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Why Trust Diamond Certified Computer Service and Repair Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a computer service and repair company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified computer repair and service technician. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated computer repair service and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Contra Costa County – Computer Service & Repair CATEGORY

Don Schrader is a 24-year veteran of the computer service industry and owner of Schrader & Son, a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (925) 385-8905 or by email.

Don Schrader

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Don Schrader: Digital Destiny

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — Don Schrader first started using computers to do bookkeeping for his family’s steel contracting business. At the time, he had no idea it would eventually lead to an entirely different professional venture. “When I took over the family business in 1984, we were still doing bookkeeping by hand,” he remembers. “Computers were just starting to come into their own, and by mid-’85 there was accounting software available, so I decided to go for it. I learned how to do a little programming, which enabled me to modify the software to my liking. Over the next few years, I got pretty handy with computers, as did my son, Rex, who was about 12 when it all started.”

After his family’s business closed in 1993, Don went to work for another steel contractor, but it wasn’t long before his digital destiny came to fruition. “By this time, Rex had gone off to college, where he was majoring in computer programming,” he explains. “While visiting one summer, he suggested we put an ad in the paper for computer service. We started getting calls—Rex handled things during the weekdays and I helped out during evenings and weekends. That was the beginning of Schrader & Son.” When Rex returned to college in the fall, Don decided to keep the ad running. “Things got busier and busier until I eventually left my other job to do full-time computer service.” Twenty years later, Don is still serving a customer base that spans three Bay Area counties.

A resident of Concord, Don likes to spend his free time relaxing and having fun, usually in the company of his wife, Colleen. “I enjoy golfing and traveling with my wife,” he affirms. “She recently retired, so we’ve been able to do a lot more of those things lately.” Don also enjoys spending time with his family, including Rex; his two daughters, Danielle and Bonnie; and his two granddaughters.

In regard to a professional philosophy, Don recommends being generous with your knowledge. “Some people in this business forget that it’s a service industry, which means the customer comes first,” he says. “Sometimes people will cold-call me with questions about their computers, and if I can help them over the phone, I’m happy to do so. Did I make any money? No, but I helped someone out, which has its own reward. Plus, when that person has a real problem down the road, they’re going to call me, so it’s a win-win.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Don says he’ll likely keep a hand in his livelihood. “The reality is I don’t have to work, but I love doing this. I have a couple of employees, so I’m not working full-time, but I’m busy enough that I don’t get bored. I still have time to travel and play golf, so I see no reason to change anything.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee.

Q: Do you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person?
A: A cat person.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: I have two: “NCIS” and “The Black List.”

Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Scrambled.

Q: What was your first computer?
A: An Intel 8088. It was about the size of a portable sewing machine and it took 5 1/2-inch floppy disks.

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Know What You Want
Know Your Needs Before Hiring a Computer Service & Repair Company

Computer services is a broad term that can focus on business computer infrastructure issues, smartphone processes or even the defragmentation of a single laptop.

While you do not need to be able to tweak any of your system utilities or completely understand exactly how defragmentation works to help your desktop, you should be able to assess your computer or system needs.

Ask yourself these questions before you continue on with your search for a Contra Costa County computer repairs and service company.

  1. Will hiring a Diamond Certified computer repair company give me peace of mind–particularly since these computer services have been named Highest in Quality and are backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  2. What is my overall objective in hiring a computer service or computer repair company?
  3. Do I just need a quick repair or do I need extensive work on my computer system?
  4. Do I have a timeline in which I need the computer repairs or computer system setup completed?
  5. Will work I request cost more than the purchase of a new computer or new IT system?
  6. What is my budget for computer repairs or computer setup services?
  7. Can I afford computer repair services?
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What To Ask In Person
Visit with the Computer Repair Technicians in Person

To avoid hiring a computer repair firm in that cannot attend to your needs, you will want to ask certain questions. These questions should help determine if the computer service and repair company has the experience or expertise to perform the duties you require.

If you choose well, the Contra Costa County computer repair company that you hire will be your source for quick fixes, as well as a source for answering questions about new technologies and upgrades in the future.

So ask questions that determine experience and expertise and also determines the company’s strategy for remaining knowledgeable.

The following questions will get you started.

  1. How experienced is the computer repair technician who will fix my system?
  2. Is the technician familiar with my brand and software applications?
  3. Do you outsource your repair services?
  4. Are your technicians your employees or are they consultants?
  5. How can you help me optimize my system?
  6. Why do you recommend or not recommend UPS products?
  7. Do you offer your services remotely, offsite or a combination?
  8. How long will you need to fix my computer issue?
  9. When can I pick up my fixed computer?
  10. Do you provide estimates or quotes for your services?
  11. What automated systems do you use?
  12. What guarantees does your company offer for your services?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions for References of Local Computer Services in Contra Costa County

    Diamond Certified computer services in Concord, Richmond, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Antioch and beyond are your best option. That’s because these companies have passed the most comprehensive ratings system—one that most other companies can’t pass.

    Choose a Diamond Certified company if you are in search of computer repair services from provide expert and certified technicians. You can visit the Diamond Certified website to review all certified companies in a variety of industries.

    You will feel confident when selecting a Diamond Certified company. You won’t need to worry about fake reviews because all analysis is performed in live telephone interviews of existing customers.

    You will have to research on your own if you can’t find a Diamond Certified computer service and repair company within your area. When you complete your own research, call references provided by computer service and repair companies.

    Remember, though: the references that computer repair companies offer cannot provide you the same value as the large sample of customers randomly surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. References given to customers from companies are not randomly selected from all their customers, and the computer repair companies will likely select customers that they know are satisfied when you request referrals.

    To circumvent cherry-picking of referrals, ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. Ask the references questions that will help you assess if you can build rapport with the computer service and repair company.

    You want to ensure that the company you select is competent; that they bill only for services that they provide and that they provide a working environment that is conducive for asking questions and getting quick results.

    The following questions are a good place to start:

    1. Was the computer service and repair company experienced?
    2. While working on your system, did the technician serve other clients?
    3. Did they repair your computer in their promised time-frame?
    4. Did you find the cost of their services reasonable?
    5. Did they explain the fixes to your computer and ways to prevent further issues? Were there delays and if so, did they inform you?
    6. Did the Walnut Creek, Pittsburg or San Ramon computer service and repair company provide detailed and clear invoices?
    7. Did the computer service company provide written documentation that detailed all aspects of your repaired computer setup—including passwords, licenses and equipment specifications and serial numbers?
    8. Did they proactively help you improve your system’s performance?
    9. Did they have backup procedures in place for system crashes?
    10. How did the local computer service and repair consultant monitor and backup your system? Was this done off- or onsite?
    11. What security options did they provide for your computer?
    12. How quickly did they respond when you called?
    13. How much time did they need to repair your computer?
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  • Review Your Options
    Hire a Good Computer Repair Company in Contra Costa County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    You will find that, at this stage, you are becoming exceedingly knowledgeable about computer service and repairs. You may also know quite a bit about the many versions of viruses and cyber criminals lurking the worldwide web. You may even be able to make small tweaks to your computer system.

    If the repair is small, and you can handle yourself, by all means take care of it. For more complicated repair issues, you should be quite ready to select a reputable computer service and repair company in Contra Costa County.

    Review the research you completed on the companies whose strategies seem to match your objectives and pick the company that stands out.

    If you can answer a resounding yes to each of the questions below, you can confidently make your selection.

    1. Should I purchase a new PC or is it more cost effective to fix my system?
    2. Does the computer service and repair shop have the personnel, expertise and resources to complete my repairs?
    3. Were they comfortable answering my questions and did the answers they provide fit my situation?
    4. Am I happy with the technicians that they offered to repair my system?
    5. Is their quote reasonable and can I afford their services?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Work With the Best Computer Services

    Make sure that you verify the credentials of the Contra Costa County computer service and repair consultant that you select.

    Remember that the computer service and repair market is unregulated. Anyone with a hobby for tinkering around with computers can call himself a computer technician. This means that your next door neighbor with remarkably little computer experience can set up a computer service and repair shop in his garage.

    Verify information you received from referrals and check the certifications that the technicians claim to have earned. Better yet, save yourself the trouble and hire a Diamond Certified computer repair service.

    Keep in mind that every glitch or hiccup on your PC is not an indication that your computer is on its last leg. For example, a PC that won’t start is not necessarily an indication of a fried motherboard. An experienced and knowledgeable computer repair technician in Richmond, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Danville or beyond may be able to adjust other areas of your computer system to make it boot.

    Considering that motherboards may cost a couple hundred dollars, make sure the computer repair consultants are truly knowledgeable before you allow them to tinker with your computer or talk you into purchasing additional computer equipment.

    Many computer repair technicians set up shop in their homes and are quite knowledgeable; but, there are those who will simply reimage your computer and charge you an exorbitant fee for their troubles. If reimaging your computer is an ideal fix, you probably can take care of this task yourself.

    Now That You’ve Found the Ideal Computer Service in Contra Costa County
    Head on over to their shop or have the computer service technician come to your office or home; however, before they begin working on your computers or laptops, get the scope of work, along with a price quote, in writing.

    Your computer technician should discuss the possible issues and the suggested fixes for your computer. All discussions should be in terms that you understand. If there is something you do not understand, stop and ask questions before the computer service company begins working.

    Be extremely detailed when you hand off your computer to the repair shop. Tell them of all recent applications that you attempted to download—even if the download seemed not to take. Also, be sure you tell them about any recent internet crashes or power outages. This may give the repair person ideas as to what is causing the issues with your computer.

    When you drop off your PC at most Martinez shops, the computer service and repairs technician will usually give you a claim ticket. Hang on to this ticket as it is the instrument you will use to reclaim your computer. Some computer service and repairs shops use the ticket number as a tracking mechanism. Thus, your ticket helps them respond quickly when you request updates.

    Help the Computer Repair Work Go More Smoothly
    Follow up on the status of your computer. If the computer service and repairs consultant provides courtesy calls to let you know that your computer system is ready, pick up your computer promptly.

    If you select a reputable Contra Costa County computer service and repair shop, they will likely take every precaution to secure your equipment; however, prompt pickup ensures that your equipment will not become a lost item. The time to negotiate cost occurs before you drop off your computer, not at the time of pick up.

    This idea reiterates that you should ensure that you receive a written quote for the work that the local computer service and repair shop performs. From the written quote, you know what to expect and can, therefore, budget for payment when your computer is up and running again.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Computer Service and Repairs Customer?

    It’s the Contra Costa County computer service and repair consultant’s responsibility put in quality computer repairs and services using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your computer service and repairs, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Contra Costa County computer service and repair company.

    1. Be clear and upfront with the computer service and repair consultant. Let them know what you want from your computer service and repairs, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    2. Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way in Brentwood!
    3. Before you hire a computer service and repair in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the computer service and repairs representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with Martinez and other local computer service and repair shops occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    4. Ask your computer service and repairs consultant if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    5. Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re fixing your computer system. The work will move along more smoothly if your computer service and repair technician can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    6. When your technician contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the computer service and repairs on schedule.
    7. Pay for the computer service and repairs work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Computer service and repair shops in Contra Costa County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Check the Completed Computer Repairs or Set Up

Check your computer system thoroughly in the presence of the computer service and repair consultant.  Make sure that they performed all the work that is itemized on your invoice.

Ask to see reports for utility services that they performed. If the computer service installed new applications, open and try the applications before you leave the shop or before the technician leaves your home.

Be sure to try to access the applications that seemed to give trouble before you dropped your system off.

You also should try to run several applications simultaneously to ensure that the computer still works fast and without glitches.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Warrantees for Computer Service and Repair Work

Not every Contra Costa County computer service and repair shop offers warranties. While lack of warranties is not a sure fire test of experience and skill, it may be cause for concern. Warranties protect you in the event a repair attempt goes awry.

Local computer repair technicians are likely to be more thorough if they offer warranties. They want to work on your computer once because if they must rework a rework repairs, they limit opportunities to work on other projects.

Be sure to get warranties in writing. Expect to pay for your fix as though it were a new issue if you do not have written warranties. Read warranties carefully; pay attention to warranty periods and limits. Contra Costa County computer service and repair warranty periods may extend up to about 30 days, but some computer service and repair shops may warranty their work for only a few days after they fix your system.

Some warranties are very detailed and will list the events that void the warranties. For example, some warranties are void if you visit certain websites—usually because these websites are virus ridden. Others may void warranties if you access the internet before you enable your virus protection.

Your best bet for successful warranty coverage is to return your computer system to the repair shop within a few days after they complete work on your system. Therefore, during the warranted period, check your computer thoroughly.

Resist the urge to fix issues that you find. Instead, take detail notes of your experiences, noting the applications you were running and the events that transpired. Note any notifications that your receive—a print screen of notifications can be very helpful.

Some Richmond computer service and repair shops void warranties if they believe you caused the additional problems you experience with your computer. Although the service technician typically makes the final decision when voiding warranties, you have every right to demand an explanation for the void. The technician must help you understand why the issue is new and not covered under the warranties.

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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests Made of Local Computer Services in Contra Costa County

Computer service and repair request run a gamut of issues. You can call a Contra Costa County computer repair shops for any computer related issue, from setting up your new PC to making sure that your wireless network recognizes all peripherals on your network.

Repair services offer remote access services, but you can also drop off your computer or the technician can come to your location anywhere in the Bay Area. You also can call some computer repair shops to help you with other electronic devices such as home theater systems and flat screen TVs.

Below are the top ten requests that computer service and repair shops.

Application Installations
The extent of software application installations depends on whether the computer service and repairs company is completing an install for an extensive network or a single computer. Installations for extensive networks, such as those for enterprises, include infrastructure design and implementation. The process and often includes integration with the current environment, as well as migration from legacy systems. For a single computer, the computer service and repairs company installs only the necessary components and takes precautions that ensure there are no conflicts with other applications already loaded on the computer.

Data Backup and Storage
You may lose your data and bring your personal activities or businesses to a screeching halt when your computer systems crash. Data backup and storage services include setting strategies to copy your data and store the copied data in a safe place, which is helpful if disaster recovery services are required. Backups are typically processed remotely during your downtime.

Disaster Recovery
To protect your data, you must have a data recovery plan in place. Computer service and repair consultants can help in this endeavor. They will help you create policies and processes using technologies that ensure that your business remains viable if a disaster occurs. Policies and procedures set by a solid disaster recovery plan bring your business back to a seamless level of operation after a disaster. Disaster recovery strategies allow you to continue serving your customers and minimize the financial impacts of disasters.

Driver Installation/Update
There are system-specific drivers, application drivers, and peripheral drivers; in fact, everything that interacts with your computer system has drivers. The average user relies on automated installation provided with each object that communicates with their system. It is often difficult to select the best course of action to resolve the conflict when drivers do not communicate well with each other and your system. Comput4er service and repair shops provide driver installation and update services to help your system continue to perform at optimal levels.

Electronics Repair
In the 21 century, electronic systems such as your home security systems and your home media systems integrate with your computer systems. It is, therefore, no surprise that computer service and repair shops often couple electronics repair services with computer repair services. Issues with your electronics can cause your computer system to crash. Your computer service and repair technician will, therefore, make sure all systems are in optimal shape and performing as expected.

Email Setup
Email setup is often geared to business users or individuals who own extensive computer networks; however, the service is available for anyone who needs it. Email setup typically involves connecting existing or new email accounts and troubleshooting issues you may encounter with your email account.  For business users, the service may involve setting up user accounts for employees and setting up security strategies.

Laptop/PC Tune Up
If you’ve noticed that your computer or laptop is sluggish, the keys don’t depress all the way or applications don’t launch as quickly as they once did, it may be time for a laptop or PC tune up. The computer service and repair shop will remove unwanted programs, including trial ware, test the integration of applications and hardware on your system and analyze your system to determine performance issues. They will also clean dust buildup form the fans and internal computer components.

Malicious Ware Removal
Malicious ware can include viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, spyware and many other malware that can harm your computer system. You are not alone if you installed whatever virus protection you received with your new PC. However, at the end of your trial period, you wonder if the software is worth the money you must pay to maintain an ideal level of malware protection. Computer service and repair consultants can help you select the most effective malicious ware protection for your system, and if you’ve been infected, they can remove the malicious ware.

Network Configuration
Pleasant Hill computer service and repair consultants, and those throughout Contra Costa County, can help you configure your network for your current needs and prepare you for future growth. Network configuration includes management of your private IP addresses, network address translations, which helps in directing traffic to specific servers.

Peripheral Repairs
If you are like most Danville and San Francisco area computer users, you have an unending number of attachments connected to your computer. If these peripheral are not working as expected, your computer also will not perform as expected. This is the reason Contra Costa County computer repair shops offer peripheral repairs and an extension of their services.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Computer Service and Repair Terms

Familiarize yourself with common computer repair terms so that the tech world does not seem all Greek or geek.

As you learn the common terms, you will note that many of the definitions for these terms have the same meaning as they would in everyday language—just that they are now applied to computer components.

Check out the glossary terms and definitions below.

antivirus protection
Malicious ware may disrupt the functions of your computer or destroy your data. Antivirus protection prevents malicious ware form gaining access to your system files.

asymmetrical digital subscriber line
Asymmetrical digital subscriber lines allow you to receive high-speed internet via normal copper telephone lines. This means that you will receive your telephone calls and your internet service through the same line.

Also known as: Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line

backwards compatible
Backwards compatibility is essential to ensures that new technologies work with previous editions and older platforms. For the everyday user, it means that there is no need to repurchase software each time the develop implements an update.

bios
BIOS is an acronym for basic-input-output-system. Your system BIOS controls the interactions between your computer and attached devices.

booting
Booting occurs when you turn on your computer.  The computer prepares itself to responds to your requests. This can include accessing applications and managing utilities.

cluster
Clusters are groups of computers that perform as a unit.  Clustering computers helps to conserve power.

defragmentation
Defragmentation is a process that rearranges fragmented files on your computer system such that each file is continuous and stored in blocks.

dongle
A dongle is USB or small device used to connect computers on wireless networks.

format
Formatting prepares your computer system to store data.  When the computer repair technician formats your computer, all applications and data currently stored on it are permanently removed.

fragmentation
Fragmentation occurs when files on your computer are broken into smaller parts and stored in varied locations. Computer technicians will typically scan your computer system to see if there are many occurrences of fragmentation.  Defragmentation gathers your fragmented files and stores them more closely together.

nic network interface card
NICs are peripherals that connect computers to local area networks.

Also known as: network interface card

ports
Ports are connection points on your computer that allows you to connect your computer to routers.  Your also connect peripherals such as printers and cameras to your computer via ports.

server
Servers manage access to your network. Servers allow you to share files and peripherals on your network.

system malfunction
A system malfunction occurs when your computer does not perform efficiently or crashes.

Also known as: bug, defect, network error, glitch

wireless router
Wireless routers connect your computer to your network via radio wave technology. This means that you do not need to be physically connected to your router to access the internet.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Computer Services and Repairs

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified computer service?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a local computer repair service with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only computer service and repair rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified computer service and repair company.

Q: Do computer service and repair companies offer pickup and delivery?
A: Many computer service and repair companies offer pickup and delivery services. Some also offer onsite troubleshooting where they will fix your system at your location.

Q: What is online remote computer support?
Computer repair technicians may place a small software application on your system that allows access your system via the Internet. The application allows the technicians to see your computer screen and manipulate your mouse and keyboard from remote locations. This practice helps to reduce the cost of computer repairs and allows for quick responses to your computer repair needs.

Q: What warranties do computer repair companies offer?
Computer repair companies often guarantee their work by offering money back guarantees. These warrantees are usually service specific and cover a specific period.

Q: Do computer service shops match competitor prices?
Service price match typically occurs on an individual scenario basis. Computer service repair shops are competitive, and prices are sometimes negotiable. Make sure you negotiate before work begins.

Q: Do computer service and repair shops offer tutorial services?
A: Many computer service and repair shops offer tutorial service as an extension of their services. Larger shops may even offer onsite training. Bear in mind, however, that computer repair is the computer repair shop’s core business and fixing computers is the technician’s focus.

Q: Is a slow running computer always a sign of viruses and/or spyware?
A: In many cases, the answer is yes; however, other scenarios may cause your system to operate slowly. If you have many applications running at the same time or if your computer is overheating, your system may run more slowly than normal. Sometimes, it may be that your computer system does not have sufficient memory to support the applications that you use. Computer service and repair shops can assess your system and help you determine the best strategy to speed up your computer.

Q: Can computer repair companies fix my computer if I spilled liquid on it?
A: The answer to this question depends on the amount of liquid you spilled and the amount of money you wish to spend on repairs. If your spill damaged the motherboard-a clue is that your computer no longer turns on, you may need to purchase a new motherboard. Motherboards can be frightfully expensive to replace or repair. If your spill damaged only specific components such as buttons on your keyboard or your touchpad, the service technician may be able to replace those components.

Q: Can computer repair technicians repair or replace laptop keyboards and shattered laptop screens?
A: In many cases, computer repair technicians can repair or replace most components on your Reputable computer repair shops will typically use parts from your parts distributors approved by your laptop’s manufacturer. If you have an older laptop, parts for it may no longer be supported. In this case, it may be difficult to obtain manufacturer-supported parts.

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