What if you lost all of your Files?

What if your small business lost all of its computer records? It can happen in the blink of an eye. What would you do?

It’s something to think about. If you don’t have an answer, then you need a disaster plan and ideally, you should be able to restore from backups and be back up within hours. You might be surprised to find out that you don’t need a lot of expensive software. Much of it is free.

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Linux has Arrived

Today I showed a customer a new computer with a professional install of Linux. It has a free Office compatible program, a huge repository of free software from which to choose, a YouTube viewer for ad free Youtube viewing, a DVD ripper and an interface far superior to Windows. It took him less than 5 minutes to decide that it was the right computer for him. It’s my choice of OS as well.

Heat Sink / Heat Pipe Problems with the HP Beats Laptops

Usually overheating problems in laptops are due to a fan failure or a layer of dust and fur blocking the airflow. However, that’s not always the case. I recently received an HP Beats laptop model 15-P030nr. It would overheat and shut down in just a couple of minutes. The fan was not only running, but it was spinning very fast. There was also plenty of airflow, so it wasn’t being blocked by dust. The air didn’t feel hot coming out of the computer, so that meant that the problem was elsewhere. In this case, it turned out to be the heat pipe.

That’s unusual, but I have seen it before. According to the online forums, this happens a lot in some of these HP Beats laptops. The same heat sink / pipe is used in the 14-P, 15-P, 17-P, 15-K, 14-V and maybe some others. Replacing it fixes the problem. If enough people have this problem, I’ll just order a bunch of them at a discount.

Did a Repair Shop Tell You That It’s a Mainboard Problem?

If a repair shop tells you that your computer isn’t working because of a mainboard problem, it may not mean that the mainboard is irreparable. A mainboard replacement is usually considered to not be an economical option. In the past week, 2 people brought in laptops that would not begin to boot up when turned on. They were both beyond the simple hard reset and yet they were fixable without a mainboard swap. Maybe you have a laptop that you’ve given up on fixing. You may be surprised. It might just be fixable.

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Building Something New

I’ve had this new Apevia case in stock for many years and yesterday, I bought a new mainboard.

It’s a tiny mainboard and it’s also inexpensive. It’s got an integrated Intel quad core processor. It ships with Windows drivers, but I’m trying the new Clear Linux OS from Intel.

At this point, it’s installed and it’s looking like a very nice system. I’m currently running most of the business on Fedora and Mint. From what I’ve seen, Clear Linux may soon become a major distribution. Here’s some more info for those who are interested: