VISUAL NEWSLETTER MAR 2006

 


LIMPING BACK INTO SERVICE

 

Beginning the week of April 2nd I will be hitting the road again, but limiting my visits to a couple of hours at a time. All is going reasonably well with my recovery from surgery, but I still have trouble sitting for any length of time. Standing and walking are pretty good though. I have also recruited an assistant to help with any large hardware projects and limit lifting for the next couple of weeks, but otherwise I am fairly well and ready for duty.

 

DATA RECOVERY SERVICES

 

For some time now I have provided data recovery services from Desktop Hard Drives. With the purchase of some new Equipment and Software I can now offer data recovery for Laptops as well. This service can cost between $200 and $2000 with many Data Recovery companies. I hope to be able to keep this cost down to a more reasonable level. In many cases, an Operating System Repair may rejuvenate an ailing hard drive. Beyond that, data extraction limits the damage from a failing drive, enabling a reformat to see if the drive is salvageable or not. Recovered data is burned on a CD or DVD disk to transfer to a new or repaired drive.

 

HOME COMPUTER REPAIRS

 

We do offer reduced rates for home computer repairs. I often see people throwing out computers that are not working when a simple operating system repair will render them operational. Occasionally, backing up the personal files and reinstalling the operating system is the best way to make the computer as good as new again. Home computer repairs range from $20 to $50 plus parts, if required. To qualify for the reduced rate you must drop off and pick up the computer and be willing to wait for up to a week for the repair. This is about the same requirement as companies like The Future Shop but the prices are a lot better. In cases where the motherboard is damaged and the computer cannot be easily repaired, we also provide free computer recycling. Some components are removed and the case is recycled to recover scrap metal parts.

 

Since new computer prices have gotten so low, many people do not want to spend a lot of money repairing older computers, but you can often get a few more years out of an old computer and postpone throwing it on the scrap heap with a minor investment. If you want to consider minor upgrades to your computer give us a call and we can also give you an estimate of the cost. Clients on the monthly support program can call for minor support issues and advice on their home computers as well at no extra cost for short calls.

 

USEFUL COMPUTER ACCESSORIES

 

Anyone who has ordered a new computer or laptop recently may have been surprised to find that it is short a couple of standard components. Diskette Drives and Parallel Printer Ports are the most commonly missed components in these new computers. Almost all new computers are going to standard USB ports. As such, connecting older devices has become a problem. We have stocked up on a variety of solutions to this growing problem. We can often provide printers and computer accessories at a lower cost than Staples or The Future Shop, but will advise you as to the most cost effective source.

Some useful accessory parts and pricing:

 

USB External Diskette Drive $50.00

PCI Parallel Interface Cards $40.00

USB to Parallel Converters $30.00

10 Foot Parallel Printer Cable $20.00

 

 

USED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

 

We have a number of new or almost new Dell computers for sale, the result of a couple of upgrades and a cancelled order by someone with budgetary problems. I have also taken on a project requiring an enhanced laser printer making our old one available.

 

Dell Pentium IV 2.8, 256mb Ram, 80gb Drive

Windows XP Professional, Assorted Software $500.

 

Dell Celeron 2.66, 512mb Ram, 80gb Drive

Windows XP Professional, Assorted Software $450.

 

Dell Pentium IV 2.5, 256mb Ram, 40gb Drive

Windows XP Professional, Assorted Software $350.

 

HP Laserjet 5P Printer $100.

- includes new HP Toner Cartridge

 

For clients with older model Novell Servers the Dell Celeron model 1100 is one of the better units that is still Novell 3.x Compatible and can provide extended service and improved network performance.

 

We can provide this unit, a compatible network card and a second printer port, all for about $500. or so.

 

Installation of a new file server, backup and restore of current files, assorted user and printer configuration will usually cost in the $300. to $500. dependant on the size and complexity of the network installation.