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How To Take Care of Your
           Computer
    for Little or No Money
  6 Part Series

  Part 5 – How to Work on Your Own PC
         – Buying and Replacing Hardware, Adding Memory
         – Where to Buy the Parts
         - Who and How in Fixing Your Machine if It’s Broken
         - Clean Your Computer, Before the Dust Kills It
         – Question and Answer Session
               Ted Whittemore
The Working Computers Blog & Kinnelon Computers
          www.kinneloncomputers.com
Who is Ted Whittemore?
• Owner of Working Computers and the
  Working Computers Blog
• Has worked in computer services industry
  since 1987 building, servicing, and selling
  computer systems, software and
  maintenance
www.kinneloncomputers.com
What’s the Plan for today?
•   Talk About Buying and Replacing PC Hardware
•   Where to Get What You Need
•   How to Add Memory, Replace a Power Supply …
•   How to Clean a PC – a Dirty PC can Fail or Die
•   How to Hire Someone to Fix a PC, What to Pay
•   Answer questions and solve problems

*All of the subjects covered are also in articles in the
  Working Computers Blog, @
  www.kinneloncomputers.com
Before We Deal With These Issues
• Feel free to ask specific questions
  about the topic we are covering

• Please save general questions for the
  end
I Don’t Want to Do Work on MY PC
   Why Should I learn This Stuff?

• Knowledge is Power –
• At Least You Will Know What the Job Is
• You May Decide That an Easy Job IS
  Worth Doing Yourself
• Lose the Fear of Opening Up the Box
• You Will Have a Better Idea of What You
  Are Hiring Someone Else to Do …
I Do Want to Work on My PC –
  What Can I Do Without Killing
     Myself or My Computer?
• You Can Replace Basic Parts that are
  Easily Removed and Replaced
• You Can Upgrade Parts – Video Cards,
  RAM, etc.
• You Can Clean It
• Always Disconnect the Power Cord!!!
Where Can I Buy PC Parts?
         How Do I Know What to Buy?



1. The 2 Best Places are Newegg and Amazon.
2. Both have a great selection.
3. Always look at Newegg first – it’s organized
   better
4. Both have user reviews of the product – discount
   the nutcases.
5. Use the Reviews to Help You Decide, as well as
   Price and Product Info
Buying a PC Part
         for example, a Blu-Ray Drive

1.   Start with Newegg – go to BR Drives
2.   Determine the Drive You Like
3.   Copy the Model # to the Clipboard
4.   Go to the Amazon Site – Paste Model #
5.   Compare Price and Availability
6.   Choose
Newegg
Copy Model # to Clipboard
Enter Model # in Amazon Search
Amazon Newegg Comparison


• Roughly Comparable in this case
• Amazon has no tax and can offer free
  delivery $100
• Newegg has a cheaper price that does not
  include NJ sales tax, or delivery $90
• Choose based on your preference
We Break Here to Do a Hands-On Demo of
Optical Drive Replacement, and Look at the
Other Parts of a PC, the Power Supply, the
  Drives, the Expansion Cards, Memory,
             Fans, Cables, etc.

We Will Also Demonstrate Proper Cleaning
   of both a Laptop and Desktop PC
Inside a Modern PC
                 Case
                 Motherboard
                 CPU
                 Fans
                 Heatsink
                 RAM
                 Opt. Drive
                 Hard Drive
                 Video Card
                 Other Exp. Cards
                 Cables
What Have We Learned
     about Desktop PC
      Construction???

• Desktop PCs are Modular
• They are made up of mix-
  and-match pieces that can be
  interchanged – within limits
• Replacing a dead component
  is easy
• Upgrading is a little harder
  but doable – more expertise
  about compatibility is required
What Can the Average User Replace?

 Easily:                     Some Difficulty:             Don’t Do It!
 Optical Drives              Hard Drives                  CPUs
 Fans                        Video Cards
 Cables
 Memory
 Power Supplies

 CPUs are delicate, & require a special application of thermal paste, and a
 careful mating with a heat-sink and fan assembly that needs to be done by a
 pro
 Boot Hard Drives require OS installation and/or re-installation of the OS
 Video Cards require Driver Installation and rebooting as well as Display
 Resolution Adjustment
Principles of Cleaning Your PC


1. Work Outside if Possible
2. Use a Hairdryer or a Vacuum Cleaner with the
   hose reversed
3. Remove clutter from inside the PC
4. Blow from the Center of the Case towards the
   Outside
5. Blow out unused Expansion and Memory Slots
6. Blow out the Power Supply from both
   openings
7. Blow out intake and exhaust filters and
   openings
So You Want Somebody Else to Work on
            Your Computer
• Your Choices Run to:
• Local Shops and the Techs Work There
• Or, National Chains, i.e., Geek Squad, etc.

• Which is Better???
• That’s the Problem – Neither is Better.
• The Work Done is Only as Good as the
  Service Person Doing It
How Do I Know if the Computer Person
             is Good?
  1. That’s the Sad Part – You Don’t
  2. With the Chains You are Essentially Trusting that
     They Have Automated the Process to Take
     Competence and Intelligence Out of It – It’s All
     Programmed
  3. With a Local Store, You Either Know Who Is Working
     On Your Machine or You Don’t and If You Don’t You
     Are Playing Russian Roulette.
  4. What Do They Charge???
  5. There are Different Prices for Different Services, but
     at the End of the Day, Prices Run About $100 per
     Hour with the National Chains for On-Site Work
How Do I Make Sure I Get the
      Work I Pay For?

1. Understanding Your Computer and Its Construction
   Puts You in Charge of Its Repair
2. You Determine What You Think Is Wrong
3. You Discuss the Specifics of the Repair with the
   Service Person
4. You Agree on the Extent and Limits of the Work
5. You Get an Estimate for the Agreed Upon Work
Summary
• Do Not be Afraid to Open the Computer
• You Now Have a Basic Idea about How to
  Replace or Upgrade Components
• You Should Check Out and Compare
  Prices for PC Hardware on Newegg,
  Amazon, and also Mwave.
• Read the User Reviews
• Clean Your PC
Where to Find More About this Subject

• This Presentation and all links will be up on the
  Working Computers Blog shortly – you do not
  need to take notes if you don’t want to.
• These Topics and a lot more are covered on the
  Working Computers site, along with links to
  software and sites for easy downloading.
• Remember, it’s all at
  www.kinneloncomputers.com
June 14th Thursday 7PM
             Next Talk
• Dis-Infecting a PC Taken Over by a Wild,
  Live Virus – RealTime Demo
• Backup Software – Installing, Configuring,
  Scheduling and Testing Microsoft Backup
  (Free with Your OS), and Free Disk
  Mirroring (Cloning) Software – Live Demo
• As Always – Ask Your Questions/Open
  Mike
Questions??
Please Assess Seminar
• There are Assessment Sheets for this talk
  available on the table, and I should have
  already handed them out – Please take a
  moment to tell us what you think and give
  us any suggestions you may have.

• Thanks!
www.kinneloncomputers.com
Contact Information

• Ted Whittemore

  – Working Computers in Kinnelon, NJ
  – http://www.KinnelonComputers.com
  – 973-838-2368
  – Ted@amgpi.com

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Take Care of Your Computer Part 5 -- How to Work on Your Own PC

  • 1. How To Take Care of Your Computer for Little or No Money 6 Part Series Part 5 – How to Work on Your Own PC – Buying and Replacing Hardware, Adding Memory – Where to Buy the Parts - Who and How in Fixing Your Machine if It’s Broken - Clean Your Computer, Before the Dust Kills It – Question and Answer Session Ted Whittemore The Working Computers Blog & Kinnelon Computers www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 2. Who is Ted Whittemore? • Owner of Working Computers and the Working Computers Blog • Has worked in computer services industry since 1987 building, servicing, and selling computer systems, software and maintenance
  • 4. What’s the Plan for today? • Talk About Buying and Replacing PC Hardware • Where to Get What You Need • How to Add Memory, Replace a Power Supply … • How to Clean a PC – a Dirty PC can Fail or Die • How to Hire Someone to Fix a PC, What to Pay • Answer questions and solve problems *All of the subjects covered are also in articles in the Working Computers Blog, @ www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 5. Before We Deal With These Issues • Feel free to ask specific questions about the topic we are covering • Please save general questions for the end
  • 6. I Don’t Want to Do Work on MY PC Why Should I learn This Stuff? • Knowledge is Power – • At Least You Will Know What the Job Is • You May Decide That an Easy Job IS Worth Doing Yourself • Lose the Fear of Opening Up the Box • You Will Have a Better Idea of What You Are Hiring Someone Else to Do …
  • 7. I Do Want to Work on My PC – What Can I Do Without Killing Myself or My Computer? • You Can Replace Basic Parts that are Easily Removed and Replaced • You Can Upgrade Parts – Video Cards, RAM, etc. • You Can Clean It • Always Disconnect the Power Cord!!!
  • 8. Where Can I Buy PC Parts? How Do I Know What to Buy? 1. The 2 Best Places are Newegg and Amazon. 2. Both have a great selection. 3. Always look at Newegg first – it’s organized better 4. Both have user reviews of the product – discount the nutcases. 5. Use the Reviews to Help You Decide, as well as Price and Product Info
  • 9. Buying a PC Part for example, a Blu-Ray Drive 1. Start with Newegg – go to BR Drives 2. Determine the Drive You Like 3. Copy the Model # to the Clipboard 4. Go to the Amazon Site – Paste Model # 5. Compare Price and Availability 6. Choose
  • 11. Copy Model # to Clipboard
  • 12. Enter Model # in Amazon Search
  • 13. Amazon Newegg Comparison • Roughly Comparable in this case • Amazon has no tax and can offer free delivery $100 • Newegg has a cheaper price that does not include NJ sales tax, or delivery $90 • Choose based on your preference
  • 14. We Break Here to Do a Hands-On Demo of Optical Drive Replacement, and Look at the Other Parts of a PC, the Power Supply, the Drives, the Expansion Cards, Memory, Fans, Cables, etc. We Will Also Demonstrate Proper Cleaning of both a Laptop and Desktop PC
  • 15. Inside a Modern PC Case Motherboard CPU Fans Heatsink RAM Opt. Drive Hard Drive Video Card Other Exp. Cards Cables
  • 16. What Have We Learned about Desktop PC Construction??? • Desktop PCs are Modular • They are made up of mix- and-match pieces that can be interchanged – within limits • Replacing a dead component is easy • Upgrading is a little harder but doable – more expertise about compatibility is required
  • 17. What Can the Average User Replace? Easily: Some Difficulty: Don’t Do It! Optical Drives Hard Drives CPUs Fans Video Cards Cables Memory Power Supplies CPUs are delicate, & require a special application of thermal paste, and a careful mating with a heat-sink and fan assembly that needs to be done by a pro Boot Hard Drives require OS installation and/or re-installation of the OS Video Cards require Driver Installation and rebooting as well as Display Resolution Adjustment
  • 18. Principles of Cleaning Your PC 1. Work Outside if Possible 2. Use a Hairdryer or a Vacuum Cleaner with the hose reversed 3. Remove clutter from inside the PC 4. Blow from the Center of the Case towards the Outside 5. Blow out unused Expansion and Memory Slots 6. Blow out the Power Supply from both openings 7. Blow out intake and exhaust filters and openings
  • 19. So You Want Somebody Else to Work on Your Computer • Your Choices Run to: • Local Shops and the Techs Work There • Or, National Chains, i.e., Geek Squad, etc. • Which is Better??? • That’s the Problem – Neither is Better. • The Work Done is Only as Good as the Service Person Doing It
  • 20. How Do I Know if the Computer Person is Good? 1. That’s the Sad Part – You Don’t 2. With the Chains You are Essentially Trusting that They Have Automated the Process to Take Competence and Intelligence Out of It – It’s All Programmed 3. With a Local Store, You Either Know Who Is Working On Your Machine or You Don’t and If You Don’t You Are Playing Russian Roulette. 4. What Do They Charge??? 5. There are Different Prices for Different Services, but at the End of the Day, Prices Run About $100 per Hour with the National Chains for On-Site Work
  • 21. How Do I Make Sure I Get the Work I Pay For? 1. Understanding Your Computer and Its Construction Puts You in Charge of Its Repair 2. You Determine What You Think Is Wrong 3. You Discuss the Specifics of the Repair with the Service Person 4. You Agree on the Extent and Limits of the Work 5. You Get an Estimate for the Agreed Upon Work
  • 22. Summary • Do Not be Afraid to Open the Computer • You Now Have a Basic Idea about How to Replace or Upgrade Components • You Should Check Out and Compare Prices for PC Hardware on Newegg, Amazon, and also Mwave. • Read the User Reviews • Clean Your PC
  • 23. Where to Find More About this Subject • This Presentation and all links will be up on the Working Computers Blog shortly – you do not need to take notes if you don’t want to. • These Topics and a lot more are covered on the Working Computers site, along with links to software and sites for easy downloading. • Remember, it’s all at www.kinneloncomputers.com
  • 24. June 14th Thursday 7PM Next Talk • Dis-Infecting a PC Taken Over by a Wild, Live Virus – RealTime Demo • Backup Software – Installing, Configuring, Scheduling and Testing Microsoft Backup (Free with Your OS), and Free Disk Mirroring (Cloning) Software – Live Demo • As Always – Ask Your Questions/Open Mike
  • 26. Please Assess Seminar • There are Assessment Sheets for this talk available on the table, and I should have already handed them out – Please take a moment to tell us what you think and give us any suggestions you may have. • Thanks!
  • 28. Contact Information • Ted Whittemore – Working Computers in Kinnelon, NJ – http://www.KinnelonComputers.com – 973-838-2368 – Ted@amgpi.com