August 11, 2016 – No General Meeting Scheduled

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Jul 192016
 

THERE WILL BE NO AUGUST MEETING

The PCCC will not meet this month! Our regular second Thursday meetings will resume in September at the BBB’s new office in Matthews. Watch for the Bytes & Bits next month.

Do not go out this week expecting your tech fix. If you’d like to try something similar, we suggest you join the Carolina IT Professionals Group on Monday, August 15 at Microsoft. They will have the FBI talking about Cyber Security and Q&A.

For details see http://carolinait.org/MeetingInfoPublic.aspx?mid=202 or Register at www.meetup.com/CITPG1 (not both please).


Speeding Up Your Computer Start-up

Dewey Williams, PCCC

Does your computer take too long to start up? Even the 45-60 seconds mine took seemed interminable; turn on power, get coffee, and still have to wait for the rolling dots to complete the cycle.  Even then, the final stages of the startup files had to complete, the icons would occasionally flash or reset a time or two until, finally, and the cursor was no longer a blue rolling circle but the familiar arrow.
A number of things determines how long it takes your computer to startup.  Your processor, the computers engine, sets the speed of all processes and how fast they run.  Ultimately though, hard disk speed and the number of drivers and programs that run at start slow down the boot time of your computer more than anything else.

A little tweaking of your configurations can help. You can get an exciting improvement in boot time by changing from a spinning hard drive to a solid state disk. Read how to do it yourself here: http://pc3.org/speeding-up-computer-start-up/.


Heat

As Dewey points out (Computer start up), a spinning hard drive (HDD) is often the greatest source of heat in your computer. My custom-built computer has five (5!) HDDs in the case. While one is a different model, they are all 1 TB drives with similar specs.

I happened to be running with the case open recently and one time touched one of the drives. It was HOT! After installing Crystal Disk Info (http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html), I discovered a couple of my HDDs had internal temperatures of 47° and 59°! (That’s 116°F and 138°F).

I moved one HDD to the empty DVD bay so that none would be sandwiched between two others. Then, with the case open, both showed running temperatures of 44° (111°F). Whether it was adjacent to another or completely in the open, both drives showed the same internal temperatures.

When I put the covers on the case, the temperatures came down another 6° to 38° (100°F). You may think having the case wide open to the air conditioned room would be good for component temperatures. Being enclosed allows the fans to pull outside air over the drives and other critical components, cooling them more efficiently.

While I was at it, I pulled out my wife’s computer which is almost 10 years old – and runs fine. However, when I opened the case the cavity and heat sink fins had an incredible amount of dust. I hit it with the compressor (I can’t afford enough canned air to keep my computers clean) and reconnected the computer after straightening out the spaghetti bowl of cables that built up under her desk.


Don’t forget! There’s no meeting this August.

Watch for maps and directions to our new location in September.

Aug 062016
 
Speeding Up Computer Start-up

Does your computer take too long to start up? Even the 45-60 seconds mine took seemed interminable; turn on power, get coffee, and still have to wait for the rolling dots to complete the cycle.  Even then, the final stages of the startup files had to complete, the icons would occasionally flash or reset a […more…]

July 14, 2016 – Windows 10

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Jul 122016
 

A Message from the Common Table July 3, 2016 We had a great Picnic in the Park. Great food and drink and good conversation was there. I know that a lot of you missed it. Please make plans to be in town next June for the picnic. Last month I told you about a trip […more…]

May 12, 2016 – Technology and the Library

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May 092016
 

This month we will have something a little different. Ms Barbara Gwynn from the Charlotte Mecklenburg South County Regional Library will talk about the resources available from our local libraries and from our desks. Here it is in her words: “I am happy to present the many benefits of having a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card […more…]