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#16 RetiredMember1

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:54 AM

Could anyone recommend an IT specialist who offers at-home repairs? My ageing PC needs a service - it is running and shutting down slowly, creating (and then not overwriting or deleting) numerous .tmp files and may have a virus (it keeps trying - and failing - to access something called Real Networks Installer on start-up). My own attempts to rectify the last two glitches have been unsuccessful. None of the problems are horrendous, just irritating! Offers of affordable assistance gratefully received.

#17 RachelF

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:05 AM

Does anyone know of anywhere local that might repair a laser printer? Mine thinks it's jammed, but isn't. I'm quite cross because it's less than a year old (can't find the receipt of course) and hardly used!
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:58 AM

RachelF

It is worth checking inside your laser printer again. Sometimes small pieces of paper tear off of larger sheets and get stuck in the rollers and feed mechanisms.
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 02:02 PM

I'll have another look, but I really don't think there's anything in there. From googling, I gather that dodgy paper jam detectors is not an uncommon problem with this make and model.
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#20 emenane

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 10:04 AM

does anyone know a local Apple-wizard who can repair an iMac ?

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:14 PM

hi,

i used Tim whose name i got from VN. He helped me out with a tricky wireless connection problem. 35 / hr. I highly recommend him.

His mobile is 07977 009 774

email: info@linktechnicalservices.co.uk
www.linktechnicalservices.co.uk


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Posted 24 September 2008 - 08:35 PM

Does any one know of a local Apple wiz who makes house calls? I'm having problems with my Airport Wireless Network.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:17 AM

Not an Apple tip but I recently discovered a useful thing for Windows.

Basically a lot of software these days look for updates when you fire your pc up (if you look at the bottom right of the toolbar you can see all the software that is running in the background) and this slows down startup, but you can disable this by running start>>run>>msconfig>>ok and clicking the startup tab, then you can disable some of this stuff so your pc starts much quicker.

BUT be careful, if you don't know what it is leave it alone but I have disabled a DVD decoder and some crappy Norton software and halved the startup time..

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:53 AM

Thanks Willy but my problems are due to some one in the family messing about with the settings and try as I might, I can't sort it out.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 07:45 AM

Commonest problems for wireless networks are having a telephone base station next to the router (move to different heights and space them apart by a few feet) and channel id clashes with a neighbour... try changing the id channel plus or minus 2 from the current setting and see if it helps.

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#26 jannism

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:50 AM

Have you exhausted the Airport troubleshooting guide?

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:13 AM

James-I'm pretty sure it's not a case of signal or the position of the base station. Jannisim-yep, done all that.

My wife has been bringing her Toshiba lap top home from work and I have been disabling the security on our Airport Network so that she could join it. She decided to have a go at turning of the Airport security the other night and appears to have changed some other settings.

My laptop now can't see our Airport network. The neighbors wireless network is visible but not ours.

I can't reconnect via Internet Connect, because it can't see the network. The base station is not visible in the Airport Admin. Panel and the Network Set Up Assistant cant see the base station/Network either. The only time our Wireless Network becomes visible is when I reset the Airport Express unit and the light is flashing yellow. When It turns green, it disappears again.

I have tried to use the Network Set up Assitant whilst the yellow light is flashing on the Airport Express unit but halfway through the process I get an error message saying "Your Network settings have been changed by another application"

So, I cant find or connect to the base station and Network to fix the problem. Any ideas?

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#28 James

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:23 AM

Try connecting to the base station with an ethernet cable.

It could be that your security setting change was to the broadcasting of the channel identity.

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#29 Fang

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:28 PM

Try connecting to the base station with an ethernet cable.

It could be that your security setting change was to the broadcasting of the channel identity.


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#30 claudia

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:59 PM

In case anyone still needs PC help in the area, my partner is an IT specialist who does repairs/installations/upgrades in his spare time. He charges 35 for a home visit + one hour's work, and then 20 per hour after that if you need it. He can solve pretty much any IT problem, viruses etc., and can install broadband and new equipment no problem.

Just email Matt on mattmcd@bethere.co.uk if you need more info/advice or to arrange a visit.