Posts Tagged ‘cheap netbooks’

Noise from Used Laptop Solved by Cleaning

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

In this photo is an older laptop which a customer had brought in because another tech had told them that they needed a new hard drive because there was a clicking sound coming from the laptop. This is just a cheap Dell Inspiron 5100 and since the cost for the job would require a new HDD, data backup, OS installation and labor costs, it was getting pretty pricey. So they brought it to us to check out for a second opinion on the diagnosis and find out why their laptop was making that noise.

The funny thing is that there was indeed a clicking sound coming from the laptop, but it was definitely not the hard drive. It was a very small twig which had gotten lodged into the heat-sink area and the fan was hitting it making a faint clicking sound. So for a much lower price we were able to quickly access the part and remove the offending twig which was making the sound as well as give it a thorough cleaning.

Laptop Heatsink Fan Combo

So here is a tip if you are looking to buy a used laptop and want to help to prolong its lifespan.

Over the years we have found various things like a blade of grass or other outdoor type of object in them and since they are portable it is not unusual to find things like this when you work on a lot of laptops. However, it is as easy as using a source of compressed air in order to blow out any dust or debris which can get caught in the fan area of the laptop.

We have offered various other tips and suggestions for easy ways that you can help keep your laptop clean before and this is one good example of why this particular tip is worth doing every once in a while. On many used laptop models this area will consist of a heatsink fan combo unit.

If you look at the picture of this you can see how the little brass area which sort of looks like a grill has the ability to accumulate a lot of dust and debris within its fins. It is really important to keep this area clean so that the laptop can stay cooler when it is powered on.

It is not necessary to dismantle the laptop in order to properly blow out any debris in most instances. However some used laptops and cheap netbooks will have accumulated a fair amount of this and will need to be manually cleaned, but this is only on the rare occasion. The more common situation is that simply by using a can of compressed air you should be able to completely clean that area of the used laptop (fan as well as heatsink) which could impede proper air flow. Finding a bargain on one of the cheap laptops under 100 which we showcase is definitely exciting, but even when the laptop is in immaculate condition it never hurts to clean out the fan area. It only takes a few minutes and the compressed air is fairly cheap too.

Cheap Netbooks Under 100 Setup Instructions

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sometimes people will wonder where the instructions are when they get a laptop. When you have searched through all of the new as well as used laptops for sale under £100 and decided on one of the cheap netbooks, it can be pretty easy to get everything all setup. What usually happens with new and used models is that you follow some basic instructions which are either presented to you on the screen or sometimes via a small instruction manual. Many of the cheap netbooks under 100 will come with a very small pamphlet or sheet of paper which will have the first steps to take when you initially take the laptop out of the box for the first time. Gone are the days where you would purchase a new laptop and find a thick, multiple chapter instruction booklet in which you would find loads of highly granular information which pertained to the various aspects of the computer. Often this would simply be information overload anyway.

Today you should expect to find the relatively smaller pamphlet or sheet of paper which walks you though the very beginning after unpacking the new netbook. These steps typically include how to carefully remove the new mini laptop from its box. The next step will then explain how to properly insert the battery into the laptop. Each of these steps will normally have a corresponding graphic which will be helpful in fully understanding what you need to do. These are however the very basics, so they are not necessarily what you might consider to be challenging.

The next step will typically show you how to plug the power adapter into the unit. Actually most of the cheap netbooks under 100 are similar with one end going to the rear side of the unit and the other end going into the wall socket. Keep in mind that the plug on any laptop computer should be treated gently as it is somewhat delicate, and that this jack is a common area which needs to be repaired if improperly handled or misused. The next step usually tells you how to turn the netbook on and it should provide you a graphic to show you where exactly the on button is as well.

This is essentially all of the steps that there are in the most common "getting started" instruction pamphlets. Once the new netbook has powered on and booted up, then you will need to follow the onscreen instructions. These will walk you through the initial setup of your new mini laptop computer. It will cover important aspects of the process which will include setting up your network connections, WiFi instructions and configuring your antivirus and firewall programs. It will also cover basics such as naming your computer and other opportunities for you to personalize your new computer.

So have fun and do not be concerned if you open up your new netbook (or even a used laptop computer) and find that there is no huge owner’s manual to have to read through. Many used ones do not come with one, some do though, and the instructions presented on the screen are quick and easy to follow.

Small Cheap Netbooks Provide Ultra Portability

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

For many people looking for an extremely lightweight portable computer, the inexpensive netbooks are worth considering. It is a good idea to keep in mind that these little computers are going to be capable of doing a great job of all the low resource tasks that are most common among laptop users today. These tasks work great on the cheap netbooks under 100 dollars and are going to provide reliable and affordable solutions to checking email, web surfing and office productivity as well. The surprising thing is that they can be quite easy to get used to as far as the keyboard size goes.

Upon first look people usually think that since the keyboard is considerably smaller than say a 15 inch laptop that there may some concern over this. However the designs of the keys on the keyboard actually present the user with a feeling of familiarity that is transferred from already being familiar with using a laptop. The size of the hard drives in many of the cheaper netbooks from Acer or Asus for example are typically in the 160GB range which in all reality is the same size as many of the lower priced new laptops today. Additionally, models which run Windows Vista or Windows 7 Starter Edition will come with 1GB of system memory which works quite well for the basic computing tasks which the netbooks are designed for. Upgrading one of these netbooks is an option if there is a need for more multitasking or more resource intensive applications.

We have found that people are often rather surprised at how well netbook computers perform. Super speed is not what they were designed for if you need a cheap gaming laptop, but they can work well with basic games which do not require a lot of expensive hardware. Ultimately the portability is what is so appealing about netbook computers. Whether you use one of the mini 7 laptops or one of the 10.1 inch screen models under $150, these affordable netbooks can supply you with a super lightweight laptop that you can not only fit into ultra small places, but that are so light you can literally carry in the palm of your hand.

Under normal system power usage the battery charge life in netbooks is typically in the 3 to 4 hour range yet larger capacity (cells) are usually an option. It is easy to stay connected to the Internet while you are in nearly any environment which has a wireless signal available. Netbooks today can provide compatibility with 802.11 b/g/n in most cases. These make a great alternative to larger and heavier laptops under $100 so don’t let their small size be too much of a concern. If you need a way to enjoy a small portable computer considerably less expensive than new standard sized laptops then the netbooks may just be the right alternative.