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Category Archives: Computer Hardware

Strategy for Hardware Upgrade

1. Types of Connections

The first question that you’ll need to focus on is the type of connection your system supports, including the monitor and video output. Sometimes, a video card or motherboard specifications might deny your monitor selection, simply by stating or showing an error related to unsupported computer parts. The two most common connection types for monitors are:

• DVI connectors: These are used as a digital output for PC monitors, and it supports all the modern video cards including DVI video cards and HDMI cards.

• VGA connectors: VGA connectors are generally paired up with an older PC that might not even install a video card or support DVI standards.

2. Screen Size

There is no standard phenomenon behind selecting an ideal screen size as it entirely depends on the user’s preference and personal choice. Cost of the PC monitor also plays a vital role in deciding the screen size.

Following are some of the guidelines you should check before buying a monitor:

• Larger monitors are better for graphics related purposes like watching or editing video, playing graphics intensive video games or giving final touch to your digital photographs

• If you’re looking for a completely productive setup, then use normal-sized multiple displays to finish up numerous tasks within stipulated time-period

• If you don’t use the PC regularly, then you may not need a large display

3. Native Resolution

Modern LCD monitors support pixels technology to provide amazing video and picture quality to its users. Analog CRT monitors can easily use lots of different resolutions without losing the exact quality of an image or video. LCDs employ pixels at fixed points, and this arrangement of pixels combines to make the native resolution of the display.

Consider the following factors to select an ideal computer upgrade:

• Always select a monitor with a high native or recommended resolution

• Ensure that your selected computer components deliver the best possible video quality

• Farsighted users may prefer PC monitors with smaller native resolutions to read small text easily.

4. Brightness and Contrast Ratio

Monitor brightness and contrast ratio can impact the actual functioning of major PC parts and is usually not something that interests a user. Computer screens offering a vast difference between brightest white and the darkest dark settings can be highly dangerous for naked eyes. So keep the following parameters in mind while selecting optimal brightness and contrast ratio of your hardware upgrade for PC monitors:

• Grab a monitor that rates greater than 200 cd/m2 on brightness

• Brighter monitors allow better display of color and better contrast ratios that are ideal for graphics professionals, video editors, and other professionals

• Always avail a device having contrast ratios higher than 350:1 and you can easily find PC monitors at reasonable prices with 1000:1 contrast ratio

• Try to search for monitors supporting Dynamic Contrast Ratios or Advanced Contrast Ratios to enjoy optimal video experience

5. Colors Display

Usually, all computer monitors and displays are capable of producing a full array of 16.7 million colors (24 bit), which is possible by using the entire shades of an RGB colorspace. Some older VGA monitors may not display all of them and only work in color modes having density lower than 24 bit. Old VGA monitors aren’t in style now so replace them with the new DVI monitors that possess all the capabilities to support 24 bit color schemes.

Compatible Toners

One of the benefits of using compatible toners that you may not have known is that they are often made up of recycled parts, making them environmentally friendly solutions. These days recycling, the environment and finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint is important, using one of these cartridges can help you get one step closer to your goal and enjoy peace of mind that you make an environmentally friendly decision today.

The next benefit which you probably are aware of, but have always pushed to the back of your mind when buying compatible toner is the cost. Compatible cartridges are considerably cheaper than their original counterparts and you may wonder why this is. Printer manufacturers want you to believe that their cartridges are worth the money they charge, when it fact they are on a par with the compatibles available on the market today.

You will find that compatible toners are high quality, unlike years ago where they had a bad name. Companies are focusing on providing clients with good quality cartridges that they can rely on and trust without having to break the bank to get the ink they need to enjoy printed pages on a daily basis.

You will also get to save time and energy when it comes to buying compatible toner for your printer. When it comes to buying the genuine product, you will have to spend hours trying to find the best prices that work within your budget, it is time consuming, frustrating and can be a very expensive exercise.

Buying compatible toner is convenient, affordable and time saving. In addition to this, it is important that you focus on only buying from a reputable supplier with extensive experience in the toner industry. The best way to achieve this is to look for suppliers online that deliver to your local area.

Choose three suppliers, giving you a good number that you can review and then compare against each other to find the one you feel you can trust and that will provide you with the best quality product at the best possible price.

Buying online provides you with convenience, but it can also be daunting, which is why you need your printer model number and cartridge number at hand. Having this information at your fingertips will help you search for compatible toner for your machine with each supplier, identify their prices and quality and then make your decision from there.

Remember that in addition to finding the best quality compatible toner at the best possible price, you are also going to want to focus on their delivery times, their returns policy and how long replacements take to arrive.

You want fast and effective to the door delivery. You want peace of mind that in the event you put the cartridge in and it doesn’t work or isn’t the quality you were expecting you can return it and you also want to know that if you do need a replacement, they will dispatch that soonest so you can start printing again.

Tricks Fix Problems in Printer

Check the cables (wired printers)

Verify that the printer link is legitimately associated from the printer to your PC.

Check the remote connection (remote printers)

• Make beyond any doubt the printer’s remote alternative is turned on and accessible. Numerous printers have a catch that shows a blue remote symbol when remote is accessible. To realize where this catch is found on your printer and to discover directions about how to turn it on, see the manual that accompanied the printer.

• Run the printer’s remote integration test. Numerous printers have a menu alternative to test the printer’s remote integration. Perused the guidelines that accompanied the printer or check the printer maker’s site for directions about how to do this.

• If you’re utilizing Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, take after the ventures in Why isn’t Windows discovering my Bluetooth or different remote gadget? In the event that the issue continues after you take after those ventures, there may be some kind of problem with your PC’s system connector.

Utilize a troubleshooter

A troubleshooter is an automatic tool that can discover and naturally alter a few issues with your PC. The printing troubleshooter can alter issues with introducing and joining with a printer.

Upgrade drivers

Most printers oblige driver programming to work legitimately. In the event that you as of late redesigned starting with one form of Windows then onto the next, its conceivable that the flow printer driver is for the past adaptation of Windows. In the event that you’ve had late power blackouts, infections, or other PC issues, its conceivable that the drivers have gotten to be harmed. Downloading and introducing the most recent driver for your printer can resolve these sorts of issues.

• Use Windows Update. Windows Update may have an overhauled rendition of your printer driver.

To upgrade the driver utilizing Windows Update

• Install programming from the printer maker. In the event that your printer accompanied a circle, that plate may contain programming that introduces a driver for the printer.

• Download and introduce the driver yourself. You can hunt down a driver on the maker’s site. Attempt this if Windows Update can’t discover a driver for your printer, and the printer didn’t accompany programming that installs a driver

Cooling Fan Covers

Firstly, it is important to note that these fan covers can prevent damage to the fan itself. In an area that is unattended – or on the contrary is very busy – it is possible for fans to get damaged if they are left without any kind of protection. This can include certain items accidentally striking the fan when it is or is not operational.

If a fan were to become damaged, this could have negative consequences for the equipment that it is cooling and could result in costly replacements. Although fans are often made from sturdy materials, this is not always sufficient to mean that they will not break or become damaged to the point of less efficiency.

It is also important to note that the lack of a cover for your cooling fans for your electronics cabinet or other equipment can mean that damage is also more likely to occur to the electronics themselves. Although a fan can provide sufficient protection to a certain extent – especially if the fan is in operation – its efficiency as a barrier to the electronics is doubled by a fan cover.

Many fan covers take the form of aluminium spirals or plastic grids, and stop anything from striking the fan. This will therefore add an extra level of protection to all your electronics equipment too, safeguarding your expensive investments from damage.

In addition to providing protection for your equipment, another major advantage of covers for cooling fans for your electronics cabinet is that it can stop any accidents involving any other office equipment or workers.

Wires can easily become trapped in fans and therefore damaged, which can result in various severe consequences such as electrical fire or even electrocution. Covers will stop wires from being able to enter fans easily – or at all – therefore drastically reducing the risk. Indeed, installing these items can be a very reasonable precaution to take.

The covers will also stop people from injuring themselves too, as fans can all too easily hurt fingers that are touching the electronic equipment in question, Again, this can be a very reasonable step to take for any company or business owner looking to protect the health and safety of their staff.

Finally, another advantage of these fan covers is that they can be a very inexpensive insurance policy for the safety of both your electronic equipment and your staff. Many fans cover are available in bulk for very affordable prices, the cost of which far outweighs the cost of investing in new electronic equipment should it get damaged by accidents or by overheating.

These are just some of the reasons why covers for cooling fans for your electronics cabinet can be extremely beneficial. If you are considering investing in these items, it is strongly recommended to seek out a reputable supplier who will be able to advise you on the right product for your needs.

From covers for fan tray assemblies to large fan guards for large items of equipment, there is something available on the market to meet each and every need and requirement.

Benefits Hard Drive Shredding

• Degaussing-this is the process of eliminating or decreasing a remnant magnetic field such as the hard disk drive of your computer and wipes the media from it so it can be safely and securely disposed..
• Physical disk destruction-this is where you render the platters severely fragmented and the disk inoperable.

If you are concerned about any sensitive data being left on your hard drive when you recycle it then the physical destruction of the disk is the best method of protection. It is also referred to as hard drive shredding and is a secure way of disposal. By doing this you are getting rid of confidential data by overwriting the deleted files. You want to make sure that the data that you have erased from your hard disk cannot be recovered anymore by anyone once you have deleted it.

When deciding to do hard drive shredding you need to be careful about the kind of software you use to complete this task. If you chose file shredding it will let you choose the file that you want removed and will only remove that particular file but nothing has been permanently removed and the file can be recovered. With hard drive shredding, or data destruction, it is the only way to remove completely any remnant data on a disk by using methods to get the remaining data and making it unrecoverable by anyone else.

Some of the benefits of using hard drive shredding includes:

• It will remove any chance of your data ever being recovered
• It will only touch your deleted files.
• It gives you increased data security because a shredded disk or hard drive cannot be patched up and made functional again.
• Helps to reduce the risk of having improperly discarded hard drives.

Hard drive shredding is the best method to use, especially for companies who are not going to re-sell or donate their old computers and just want to recycle them and keep customers sensitive information out of the wrong hands.

Information od CD Duplication

CD Duplication is the process of producing a copy of a CD master disc by “burning” audio or data information onto a blank CD Recordable disc (CD-R) using a laser. Although digital audio formats have become increasingly popular over the last decade the CD still holds more than half of the market share with regards to the number of audio albums sold.

Businesses offering a CD duplication service use duplication towers to produce many copies from a master CD. These duplication towers range in size from a unit holding 3 optical drives, similar to the unit found in a desktop PC, to much larger towers holding 4 or even 5 banks of 10 drives. Larger scale businesses that regularly carry out duplication for batches of 1000 or more CDs will have a suite containing many of these larger duplication towers connected in a daisy chain fashion using a firewire or high speed USB connection. Whatever the size of the suite, all of the drives will be connected to a central controlling master drive. The CD master containing the information to be copied onto all of the blank CDRs is placed into this master drive.

Obviously, when producing a batch of 1,000 or more CDs, the more towers there are available the faster the job can be completed. To aid with the speed of the process, a large scale operation will use an automated system for loading and unloading drives. Each tower will have 2 spindles located next to it. One spindle contains the blank CDRs waiting to be loaded into the towers and the other will be used to place the finished discs on as the burning process is completed. Initially all the tower drives will have their trays extended ready to receive a blank disc. An automated robotic arm will then lift the blank discs from the waiting spindle, using a rubber suction cup system to avoid potential damage to the disc top surface if it has been printed, and then load the discs into their trays.

Once the burning process is completed the drive trays open and the discs are removed, placed onto the completed disc spindle and are then replaced with fresh blank discs. The tower drives are all loaded and unloaded simultaneously by the automated system; a process that would take far longer to carry out by hand and which would be prone to potential human error as each disc would have to be unloaded and replaced individually. If the suite contains a hundred or more drives manual loading would be completely impractical not to mention tedious!

CD duplication suites require relatively little maintenance. There will be a dust extraction system in place which reduces the amount of dust floating around in the air and thus eliminating any risk of dust interfering with the process. The dust free atmosphere also ensures that the electronic systems last longer as most electronic failures happen due to heat build-up due to dust. Periodically, the optical drives will need to be replaced as the laser power output drops with age. This is important as a disc burnt with an ineffective laser may have a reduced readable life.

Audio CDs are created using the “Track at Once” recording mode which burns each track individually separated by a short gap, usually about 2 seconds.

Producing a Master – When considering mass duplication of audio CDs it is important to bear in mind that the end result will only ever be as good as the content of the master CD. Very often the artist will probably have spent many hours composing and recording music or spoken word tracks for the project and so it will be especially important to plan for and end up with the best possible master that project budget and time constraints will allow. It goes without question that the master CD needs to be a high quality disc.

Computer Case Cooling

The first tip you should take into consideration when it comes to computer case cooling is to ensure you buy a fan filter assembly that is bigger than required. Ideally buying a larger fan and allowing it to run at a slower speed will provide you with the same ventilation as a smaller fan running at optimum speed. The main benefit to choosing a larger fan over a smaller fan to ventilate the same area is it will be considerably quieter.

Always use a fan filter. Taking advantage of a fan filter assembly for your computer case can save you headaches in the long run. In addition to reducing the risk of a child in the home injuring themselves by sticking a finger in the fast moving fan, the fan filter also reduces any dust and dirt getting inside the computer. Computer components work best when they are clean and cool, which is what these products provide, ensuring you always have a great performing machine you can rely on day and night.

It is imperative when you install your fan filter assembly that you mount it correctly. Even if you think you know what you are doing, take the time to follow the instructions to the letter. Correct mounting reduces the risk of noise. As you know there is nothing worse than trying to work with a computer droning in the back ground.

When you look at your computer case, plan where you want to put your fans. Most cases come with areas ready to take on new fans, some you have to plan the design yourself. Ensure you have at least one in the front and back, maybe one on the side, depending on the layout inside the case and where all your components are located. You will need to ensure that air is drawn into the case near your graphics card and hard drives, which can heat up quickly. The air should then be drawn out on the other side, pushing any excess hot air out of the case. This will ensure that everything is kept cool at all times, enabling your computer to really work at its best without fail.

When it comes to buying fan filter assembly components you don’t need to break the bank. In fact these are affordable items that come in a variety of different brands and sizes. You can measure the space you have available to identify the best option based on your particular needs.

Don’t fall into the trap of buying the cheapest option on the market. You can find that some companies will offer the same or similar fan filter assembly for a fraction of the cost. As with any product you buy, you want to focus on quality. A high quality fan filter assembly is going to last longer and provide you with all the benefits you need to have a great working computer for years to come.

Clean Printer Rollers

Internal Pickup Rollers – For Laser Printers Only

Step 1

Turn off your printer and unplug all the cables. Uncover the printer’s front door and gently pull the printer’s toner cartridge towards yourself to detach it from the printer.

Step 2

Try to locate the printer’s internal pickup rollers. Rollers are either black or gray in color and are made up of rubber. Slowly lift the rollers in the upward direction towards the front of the printer. Now, pull out the rollers and place it on a smooth and clean surface like workbench or desk.

Step 3

Pour 1 tablespoon of water or isopropyl alcohol onto a lint-free cloth and begin the cleansing task. Fold the clean-up cloth in half and repeat the process until the rollers are free from dust and debris.

Step 4

Clean the rollers with a dry clean-up cloth to eliminate remaining dust or debris particles. Let the rollers dry completely before placing the pickup rollers back into their place. Now, properly reinstall the toner cartridge and close the printer’s front door.

Replacing Toner Cartridge Chip

What Happens When the Toner Cartridge Chip is Misread?

Cartridges could still have enough toner in them for printing if we refill them, and if the chip isn’t reset or replaced, warning signs continue to appear. The printer may refuse to print a page. This is because the computer is informed by the toner chip, and does not recognize that there is fresh toner in the cartridge. We can remedy this problem by replacing the used chip as this resets the counter.

Refilling and Reuse of the Toner Cartridge

The cost of replacing original printer cartridges is high and there’s a cost saving for us when a cartridge is refilled. The negative impact on our environment is also reduced when a toner cartridge is reused. Cartridges are made up of delicate parts including base metals and plastics. These represent costs to our environment in manufacturing and when a cartridge is thrown away instead of being recycled.

Reducing the Negative Impact on our Environment

Replacing the chip is of great advantage to us because it allows the refilling and reuse of printer cartridges without annoying printer messages popping up on the desktop. A second advantage is the overall reduction of human impact on our environment. The simple process of refilling cartridges and replacing the toner chip to allow reuse significantly reduces hazardous landfills.

Ensuring Quality in Your Toner Replacement

Toner cartridge chips are affordable and chips that are a perfect match for many types of printer can be purchased online. It is vital to make sure you choose a toner chip manufacturer with a good reputation and also that you select a provider that is known for quality refilling processes. Certain chip manufacturers display excellence in their chip development processes, taking care to reach consistently high standards.

How to Replace a Toner Cartridge Chip

Once you’ve refilled and cleaned the cartridge, locate the chip slot on the back or bottom of the cartridge. Some chip covers have screws and those may need to be removed first. Remove the cover and replace the old toner chip with the new one, being careful to align the circuitry correctly.

Electronic Recycling

There will be a cleaner environment. Most electronic waste is being dumped or sent to landfills, which are becoming scarcer. Doing this occupies a lot of space and spreads harmful toxins by degrading the ground water. This makes a dangerous situation for humans, animals, and plant life. When you recycle your electronics, it saves space in your landfills and helps to prevent other areas of the land from becoming dumping grounds. Recycling will also prevent the toxins from causing environmental pollution.

There are also the health benefits of electronic recycling. Electronic products are manufactured from different types of gases and plastics along with harmful elements like lead. When people and businesses just dump their electronics these chemicals are released into the air and the earth. These chemicals not only pose a threat to the health of the people who dump the electronics but also to others who live near the dumping grounds and landfill.

Many of the electronics, especially computer hardware, has many things that can be re-utilized and some of them do not require any processing. Some big companies even have their own recycling facilities where all of the reusable material is put to good use after it is sorted out and the reset is disposed of properly. Apple is one of those big companies that do this. By doing this, the recycled parts that were taken out do not have to be manufactured again saving energy and resources to make a new part.

One of the best benefits of electronic recycling is that if these products are recycled companies will not have to manufacture most of the components in electronics from scratch. The downside of this is that there could be the loss of some jobs. By recycling electronics the production costs will be reduced making electronics more affordable to everyone. Eventually this will help the economy.