by   April 09 2012   
When you need to just stop thinking it will get better and walk it to the Curb you'll know you have done the right thing after sending in your story so others can learn like you have. Curbing a computer that steals hours of your life every day is a blessing and should be a medical deduction for preventative medicine.

What's your Curb Alert 2012 Computer Story?

Following in the foot steps of those that participated in the CURB IT 2011 Campaign I'll be starting this year off with a Dell Celeron 2100 Windows XP SP1 128Mb RAM and a 20Gb hard drive. The time to boot was last recorded at 22.5 minutes. Shut down is about 28 minutes on average. It runs one application at a time or two if you don't mind 15 minute breaks.

Below is a copy of the 2011 campaign to curb it or upgrade it.

It's time to upgrade before you Curb-IT

Upgrade Tip: If you are purchasing a computer from one of the local stores or from us the first thing you need to do is check to see how much memory you can put into your computer. 

Why should I check memory before I buy a computer? Here's the quick answer. First reason, most manufacturers save a buck or two by not installing the maximum amount of memory into a computer. The second reason is. You most likely wouldn't purchase the computer if you knew that the maximum memory you can install is less than what the operating systems maximum is.

Now that you know you can't get any satisfaction from off the shelf computer brands unless you pay some geek a bundle of cash to do a simple upgrade.

We are a service company but we also know when it's time to have the customer pick up the Technicians Hat and do the work. If you can repair or upgrade your computer without having to pick up a screw driver we are all for it.

We hate to charge a field service call to a customer when it was only a matter of reinstalling a device driver or restarting the computer. We are now offering technical support via voice systems.

Yes, we are offering Telephone Technical Support. Look for details in our Service section or call (225) 802-9296 (Not a toll free number and it is in Louisiana not India)

Memory Upgrades

I know by now you have read at least once you should have the maximum memory installed in your computer. The reason we are really pushing this is because by 2014 if you don't have at least 8GB of memory you are going to need to replace your computer. So if you are purchasing a new computer and it can only handle 2GB you need to Curb-IT, 4GB will be Ok if it's a 32bit system but if you are looking at a 64bit system 8GB is the minimum we want you to look at.

If we can build systems from laptops to servers that have 8GB to 196GB of RAM then those big boys we all know can do the same.

How to determine if you need more memory.

Microsoft has a At Home fix it section that offers some suggestions of why you should upgrade and even attempts to make a point to why you don't need a technician to do this work. We Agree unless you have a track record of breaking electronics or have a very high level of static build up in your body.

Signs you need to do something today regarding memory. You might have other issues like viruses or application issues but we are going to give you the memory related issues knowing you keep your system very well 100% of the time. Right?

You know your computer needs memory when...

  • You click and wait and wait and wait.
  • Your browser or applications seem to scroll in and out like opening and closing blinds.
  • You click on Start and Wait seconds or minutes. (Not instant)
  • You know enough to run TaskMgr.exe and see you are out of memory.
  • Your hard drive light is flashing like crazy all the time.
  • I use Adobe, Quickbooks, Turbotax, Coral Draw and other big memory programs.

This is only a few typically reasons you should add or upgrade your computer memory.

Our Main Technical Reason we want you to upgrade is we are seeing 80% of our new customer service calls related to memory. Specifically the lack of memory.

We don't mind adding memory, running some tests and making sure your system is all up to date and protected. But we know as technicians that you could do this work yourself and save the big headache issues for us to handle. (We like a challenging problem.)

Take our advice and follow the following steps. If you need for us to install your system and tune things up we'll be glad to do it all for you.

How to Determine how much and what memory you need.

  1. Run the Crucial Memory Test
  2. Order the Maximum memory directly from Crucial Or
  3. Copy and Paste the Results URL (address line) or the full page and send it to us.

 Microsoft says: If it suddenly seems that your computer can't keep up and the drive light is flickering like crazy, it's probably time to install RAM. But before you unplug the cables, lug the machine to the car, drive to the computer store, wait to have RAM installed, and pay for the service, read how to install RAM yourself.

 

When you need to just stop thinking it will get better and walk it to the Curb you'll know you have done the right thing after sending in your story so others can learn like you have. Curbing a computer that steals hours of your life every day is a blessing and should be a medical deduction for preventative medicine.