Monthly Archives: July 2013

laptop battery life - Laptop Battery Health Tips

Laptop Battery Health Tips

To help you better understand how to take care of the battery in your laptop this article will discuss some helpful tips on maintaining a healthy battery. I will go through some of the mistakes that many people make that will shorten the life of your battery. I will also give you a few troubleshooting tips to help you determine if your battery is failing.

One of the most common mistakes is leaving the laptop plugged in to power all the time. Doing this will cause the laptop battery life to degrade more quickly over time. To resolve this issue you should take advantage of the battery and only plug-in the laptop when it needs to be charged . Using the battery in its’ intended way will prolong the battery life and it will hold a charge for a longer period of time. You should always drain your battery to about five percent then charge it to one hundred percent. This will maintain the batteries ability to hold a charge. If you charge your battery every time it gets to seventy percent and never let it drain properly it will not hold its charge for long periods of time. If you are going to have your laptop plugged in for a long period of time without having to charge the battery then you should remove the battery to eliminate the wear and tear on it. Also when storing your laptop for more than about three days it is a good practice to remove the battery for storage.

No matter what you do eventually your laptop battery will not charge. Over time all batteries lose their ability to hold a charge. These tips are to assist you in prolonging the time the battery will hold its charge. Batteries are normally warranted for about a year but when well taken care of they can last about two or three without problems.

Laptop Battery Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with the power for your laptop and you want to rule out the battery try taking the battery out of the laptop. Plug in the power and turn it on. if the problems no longer exists then you may need a new battery. Visit IQ Computer Services website to order the correct battery according to your model of laptop.

dc jack - Laptop DC Power Jack

Laptop DC Power Jack

Too many people have experienced DC power jack failure due to misusing their laptop. The worst thing is they didn’t even know they were creating a problem.  The most important port on your laptop is the DC power jack. This port is main junction between your laptop and the power it needs to run and charge the battery. Learn about proper care and how to prevent major issues.

Care

Two of the most common mistakes, that overtime, will cause future issues with this port are actually easy to avoid. The first is not to move the laptop when it is plugged in. The reasoning behind not moving the laptop while it is plugged in is that every time you move your laptop, it puts unnecessary strain on the port. This causes the port to warp and bend. Over time, it bends too much and the fitting becomes loose and will no longer make a solid connection inside the port. At this point you will have to either hold the power cord in a specific position in order for the laptop to get power, or it won’t be able to get power at all. The second is make sure that the male end which goes into the port isn’t resting on anything such as your leg when it is on your lap. Many people will sit the laptop on their laps and not realize the ac adapter is actually bending because they have set it improperly on they lap. So when you move or store your laptop be sure to unplug it to keep your laptop charger functioning properly.

Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a lot of people just want to go out and buy a new laptop charger without thinking of the port. Sometimes this will work even if just for a little bit. If the cord is frayed kinked badly or in knots it could be the cord causing the power issues. If the port feels loose, wiggles a lot or the cord just won’t stay in it is most likely going to be the port that needs replacing.

Replacement

To replace your DC power jack visit IQ Computer Services. When replacing your power cord there are many factors to take into account so you buy the right one. You have to make sure you get the right voltage output, amperage and port size. Contact IQ Computer Services because we can take out all the complication for you. Just give us the model number from the laptop computer and we will make sure you get the correct power cord guaranteed.

Internal hard drive 3.5 inch - What is a Hard Drive?

What is a Hard Drive?

Want to know what a hard drive is?  A hard drive, hard disk drive and HDD are all one in the same thing. A hard drive is the permanent storage center of your computer system. This is where your operating system, music, pictures and any other data that you save to your computer is stored. This is not to be confused with system memory (RAM) which is erased when the computer looses power.

Hard Drive Types

The general public mainly uses two types of computer hard drives, a 3.5 inch desktop drive and a 2.5 inch laptop hard drive. As of right now the 3.5 inch hard drive can have up to 4 TB of storage space and the 2.5 inch can have a maximum of 2 TB storage space. These hard drives can come in a variety of speeds but for the most part you will see 5,400 rpm and 7,200 rpm. The faster the speed the faster the files and programs are found on your computers hard drive.

Hard Drive Usage

You use your hard drive every time you save something to your computer. When you install something like a game on your computer it takes up space on your hard drive. If you download movies, this can especially take up a lot of valuable space on your hard drive. The more you download, install and save on your computer the more space you take up. This is why  it a good practice to keep your system free of unwanted files and programs.

If you are having trouble with your hard drive read “How to Fix Hard Drive Errors“. For more information on Hard Drive care and the longevity of  your Hard Drive take a look at “Hard Drive Life Expectancy“.

Windows File Sharing – How to Keep Others From Viewing Your Files

Privacy is very important  in today’s digital age. Under default settings anyone on your network can steal your pictures music and videos easily right off your computer. To protect your folders and files from people on your network  you must set your sharing options to suit your needs. This article will instruct you on how to disable sharing and keep everything private.

How to Disable Windows File Sharing in Windows 7

advanced sharing

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Open Network and share center
  4. ( On left hand-side) Select Change Advanced Sharing Settings
  5. Next to Home or work current profile there is a drop down menu. Click the drop down menu if not already shown.
  6. Select Turn off Network Discovery. This will keep you invisible to anyone on the network.
  7. Select Turn off file and printer sharing . This keeps your files hidden from other users
  8. Click Turn off public folder sharing this will deny access to people on your network. ( Note: People on your computer can still access these folders)
  9. Select 128-bit encryption
  10. Click Turn on password protected sharing to require your user account login password for anyone to view your files.
  11. Click Save changes 

With these settings your files and folders should be safely kept private.

 

 

What Are Internet Cookies

Internet Cookies are a mystery to many people.  I’ll unravel that mystery for you and explain how cookies work  to improve your internet browsing experience.

What is a Cookie

First thing is cookies are not some malicious program used to get your information. In fact they are not programs at all. A cookie in its simplest form is nothing more than a text file stored on your computer hard drive.  These text files are used by websites to recognize your computer every time you visit. They can store a lot of things from log in information and password to what you viewed on the site.

How Cookies Work

When you visit a website that uses cookies, the first thing the site does is check to see if you have a valid cookie from the site. If you do it retrieves the information and if applicable the server will apply any customization you have saved for the site. An example would be for Amazon.com. When you go to check out, the saved cookies are what will auto populate your shipping information and other fields for you. If you are visiting Amazon.com for the first time the site will recognize that this is your first visit and save a cookie to your hard drive. Different sites will use cookies in different ways.

Tracking Cookies

A tracking cookie (normally used by third-party advertising sites) will log a little bit of information about what you have viewed and where you saw the content. An example of this would be if you visited a site that has third-party advertisements, the site will log a cookie but the third-party advertisement will log a tracking cookie as well. The Tracking cookie saves what advertisement you saw and what site you viewed it from. Later, you are web surfing and come across another third-party advertisement from the same advertising site. The tracking cookies that was saved earlier from the advertising site will save this new information on the same cookie. Logging what advertisement you saw and again where you viewed it. Over time this will create a log of your online destinations, which the advertiser will use to personalize ads and create pop-up ads tailored to your browsing patterns.  The privacy issue of what information is collected is where the controversy of tracking cookies comes from.

Clear Cookies

There is a way in all browsers to clear your cookies. For a how to guide on clearing cookies visit Web Privacy.