Monthly Archives: November 2013

What’s New In Windows 8.1

new in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 What’s New

Windows 8 brought an entire new innovative operating system to the consumer. As with all new operating systems there were features that the public wanted to see and with the release of Windows 8.1 some of these features have come to light. Some of these additional features range from small tweaks in the interface to enhanced searching capabilities.

New and Enhanced Features

  1. Addition of a Start button – This new button on your desktop only takes you to the modern interface. (Also know as the metro interface)
  2. Boot directly to the desktop on start up – This feature does exactly what it says. you can now configure your system to boot right to the desktop eliminating the modern interface should you feel the need. To accomplish this Right click on your task bar and select properties. Then go to the Navigation Tab and choose the option that best suits your needs.
  3. Improved searching capabilities – Searching with in the modern interface has been enhanced using the power of Bing to assist the system in it’s searching.
  4. Enhanced Dual screen abilities – This feature is in windows 8 but in windows 8.1 you are not really limited as to how large or small you want the two screens.
  5. Staying in the Modern interface – They have made it more user-friendly staying in the modern interface and being able to access things like sky drive settings.

I would recommend updating to the Windows 8.1, if you are already using Windows 8. The enhanced features are convenient and easy to get used to. You can get Windows 8.1  from the app store for free if you already have Windows 8. Be sure to plug-in to power first.  Just go to the modern interface select store and there is a big app that says update. Click on that and then you click download.  Be prepared to wait a long time as this is a large download your system will restart several times.  As always visit IQ Computer Services for all your computer system needs from repair services to buying a new system.

 

Laptop Keyboard Not Working

liquid spill on keyboard

Laptop Coffee Spill on Laptop Keyboard

Ever had a problem with your laptop keyboard?  Your keyboard is one of the most important parts of your laptop computer. Without your keyboard most day to day computer operations are nearly impossible. Should you find yourself in the predicament of not being able to use your laptop keyboard there is still hope for the laptop. When you boot up your Windows laptop computer (before you log in) there is a button that opens the Ease of Access Selection. Here you will find an option for an on screen keyboard. That will get you to your desktop screen. After that you can access the on screen keyboard through your start menu/all programs/accessories/ease of access/ on screen keyboard.

Laptop Keyboard Stopped Working

Liquid Spills on Laptop Keyboard

Spilling water on your laptop laptop keyboard is one of the worst things that can happen to it.  Many people drink coffee, water or soda when working or relaxing on the laptop.  It’s common that a drink can tip over or accidentally spill on the laptop.

What to do about liquid spill on keyboard

When you spill a drink on your keyboard the first thing to do is immediately turn off your laptop unplug the power cord and remove the battery. This will hopefully prevent any electrical damage or shorting of the motherboard.  Turn the laptop over to drain any liquid and dry it off with a paper towel.  Next, you should weigh the options that are available to you before making any decisions. Consider what would happen if you lost everything on your laptop and how that would effect your life. Do you have your information backed up?  I suggest you take your laptop to a computer pro such as, IQ Computer Services, to save this data and hopefully the laptop.  Acting quickly is important in this situation.  Waiting for it to air out is not a good idea as there may be water trapped inside the computer that will destroy it.

Problematic Keys on Keyboard

If the keys are worn, missing, sticking or malfunctioning, you can have the keyboard replaced with a new or used keyboard for an affordable cost. These types of repairs generally only take a few hours to complete in most cases.  Some laptop keyboards are integrated meaning they are actually part of the system and can’t be easily replaced separately. In these instances replacing the keyboard would much more costly.

 

Should you ever need help with your keyboard or anything else regarding computers contact IQ Computer Services for a professional and friendly experience.

 

Computer Takes Forever To Shut Down

Do you hate that your computer takes forever to shutdown? There are many different causes that can effect the shut down process of your computer system. Let’s go through a few causes and possible fixes to result in faster shut down times

Windows Updates

From time to time your computer will update the operating system and during this processes shut down and start-up times are increased. Should this take to long you may need to restart the computer due to a glitch in your system. I have seen this process snag and freeze but that is a rare occurrence. There really isn’t a way to speed up the updating process.

Viruses

Always make sure your antivirus subscription is up to date and the definitions are updated regularly as well. Run regular scans to detect infections. Viruses can cause longer shut down times. Improperly turning off the computer can create a shut down problem.

Hard Drive

Your hard drive can be a determining factor in the time it takes for your system to shut down. A failing hard drive can cause a laptop or desktop computer to take an extremely long time shutting down. It is a best practice to seek professional help if  there is any possibility of a hard drive failing. When this problem is caught in time you can save all of your data from being corrupted or lost forever.

Temporary Files

Clearing your temporary files from your computer and browser can help in eliminating a lot of  memory usage that is unnecessary.

General maintenance should be performed on a regular basis of about twice a year. This helps keep your system healthy and running at optimum performance. To have PC maintenance done by professionals contact IQ Computer Services to keep your system at it’s best.

Should I Build A Gaming Machine or Buy A Prebuilt System?

A gaming system is usually going to be a substantial investment that requires careful consideration. For your average consumer buying a prebuilt system will probably be the easiest and least time-consuming should you be able to find a computer that meets the specs you desire and is within your budget. Though the advanced and tech savy consumers can save a bit of money by buying the parts and assembling the system they want.

Now days everyone is about cost and wants to save money anyway they can but the average person just doesn’t have the knowledge to properly design a system from scratch. From the motherboard to the RAM, you have to make sure everything is going to work together and be compatible while meet you high demand for gaming specifications.This is where consultants at IQ Computer Services can help you. We can design and build a performance PC based on the budget that is given.

 Advanced Consumers

When building your own system remember to check all parts for compatibility. Know that most of the time the most expensive thing you are going to buy for a gaming system is your Graphics Card. The next costly item would be your CPU and then your motherboard.

Graphics cards

I can not stress enough how important it is to do your research and make sure everything is going to be compatible. The graphics card is going to be the eyes of your machine, the faster your graphics cards is determines how your game looks. This is a top priority in most games. You want high graphics setting with no choppiness and no lag to optimize your gaming experience.  Be sure it has the connections that you need.

CPU

Your CPU is the brain of your computer. The faster your CPU the more your computer can run at one time. Make sure to look at the specs of a game you intend on playing to help advise you on the type and speed  of CPU you may require.  You can choose between dual core, and quad-core for top processing power.

Motherboard

This is the back bone of your computer, everything goes through your motherboard. When you buy your motherboard pay close attention to the speed of the motherboard and ask yourself, “Does it have all the functions that I am going to need?” Consider RAM slots, proper mounting for your new CPU, and is there room on the motherboard for your graphics card to fit.

Cases

Cases can be rather expensive as well. With all kinds of modification that can be made from lights to extra fans for cooling, cases are not so much for performance as they are for aesthetics.  Don’t misunderstand you need to get a case that will fit all the parts you have purchased and will allow for proper cooling of everything. When it comes to the amazing extra features on a case it is mostly about your own style and what you think looks good and still meets the necessary requirements for the system you have in mind.

These are a few things to consider when building your own gaming computer. There really is so much more than most people realize to designing a proper gaming system that will functionally run. Either way you choose to go good luck and game on.