Don’t Skimp on Computer Parts

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Last summer while visiting my dad, I fixed his XP machine (Compaq Presario) since he was so unhappy with his new Windows 8 computer. See that story here.


This visit, six months later, the XP computer wasn’t working again. It had no power. So to repair it, I replaced the power supply and and, voila, it booted yet again. Despite its advanced age, it keeps chugging away with a little computer repair, okay, to be more accurate, a lot of computer repair, now and then, well actually, every few months.

The old power supply was only a few months old and it had already gone kaput. This time I bought a more quality power supply, an Antec, and a new surge protector since it may have been a power surge that killed it. I like both Antec and Thermaltake.  They are quality power supplies.


This sounds like more of a hassle than it really was, since to buy the power supply I had to (I had to!) go to Fry’s Electronics, a huge computer store that I enjoy.

Once the power supply was installed, I noticed the hard drive was making a horrible noise like grinding metal mixed with groaning, (I think it was haunted) so I decided to replace it again too. So, oh no, I had to go Fry’s again. But then I remembered, Fry’s doesn’t stock used or new IDE drives any more. So I drove to another computer store, not as big as Fry’s but still fun to go to, Micro Center. They had a variety of refurbished IDE drives. How you refurbish a hard drive, I don’t know since you can’t open them. Maybe they just test and wipe them. Anyway, instead of a Hitachi I bought a Seagate this time. I cloned the Hitachi by attaching it with a usb to IDE adapter and making an image, then putting the image on the new to us Seagate drive. And the XP is good until my next visit.

If I had bought a better power supply on my last visit, I may have prevented this repair job. It’s hard to say about the used hard drive, any brand could go bad after several years. Definitely, I should have replaced the surge protector, since that protects the computer and all devices on it.

My point is this…don’t skimp on computer parts….quality parts last longer and reduce your computer repair bill over time. Saving money today can mean paying more in the future. Always use a surge protector and replace it once a year or so. They only protect you for one power surge and then they need to be replaced.

At Ducktoes, we try to find a balance of quality and cost with computer parts and repair to give you the best computer repair service in Calgary. We also advise you on the best maintenance practices to extend your computer’s life and your cost.

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Highest-Calibre Computer Repair Possible

A Vision of Quality Computer Repair

As the owner of Ducktoes Computer Services, I want  to do the best computer repair we know how to do.  Fortunately, I have awesome skilled techs who share this vision.


Yes, Awesome Techs

I have hired the most experienced, honest, friendly techs that have come to Ducktoes with a wide variety of skills.  Others have come and learned on the job.  Really, they are awesome.

Ducktoes has:

  • Virus removal techs who can remove almost any virus without reformatting.
  • Data recovery techs who can recover data and photos from dying hard drives.
  • Software techs who can find the most obscure and difficult drivers on the internet and fix corrupted profiles and operating systems.
  • Hardware troubleshooting techs who can diagnose the trickiest, most difficult hardware problems and find solutions that work and are cost-effective.
  • Laptop techs who can solder jacks onto motherboards, change out screens and keyboards, fix broken hinges and bezels.
  • Hardware techs who can build high-quality, fast, and reliable custom desktops.


Want to do Even Better

I also have techs who want to do even better.  They want to do the highest-calibre computer repair possible and make sure every computer we fix is going out in the best shape possible. That’s partly what I mean when I say they share my vision.


Ducktoes Techs have instituted quality computer checks.


Quality Checks

To that end we’ve instituted quality checks.  I tried to start this several times before but then the shop got too busy and we weren’t able to keep it up for more than a couple of days. This time the idea has come from a couple of techs themselves. Together we’re determined.

Checking Station and Form

We’ve made a checking station upstairs and every laptop and desktop must be checked to see if the repair was effective with all known issues resolved. It should also work well and be as fast as possible for its age and condition.  Now we also have a form to fill-out to check off the most basic and important components and performance to make sure no problem slips by unnoticed.

Come and see our quality check station and form for yourself. Come and try out our repair services.

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