Archive September 2018

Basics of Computer Repair

Basics of computer repair

When your computer doesn’t work it can be very frustrating.  Fireytech is always happy to help repair your computer or network but we understand there are some of you who like to tinker.  Here is how we approach repairs.

Hardware of Software?

Narrowing down whether your problem is hardware or software is the first step.  Your computer runs slow but that could be an overheating processor (hardware) or malware / viruses (software).

Hardware refers to the physical components of your computer.  That includes items like:

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Memory (Ram)
  • Hard Drive
  • Motherboard
  • Fans
  • Power Supply

Software items are all the programs installed on your hard drive.  That includes items like:

  • Windows Operating System
  • Anti-Virus Software
  • Games
  • Internet Browsers
  • Viruses / Malware

I will be writing up articles to address different scenarios you may encounter.

When My Computer Doesn’t Turn On.

Finding / Removing Viruses

Using Google Apps

Google Apps (also called G Suite or Google Cloud)

Google Apps is a service that our company has used for several years.  It is hard to imagine being able to do all the things we do in any other suite of programs for the cost.  For small companies the cost is literally zero.  In small business you are always trying to get the biggest bang for your buck while presenting a uniform look to your customers.  If you want to make your company work smoothly then having all the features of Google Apps is one way to do that.  It includes tools such as Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and Google Chrome.  The integration between computer and phone is incredible.

Google Grid

Ease of Access:  When you are logged into any Google service using a computer web browser you will see a 4 x 4 grid of squares in the top right corner of your browser window.  I call this grid the Google Grid.  Clicking the Google Grid will give you quick access to all Google apps mentioned in this article and many others.

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Copying Files and Getting Past Errors

Have you ever tried to copy files from a drive that was partially corrupt and you spent hours copying filed individually because you kept getting errors when you tried to copy the entire drive?  Have you ever tried to copy a big folder but kept getting random copy errors?  This is the program to get around all that.  It is called Unstoppable Copier and it will ignore copy errors and move on to the next file automatically.  This has been a life saver for me on multiple occasions!