data loss and eventually a hard drive crash. Laptop fans provide an essential function the cooling of the internal components,

laptop_dust_heatvent_Baltimore_Computer_FixLaptop fans should be kept clean and sometimes an intensive clean-up can rectify fan problems before they worsen.  We recommend that our clients clean their laptop vents at least once every few months.  The there are usually at least two vents.  One on the bottom for taking in cool air and another on the side or back for exhausting hot air.

Using compressed air to clean out these vents can be  helpful in reducing dust inside the computer, and therefore increasing airflow.   If you use canned air it’s best to spray in short bursts so that no condensation forms inside your computer.

 

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Don’t Lose your Data Back it Up

Backup-perry-hall-pc-repairImagine losing all of your precious memories stored on your computer. All of your photos, videos, music, movies, data and important documents are gone – forever. That feeling has happened to many people all over the world. If you don’t have a backup in place, you’re begging for it to happen to you. Regular backups save hundreds and even thousands of dollars in data recovery costs. Both residential and small business customers should always have a data backup in place.

If you don’t have a data backup in place, or even if you do but can’t find the time to perform backups, we can surely help. We offer anything from one-time backups to complete hard drive image backups. We can store them on our server for you, place them on an external hard drive, or even set you up with a Cloud based backup solution.

Whether you’ve mistakenly deleted an important document, or your hard drive has completely failed, our skilled technicians can assist you in getting your data back.

About Back Ups

If you’re not backing up your PC, you should be. Every day in the shop we are working on trying to recover someone’s pictures, iTunes, resume, documents, etc…. If you don’t know how and or don’t have the equipment no worries,we can provide the right equipment and software for your needs. We have everything you need  in stock. We will setup the software, provide the appropriate hardware and teach you how to use it.

How Often?

A general rule of thumb is: people who use their computer occasionally (5 hours/week or less) should be backing up their data on at least a weekly basis. If you use your computer more frequently, however (more than 10 hours/week), doing it daily is probably a good idea. Another variable is the type of data you store on your computer. Obviously, the more important it is to you, the more important backing it up becomes.

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