Now It’s Easy to Jailbreak or Unlock your iPhone

This past week the US Government announced new legal rules in regards to what type of software cell phone providers are allowed to restrict on phones.  The change was made in response to customer backlash against Apple’s restriction of iPhone applications, in particular software that allows the customer to “unlock” or “jailbreak” their phone for additional functionality.   The Library of Congress announced “that it was legal to bypass a phone’s controls on what software it will run to get ‘lawfully obtained’ programs to work” according to the New York Times.  Read more from New York Time’s article, In Ruling on iPhones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip.

What Does this Mean for iPhone Users?

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As the cellphone owner, you are now allowed to run any software and phone applications of your choice on your iPhone.  This ruling allows users to choose what they want on their iPhone and the ruling also makes it easier to do this without voiding your warranty – you can now jailbreak your iPhone, continue using your iPhone with any wireless carrier and use any iPhone applications of your choice.

This is great news for people who like to customize their iPhone.   iPhone hobbyists are always eager to use certain features and programs on their phones that Apple had limited or failed to offer.

So, if you want to jailbreak or unlock your iphone come to LaptopMD and let us unlock even more possibilities on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G.

How To Replace a Keyboard Key On Your Own

Sometimes keys fall off of keyboards due to age or excessive wear.  If one or more keys fall or break off of your keyboard, we have keyboard repair tips for you!  You can most likely fix your keyboard on your own without having to buy a new one.  There are no universal guidelines since all keyboards are different but here is a general step-by-step guide on how to put back a missing key back onto the keyboard.

Replace a Keyboard Key On Your Own

Step 1:

Remove the work key Form Key so that only the cover comes off, leaving the inside intact. This will help you to know exactly how the broken key should be put back.

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Step 2:

Identify the Key Retainers (small plastic parts) that hold the rubber gasket in place.  Most likely there will be two pieces that interlock together and snap in place at four different points. Use tweezers to gently lift the retainers up and make sure you take into account how they link and where they snap together.

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Step 3:

Similarly, use tweezers to unsnap the retainers you need to replace the rubber gasket underneath. Start by separating the outer retainer from inner retainer, one side at a time. Finish removing the final gasket by softly pulling it out with your fingers.

Removing Key Retainers using Tweezers

Step 4:

Assemble the plastic key retainers to reassemble the working key if the retainers are being replaced. If the rubber gasket needs replacing, remove the worn piece and replace it with a new one.

You can buy individual keys or rubber gaskets on eBay or Amazon.

Step 5:

Push the key retainers gently over the rubber gasket until it snaps into proper place on the keyboard. Follow the reverse procedure starting with the retainers, link them together, snapping one end in at a time, sliding the retainers over the gasket and then snapping the other end onto the keyboard base.

Step 6:

Snap the key cover back on. Gently push until you feel the key cover snap into place.

See The Repair Experts

If you face any problems replacing the keys on your keyboard, LaptopMD is always here to help you.

Computer Cleaning Tips

Computer Cleaning Tips

Dusty laptops/computers tend to overheat and as a result they may restart automatically or not function properly.   When a lot of dust and dirt builds up inside the computer, the computer will stop functioning properly and may need to be taken in for a ‘repair’ job where technicians must take the computer apart and perform a deep clean to get the computer to run properly again.  As preventive maintenance, here are some tips on how to clean your computer, keep it functioning and running safely, and avoid taking it in to the repair shop.

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  • 1 Can of Compressed Air
  • A Few Cotton Balls
  • 1 Soft Cloth
  • Cleaning Fluid

Before Cleaning

Make sure your computer is turned off and unplugged before you start cleaning your computer.  This ensures that no part of the computer is harmed as you clean it.

Steps to Clean Individual Components

  1. Blow away the excess surface dust with a can of compressed air.
  2. To clean the keyboard, use cotton balls to remove large particles of dust between the keys, then blow away smaller dust particles with the can of compressed air.
  3. Wipe the surface of the keys with a damp cloth but ensure that the cloth is not excessively damp as fluid can damage the computer’s keyboard.
  4. Put a small amount of cleaning fluid on cloth and gently clean the screen.  Make sure you don’t apply pressure while cleaning the computer screen.
  5. To clean the ports on your computer, carefully wipe the inside of each port with cotton balls and then spray each of them with compressed air.
  6. To clean the computer’s fan, hold it and spray it with compressed air.  If you don’t hold it, the air will cause it to spin and could break it by making it spin faster.
  7. To clean the DVD or CD Drive on your computer, open it and spray the compressed air inside.

Speeding Up Your Slow Computer

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What makes your computer slow ?

Often times you might ask yourself why your computer is running slow.  When people bring in their computers and laptops for repair this is one of our most often asked questions.  Read below for common problems that will cause your computer to run slow and easy solutions to speed your computer up.

What makes your PC run slow?

  • Constantly working with a lot of files (moving, copying, deleting) will slow down your computer and use computer processes that are reserved for other functions.
  • Similarly, keeping several computer programs open at once can bog down system resources.  This is true, especially for certain programs that perform higher end functions, such as image manipulation programs – like Adobe Photoshop, movie editing programs, and design programs.  Video game programs can also slow down your computer system.
  • The computer’s processor speed is a factor in many cases.  Each computer is limited by its hardware (the processor) to the number of simultaneous functions it can perform.  If you are running or editing multiple programs or files, as described above, your processor will get bogged down and not be able to perform the needed tasks.  Your computer may simply have an outdated processor or the tasks you need to perform may outpace the ability of your computer’s processor.  The computer engineers at LaptopMD can look at your computer and, based on your needs, we can recommend a new computer processor which will help you perform at the most efficient level.
  • Related to processor speed and multiple computer processes, your computer speed can be affected by the computer’s RAM or the amount of available memory available to your computer.  All programs and tasks take a certain amount of memory while in use.  The amount of RAM can be increased in most computer models to allow for more user activity on the computer.
  • Windows, program, and other computer animations can also slow down your computer.  Playing video games, watching videos online and running programs with intense animation may take a lot of processing speed and use large amounts of RAM.  Animation is a common problem that can significantly slow your PC down.
  • Cookies, registry processes, and an internet browser’s cache are information files stored by programs to remember internet preferences, program settings, and other temporary files.  Over a period of time, these can accumulate and slow your computer down.  To prevent the cache, cookies, and registry processes from slowing down your computer see our solutions section, after the jump (click the ‘Read the rest of this entry’ link below).

All of these problems can be remedied either by modifying your computer’s hardware, talking with a computer expert (at LaptopMD), or by reviewing our easy solutions section after the jump (click the ‘Read the rest of this entry’ link below).  Reply in the comments with any questions you might have and we’ll help you out!

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