Why is my computer slow?

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Why is my computer slow you ask… Ever wake up one day and your computer just decides to skip its coffee that morning? What causes a computer to slow down like this? Well like all things in this world it’s caused by natural wear and tear. “But there’s no moving parts, it’s just electrical signals right?” Yes and no, while …

A Short List of Basic Tips for a Longer Lasting PC

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Here are a couple of simple things to keep in mind about your computer, to help it have a good long life. Your PC should always be plugged into a power strip/surge protector.  Power spikes and outages can cause major hardware and software issues.  If you experience frequent power outages, you may want to consider getting a battery backup surge protector. Make …

Microsoft Is At It Again

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Microsoft has decided to get into your wallet again, by releasing its latest version of Windows, sometime this month. It seems like Windows 9 will be a lot like Windows 8, with a new start screen feature. According to Microsoft, the end of support for Windows 7 will be in the first part of 2020, and the end of support …

Battery backups – not just for your computer….

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Years ago, I lost a computer to an power outage; since then, I have always used a UPS battery backup for all my desktop computers.  But then, I realized I spend as much money (OK, way more) on my HD television, Playstation, Xbox, and other electronics.  We all spend a ton of money on our electronics, and as the price …

Is my computer hardware failing?

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We all wonder how long our computer equipment will last, and the truth is… it’s already starting to fail. All hardware is going to fail at some point in time, whether by factory defects, random failures, or parts wearing out. Sure, I have a laptop that is over 10 years old and is still running, but every time I use …

Computer Freeze and Lockups

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A most frustrating and hair pulling experience is to have your computer freeze, or lockup, at closing time or in the middle of a QuickBooks backup. A computer freeze simply means that Windows encountered a process load situation it could not handle. This can be due to software or application error, driver corruption or error, registry error, or overheating and …

Grateful for the progress on BASIC’s birthday

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HELLO BASIC READY RUN On May 1, 1964, in the wee hours of the morning, a professor at Dartmouth College and his student were sitting side by side in a basement, on campus. They both typed RUN on their terminals (read: monitors) and got correct answers to their simple programs … and time-sharing and BASIC were born. This was the …

Microsoft is Ending Support of Windows XP: What You Need to Know

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After repeatedly delaying the end of Windows XP support, Microsoft is finally ending support of its twelve-year-old operating system.  Now, this doesn’t mean that, on April 8th, you will wake up and your old computer running XP will no longer operate, but there are some things to keep in mind about this change. The biggest change, resulting from the end of …

The Right Power

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Making sure you have the right power supply in your desktop is very important to the performance and lifespan of your system. Running your system with a power supply that has too low of an output can cause system crashes, slow performance and even damage to internal parts of the system.  Most manufactured systems come with the optimal power supply …

Backups

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One question I get more than most here at Frankenstein Computers is, ‘Should I be backing my stuff up’ or ‘How do I back my things up’.  So I thought today we could look at the different ways our computers have of backing our things up on our computer.  There are three main ways of back up files on your …