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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...

Blog – Would You Pay $100 To Send An Email?

$100 is the amount you will have to pay to send an email to Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook. There is no guarantee he will read it or that you will get a reply; but it is guaranteed to get into his inbox at Facebook. Maybe he’s short of loose change, who knows. Maybe this will start a precedent whereby ‘celebrities’ will put a price on access to their inbox (and, of course, the higher the celebrity status, the more it might cost)! I’m sure we’re not far from this...

Blog – Website Security

The hacking of websites is nothing new. It can happen for a number of reasons, some ideological, some downright illegal. Overnight, the original site can be erased and replaced by advertising, religious messages, pornography, loans, practically anything.  When it happens, the owner is usually shocked, with a strong feeling of being personally violated. However, it is usually nothing personal, just a hacker taking advantage of weak website security. A bit like a burglar looking for a house without an alarm system. As access passwords are nearly always changed by the hacker, taking back ownership can often be difficult, sometimes impossible if you don’t take the right precautions. Website owners can minimise their risk by following these 10 important guidelines:- 1) Change your website access password frequently, at least once every 2-3 months. 2) Use a long cryptic password with a mixture of upper and lower case letters and numbers, even certain symbols if allowed by the hosting company. 3) Keep your password as private as possible. 4) Use a reputable and reliable hosting company with a verified postal address based in your own country. 5) Try not to use free hosting companies as they tend to be less secure and less reachable in an emergency. 6) Check your website at least once a day. Don’t forget to refresh your browser window at the same time, otherwise you may be viewing the cached version stored on your computer each time. 7) Back up the whole website frequently, preferably once a week, to a local computer. If you are hacked, your site will be erased and if you have a recent backup, restoring it will be more straightforward. 8) Don’t abandon a website. It could be hijacked for criminal purposes and if it is still in your name, you’ll be the one getting into trouble! 9) Make sure you verify your identity with the hosting company, so that if you are hacked, you can recover the site quickly by being able to prove ownership. 10) It’s imperative that hosting and/or domain fees are paid promptly. If you leave it too long after expiry, you may find that you’ve lost your website and the domain name! You have been...

Blog – What Browser?

We often get asked what is the best web browser to use? The answer is, as you would expect, not black and white. We use different browsers for different purposes. Over the next few weeks, I’ll outline a few browsers and our reasons for utilising them. But by far our most popular is SRWareIron. A name unfamiliar to many but if you’ve seen Google Chrome, you’ve seen SRWareIron. The front-end is almost identical. In fact, Iron was in existence long before Chrome and both are based on free open source software. Iron is a no-frills fast browser that respects your privacy by not collecting any information about your browsing habits. Chrome on the other hand has been developed to collect as much information as possible about your web preferences. You can read about more differences between Iron and Chrome here: http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_chrome_vs_iron.php You can download SRWareIron here It works for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, 32 & 64-bit platforms. Try it, you won’t be...