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Are you tired of getting Facebook updates about how many new cows your Facebook friend bought for his Farmville plot? Don’t care about the new drink your friend created in Cafe World? I’m right there with ya.

FB Purity is a sweet browser extension (plug-in) that can clear away all that unnecessary crap on your Facebook News Feed that you could care less about. It can be installed on Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. Here’s a screenshot of what the top of your Facebook News Feed will look like after installation:

So in the event that it’s 4:40pm on a Friday and you’ve ran out of ways to make time go by faster, you can click to see how many new chicken coops your retired Aunt Patrice built in the past 48 hours.

A+ Mobile PC Doctors is a Boston computer repair company located conveniently on Newbury Street in Boston at 316 Newbury Street, 2nd floor. We offer onsite computer repair services for business and residential customers. We offer computer repair services in over 22 states, including Minnesota.

The following are our Minnesota computer repair locations:

Minnesota (MN) Computer Repair
St. Paul Computer Repair
Bloomington Computer Repair
Eden Prairie Computer Repair
Spring Lake Park Computer Repair
Minneapolis Computer Repair
Apple Valley Computer Repair
Burnsville Computer Repair
Farmington Computer Repair
Hastings Computer Repair
Hopkins Computer Repair
Inver Grove Heights Computer Repair
Lakeville Computer Repair
Rosemount Computer Repair
Savage Computer Repair
St Paul Park Computer Repair
St Paul Computer Repair

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A Lenovo laptop repair that recently came through our Boston computer repair shop had a “no power to laptop” issue as it would not take a charge from the power cable.  After first ruling out that the power cable and A/C Adapter (these are the two cables that run from a laptop to the electrical outlet) are not faulty, we

Laptop jack repair on a Lenovo laptop

Laptop jack repair on a Lenovo laptop

then inspected the connection from the A/C adapter cable to the actual laptop and noticed a slightly loose connection with the DC jack (the internal component that you plug the A/C Adapter power cable into on a laptop).  The suspected resolution was a DC jack repair where we would re-solder the jack onto the motherboard or to purchase a new laptop jack cord, depending on what type of DC jack the laptop had beneath its cover and the damage to the actual jack and possibly even to the motherboard.  However, if re-soldering or buying a DJ jack cord did not fix the issue, then there may have been a short circuit on the motherboard itself which means the motherboard would have to be replaced.  Therefore, the laptop was taken in for a diagnostic.

After carefully taking apart the Lenovo and inspecting the DJ jack cord that it encapsulated, a multi-meter was used to measure the voltages at each end to ensure proper connection, which indeed revealed a grounded wire as the issue.  Fortunately, instead of purchasing a new DJ jack cord, a re-soldering of the cord onto the plug fixed the issue.  After notifying the customer, this task was completed and the laptop was powering on. Computer repair problem resolved within 24 hours – nice!!

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Check out these cool Google Chrome extensions and extras recommended by one of our computer techs in Memphis. A+ Mobile PC Doctors is a leader in the computer repair Memphis market.

Internet Explorer Tab – Now you don’t have to wait to open the archaic Internet Explorer — just click the IE tab and your current page will load as it shows on Internet Explorer. Great for sites that only display properly on IE, web designers, and email clients whose features only work on IE.

Google Similar Pages Chrome Extension

Google Similar Pages Chrome Extension

Google Similar Pages Tab – [Pictured] A cool tool, whether you use it as a distraction tactic at work or to check out your competitors’ websites.

Chromicious Tab – A Delicious add-on which allows you to save pages into your Delicious account. A great bookmark add-on for those of us who want a simple way to organize our thousands of bookmarks by tags.

If you or someone you know need Memphis computer repair services, A+ Mobile PC Doctors is a highly mobile computer repair and networking company that services both residential and business clients. Visit our Computer Repair website for a full list of services and locations (we’re in over twenty states!)

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Our technician Jessica is working in the Houston computer repair and Dayton computer repair markets. She recently passed on this Open Office tip to a business client.

Texas computer repair

Texas computer repair

“One of the company’s employees preferred to use Open Office for word processing rather than Microsoft Office, which the rest of the office was using. By default, Open Office saves documents in its native format, .sxw. It’s always an option to save a document in any format, including .doc. However, the employee wanted the program to save his documents in .doc form by default. We set up his computer to complete the task; here’s a rundown on what we did.”

  1. Click on Tools and then Options.
  2. Open Load/Save on the left side of the window.
  3. Click on General under the Load/Save section.
  4. In the area labeled as “Default file format” near the bottom of the dialog window, select the type of document you want, for example, Text Document for Writer files, in the Document Type drop-down list.
  5. To the right dropdown list labeled as “Always Save As”, change or select the format as “Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP.”
    For computer repair services, A+ Mobile PC Doctors is one of the most networked computer repair companies in the US. Our technicians are among the best in their areas, and are happy to bring exceptional onsite computer repair services to your home or business. Visit our computer repair website to see a full list of IT services and a full list of service areas.
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    Even the most common Boston computer repair problem requires a bit of magic administered by one of our technicians.

    Last month, a customer brought in an IBM Thinkpad due to an ‘unmountable_boot_volume’ blue screen of death. He explained that he was shutting down his IBM Thinkpad and accidentally dropped it, albeit just about a foot, while the shutdown was in process.

    We removed his hard drive and re-seated it to make sure it hadn’t loosened in the fall. Then we booted the laptop using a Windows XP Professional CD, done by hitting F12 during the boot-up process and choosing ‘CD’ as the primary boot device. The CD spins and asks the user to hit any key to confirm booting to the CD. After the Windows XP file setup, the system inquires whether the user wants to set up Windows XP, repair a Windows XP installation using the recovery console, or quit. We chose ‘R’ for repair.

    At the recovery console, we typed ‘chkdsk /r’ to check the consistency and files of the hard drive and to repair any bad sectors. After this, in order to fix the ‘unmountable_boot_volume’ it is necessary to type FIXBOOT. When asked if the user is sure that he/she wants to overwrite the previous boot sector, we typed ‘Y’ and ‘ENTER’.

    Problem solved!

    For more Boston computer repair tips and tricks, stay tuned in to the Boston computer repair blog. For remote or onsite computer repair in over 20 states, visit A+ Mobile PC Doctors on the web at their Onsite Computer Repair Services site.

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