Congratulations, Graduate! Here’s how to choose a new laptop for your future!

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Congratulations, you graduated from Minnetonka or a nearby school! Whether you’re planning on attending a community college, a four-year school like the University of Minnesota (or even starting a new entrepreneurial business venture), you’re going to need a new laptop.

But how do you choose the right laptop for you?

Consider your major
Some majors or areas of focus require special software like AutoCAD or Photoshop, so be sure the laptops you’re considering have enough memory and processing power to handle the basics plus the specific software you’ll need. Design, computer science, business and engineering majors often require extra computing power to run industry-specific software.

If you haven’t yet decided on a major, look at laptops that are smaller, lighter and easily portable. Another important factor will be long battery life, so you can go from class to class without having to constantly charge up.

Laptop dependent or laptop averse?
Consider how often you will need to use your laptop. You might watch movies or do some gaming like playing Bitcoin Casinos At EasyMobileCasino. Will you use it primarily for word processing/note taking/paper writing or are you online all the time – including watching movies and gaming?

The more you’ll use your laptop, the more you’ll want to focus on more memory, a faster processor, high quality audio and a high-resolution screen. Make sure you test out your laptop candidates in person, especially if you’ll be using it to type a lot. You’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable and easy to type on.

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One of the top considerations when choosing a laptop for college is, of course, budget. You may really want that MacBook Pro, but your bank account does not support that decision – you’re just getting started on a new phase in your life and living with limited resources is an important part of that.

If you’re ready to part with your current laptop or computer, bring it to Device Pitstop Minnetonka and, in most cases, you’ll get cash on the spot.

For an even better way to get the most laptop for your money, browse the large selection of like-new, professionally refurbished laptops at your local Device Pitstop store. When the laptop is new to you, you’ll be able to get more memory, more power and the laptop you really want, at a price you can afford.

Extracurricular activities
Are you a gamer? Like to watch movies and videos on your laptop? Do a lot of photo editing? Consider what activities outside of school work you’ll use your laptop for and plan for those as well. Keep in mind that gaming laptops typically use a lot of power and their battery life is shorter, as they are designed for seamless play with amazing graphics.

Get recommendations
Still stuck on what laptop will be the best while you’re in college? Check with the IT department or computer lab on campus – they can provide you a good starting point and help you understand just what you’ll need to get started.

Have questions? Need more guidance? Contact a member of the Pit Crew, we’re here to help!

In Minnetonka? Here’s how to recycle your electronic devices

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Spring cleaning, Earth Day, reclaiming space – whatever your reason for cleaning out that drawer filled with old phones, laptops and electronics accessories it’s time to get them recycled.

But how do you responsibly recycle your old devices in the Minnetonka area?recycle phone

Empty that drawer and bring your old desktop computers, accessories, cell phones and laptops into Device Pitstop at 13023 Ridgedale Drive. There are two recycling options:

* First, does your device have resale value? We evaluate to determine its condition. We pay cash for laptops and cell phones! We can give you a free trade-in quote and apply any funds to your Device Pitstop purchase of a new device.

* Second, if your device can’t be repaired and needs to be recycled, we follow stringent recycling procedures and policies to ensure your old equipment is safely and properly recycled with a local, reputable facility.

When you’re ready to get rid of those old electronic devices, it’s time to check on sites like to find out where you can bring them to a nearby Device Pitstop. It’s great for the planet and good for your pocketbook!

Questions about recycling your old devices? Contact us today! We’re happy to help!

How to break your computer – and how to fix it when it breaks

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Laptop or desktop? PC or Mac? No matter what type of computer you have, there are nearly endless ways to break it. No one wants a broken or glitchy computer, so knowing all the issues that can arise will help if and when the time comes to repair your device. You will want to get an anti virus on your computer like Zonealarm anti virus. Your hard drive could be dirty and causing issues, get computer hard drive cleaning West Palm Beach. If you need help repairing your computer you can visit Lake Worth PC Revive computer service, they have professional staff that can help you.

Get your computer wet
Is your cup of coffee right next to your laptop? Do you eat lunch over your computer keyboard? That’s a great way to break your computer! Crumbs and food mess stuck in the keyboard and spilled glasses of water shorting out the device are common computer issues that are completely preventable.

Heat your computer up
Are you cooking your computer? If it’s near a radiator, heating vent, fireplace or heater or if you place your laptop on a pillow or blanket on your lap – congratulations! You’re on your way to overheating your computer and possibly even causing a fire.

Always keep your computer on a hard, flat surface to keep vents unblocked and keep away from heat sources.

If you think your computer has overheated, locate the vents on the device and try clearing them using a can of compressed air. If that doesn’t help, seek professional help.

Computer turn-off
No matter how many times you hit the power button your computer or laptop won’t turn on.

Sure, it sounds obvious, but first step is to make sure it’s plugged in. If that’s the issue, the computer will power up and the laptop will start charging a spent battery. If it is plugged into a power strip, make sure the switch is turned on. If neither of those is the solution, check the power cord for any visible damage. If it’s cracked or frayed, it’s time to replace the power cord.

If there’s no visible damage, or if you’ve replaced the power cord and the computer still won’t turn on, bring it to someone who can properly assess and fix the issue.

Slow operator
It’s incredibly frustrating when your computer is acting like a sloth – SLOW. If you can get to the Task Manager, check out which programs are running and how much CPU and memory they’re using. BUT, before you close any of the programs, make sure you know exactly what they are and what they do. You may never have heard of that program or file you’re closing and it could be important for your operating system.

Cut off from the online world
When a PC or laptop won’t connect to the internet, the reasons can be confusing. If you’re using wi-fi, you don’t need to worry about it, but if you’re wired, check to ensure all cables are connected and plugged in where they need to be. Also make sure your router is plugged in and running properly. Sometimes a simple reboot of the router does the trick.

If you’ve rebooted your computer, laptop and router and you still can’t get online, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if they’re having an outage on their end. If you call the customer service number, most ISPs will have a recorded message explaining if/where any outages are currently happening.

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Still can’t get online? You could spend many hours trying to determine the issue or you can bring your computer or laptop in to Device Pitstop in Minnetonka where the experts can diagnose and fix it ASAP. Upon fixing you’ll be able to resume your routine tasks, such as convert word to pdf online.

The “blue screen of death”
If your computer runs Windows, you may be familiar with the dreaded “blue screen of death.” This is also known as a system crash and it happens when your computer can no longer operate safely. If you’ve been working on something and the blue screen appears, you can no longer save your work and any unsaved work can’t be recovered, so save your work earl and save your work often!

Most of the reasons for this error involve issues with background operations, not any particular user error. Click here to go on zoo computer repairs website and Follow the instructions given on screen and, in many cases, a restart can resolve the issue. But if your blue screen of death persists, you’ll need professional help.

One of the best possible ways to break your computer is to click on anonymous links, random pop-ups and unknown email attachments because those are the most popular ways for viruses and malware to attack and compromise your computer.

If your machine is running slowly, you’re getting complaints about spam messages sent from your email address, you’re suddenly seeing unknown error messages and program icons, you’re seeing an increase in weird messages or pop-up ads or your computer is crashing, you might have a virus or other malicious software.

Always use anti-virus software and keep up to date on scans and updates. When the software asks you to restart your machine, do it right away!

If you’re having a variety of issues with your computer or laptop and think your security might have been breached, get yourself to Device Pitstop in Minnetonka as soon as possible to avoid any further damage!

From annihilated AC adaptors to suspicious Zip files, Device Pitstop in Minnetonka can fix just about any issue with your PC and Mac computer or laptop. Bring your machine in to 13023 Ridgedale Drive today or give us a call at 952-260-7571 to talk through your issues.