Using Technology To Battle The Economy

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  • 1. Using Technology to Battle the Economy How to speed up your computer…
  • 2. Manufactures Websites for memory information  www.dell.com or www.hp.com or www.ibm.com  These are just a few of the more popular PC and Laptop or Netbook manufactures and if you go to the support pages you should be able to enter your systems model number and find out what type and how much RAM can be installed.
  • 3. Dell’s Websites for memory information  www.dell.com  Select Product Support and you will be taken to the a web page that will ask you for the Service Tag or Choose a Model  The service tag is located on the back of the PC or on the bottom of the laptop or netbook
  • 4. Manufactures Websites for memory information  www.hp.com (HP & Compaq systems)  Select Support and Drivers, then choose See Support and Troubleshooting Information  Enter in your product ID (example’s: HP Pavilion Media Center a1640n Desktop PC or Compaq Presario 1200ZA Notebook PC)  The web site will show you what type of RAM, how to install it and some trouble shooting tips.
  • 5. Manufactures Websites for memory information  http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/ (IBM desktop and laptop models found here)  Look for the support link, then user guide & manuals.  You will need Brand, Family, Type, Model and Operating System.  Follow instructions, you will need to find a 4 digit -3 digit on small tag on front of PC and on the bottom of Notebook
  • 6. An easier way to look up memory information  www.crucial.com  Step 1: Click on manufacture  Step 2: Click on product line  Step 3: Click on model  The result should show what type of RAM and the maximum amount of RAM your system can hold.  Will also show you the price they charge for memory. (look globally but buy local)
  • 7. Installing memory into your system  You can do the upgrade but beware you will need to get inside the system to install the memory which will require you to unscrew screws or release levers or both  Every system is upgradable to a point – the limitations are either physical (mother board) or software (operating system software).
  • 8. Installing memory into your system  Be careful to shut down your system (PC or Laptop) and pull the power plug.  Desktops can have wires and cables or other obstacles in the way of installing RAM  After shutting down a laptop pull the power cord and remove the battery, locate the access panel for memory (usually on the bottom but may be under the keyboard).  PC and Laptops memory can be hard to locate in the system and install, sometime best left up to a professional for installation.
  • 9. Installing memory into your system  Installing RAM into a PC is sometimes easier if you have a full size PC, the small form factor systems can prove to be a little more tricky to install RAM.  You may have to move or re-move cables from the PC to get to the RAM into place  You may even loosen cables that cause boot errors
  • 10. Additional memory information  You can buy your memory from Crucial or some other on-line store but getting it installed and working can take some doing on your part.  You can’t always mix memory speed.  There are at times when brand incompatibility will show up.
  • 11. Anti-Virus & Anti-spyware information  Have this type of software installed on you system  In just under ten minutes on average an un- protected computer will be infected with a virus and/or spyware.  Some anti-virus programs are invasive to the resources available on your systems and this can really slow down your computer system.
  • 12. Anti-Virus & Anti-spyware information  The free anti-virus & anti-spyware like AVG, Avast, Malwarebytes and PC Tools all have a free pared down or manual run version available.  Having protection running in the background is always the best way to protect your system, having a second piece of software to run is another great way to protect your system.
  • 13. Anti-Virus & Anti-spyware information  If you have AT&T DSL or Charter they offer free online protection that you download and install.  If you have CenturyTel they offer a pay to use PC Security Suite.  There is also the big name one’s McAfee, Norton and Trend Micro.
  • 14. Anti-Virus & Anti-spyware information  Here is a review of the top 20 Anti-virus software's:  http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/  I also recommend that you have this piece of anti- virus anti-spyware software on your system; MalWareBytes.  http://www.malwarebytes.org/  Download and install MalWareBytes and run it at least once a month.
  • 15. St. Charles County Technology Committee  Thank you for joining us today to discuss ”Using Technology to Battle the Economy”