Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey regional customers and friends. We've been hearing a lot about how bad Wednesday's (tomorrow's) weather is going to be. That means increased risk of lightning damage to our electronics.
Most lightning damage does NOT come from the power outlets in your walls. Your surge protectors do NOT protect you from it. It actually most frequently comes from lightning that hit lines, possibly miles from your home and travels into your home in through phone and cable lines.
If you actually have any phone lines still connected to your computer's fax modem, please disconnect those.
Get an in-line surge protector for the phone lines going into your DSL modems (or if they're already built-in to the end of your surge protector - actually use them!) or for the RJ-45 network connections coming out of your cable modem. You may just want to play it safe and unplug the network cables. Unplugging your power cables does not help, it has to be the network cables. They pass power even while your devices are unplugged.
If you are affected, you may simply have to replace the ethernet controller in your computer. Larger surges will damage all the electronics in the path from your phones to your TV control boxes, the switches, routers, and even connected game consoles.
Stay safe tomorrow!

Friday, November 6, 2015

See our repairs of the day on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ComputerRoom/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thinking about a new laptop?  Buy one from Kara by June 1,  2015 for only 5% over cost!  We can still get some laptops with Windows 7 too.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why are Samsung Galaxy USB ports special? Instead of being soldered on with 5 leads plus 2-4 supports, your Samsung devices have 11 leads and 7 supports in the same size jack!  Here you can see a damaged one (removed on the left) compared to the good one we repaired (installed on the right).  Two of them will fit on a dime!  The added support does make the jacks stronger, but if you plug in your cable upside down, or drop your device you will damage them just as easily as other USB-charged devices.

We do fix a lot of random USB devices though from tablets to phones and even USB charged bluetooth speakers.  Small device repairs start at $39 plus parts but we don't charge to look at your device before you decide to see if it's worth a repair attempt.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Waiting on building your new desktop PC until Windows 10 is released?  The upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 is going to be free for a year after it is released.  If you buy a PC from us in 2015 with Windows 7 or 8 (we can still offer both), we'll complete your upgrade to 10 when it is released later this year free of charge.


If you buy a laptop, or bought a system from us prior to 2015 with a qualifying version of Windows 7 or 8,  we will offer a 50% discount from our normal labor rates.