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New Year And New Deal

by Vladimir Sobur Posted January 14, 2017 in Customer Care, LaptopMD+ News, Newsletter

2016 was a great year for us. We at LaptopMD hope this year will be even better, and we are going to help you get your new year off to a great start as well!

So how about we start off 2017 with a special deal? When you bring your laptop or PC in for repair between January 14th – 21st, we will give you $17 off the price(excluding parts). Additionally, you will have some of the best, professionally trained and independently certified technicians in the city working on your device.

Bring your computer in to us. We will take a look at it and give you a free estimate. If you agree with our evaluation, we will begin the repair on your computer.


How To Recover Deleted Files

by Vladimir Sobur Posted December 17, 2016 in Computer Advice, Customer Care, Newsletter

We’ve all accidentally sent important files to the recycle bin. It’s an annoying problem to be sure, but you can recover these files if you just go into the recycle bin itself and restore them. But what happens if you empty your recycle bin before you restore an important file?

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You might think that anything deleted from your recycle bin is lost forever, but there are still ways to recover these deleted files.

Check backups
If you find that you’ve deleted an important file, the first thing you should do is check all of your backups and sync services. You should find your lost file completely intact if it was properly backed up. If you use Dropbox, you should even find multiple versions of every file waiting to be restored should you ever need them.

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Windows
If you don’t have a backup of the deleted file, there are still some options available to you. Those who use Windows 8 or higher should have access to a tool called File History that can be turned on from your Control Panel. You will need an external drive to use this tool properly, but it will come in handy if you need to recover a lost file.

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Users with Windows 7 have the ability to create system restore points that include “shadow copies” of important files. You normally cannot access them directly, but if you right click on the desired shadow file copy and select Properties, you should be able to get to the file’s previous versions.

Mac
Mac users have a similar tool called Time Machine at their disposal. Like the tools available to PC users, Time Machine keeps backups of important files on an external drive so they can be restored if necessary. Time Machine needs to be enabled before the necessary file is lost, however; it cannot be used after the fact.

Recovery Tools
If you have a solid-state drive and the above recovery strategies don’t work, you’re out of luck. The files you need are lost, and there’s nothing you can do to get them back. On the other hand, you might still have a chance if you have a regular magnetic platter hard drive. With these standard drives, a file isn’t actually lost until the space where it was found has been overwritten by other data. You will need some special software to recover lost data from a hard drive, but the good news is that there is plenty of programs available such as Recuva or Undelete Plus.

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If you are truly at a loss when it comes to recovering your data, we at LaptopMD will be happy to help in any way we can.


Happy Thanksgiving To Our Amazing Customers

by Vladimir Sobur Posted November 23, 2016 in Computer, Customer Care, Newsletter

The team at LaptopMD has a tremendous amount to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. At the top of our list we include our great customers. We thank you for the trust and confidence you have in us when it comes to your all-important device. We know you depend on you portable device for so many things and we are committed to ensuring it functions in tip-top condition for you.

Happy Thanksgiving from LaptopMD

In thanks to you for a great year, LaptopMD has a special offer for you during Thanksgiving week. We will provide laptop repair services for you for $20 off(excluding parts). This special deal will start November 25, 2016, and run through December 2, 2016.

Once again, we are grateful to our wonderful customers this Thanksgiving. We stand ready and able to serve you, even during the holiday season.


5 Signs That Often Indicate SSD Problems

by Vladimir Sobur Posted November 11, 2016 in Customer Care, Newsletter

A broken SSD (solid state drive) can be a source of frustration for anyone. If you’re worried that your SSD just isn’t working right, there may be some telltale signs that can clue you in, however. SSDs are suitable for desktop and laptop computers alike.

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People who are enthusiastic about saving power, dependability and speed in general can benefit considerably from them. If your SSD is on the verge of trouble, it may display some useful and obvious indications.

The Error #1
Errors can signify potential problems with SSDs. If you notice any “bad block” errors, your SSD likely requires some repair work. If your computer tries to scan a file and behaves in a particularly slow manner, a bad block error could be the cause. If it shows you any type of error message, that’s further proof, too.

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Other signs that commonly denote bad blocks are incessant errors during file transferring processes, nonstop freezing and overall slowness.

The Error #2
File writing and reading difficulties can denote significant bad block concerns for people who have SSDs. Bad blocks can influence files in a couple of distinct manners. Systems can discover bad blocks when they’re putting data on your SSD.

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They can also discover them after the fact. If your system just won’t read your data, that’s probably a big warning for you.

The Error #3
The presence of read-only drives can sometimes suggest the need for SSD repair work. This issue is a bit on the unusual side. If your SSD doesn’t give you the ability to conduct functions that call for disk data writing assistance, that could signify a problem.

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If your SSD manages to be responsive to read-only mode requests, that can serve as additional proof.

The Error #4
Faulty file systems frequently indicate SSDs that need in-depth repair assistance. If you get an error message that tells you that your device requires repair work, your SSD could be the culprit. Your SSD could have bad blocks.

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The message can also sometimes mean that you have connector port issues. It can even sometimes mean that you didn’t shut your computer off in the proper manner as well.

The Error #5
Incessant crashes sometimes communicate SSD problems.

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If you’re trying to boot your computer and experience seemingly nonstop crashes, you should pay closer attention. A bad block could be the trigger.

The great news
LaptopMD has great news for people who have any SSD troubles. If your SSD needs any kind of repair work, you can count on our specialists to aid you. Although we’re not able to anticipate future SSD woes, we’re experts in helping people address and manage them.


How To Fix Your WI-FI Network

by Vladimir Sobur Posted November 4, 2016 in General, Newsletter

The convenience of Wi-Fi is great. The connectivity issues are not. If your laptop won’t connect to the network, here are a few things you can try.

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Check Your Wi-Fi Button 
If you’re using a laptop at a café, airport lounge, or other public area, the first thing you want to check if your laptop’s Wi-Fi button. One some new laptops, this isn’t an actual button so much as a touch-sensitive icon. You can also hit the function button on your laptop if you don’t have a Wi-Fi button.

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If this switch was accidentally turned off, you won’t even be able to browse for networks let alone connect. So if you can’t connect and you don’t see a list of available networks nearby, double check to make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on before trying other solutions.

Restart Your Computer 
Sometimes, all you need to do is restart your computer. It sounds too simple to be true, but on occasion you need to update software or firmware in order to maintain a wireless connection.How to fix WI-FI with LaptopMD

When you restart, your computer will update and/or fix the problem and you’ll be able to connect.

Restart Your Router
If restarting your laptop doesn’t work, you can also try unplugging the router for 30 to 60 seconds. If you’ve ever called your cable company for connectivity problems, you know this is one of their go-to moves for solving the problem. Known as “power cycling.” Unplugging the router and then plugging it back in is a tested and proven method for restoring your Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Before you unplug, however, double check the cord was plugged in snuggly in the first place. Sometimes the cord that plugs into the router gets a little loose and just needs to be plugged back in firmly.

Try a Different Wi-Fi Channel on the Router
When you look at the list of Wi-Fi networks near enough for you to connect to, any network with more than one bar could potentially be disrupting your signal. To try and avoid interference with other networks, change the channel on your router. There are free programs online that will show you which channel nearby networks are using, and then you can choose one of the others. Routers typically use channel 1, 6, or 11, and you can change it by accessing your router’s settings.

Reposition Your Router
Some people find that the further they are from the router, the less connectivity they have. An easy way to test this out is to simply try plugging in your router in a different area of your home. Ideally in an area that isn’t obstructed by large objects, making it easier for the signal to travel.

Restore the Router to the Factory Default 
Just like you can restore a phone to the factory setting, you can restore your router. This will erase all your settings, meaning you’ll need to secure it again so unauthorized people can’t access it.

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If you look on the back of your router you’ll find a small reset button. Just make sure to hold it down for at least 10 seconds.

Reinstall Drivers and Update Firmware
If the hard reset doesn’t solve the problem, reinstall the drivers for your router and be sure to use the latest adapter software available. If your laptop still isn’t connection, it could be a technical problem and you’ll want to make sure you update the router’s firmware.

One more…
If you have done everything and your WI-FI still doesn`t work, we can help you.

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