Laptop Repair

Laptop repair is difficult since since the laptops can be difficult to open.  The plastic gets brittle and tends to snap or disintegrate, the cables and connectors can break or short out, pins on connectors can bend.  Also it is difficult to get parts.  New parts from the manufacturers are expensive, used parts can be difficult to come by and require a lot of online research.  It is a risky and time-consuming business but since more and more people have laptops or notebooks, computer repair businesses must offer this service.

Laptop repair tech soldering computer component.

At Ducktoes, we have specialized, highly experienced notebook repair techs.  They know how to open and fix any type of laptop.  They can also solder and replace tiny capacitors and other components.

We fix:

  • Laptop screens
  • Laptop power jacks
  • Laptop keyboards
  • Laptop hinges
  • Other components and cable
  • Memory problems
  • Hard drives

Check out our laptop repair services today.

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What to do if your Boyfriend Spilled his Beer on your Laptop


 

So your boyfriend got drunk and spilled his beer on your laptop. Or your two-year-old spilled orange juice on your sister’s notebook. Or you splashed just a little coffee on the laptop’s keyboard. This can mean your laptop is toast or that nothing much is wrong with it, depending. Depending on what you do and how fast you do it.

Don’t cry or yell, don’t call your boyfriend a drunk, or apologize to your sister. These are huge wastes of time when your laptops viability is at stake. And don’t turn on the laptop to see if it’s okay.

So what do you do?

 

If the computer is turned off, keep it off. If it’s on, turn it off as quickly as possible. Hold down the power button for about 30 seconds..that should do it. Unplug it.

After it is completely off, take out the battery.

Put a towel between the keyboard and screen and leave it opened and turned upside down to dry out.

Take it to your tech and get it cleaned up or repaired asap. Liquid and electronics do not mix. A short could wreck the motherboard. Or a corrosive liquid like cola could eat away at the components.

Don’t do this:

Do not turn your laptop back on. You will be greatly tempted to turn it on to see if it’s okay. If you do, it definitely will not be okay. This is the worst thing you can do.

If you leave it off and get it to a professional, there’s a chance you won’t need to replace the motherboard or other costly repairs. A cleaning may be all that is needed. Or maybe only the keyboard will have to be replaced.

For all your Calgary laptop repairs and Calgary computer repairs, go to Ducktoes Calgary Computer Repair.

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Hard Drives are Flimsy

I can’t say this often enough. Hard drives are vulnerable and flimsy. They are the most common piece of hardware to go bad, so you, a computer owner, are under constant threat of losing your data. So never, ever, go without backing up your data. You can not rely on your hard drive! Just because it is here and working today, doesn’t mean it will be there and working tomorrow. You need to be proactive and make sure you have your valuable data backed up…do not put this off.

I say this because every week I order hard drives, many hard drives, from my wholesalers, to put into people’s laptops and desktops. Their original hard drives have gone bad. A few hard drives stop spinning, are as dead as a doornail, a paperweight, an inert mass of machinery. These we can not any retrieve data from, even with our most expensive data recovery software. They are toast. They have to sent to a clean room to have the data rescued. This costs beaucoup bucks.

What are the most common types of hard drives to go bad? In my experience, judging only from what I buy every week: notebook or laptop hard drives. I buy many every week. They are so skinny and so vulnerable to mishap, to being dropped, overheated, overfilled, and bumped. They fry. They click. They make weird grinding noises. They stop dead. Notebook drives are the flimsiest, but desktop hard drives also go bad on a regular basis.

What can you do? You can back up your data on a regular basis. Then you’ll only lose what you’ve changed or added since the last backup. This will prevent data loss.

To prevent loss of programs, you should keep the cd or dvd disks of the software you buy and their key codes to prove you’ve bought them. If you’ve downloaded them online, you can print out the email you received upon purchase and put it somewhere you can find it. You can make an image of your hard drive which contains all data and programs just as they are on the day you make the image. Or have your tech shop make an image for you and put in on an external drive for you.

If you don’t know how to backup your hard drive, then learn from a techy friend, or hire a tech to do it for you or show you how. Take responsibility for your data, make sure you have it for the future.

If you do not keep your key codes and disks to the programs you own, it is unreasonable to expect your tech or tech repair shop to reinstall them when you need a new hard drive. We do not have copies to all the software you own. There are thousands, maybe millions, of different kinds of software. They may well-known to you in your field or leisure activity, whether it’s real estate or law or photography or the newest gaming software, but we are not in your field or leisure activity and not privy to your software. We usually can figure out any software if you need help running it. But as for installing it, even if we do have the disks, we can not install them without their key codes. The software itself will not allow it usually or there is a trial period after which the software stops working.

Some clients do not understand when we can’t install their software, they think we have more ability than we do to override keycodes, or have hidden software up our sleeves, are magical. We aren’t. We can’t. We can not outsmart Microsoft and even if we could, it would be unwise, if not illegal. They are ways of downloading software without paying for it, but don’t ask us to do it. It takes a lot of time and is illegal. If you pay someone to download illegal software for you, you might as well buy the software legally.

So back up, back up now and on a regular basis.

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Don’t Leave your Laptop at Airport Security

Laptop going through airport security

Laptop going through airport security

12,000 laptops are lost in U.S. airports every week most at airport security, according to a report published Monday.

A study published by the Ponemon Institute and Dell Computer, reports 12,000 laptops are lost in airports each week. The study surveyed 800 business travelers and 106 major U.S. airports for their findings. 70 percent of travelers never recover their computers. Almost half of the business travelers report their laptops contain customer or sensitive information or confidential business data. Forty-two percent travelers reported they don’t backup their files. Most left their laptops at the airport security.

If you travel with your laptop, leave your business card in an transparent, plastic enclosure or a prominent pocket of the case and another taped to the keyboard. If you don’t have a business card then write a note with your name, address, and phone number. Make sure your cellphone number is included. Then, if you walk away without your laptop, airport security staff can call your cellphone before you board. Also, keep the amount of carry-ons to a minimum, so you’ll notice if walking away light or empty-handed.

Before you leave, backup your files. Some people like to encrypt their files. I’m a little leery of encryption because if your hard drive or computer has problems or needs to be repaired, encryption makes it difficult for techs to transfer or backup your data to another computer or hard drive. However, if your data is especially sensitive you should encrypt. Most thieves or other computer users aren’t going to see any value in your company data or be sophisticated enough to use it to malicious purposes, but it could happen.

Also as you leave airport security, do a mental check and make sure you have all your belongings, tickets, purse, passport, jewelry, change, keys, laptops, carry-ons.

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