Geeks in Phoenix

Hardware Geek Tips

The following is a complete list of our Hardware Geek Tips

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When it comes to computer repair, every technician has a collection of software that they use on a regular basis. Whether it is on a CD, DVD or USB drive, these programs are essential ...

Maintain your hard drive with SpinRite

When it comes to maintaining a hard drive, running a disk check will usually find any software related issues. But when I need to check the hardware inside of a hard drive, I will use SpinRite ...

How to replace a CD/DVD/BD drive in your desktop computer

When it comes to desktop computer repair, one of the most common hardware failures are CD/DVD/BD drives. If you're having problems with getting the disk tray to eject or disks are not being recognized, it may be time to replace it.

How to keep your hard drive healthy

When it comes to computer repair, hard drive failures are one of the top issues I deal with. A failed hard drive can be disastrous. But with some regular maintenance, you can keep your hard drive spinning like a top. Here's how ...

The most common computer video display connectors

When it comes to computer repair, you have to be prepared to work on different types of systems. One of the biggest issues is having the correct video display connector. With more than ten different types of connectors it can be difficult ...

How to keep your computer running longer

Everyone wants their computer to last forever. But the reality is the average life span of a computer is 3-5 years. Allot of times you can get a computer to run for over a decade with common sense and regular maintenance. Here's how to ...

How to upgrade or add more memory to your computer

Doing computer repair for a living, I get a lot of questions about how to speed computers up. When it comes to improving the performance of your computer, adding more memory has always been the best 'bang for the buck'. And it's ...

How to tell what type of USB connector you have by color

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is pretty much the standard interface for most computer devices nowadays. We use USB ports to connect printers, keyboards / mice and smartphones, just to name a few. But do you know how to tell the ...

How to upgrade the hard drive in your computer

Are you running out of free space on your computer's hard drive? You've uninstalled unused programs and cleaned it up, but still cannot free up any more space? Doing computer repair, I've seen this many times and have personally ...

Five things you should do first when you get a new computer

So you just got a new computer and you are ready to go. You're going to install programs and transfer files to it. But before you go personalizing it, there are a few things you should do first. Here are five things you should do first when ...

What you can do with an old laptop or desktop computer

Do you have a laptop or desktop computer you don't use anymore? Maybe it got really slow or even stop working altogether. Seems like everyone has at least one nowadays. I'm talking about the one in the garage or closet that's doing ...

How to check your desktop computer for failed capacitors

Is your desktop computer running slower than normal? Does it randomly or constantly freeze up or restart? Or maybe it doesn't boot to the operating system or even boot at all. If so, your computer could have a failed capacitor.

Diagnose computer hardware issues with the Ultimate Boot CD

Every computer repair technician has a hand full of software they use on a regular basis to diagnose computer hardware issues. They are usually bootable disks and they have their own operating system included (FreeDOS or Linux) ...

Create your own device or gadget with Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer

Have you ever wanted to assemble and program your own electronic device? I mean something a little more than Lego. Well, Microsoft and their partners have just released .NET Gadgeteer. It's an open-source software and ...

A computer that randomly and frequently freezes up

When it comes to computer repair, you have to be a detective of sorts. And once in a while I come across a really good mystery. I recently got a HP M7360N in the shop that would randomly freeze-up in Windows XP ...

How to clean the dust out of your computer

Living in the desert, the one thing we have allot of is dust. Dust is a problem, since it can block up air vents, heat sinks and cooling fans inside of your computer. Not to mention that dust is a conductor of electricity. You ...

When your motherboard does not save settings it may be time to replace the CMOS battery

At some point in time, your motherboard may forget the time and date or the onboard device settings. A Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) is used on the computer's motherboard to ...

Use one monitor, keyboard and mouse on multiple computers with a KVM Switch (Video)

In this article, I show some of the advantages of using a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) Switch. Besides the obvious reasons of saving space and money when you have multiple computers in one area, you can also get some great ...

How to manually eject your computer CD / DVD drive tray

In this article, I show how to use the Eject Pin Hole to manually eject the tray on your computers CD / DVD drive. There will be times when you need to ...

Using a second monitor on a Netbook

Connecting a second monitor to a Netbook a quite easy. Getting the right aspect ratio, well, it depends on what type of monitor you use. Believe it or not, but I found using a 42" plasma TV the best.

Useful USB devices for your computer

In this article, I show some of my favorite and useful USB devices.

How to perform a clean installation of the operating system on a netbook

In my last blog, I reported on the new Acer Aspire One Netbook (Model AO571h) I had just purchased. It came pre-loaded with Windows XP Home. Since I need ...

Acer Aspire One Netbook hard drive issue

I recently worked on a Acer Aspire One Netbook (Model AOD150). The netbook no longer was able to boot, as the system could not find an operating system. Booting the netbook up onto a USB drive ...

Upgrading your computer cheaply (part 1)

Just the other day I got a call from my daughter about her computer. It was acting strange, so I told her to bring it over. Sure enough, her system is ...

Upgrading your computer cheaply (part 2)

Before we can go shopping, we need to see what we can reuse. The motherboard and hard drive need to be replaced. The new ...

Upgrading your computer cheaply (part 3)

I started out by taking the sides and top off. It was at this point I decided to go excessive. Since the majority of computer peripherals come with black finishes, I decided to ...

Using Dual Monitors

With newer computers having the ability to run multiple displays, here is a ‘Geek Tip’ for those of you thinking about using two monitors on one computer. There are various scenarios, I am going to describe ...

Using Dual Monitors in Windows (Video)

Here's a video showing the two different computer scenarios I have that use dual monitors in Windows.

Using Dual Monitors in Windows for users who have impaired vision (Video)

Here's a video showing how to use dual monitors in Windows for users who have impaired vision.

Surge Protectors

A gentleman called me the other day and asked me about surge protectors. A typical surge protector power strip is built using Metal Oxide Varistors ...

Custom Cases: The Antec Skeleton (Video)

In my Geek Tips article outlining my Beta test of Microsoft Windows 7, I needed a computer to install it on. What I built is sweet, specification wise, but ...

Custom cases: Faux Stone and Chalkboard

Pictures of my daughter's finished customized computer case.

Custom cases: Back in Black

Here are the before and after pictures of the finished case from the 'Upgrading your computer cheaply' articles.

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