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Why is my computer so slow? Get a real computer tune up

Fast startup times and speedy operations are among the greatest joys of working and playing on a brand-new PC. After all, we all want our PCs to run at peak capacity, regardless of whether it is a budget laptop or a polygon-pushing gaming desktop. But, inevitably, that out-of-the-box performance fades away and we ask why is my computer so slow?

Eventually, every PC and MacBook will slow down, either gradually or suddenly. That's when a computer tune up and defrag proves its worth. Often, viruses, malware and adware take their toll too. To get your computer back to it's heyday performance, you need knowledgeable computer repair experts in person, not some online PC cleaner scam. At ClickAway, we’re proud to fight back and fix that slow computer.

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It may be overwhelming to learn how to connect two monitors to a laptop or computer. ClickAway will show you how in this article.

Dual Monitors: How to connect two monitors to a laptop

As we continue to work from home, remotely or a hybrid work environment of some sort, it’s pretty well known that dual monitors or more increase productivity. If you have an extra monitor or two, you can keep your applications accessible at any time. This eliminates the need to switch between windows and alt-tab. Many desktop PCs can support multiple monitors. However, laptops aren’t as likely to provide a similar solution.

A Windows laptop can support 4-6 displays

The first thing to do is look at the ports available on your laptop. The most common display output slots you can work with are HDMI, USB-C, and miniDP. The next step would be to choose a monitor supporting what you have. Most displays support HDMI, while newer ones have USB-C cables. MiniDP and DisplayPort technology. ClickAway can bring several monitors and set this up for you in your home or office.

All you need is to connect two monitors to a laptop is to make sure it has the correct connection adapter, and plug it in. After that, your Windows laptop should detect it and start displaying your desktop automatically.

Using Your Laptop Screen as a Second Monitor

If you want to use your laptop’s built-in screen as a secondary display, you need to set it in your display settings. Right-click on your desktop and choose Display Settings. You will see two boxes in the new window that will open representing your monitors. Click Identify to know which number corresponds to which screen. You can also rearrange the boxes so to match the physical arrangement of your displays. When you know the number assigned to which display, choose the screen you want to use as your primary screen. Scroll down to Multiple displays. Click on the dropdown menu and choose Extend desktop to this display. Don’t forget to tick the Make this my main display checkbox!

Using Two External Monitors

The 15-inch screen in your laptop may not be enough, so consider adding a second monitor. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. You need to find out what other ports you have available on your Windows laptop. Are there any spare HDMI or miniDP ports? If you do, you’re in luck! All you have to do is get a new display compatible with your available port, and you’re ready to go.

Use Multiple Displays With Your Mac

While the M1 MacBooks natively support just one monitor, the M1 Mac Mini does natively support up to two external monitors – one via the HDMI port and a second via USB-C. But the latest models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro support only one external display,

According to Apple, for Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or Thunderbolt 2, you can connect up to two displays. If the displays themselves have Thunderbolt ports, you can connect one display to another, and then connect one of the displays to a Thunderbolt port on your Mac.

ClickAway is happy to complete this set up for you. We offer onsite computer services as well as in our computer repair stores. ClickAway has many low cost monitors on sale in our computer stores as well. We have been a top rated opens in a new windowDiamond Certified computer repair business for the last 17 years.

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Getting the best battery life laptop

Another common problem that laptop owners face is a battery that keeps draining too quickly. Using our remote support service, we can identify what services and components are causing the power drain. We can then consult with you about which of these features of your laptop you need and which can be dispensed with. This will allow you to extend battery life without unduly harming your laptop’s performance.

We walk you step-by-step through the process of disabling these services and components. This will give you the knowledge needed to re-enable these laptop features if you need them in the future. The best part (as mentioned earlier) we can do it remotely, in your home or office or in one of our convenient Northern California shops.

best battery life laptop

Only best battery life laptop can crush the most premium machines no matter how stacked their specs are, because laptops are useless if they can’t hold a charge.

We’re talking more than 13 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country flight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes. These laptops can be anything, from premium consumer laptops to business laptops to even gaming laptops, yes, gaming laptops, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which achieved more battery life than the 16-inch MacBook Pro thanks to its AMD Ryzen CPU.

With AMD pushing battery life as one of its key features, Intel has a ton of work cut out for it. A great laptop with single digit battery life is the HP Envy 14 (2021). A decent laptop with double digit battery life is the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2021). If you’re looking for a 2-in-1 business laptop, check out the Dell Latitude 7320.

At opens in a new windowClickAway, we take on a wide range of laptop problems at very fair prices, including finding you the best battery life laptop. Besides servicing the top major laptop brands. In addition, ClickAway fixes and designs custom-built computers. Our laptop screen replacement service is top notch, should you close the lip with something inside it and cracked the lcd screen.

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Hard drive replacement costs

We upgrade and do hard drive replacements for just about anything at opens in a new windowClickAway. From replacing the drive in your ps4 to your iMac and everything in between. You may need a hard drive replacement if your laptop has been showing you error messages and crashing randomly, it may be because there is a problem with your hard drive. ClickAway’s award winning service technicians can check the status of your hard drive.

If your hard drive is not in danger of failing but is still causing crashes, we can eliminate errors using check disk. We can also reinstall your hard drive’s device drivers if the hard drive is not being recognized. If there is something physically wrong with your hard drive, we can replace damaged or loose cables, the hard drive PCB, or even the hard drive itself. Data transfer can also be included.

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To be sure about this, you should check for the following symptoms which will tell you whether it’s time to replace or repair. We can do either at ClickAway and our free diagnosis may save you significantly.

  • Some errors noticed in Disk Utilities
  • Inaccessible partitions/files/folders
  • Sudden disappearance of partitions/files/folders
  • Abnormal initialization of programs
  • Unstable Mac OS
  • Unrecognizable hard drive
  • The device getting unusually hot
  • Strange/Unfamiliar sounds coming from the hard drive
  • Smell like that of burning solder/plastic
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When to know when – How to upgrade RAM?

Upgrading RAM on your PC is one way to make your computer far more speedy. Over the years, operating systems like Windows, software like Photoshop, and now even web browsers like Chrome, have built reputations for being unabashed memory hogs. Older PCs, meanwhile, often have between 2GB and 4GB of memory. Loading too many tabs in Chrome or keeping to many programs open on your desktop could use up all of the memory your system has to offer, slowing your system to a crawl.

A mere 4GB could work if you’re sticking to light tasks and not using Chrome, but 8GB is really the minimum we would recommend for a modern desktop PC, and 16GB is the sweet spot for most people consider its modest price increase from 8GB. Gamers with an eye towards future-proofing might even want to consider 32GB—the downside being increased cost, of course.

While swapping an old hard disk drive for a modern SSD is the most drastic hardware improvement, a Mac RAM upgrade lets you run more programs simultaneously. An iMac memory upgrade is an easy way to give your computer more multitasking juice. Upgrading the RAM on your old Mac computer is a quick and affordable way to get your device to handle all of those open tabs in your Chrome browser.

We recommend you upgrade RAM in pairs. For example, add two modules of 8GB of RAM instead of a single module of 16GB of RAM. It’s not so much about cost savings, as it is a performance consideration.  Intel supports dual-channel architecture, which is optimized for memory in pairs. However, what you can do with your Mac’s RAM depends on your exact model.

Unfortunately, most modern Macs don’t allow you to upgrade the RAM yourself.  Recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models have the RAM soldered to the motherboard. Some newer iMacs technically have user-upgradeable RAM, but doing so requires extensive teardown of the machine. We wouldn’t recommend trying a MacBook pro RAM unless you’re extremely experienced with electronics and your machine is already out of warranty. ClickAway’s Apple Mac technicians can tell you your options during a free basic diagnosis. 

Other considerations to upgrade RAM

If your laptop will no longer boot up, it may be because one of your memory sticks has gone bad. We can open the laptop and use a process of elimination to determine which stick is causing the problem. We can then replace that particular RAM stick, allowing your laptop to boot up normally again.

How to install more RAM

Installing your own RAM can be done if you’re comfortable and skilled about RAM slots, heat sinks, motherboards and so forth. Otherwise, ClickAway’s computer tune up service can do this for you. Our opens in a new windowtechnicians have been upgrading older PCs and Macs since 2002.

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When to know how to remove virus from laptop?

Our free diagnostic at opens in a new windowClickAway can catch most viruses. Many laptop viruses start with irritating popup ads, redirects to sites you’ve never heard of or blocked antivirus websites. We can remove most viruses by taking these steps:

  • Boot your computer into safe mode
  • Download antivirus software onto a separate computer and transfer it to your laptop
  • Run the antivirus software and eliminate the virus
  • If the virus can’t be detected through antivirus software, we can open the registry editor. There, we find the programs that have been loaded by the virus, and disable or delete them. Once we do this, your computer should go back to operating normally again. In some rare cases, the virus may have infected key components of your operating system. If so, the only way to remove the virus will be to reformat your hard drive and reinstall the OS. However, this isn’t necessary in most cases.

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How to remove virus from laptop & other malware on your computer

There’s nothing quite like realizing your Windows PC, Mac, or laptop is infected with a virus or malware. But with careful and decisive action, removing a virus can be quick and easy.

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Category: Laptop Repair
why is my computer so slow

 

Computer Tune Up $199 - Includes Defrag & More

Why Is My Computer So Slow? Try a Tune Up

  • Fix a slow computer with a Computer tune up of operating systems: Windows Vista/7/8/10 & Mac OS X including Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan/Mojave
  • System hardware test (including hard drive, memory, and CPU) visual inspection of motherboard capacitors (desktops)
  • Check for sufficient RAM and free hard drive space and recommend an upgrade if necessary
  • Optimize operating system performance
  • Remove unnecessary startup programs
  • Delete temporary files
  • Clean interior including fans and heat sink with compressed air
  • Scan all drives, email, and external media
  • On-site or in-store service
  • Repair damage to Operating System

My Computer Is Slow | Virus Removal Needs

  • Remove hard drive and scan contents for viruses and spyware / malware
  • Multilevel malware / virus / spyware / trojan screening and removal
  • Manually remove all malicious software not quarantined and deleted
  • Install any relevant anti-spyware software
  • Check for current version of anti-virus
  • Industrial strength detection tools
  • Guaranteed 100% removal of threats

Related Services

  • Networking & IT Service
  • Data Management Services
  • Software Upgrades
  • Complete System Reinstall / Rebuild $99

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Make an Appointment To Fix Your Slow Computer

Is your computer running slow? A quality computer tune up can make your lethargic PC feel new again.

Remove Duplicate Files, Defrag, Increase RAM, Increase Speed

All computers eventually lose that day-one luster, becoming lethargic, unresponsive, and even unreliable. The operating system gets gunked up as apps are added and incompletely deleted, leaving behind drivers and all sorts of other system detritus. Their hard drives fill up with forgotten files we've abandoned in folders whose existence we've forgotten. A defrag is just one of the tasks you need to perform.

Programs build up enormous caches behind the scenes that we don't even know about. Eventually, our full hard drives choke the OS as it tries to run. Outdated drivers cease to work correctly. Toolbars and other nasty plug-ins can precipitously slow our browsers to a crawl. It doesn't matter how diligent you are, or what sort of productivity software you use to get the most out of your time if end up sitting around and waiting for your computer to catch up to you.

Our machines can become so impaired through use and neglect that we can no longer use Microsoft Word or play a PC game with the same speed and efficiency to which we have become accustomed. That's when we ask why is my computer so slow? Often, we ponder buying a new computer. But that's a drastic solution, and one that's frequently unnecessary. Instead, you can get often that fresh-out-the-box performance for tens of dollars—instead hundreds or even thousands—thanks to a relatively inexpensive computer tune-up at ClickAway.

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