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  • Help for the HP PSC 1410 Printer-Blinking Lights

    If difficulty is encountered printing a document and the HP PSC 1410 printer is exhibiting a pattern of blinking lights, have no fear. Following these protocols will ensure that no matter the issue, the printer queue will be re-established in no time.
  • Where to Buy Antistatic Bags

    Antistatic bags are a vital component of proper storage for populated printed circuit boards (PCBs). As PCBs are vulnerable to static electricity, these bags are made to protect against it. In addition, these bags prevent the corrosion that can be caused by humidity, as these bags also protect against moisture.
  • What are Antistatic Bags?

    Antistatic bags are bags made to protect computer components like graphics cards, motherboards, hard drives, and sound cards from electrostatic energy. When static electricity is built up in a person, for example, the positive energy is generally discharged to something the person touches that has a different electrostatic potential at the time. Electrons pass from the human to the object.
  • How Can Static Harm Electronics?

    Static electricity is a common enough phenomenon, happening around human beings and our environment every day. Generally harmless and somewhat interesting, these tiny blue charges jump from people to objects and back to people again. But for electronics, electrostatic discharge is dangerous and potentially destructive.
  • ESD Protection - What is ESD?

    Elecrostatic Discharge (ESD) is simply the passing of static electricity from one object to another. An object or person with a positive electron charge passes those electrons, through touch or proximity, to an object or person with a negative electron charge or a different electrostatic potential at the time. This creates a negative and positive charge in the two objects, leading to more static interactions with other items in the environment, until the object or person is grounded, creating a neutral state.
  • How to Replace your Lenovo T400 Screen

    Whether you are dissatisfied with the resolution of your screen or your child cracked the screen with a toy, you may need to replace it. Don’t be intimidated by the task, because replacing a laptop screen is actually not that complicated.
  • How to Replace a Lenovo Keyboard

    Many laptop users are intimidated by physical laptop repairs and part replacements. But with today’s models, most part replacements can be done by almost anyone who can follow a few simple steps and handle a screwdriver. If it’s time to replace your keyboard, don’t worry. This is one of those easy replacements.
  • How to Care for your Lenovo Laptop Battery

    Laptop batteries often get taken for granted until they begin to have difficulty maintaining a charge. Caring for your Lenovo laptop battery properly can extend the life of your battery and prevent the necessity of early replacement.
  • Extending the Life of your Lenovo Laptop Battery

    When you first get your laptop, or a new battery, it is important to discharge the battery completely. Once you charge it up for use, go ahead and use the laptop unplugged until it literally runs out of charge. Doing this at least twice at the beginning of use can actually extend the battery life.

    Many people no longer own desktops, instead using laptops for everyday use both in and outside of the home. This is a common practice, but without taking certain precautions, it can lead to problems for a laptop battery.

    When a laptop is acting as a replacement for a desktop computer, users will often leave the laptop plugged in for extended periods of time. If the battery is inside the laptop while it is plugged in, this will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up, reducing the life of your battery.

    Instead, if you do not need to move your laptop for several days, take the battery out at about a 40% charge, then wrap it and store it in the fridge or somewhere clean and dry.  Preferably, you will replace the battery in the laptop at least once per month, charge it up and let it discharge completely before recharging partway.

    When your laptop is operating on battery power, minimize the use of power by reducing the screen light, closing applications not in use, and turn it off quickly when you finish what you’re doing. Then, whenever you can get a charge somewhere, go ahead and charge up your battery to prevent running out of power.

    By Al LaPeter

    Al LaPeter on Google+

  • How do I replace my laptop hard drive?

    Did you fry your hard drive with some overly-taxing apps and games? Today’s high-tech games, fast-streaming videos, and other applications can overwhelm older hard drives. But you usually don’t have to replace the whole laptop.

    If your computer can boot up but the operating system doesn’t work, you have hard drive problems. Or if your laptop boots up but you repeatedly lose access to files, you can also diagnose a hard drive problem.

    Ideally you’ve been backing up your files, as recommended. But if you have not and your hard drive will at least function to some degree, you can plug a USB drive into your laptop and use free backup software to help you backup those files before they’re gone for good.

    Now make sure you refer to your manufacturer’s support documents to buy the right replacement hard drive. While you’re at it, you may as well buy one with a higher speed and greater capacity. Once you purchase the right hard drive, you can put it into your laptop.

    Usually there is only one screw, or other minimal hardware, holding your hard drive in your computer. After opening it up, ground yourself so that you do not send static electricity through your laptop. Obviously it’s best to do this with the laptop unplugged and off. Make sure you pay attention to where the connections are when you take out the old hard drive, and then hook the new hard drive up in the same way. The hard drive should start working as soon as you boot it up.

    By Al LaPeter

    Al LaPeter on Google+

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