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3 Simple Tips to save money on a computer repair bill

Money is tight all around. You spent quite a bit of cash on this computer, hoping that it will help you save time, work quicker, and make more money. Now it is not working right.

Money is tight all around. You spent quite a bit of cash on this computer, hoping that it will help you save time, work quicker, and make more money. Now it is not working right.<br /><br />Before calling the tech to come in at $50 an hour ( $75 - $150 if you dont call iTeam), there are a few simple tips you can follow that may just help you.<br /><br />1) <strong>Check all of the wires plugged into the back of the computer.</strong><br />Sounds simple, but quite a few problems can be solved this way. Kids, Pets, feet under desk can sometimes jar a wire loose. It may even look like it is plugged in. To do this, shut the computer off, and then unplug and replug the wires attached to the component that is not working. For printers, monitors, network cables and some other components that connect at both ends, make sure you double check the other end of the wire as well. There is a good chance that this may be the culprit if a device is not working correctly.<br />2) <strong>System Restore.</strong><br />If you just installed a program, or there is some crazy weird thing that windows is doing, and just started doing, chances are a setting was changed by someone, or some program. System Restore is a built in feature to Windows since XP, and will restore your system to the way it was on the date of the restore point. It will not remove your data files, however it will remove any programs installed since the date of the restore point. Do not get this confused with a factory reset. A factory reset will erase all of your data. (a service such as <a href="http://www.drivelocker.com/">drivelocker.com </a>provides protection against this)<br /><br /><a href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084">How to preform system restore in Windows XP</a><br /><br />Below is a youtube video that shows you how to do a system restore in Vista<br /><iframe class="youtube-player" title="YouTube video player" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cM2sDttZBgo" frameborder="0" width="480" type="text/html"></iframe><br /><br />And Finally a Windows 7 restore<br /><iframe class="youtube-player" title="YouTube video player" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W3FP_d3WioA" frameborder="0" width="560" type="text/html"></iframe><br /><br /><br /><strong>3) Do a system file checker scan.</strong><br />SFC or System File Checker is a tool that can help replace corrupted system files. Corrupted system files can lead to Blue Screen errors, and do a scan is really easy.<br /><br />I have a tool that will <a href="http://www.iteamlv.com/doSFC.exe">launch SFC for you in a hidden window</a> here or you can follow the below directions<br /><br /><strong>Windows XP -- </strong><br />Click Start<br />Choose Run<br />Type 'cmd' in the box, press enter<br />Type 'sfc.exe /scannow' in the black window that appears, press enter<br /><br /><strong>Vista and 7 </strong><br />Click Start then type cmd in the search box<br />Right Click cmd.exe from the menu, Choose 'Run as Administrator'<br />Type 'sfc.exe /scannow' in the black window that appears, press enter<br /><br />If all else fails, iTeam offers 15 minutes of remote diagnosis for free. Just give us a call and we will try to walk you through the problem..

Published Monday, March 12, 2012 by

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