In this hot weather we know to keep ourselves, our children and our pets cool, but its also a good time to check on your PC’s health – perhaps its an overheating pc
Computers will shutdown when they are too hot, in an attempt to protect themselves from excessive heat damage, but permanent damage can still occur.
How do you check the PC’s temperatures ?
The majority of PC’s show their temperatures in the BIOS screen, but this requires a reboot to access it. It’s much easier to view the PC’s temperatures by downloading and installing SpeedFan v4.49, a FREE tool available from the Tailormade IT Solutions website:
“SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.” Source: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
If you do notice high temperatures, or are experiencing strange shutdowns and outages, this can result in permanent damage to your PC, and reduce its life span.
Thermal Paste being applied to a CPU
Tailormade IT Solutions recommends and provides PC maintenance services that investigate and resolve overheating PC issues, including:
Dust Removal – Dust is a great insulator, and cleaning out that build up of dust inside the PC will help it breathe better and run cooler.
Fan Checks – Ensuring your internal PC fans are not damaged, and are working correctly and effectively removing heat from the PC.
CPU Thermal Paste – The PC’s brain, or CPU, generates a lot of heat. Checking and reapplying the Thermal Paste on the CPU can assist heat removal from this important component.
Additional Cooling – Installing upgraded or additional heatsinks and fans, including water cooling for extreme desktop PCs. Laptop owners can also purchase laptop cooler pads.
Please note that the following method of cooling your PC is NOT recommended.
Windows 8 is now on sale and Tailormade IT Solutions has already upgraded a number of PCs.
Here’s the details of Microsoft’s new Windows:
Windows 8 on sale – $39.99!
Until January 31, 2013, you can upgrade any Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Professional for $39.99. *
Windows 8 Upgrade Offer – $14.99 !
If you purchased your Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013, then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for just $14.99. *
Windows 8 Media Centre Pack for FREE
Until January 31, 2013, you can also add Windows 8 Media Centre for FREE. *
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 ?
If you are thinking of upgrading your PC to Windows 8, first download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which will produce a compatibility report.
Tailormade IT Solutions can discuss this compatibility report with you and advise you/conduct the upgrade for you.
* The terms and conditions of these promotions are shown on the Microsoft website.
Need a cheap way to get more PC performance ?
ReadyBoost is a feature built-in to Windows Vista and Windows 7 and Windows 8, that enables you to use a USB drive/Memory card to give your PC a memory boost.
While it’s normally wiser to install additional memory, ReadyBoost is ideal people running older PC’s and laptops that are only capable of holding a small amount of memory – ie: Have a 1-2 GB RAM limit.
How does it work? When PC’s run low on memory (RAM) they can borrow some additional thinking space from the Hard Disk Drive – however most hard disk drives are mechanical and are slow compared to electronic memory, USB drives or Memory cards. ReadyBoost enables your PC to use electronic media rather than mechanical hard disk space.
To start using ReadyBoost
Simply plug-in a spare (blank) USB drive in to your Computer and follow these prompts:
- Click on ‘Computer’ and then right-click on your USB drive.
- Now click ‘Properties’ and select the ReadyBoost tab, as shown below.
- Select ‘Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost’ and click ‘OK’.
You’re now making the most of Windows ReadyBoost features, harnessing the extra memory available to you in external USB devices to give your computer’s memory a boost and speed up its performance.
It can now borrow memory from your nominated USB drive rather than your hard drive, which is much faster.
- Not all USB drives are capable of being used for ReadyBoost.
- This feature is useful if your computer doesn’t have enough RAM. If you do have enough RAM, ReadyBoost won’t really help.
- If your computer has a hard disk that uses solid-state drive (SSD) technology, you might not see an option to speed up your computer with ReadyBoost when you plug-in a USB flash drive or flash memory card. This is because some SSD drives are so fast they’re unlikely to benefit from ReadyBoost.
Sharing Outlook Data can be confusing and quite expensive, and a number of small business owners have asked how to share data between PCs running Microsoft Outlook.
In larger businesses, sharing Outlook data is normally performed by a Microsoft Exchange Server. This allows for shared contacts, calendar and mail folders. However the cost of Microsoft Exchange (US$708) makes this choice not viable for many smaller businesses.
Tailormade IT Solutions to the rescue !
This means you can now have the improved productivity of using shared Outlook data, for a fraction of the normal price.
For example, if you run a business with a Shop PC and a Laptop PC, this product will allow your business to view and record customer bookings on either PC (using a shared calendar) and update customer details on either PC (using shared contacts).
There is also a FREE cut-down version called OsaSync Lite, which will share or synchronize your Outlook Contacts across 4 computers.
Canon Pixma MX410
New inkjet printers are very affordable, and include scanners and fax machines – but the cost of replacement ink cartridges soon ads up.
The Canon Pixma MX410 printer shown above normally uses Canon PG510 (Black) and CL511 (Colour) ink cartridges, available in a combo pack for $51.99 at OfficeWorks.
These cartridges contain just 9ml of precious ink, and have a page yield of 200-250 pages (approx), which is why they run out so often.
Looking for a cheaper option ??
I purchased a Rihac Constant Ink Supply Solution (CISS) for $115 which includes a 100ml refillable ink tank (pre-filled with High Grade UV Dye ink) which allows for countless refills.
Although a little fiddly to install initially, the system is mess free and the tank can be eventually be topped up using 100ml bottles of ink.
The savings speak for themselves.
According to Rihac, this system saves up to 90-95% on your printing costs! “*Equivalent to approximately 60 standard cartridges. Epson cartridges have approximately 10 mls of usable ink inside. Our CISS allows you to print continuously. Epson cartridges are approximately $23.52 each (officeworks). Our CISS is pre-filled with 100mls of each coloured ink, so in dollar terms that is approximately $1,400.00 worth of cartridges if bought separately.”
Click on the pictures above to see the Rihac CISS installed.
The Rihac CISS works with a range of Brother, Canon, Epson & HP printers. If you are looking for cheaper printing, I recommend using a Rihac Continuous Ink Supply Solution.
To see if your printer can use a Rihac CISS, visit: http://www.rihac.com.au/inklink8482-ciss-units-c-26.html
The Netgear ReadyNAS Duo is one example of a network attached box that holds two hard drives. It connects to your router by LAN cable, using 1000 Mbps ports. It also includes 1x USB 2.0 on the front of the device, and 2x USB 3.0 ports at the rear.
Netgears setup software allows you to create shared and/or private folders on the data server. The data server also allows remote access to the devices folders, using VPN.
I installed a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo for a small business client recently. This would also be very useful in the home environment, where the data server holds your media collection, making it available to all PCs in your home, and also allows you to remotely access the data server from work to retrieve an important document – while your PC is safely turned off.
If you would like to discuss a data server, contact Tailormade IT Solutions.
There has been lots of buzz about the new Windows 8 – some good, some bad.
Windows 8 includes a new user interface (UI) called “Metro” which is primarily designed for touch-screen devices.
Windows 8 Metro Start menu – Clicking the Desktop tile will lead the user to the traditional desktop.
Windows 8 Traditional Desktop
Users wanting to access Windows 8 Media Centre will need to purchase Windows 8 Professional edition.
Windows 8 is due to be released in June 2012.
Are you tired of waiting around for data to finish copying to and from USB sticks ?
Tailormade I.T. Solutions can cheaply upgrade your current PC to USB 3.0 specifications, by adding a USB 3.0 expansion card to your computer system.
You can then enjoy the benefits of the new generation of USB 3.0 sticks/drives. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible so all your old, slow USB 2.0 drives will work too.