Repairs and Services

Hardware Upgrade of the HP Mini 210-1100

You might remember the little HP netbook a friend let me worked on to speed it up? It turns out that it is not satisfactory for my friend. She was okay with Xubuntu but the netbook was still too slow and it became frustrating for her to use it. After discussing with her, she agreed for an hardware upgrade. Upgrading the hardware The RAM Module was of 1GB. It might seem enough but the minimum requirement for Windows 10 is already 2GB. This is the minimum requirement and would not provide the best user experience. You can see me replacing it on the picture The hard drive was an Hitachi with capacity of 160GB running at 7200 RPM. Not bad but nothing in speed compare… Read More »Hardware Upgrade of the HP Mini 210-1100

Replacing camera on a laptop

Changing camera on Dell Studio 1749

On this Dell Studio 1749 Laptop, the camera sends back a black picture. This can happen when the camera is dead. Not a problem, let’s replace it! To access the camera we either open up completely the laptop, remove the screen part by unscrewing the hinges then take the front bezel apart or we just unclip the top part of the front bezel. After replacing the camera it is time to test it. Windows 10 comes with a camera app, which makes the test easier. Working! Another job done! Do you have a camera to replace too? Don’t hesitate to contact me.

Upgrade, maintenance and cleaning of an HP Mini 210-1100

A friend needed help with her netbook. It became so slow that it was impossible to use. Also it was running with Windows 7. While this is a good Operating System, it won’t be supported by January 2020. Budget: £0. Challenge accepted! The upgrade After reviewing the capacity of the netbook, I understood why it was struggling so much. The 1GB RAM Memory with an Intel Atom N450 Processor at 1.66GHz won’t provide the best user experience after an upgrade to Windows 10. Sure it will meet the minimum specs, but it will be slow. My suggestion went onto install a light Operating System: xubuntu. It would require a bit a learning curve for my friend, but it will offer all the basics she needs:… Read More »Upgrade, maintenance and cleaning of an HP Mini 210-1100

Setting up an email address on a new computer

A friend got his new computer last week. As others would, he struggled to access his email address back on the Windows Mail App. Not a problem, I went to his place yesterday and we logged on his computer. Steps we undertook that he could access his personal and charity email addresses: Go on each webmail portal Reset his passwords with the security questions (he didn’t remember his passwords) Go on Windows Mail App Add the 2 email accounts (one on POP/IMAP settings the other with Windows Exchange) Check that both accounts do synchronise perfectly on the app As extra, I set up his charity portal webpage as a shortcut on his Windows Task Bar and the Start Menu and set up his both email… Read More »Setting up an email address on a new computer

Apache Config – Multi Domains

I learnt to use Apache by self teaching. While I managed to make it run and open few web applications, I never understood how it works to assign different URLs for different folders. Looking at this video, I admit I feel stupid now as it is really simple: Another ticked box in my path to web development.