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Garber Computer Opens Again

February 22nd, 2012

I am opening Garber Computer again for new business with limited hours.  Please call 717-723-9070 or email support@garbercomputer.com to inquire about scheduling repairs or consulting.

Please see note our new phone number and pricing.

Garber Computer – Closing Until Further Notice

August 17th, 2010

***Update: We are now open for business again with limited hours***

Clients, Friends and Family,

I just wanted to thank you all for the help you gave me with launching my side business!  I appreciate it.  The business has been a success, but due to this success, my full time work at Medical Support Products and other family commitments I will be closing Garber Computer.

Thank you all so much for your support and blessings to you all,

-Josiah

Speed Up Your Computer – Free!

June 17th, 2010

by Denver Steiner

3 Free ways to to Speed Up Your Computer

1) Disable things that startup when you computer starts up that you don’t need to start up every time: example Skype, MSMessenger. Run just the basic Windows programs and an antivirus program. Many of these programs have a checkbox to ‘not run on startup’. You can still open them whenever you want to run them, but having everything running at startup slows everything down.

2) Uninstall any Internet Toolbars. They are unnecessary and slow your browsing experience down

3) Download a program called ccleaner:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner

-Install it (make sure NOT to include Yahoo Toolbar when installing)
- Run Cleaner to clean up temporary files that clog up your computer (do this before defragging)
- On Registry, scan for issues, and fix selected issues
- Under Tools -> Uninstall -> uninstall any programs you don’t need, especially Internet toolbars
- Under Startup, disable things that don’t need to start up. Be careful to only do this to items you recognize (some may be Windows processes that are needed to run).

Other ways to help your computer run faster

4) Purchase a Memory Upgrade-> memory is cheap, easy to install (or have a pro like Garber Computer help find the correct memory, and what the max your system can support)

5) Do a clean install of Windows. Make sure everything is backed up ahead of time. Let a pro do it, if you are unsure.

6) If you are running Vista, consider an upgrade to Windows 7. It is faster and more stable. Make sure a clean install is made (instead of an inplace upgrade) so that you system has a fresh start. If you have a newer system, consider getting the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 because it supports over 4gb of ram.

Relieving Computer Eyestrain – Gunnar Optiks Glasses

February 27th, 2010

Today I received my Gunnar Optiks Glasses in the mail.  These glasses are made for those who work long hours in front of the computer.  Perfect for a computer repair technician like myself.  I am very pleased with them:  No straining to read on the computer, my eyes are not watery, and I don’t have a headache.

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed is in reading.  I can read much easier on the computer now.  It is much similar to reading on paper.

If you are interested in the technology check out Gunnar Optiks’ Website at: http://www.gunnars.com/

Computer Too Slow? Try Defragging.

February 17th, 2010

For those of you who have  a slow computer and don’t know how to defrag, try this before you call a computer repair service.

In Windows XP

  • Click on Start – All Programs – Accessories – System Tools – Disk Defragmenter.
  • The Disk Defragmenter will open.
  • Click on System (C:)
  • Click the Analyze Button – A message will tell you if you need to defragment.
  • If you do press the Defragment – This process could take several hours depending on how fragmented your disks are.  At the bottom of the window you will see the progress in terms of percent finished.
  • Close out of the program when finished.

Windows Vista – Defragmentation is normally done automatically.  To bring up defragmentation options Search for Defragment in the Start Menu.

Windows 7 – Same as Vista.

I hope you enjoyed learning about how to defrag your computer: Contact Us for questions about our computer repair services.

Saving Money On Internet Access

February 12th, 2010

If you’re like most people these days, you spend around twenty to fifty dollars per month on high speed internet.  It’s a big chunk of most people’s budget: That’s $240 – $600 per year.

If you’d like to save money on your internet access you have a couple options.

1. Return to Dialup – I don’t recommend this option unless you only need basic email access.  Most people probably can get by solely on dialup.  Then again, most people don’t have the time to spend waiting on their computer.  You can even get dialup for free up to 10 hours per month with Netzero.

2. Shop around – Consider switching from Cable to DSL or vice-versa.  You could also consider the viability of replacing your DSL & Phone Package with another cell phone line and Cable internet.  Most people will save around $10-$25/month by doing this.

3. Share – Sharing is something your parents tried to teach you early on and you likely aren’t utilizing it as much as you could.  Your neighbors may be happy to split their internet costs and service with you!  Most high speed internet connections (even dsl) are enough for several users to utilize at one time.  Try it out: Make friends with a neighbor and ask them if they’d like to try it for a month.  You could save half the money or more if you split it more than two ways.

If you need help setting up a high speed internet connection, a wireless network, or have any questions about computer repair, give us a call 717-285-7154 or email us at support@garbercomputer.com

Hello world!

February 8th, 2010

Welcome to the Garber Computer Blog! I hope you enjoy it!