5 Tips to Improve Your Productivity by Organising Your Computer’s Desktop!

declutter

Clutter can be a big productivity drain both in the physical and digital world. Just like piles of paper on your desk can waste time when you try to find things, loads of icons on your computer’s desktop can also waste time when you are trying to find things.

To avoid this scenario, you need to declutter your computer as well. This blog article shares seven tips on decluttering your computer desktop. Continue reading

Does Your Business Have An IT Strategy?

Your digital guide

As a business owner you know the importance of planning and strategy. Without it, you have no aims, no goals, and in reality no direction.

While you probably spend a lot of time working on your strategy every month, quarter, or year, how much of that time is actually spent on your business’s IT strategy? Continue reading

Stop Wasting Your Time Trying To Fix IT Issues

Save money and timeWhat we can do easily today was literally the stuff of dreams just 10 or 20 years ago. But as much as good technology has made working remotely easier and enabled many businesses to keep going via working from home, we also must remember that trying to fix IT issues yourself may cause more issues and can be a massive time thief. Continue reading

Take IT off Your Plate with an IT Service Provider Partnership

IT Provider Partnership

Partner with a Proactive Service Provider

Let’s be realistic. You probably don’t care about information technology (IT). Or, rather you only care about how it gets things done in your business but prefer to not think about IT much. Many businesses are that way and that is fine by us as we care about IT for all our clients. Continue reading

Need Help With Your Tech?

Second Opinion

IT Support for Your Business

The majority of businesses today have one or more computers, and that is unlikely to be the full extent of the technology. Everyone has a smartphone, and there may also be modems, routers, tablets and of course printers! When you have problems with any of these devices, business owners can feel stuck. Continue reading

What Can You Do When Your Equipment Fails?

Compuer Failure

Your business has invested heavily in information technology and you depend on this equipment to support your business. Then the inevitable happens and the equipment fails and you are left scrambling to find a replacement solution. It is a tough place to be in, but it can also provide your business with an opportunity. Continue reading

5 Best Practices for Buying Technology for Your Business

Buying Technology Equipment

Buying technology for your own personal use at home can be exciting once you get past the price tag. Yet there are many factors to consider when investing in technology for your business and your employees use. Continue reading

Serious Businesses Deserve A Professional IT Setup

New Office Setup

Watching a business grow is very satisfying and rewarding. Whether opening a new office or employing a new person; it’s a positive step in the right direction. Upward growth often requires new office technology and IT changes to bring the new staff fully online. Continue reading

5 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Proactive Technical Support Provider

5 Questions To Ask Before Choose Proactive echnical Support Service eBookConsidering a new technical support service? Find out why you should choose a tech support service that is proactive instead of reactive, what it should look like in the context of your business and how you can make an informed decision.

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  • 5 Reasons Your Business Needs Office365 Today!
  • Eliminate IT Distractions In Your Business.
  • DIY IT, It May Cost More Than You Think.
  • Is Your Old Tech Dragging You Down?
  • Spectre and Meltdown: How you’ll be affected.
  • 10 Tips to Stay Safe Online
  • Digital Transformation – What’s In It For You?

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Should You Repair, Upgrade or Replace Your Computer?

Repair or Purchase New?

Like many things, new computers suffer from wear and tear over time. Our computers are particularly vulnerable as we have placed more and more demands on them every month. New machines are faster, quieter, more reliable and more capable over time. At the same time our own computers have begun to slow and sometimes even stop altogether.

There are many ways to address the problem of a slow PC. Whether frustratingly slow or no longer working; we are happy to take a look at your system. When you bring your computer to us we will diagnose the condition and find a solution that works for you. Often times the simplest solution is the best (and cheapest!). A complex problem may only needs a simple repair to get your computer up and running like new again. Whether a small replacement part, loose wire, or bad connection; we will find and fix the problem to give your current machine a new lease of life.

Many computers come to us running slowly, they take a long time to start up or are freezing when trying to load files. Often owners have reached their breaking point and become convinced that the machine is fit for only the dump. In many cases, the problem can be pinpointed to a bottleneck in the system. A single, seemingly trivial, part can be holding up the entire system and upgrading just that one component can make the whole machine run like new again.

Adding memory can provide extra space for programs to run faster. Adding an updated, faster hard drive (ie a SSD drive) can allow files to be retrieved in an instant. In both cases, a low-cost single component can provide a cost-effective solution that makes an old machine like new again.

Not all solutions are as simple though as your may have a fault. A failure of the motherboard (the backbone of the entire computer) may be impossible to fix. Typically, with the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of computing, a motherboard will only house computer parts that were manufactured around a similar time. A motherboard is almost certain to be incompatible with components built just a couple of years before or after its own design. Sometimes it may be possible to find a replacement board of the same generation that will work alongside existing components. This results in a cost-effective solution that keeps cost down by saving on replacement parts.

In cases where a replacement motherboard is not available, other parts of the computer may have to be replaced at the same time. Often replacement costs in these cases can  exceed the cost of buying a new machine.

We always give advice where it makes sense financially and practically to consider replacing an old machine. Think of the equivalent thing happening with your car. Sometimes a simple, non-expensive component such as the window wiper can fail. While a wiper is crucial to driving in the rain it is silly to suggest replacing the vehicle once it has worn out. A window wiper may be low-cost and simple to replace, but if the engine was to fail the solution may not be quite as simple. Attempting to make an old car as safe and reliable as a brand new model generally doesn’t make any financial or practical sense. Sometimes the best course of action to save money and avoid breakdowns is a new vehicle.

In computing, many of the same rules hold true. We always try to fine the best solution for your needs and requirements.

If you are located in South Australia give us a call us at (08) 8326 4364 or via email on support@dpcomputing.com.au to discuss your computer issues. We will diagnose your machine and advise on the best course of action to get you up and running as quickly as possible.