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Laptop Power Jack Socket Repair

No matter how careful you are with your laptop, the power socket will eventually need replacing. Symptoms include – battery failing to charge and the need to hold the jack plug at a certain angle to enable charging. Not only are these inconvenient but eventually the socket will short out and a new motherboard will be required! It’s true to say that with most laptops this is not an easy job. It involves the careful disassembly of the laptop itself, the removal of the motherboard and some very skilful soldering! Trying to do-it-yourself often results in disaster, whereby the laptop becomes totally unusable! Don’t take that chance! At PC Partners we are fully qualified to safely disassemble your laptop and perform any soldering that is necessary. We carry a wide range of parts and the whole process usually takes 1-3 days. Urgent repairs are a speciality. Call us on 07771-525594 for a low...

Laptop Overheating

As a laptop gets older, one of the most common faults is overheating. There are two main causes: blockage of the cooling system by dust and fluff, or a faulty fan. Bad design can also be to blame but we shall not be looking at that cause here. How Does The Heating System Get Blocked? Laptops produce a significant amount of heat that is generated by the CPU, GPU and other components; this needs to be evacuated as quickly as possible. Without getting too technical, a fan draws cool air in and directs it over a radiator where the heat has been directed by copper pipes (similar to a car engine). As a result of the cool air being drawn in by the fan, particles of dust and fluff are also sucked in. It’s these particles that collect in front of the radiator, building up over time to form an impenetrable barrier. Cool air cannot pass over the radiator and the components overheat as a result. The Cooling Fan A faulty, or underperforming fan can occur due to a failed motor, missing blade(s), or some form of obstruction. All fans eventually fail and an early replacement can extend the life of a laptop considerably. Signs of Overheating The laptop base gets VERY hot! It may be too hot to put on your lap! Little or no air coming from the exhaust port. The laptop cuts out or throws up a blue screen. The Laptop becomes very slow. The fan becomes noisy. Consequences of Overheating Most laptops have a thermal cut-out in place that detects overheating and stops the machine working. However, this is not always quick enough to prevent damage to the CPU or GPU. Once this happens, there is no alternative but to replace the processors (very expensive), or scrap the laptop! Once a laptop is overheating, its useful life is considerably reduced. How We Repair Despite mis-guided advice to the contrary, there is only one solution to this problem, and that is to dismantle the laptop, remove the motherboard and clean out the accumulated dust blockage by hand. It cannot effectively be removed by vacuum cleaner or poking around with a paper...

Blog – Can’t Like or Dislike Youtube Videos Anymore?

A recent update by Google has made it seemingly impossible for some users to like or dislike Youtube videos. The answer is that from now on, you will only be able to like or dislike after you have watched the whole video! And even then the active thumbs up or thumbs down buttons have moved the to top of the finished video. Don’t like this change? You are not alone. Google seem to be making a habit of upsetting users these days with their seemingly arbitrary meddling. All in the name of making even more...

Upgrades

Computer Upgrade Package from Windows XP to Windows 7 Microsoft have announced that support for Windows XP will end on 8th April 2014. That means no further phone support or security updates after that...

Data Recovery

We can recover data from any of these devices:- 3.5″ Hard Drives 2.5″ Hard Drives SSD / Solid State Drives Sata / IDE / SCSI etc. USB Pen Drives XD Cards SD Cards CF Cards Data could include documents, pictures, music, address books, emails, etc; in fact, almost anything that can be stored to magnetic or flash memory. Our terms are simple. We make a small assessment charge (£25.00 payable in advance), after which you will receive a quotation. If you decide to proceed, the assessment charge will be refunded against the quote. We aim to recover your data in the shortest possible time depending on the complexity of the task. Recovery can take between 1 Day and 3 weeks if a drive needs to be rebuilt. TIP: DO NOT use generally available file recovery software. The use of such software may put your data well beyond the reach of professional techniques. Simply turn off the faulty item and give us a...