Tune Up Your PC

8 09 2009
Clean up of your temporary files, start up files, and registry
Defrag your PC
Check Windows updates
Review software that may be slowing down your PC
Review your anti-spyware and anti-virus definitionsIs

Is your computer taking longer and longer to boot?  Does logging into your windows pc take minutes or what seems to be enough time for a coffee break?  If you are experiencing this problem, then you are in need of a quick PC tuneup.

Depending on the capabilities of your pc, this should take anywhere from half an hour to an hour to complete.  Much of this can be done in separate times.  You can greatly enhance your pc experience by using the following guidelines to speed up your pc.

  • Make sure your physical memory is up to spec.  We recommend a minimum of 1GB for most multitasking purposes.
  • Check your free disk space.  Low free disk space can slow down a pc.
  • Clean up of your temporary files, start up files, and registry
  • Run Chkdsk, eliminate future disk issues by checking the status of your disk drive.
  • Defrag your PC
  • Check Windows updates
  • Minimize startup items.  Reviewing the software you are running that may be slowing down your PC and removing them can speed up your pc greatly.
  • Review your anti-spyware and anti-virus definitions.  Virus and spyware can slow down your pc to a crawl.

Performing all of the above steps will speed up your pc greatly.  You may even find that you don’t need to purchase a new PC.  I recently tuned up the OS on my pc and the boot time went from over 2 minutes down to less than one minute.   I did this by loading only applications I needed and removing anything I did not need.

If you would like help with your computer, you can contact us at Pixel Perfect Group LLC, or just check the Contact page above.

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Where’s My Sound?

4 09 2009

I’ve often had to help someone figure out why their computer does not play music or produce any sound from the speakers. Often times, it could be a bad software driver and sometimes it could be other newly installed software that is interfering with the sound system. Then there are the obvious reasons, that most people forget or don’t bother to look at.

Is it plugged in?

Many times I have come across a computer with no sound, only to find that the speakers were never plugged in! Sometimes it is because it was plugged into the wrong jack. Other times it could be due to someone pulling it out by accident. Whatever the case, checking to make sure your speakers are plugged into the audio out jack should be the first thing you want to check.

Does it have power?

The second most likely culprit is power. Sometimes the speakers may have blown due to electrical problems. Other times, someone may have unplugged the ac outlet to plug something else in temporarily. You can check for the power

Yes, I know these are very simple and elementary issues. However, they are issues that are often overlooked in the field of IT, by the customers and sometimes even by technicians. So next time, before calling the IT guy, save yourself and your company some time and money, check the above two items before hitting the IT 911 line.

Once you get past these basic issues, you can fiddle with the software settings and volume controls for the OS and the applications.

Can you think of other items are often overlooked? Have you had to deal with basic issues like this as an IT guy?  If you would like help with your computer, you can contact us at Pixel Perfect Group, or just check the Contact page above.





Save Paper and Money: Print to PDF

21 08 2009
Mac OSX and Ubuntu Linux (other Linux distros do as well) already come preset with PDF printing capabilities.  Once you have this, you can save your company and yourself a lot of money.
Not to mention saving trees and the environment in the process.
Once you print to a PDF file, you can always print a paper version, should you need one in the future.
Another plus, you know the files are in your computer, which saves you from digging through a filing cabinet – another costly investment.
If your windows PC does not already have a PDF printer already setup, I highly recommend CutePDF.

Mac OSX and Ubuntu Linux (other Linux distributions do as well) already come preset with PDF printing capabilities.  Once you have this “printer” setup, you can save your company and yourself a lot of money.  Not to mention saving trees and the environment in the process.

Once you print to a PDF file, you can always print a paper version, should you need one in the future.  Another plus, you know the files are in your computer, which saves you from digging through a filing cabinet – another costly investment, when you go looking for the file.

If your windows PC does not already have a PDF printer already setup, I highly recommend CutePDF.

If you need help installing software or need any computer related help, contact us at Pixel Perfect Group.





Connect to a Peer to Peer Workgroup

20 08 2009

Connect your PC to a peer-to-peer workgroup so that you can communicate with other computers and network equipment.   Peer-to-peer workgroups are typically found in small or home offices, that do not have dedicated servers.

Joining a specific workgroup is as easy as changing the workgroup name.  Your desktop or laptop appears on a list with other computers in the workgroup, and it makes workgroup resources (printers and hard drives) easier to locate.

You will need to use the Control Panel’s System and Maintenance icon.

Follow these steps in Windows Vista:

  1. Open the System and Maintenance icon.  You’ll find it in the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Change Settings link in the Computer Name, Domain and Workgroup Settings area.  If you’re asked for permission here, click the Continue button.
  3. Click the Change button.  The Computer Name Changes window appears.
  4. In the Workgroup text box, type the name of the computer workgroup.  Typically, the name is WORKGROUP.  If you chose something else for your local workgroup, type that name into the box.
  5. Click OK to close the various dialog boxes, and close any other windows you opened.  You may have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.   Do so when prompted.  Your computer is now a part of the named workgroup and can more easily access other computers and system resources in that workgroup.