How to Use Firefox

Hey there. I just made a video about how to use Firefox, how to add bookmarks to your bookmark list and how to do simple things like make sure your Firefox is up-to-date and how to clear your history. There are other little tidbits in the video as well and all of them are aimed at a relatively new user. So if you know somebody who is a few tips please feel free to share this video with them. Firefox is a browser and is it is less common then Internet Explorer it is correspondingly less attacked.

If you are careful how you browse than you might be able to forestall the day when you click on the wrong thing and have to call a PC repair technician. If you’re in the Memphis area and you find that for whatever reason you do need to call a computer repair technician feel free to call me, David Bensman, at 901-830-4362.

Get more out of your Google Chrome browsing experience with this helpful video!

This video covers some of the essential elements of Google Chrome how to use them to customize your browsing experience. Erasing your history, putting a home button on your toolbar, putting your bookmarks bar on your toolbar, and to make sure that unwanted extensions are not loaded into your browser they’re all covered in this video. If you have any questions about this feel free to give Bensman Home computer repair a ring at 901-830-4362. We specialize in in-home PC repair and maintenance in the Memphis area.

How to put four important icons on your desktop.

Here is a video I just did about four very important icons worth having on your desktop. This PC, recycle bin, control panel, and your personal folder are all icons that can be very helpful to have on your desktop. In this video I go over exactly how to get them onto your desktop and what each of the icons might be useful for.  Of particular note should be this PC which can be used to access your device manager. Device manager can be very helpful if you’re having a problem with your computer and you want to diagnose it. Please watch the video and if you enjoy it please like it and please subscribe to my channel. If you have any computer problem or any computer repair need I can come to your place and help repair your PC while you wait. Please feel free to call me, Dave, at 901-830-4362.

Here’s a short video tutorial on how to cut, copy and paste.

Check out this short explained I produced on cut, copy and paste in a text document. I intend on making more instructional videos so please like them and subscribe to my channel.
Also, if you are having trouble with your computer or have any need at all for PC repair call me at 901-830-4362.

 

 

Computer Hardware Performance || Bensman Home Computer Repair - Memphis, TN

Computer Hardware Performance

Having issues with your computer's performance? We can help!

If your computer is experiencing slow booting, or taking too long to complete a process, it is more than likely your computer is in need of hardware updates. Consider a computer to be like your car. A car without maintenance will decrease its performance after a few skipped oil changes. Computers, just like cars, can experience a decrease in performance if not serviced periodically. Here are some common things that can make your computer SLOW.

Memory

The RAM is in charge of running your applications and programs. To put it in perspective, most computers in 2009 had at least 1GB of RAM to support Windows XP (this was the current operating system at the time). It ran well but lacked the speed needed to run multiple applications at once. An upgrade in RAM to 2GB made a huge difference and helped gain better speeds when running multiple programs at once.

In today's operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8 require much RAM to run at optimum speeds. Upgrading to 4GB will solve this particular issue, but will only be sufficient if you have the adequate hardware compatible with this upgrade. Here are some other important hardware equipment recommended when improving your computer's performance.

Upgrade your Hard Disk Drive

A hard drive is a great choice to consider upgrading for many reasons. Complex programs take a lot of space in your memory and leave you with little room to save your personal files. If you take lots of pictures or have extensive files in your hard drive, chances are your computer slows down attempting to read all those files whenever you do a search.

A solid state drive (SSD) can add more storage and speed when searching for files and is the most recommended storage disk driver because of its sturdy construction and reliability to keep and maintain your files in a safe place. Solid State Drives (SSD), not to be confused with Hard Disk Drives (HDD), operate quietly, faster and are more resistant to shock and other possible situations that might have fried your last hard drive.

Graphic Card Upgrades

Most stock computers do not come with a graphic card strong enough to support the demands of today's graphics and gaming technology. If you are looking for crystal clear images or you simply not happy with the performance your computer produces when running a random game, you should consider upgrading your graphic card. While this is not so necessary if all you are trying to do is read emails and surf the internet, it becomes crucial if you are running programs that depend heavily on a graphic card technology such as Photoshop for example. These can be integrated to your existing graphic card through a method called SLI or Crossfire.

In simpler terms, it would be two graphic cards running together for better performance. Some benefits of having an upgraded graphic card, and there are plenty, is the ability to run video applications at Television rate. While there are different cards for different uses, like gaming or photo editing, one thing is constant; they will definitely enhance the way you see the web.

Running Hot?

Your Computer Processing Unit or CPU is the brains of your computer. It handles all the instructions to make your computer perform the way it is intended. Without a doubt, having multiple cores will make your multi-tasking a breeze, but that's only half of what you need. The CPU tends to run hot after a few minutes of usage. A good heat management system can keep your computer running cool and efficiently with simple upgrades. A more intricate cooling system like the water cooling kits offer the optimum performance for the most extreme case, but a bigger fan can make the trick.

One of the features of upgrading your current cooling system is the noise or the lack of noise it will produce. Most stock fans will create this Jet Engine sound that will make you think your computer is overheating. More than likely it is and you should not ignore this signs. We recommend this upgrade because it will save you money in the long term.

Why is my computer slow? || Bensman Home Computer Repair

Why is my computer slow?

Bandwidth
Bandwidth is a measurement of available or consumed data communication resources expressed in bits per seconds or multiples of it (bit/s, Kbit/s, Mbit/s, Gbit/s)

Having slow connections to the internet can be attributed to many factors. Here is a compilation of common problems that can cause a slow connection.

Router not configured correctly
Routers are your bridge between your Internet Service Provider and your Computer. Without the proper configuration settings and updates, the communication between devices can lack optimization.

Unauthorized users
Wireless Area Networks (WAN) without proper security settings

Network Interface Card (NIC) out of date
New software requires new updates. Updating your software regularly is always recommended.

Internet Malware
Without proper anti-virus software, malware can use your bandwidth and download other programs without your permission, stealing your Internet speed among other things.

Domain Name System (DNS) out of date
Flushing a DNS can help you refresh the accumulated cache of information cluttered by your computer over a period of time.

Memory cache is full
The cache is a smaller, faster memory which stores copies of the data from frequently used main memory locations. As long as most memory accesses are cached memory locations, the average latency of memory accesses will be closer to the cache latency than to the latency of main memory.

Unused Programs taking space
While this is not harmful in any way to your computer, it does require space, and space takes memory. Getting rid of unused programs can free up space and give you room for more important files.

Computer has not been shut down in a while
We are all guilty of this one. Leaving your computer on sleep mode or standby mode attaches memory space, eventually making it slower to boot up.

If you encounter any of these issues, contact us for troubleshooting.