MacBook LCD Screen Replacement

This MacBook Screen Replacement video is a quick edit version of the full video that is available in the Laptop Repair Course. This gives you a good idea of how to do the replacement.

The full video is about an hour long, and takes you through the process of replacing the screen step by step, with very clear directions.

Lesson 2 Learn Computer Memory (RAM) Basics

Hello all and welcome to lesson two in our Learn Computer Repair Free Tutorial Series. So for those of you who have subscribed to our free mailers and free program, this will be your second lesson. For those of you who may be watching this video on YouTube or Vimeo or something else, make sure you shoot over to beyourownit.com and get signed up for a free computer training program so you could take advantage of even more bonus material beyond these simple programs and videos that we do.

There will be conference calls and concentrating seminars available to members. A variety of other things as we move on.

Lesson two is about RAM, why is it important, RAM or computer memory. It talks a little bit of different types of RAM, how much RAM you are going to need and when is it time to upgrade.

Because knowing about RAM and memory is typically something that people just ‑ it gets overlooked a lot when people buy computers and that’s kind of what this lesson is about is making sure that you get enough RAM in the computer that you buy or you have a reasonable expectation for how much RAM that you are going to need in your computer.

And it’s important to remember that as your needs change and your usage grows, and the programs that you used to differ or get more advanced. You’re going to need to upgrade RAM. A lot of times a slow computer is confused with a memory issue. I’m sorry, people think that a slow computer is a hard drive or their CPU is not fast enough when many times there’s (inaudible) computer that doesn’t have enough free memory.

If you are running like Windows XP, you should really aim for at least two gigs, that’s the optimal. And if it’s Vista, but you really want 4. I know that’s ‑ not everyone can afford it and if your computer didn’t come with it, you may be stuck. But it is what it is and that’s kind of our recommendations now, I’ve on XP earn my old laptop with one gig of memory and it was fine. Vista I’ve earn with two gigs and it’s fine.

So the two and four gig numbers that we recommend is only based on optimal performance. And I want to show you ‑ I’ll probably link in this lesson, probably at some point at the bottom. But a lot of people ask how to upgrade memory and how to find out what kind of RAM is in the computer.

I’ve always used Crucial, I don’t officially endorse them. I think there’s a lot of other good memory makers out there but I like their free shipping and free lifetime warranty. I’ve been using their RAM for the past 10 years probably, but regardless of where you choose the buyer RAM, I think they have a great tool that scan my system tool. And if you are on the computer that you are thinking about upgrading, they just scan your computer for free, tell you exactly what the optimal settings are or your maximum amount of memory that your computer can handle.

And I invite you as an exercise of this lesson just to go out here and check it out. So you know what the capacities of your computer are. And how far you can take it in the future. Because a lot of us start out with certain needs on our computers and we grow and we add, we upgrade operating systems from XP to Vista and now Windows seven would be out.

There’s a variety of things, we start using programs we never used before. So we learn something like in Photoshop or some web design program or we start using something simple as Movie Maker. Whatever the case may be. As our usage increases or as we learn more about our computers right? We’re going to want to do more of them.

So RAM that typically gets overlooked and it’s important to keep in mind that at least you are looking something that’s relatively mainstream. So DDR right now at the time of this video is pretty popular. But if it’s mainstream, what’s very typical is it’s extremely affordable.

2 gigabytes stick here for 25 dollars. I mean, RAM has gotten so inexpensive that you can pretty much max out whatever system you are on very afford‑ably and you can never really have too much RAM. This picture shows RAM over the ages in it’s youngest form. DDO and ST and then eventually DDR memory. And laptop memory is actually pictured a little bit lower.

The thing about laptops with RAM, make sure before you buy any laptop, how far you can expand a RAM. Because that’s really the only thing that you can change in a laptop. And as you grow, the RAM is typically the only thing that you can upgrade. If you buy a computer and you can only upgrade or you may not even be able to upgrade RAM at all.

That might not be the best purchase right because as you grow, you start using more software and more applications. You wont be able to increase the capacity of the computer. The last laptop I bought now I think it came with four gigs and it’s upgradeable to 8. I believe six or 8. I’ll definitely upgrade it at some point even though I am not using it just because it’s so cheap.

We use memory anytime we run programs, it’s what the computer uses to run a lot of programs. So the more windows you have open or the more programs you are running, the more RAM that you are going to need. So, I hope this lesson was helpful and we provided some good examples, make sure you read through here. And as always you can submit your questions to support at beyourownit.com.

We are happy to answer any RAM or memory related questions and we look forward to seeing you in the next lesson. And remember as always you can always make request for lessons to it, [email protected] So thanks and have a great day.

 

Lesson 1 Computer Hardware Basics


Hello all and welcome to the first lesson of your beyourownit computer training program. I’m really excited. Today’s a great day for us. We got a new website for outlining this brand new training program and we are going to tell you a little bit in each lesson and remember that we do take requests. So email us at [email protected] and we will try to custom make a lesson just for you. We want to make sure that we answer everybody’s questions. It doesn’t matter if we have 10,000 questions that come in, that’s great! We love to help people.

So kind of as your quote and quote teacher or professor perhaps, I just want to give you extra knowledge about this first lesson. We talk about the computer basics, what they are and the important things.

Basically, that comes to processor, memory or RAM and hard drive. So there’s a lot of things that I could tell you general specs about what they do. A processor, that’s kind of the brains of the computer. It’s often times confused ‑ people think, “Oh I have a slow computer so I need to upgrade my processor.” And often times isn’t the processor, so I want you to get familiar with that.

Inside your computer, this picture here is a picture of what is similar to what your processor is going to look like, only much smaller. But typically, always, it’s going to be under big aluminum cap or heat sink with a fan on top. So that’s how you are able to locate that.

If you go on here to memory, most RAM or memory looks like this at where it’s interchangeable. Quietly RAM is one of the most important parts of your computer. Often times people don’t buy enough to make sure that they are meeting their needs nor do they upgrade it as they grow.

So they get enough RAM when they buy their computer but as time goes on, they don’t expand the RAM but they run more programs, they started doing more than they ever did before of their computer. So it’s important to understand a little more about this.

Hard drive is another thing that people sometimes get caught up with on the wrong numbers. So it’s important to remember that there’s also performance aspect of hard drives. Obviously we all know size and how many gigabytes your hard drive is. But it’s important to remember to that they platter on the inside.

Most hard drive have an RPM too so some are 5400 RPM which is still very typical. 7200 RPM which is generally better. And some are 10000 or more RPM. The more RPM’s you get, the higher performance your drive is. Often times it’s a trade off where you are going to have more RPM’s but less available hard drives or hard drive space. So you are going to make that decision personally.

Performance over quantity because you can really buy a high performance hard drive for your operating system. And then we all know we can buy hard drives extremely cheap right? So you can buy a terabyte hard drive and not really care how it performs and use that to store your mp3’s, photos, whatever you want and run your operating system or major programs off of your highly performing hard drive.

That’s something that you want to get in to as you start building your computers and when you are out looking for computers but there’s some interesting facts in this lesson I think and I wanted to add some value with this video. I also want to let your know two things. One, I’m not really assigning quote and quote homework but if you feel comfortable, you should open your computer and try to identify these parts inside.

You can always email me again at [email protected] with any questions you have with this lesson. We will be happy to answer them. And any questions about your hard drive or about what they might look like or how to know when the hard drive is dying often typically there’s a knocking noise or grinding.

Most people notice a general loudness with their computer when their memory is going typically you have a lot of ‑ sometimes people think it’s a spyware issue or virus issue, but most of memory problems manifest themselves in random computer lock‑ups, not so much in the performance degradation type scenario. Use your computer lock‑up and that goes same with the CPU.

Let me say that in my years of over a decade of computer repair, using computers, I’ve probably seen ten dead processors. It just doesn’t happen. Even with that set up, I always recommend buy a retail box over OEM but we can talk about that as we go along. If you guys have questions on what the difference is between retail box and OEM or what kind of RAM to buy or what kind of hard drive to buy, please submit your questions to me at [email protected]

If you are watching this video and you are interested in getting in to our free computer training program, make sure that you shoot over on beyourownit.com, sign up for the training program. It is completely free. And we will keep you in the loop, again we’ll do custom videos and custom projects. And we will work together to achieve everyone’s goals.

This program is for people of variety of different skill levels. So I’d like to welcome you all to the program and I look forward to growing our class bigger and bigger and helping more people each day. So thanks for your time and don’t forget to submit your questions or requests.

 

Website Design-Marketing Your Website


Transcription:

Thanks, and welcome to our fifth video on our website design. This is our fifth topic. Our first video was on setting what your URL would be, and some tips and tricks on how to get the most traffic from that. The second one was about how to set up webhosting and get your website up and running. Then, we showed you how to install a Drupal, which is a content management system, which is basically a template free website that makes it very easy to edit.

On video five, we showed you some basic techniques on how to add pages, how to create menus, and manipulate how the site works. For this video, I thought I’d take a break from the technical, and talk about marketing your website. This is a free marketing video from BeyourownIT.com.

The first thing you’re going to want to do, especially if you’re a business, is harness the word of mouth. Your customers are going to need to know, so you’re going to need to tell them.

A common pitfall is I see in business’ websites is their customers don’t even know. They don’t print it on their business cards; they don’t print it on their work vehicles; they don’t list it on their letterhead, or bills. They need to do that. Anything that goes out in front of your customers’ face should have your website on it, especially advertising. This is a huge pitfall.

So many people spend so much money advertising in the paper. Why not advertise an online special where people could go to your website? You could save a ton of money on advertising. Just put it on your website and you’re going to be able to advertise for free.

The second thing in the marketing realm, at least of your website space, is search engine optimization. This is certainly a very deep topic. It’s far, far more than what you see on the slide. Some basic things you can do to make sure people find your website is to make sure that you know your website contains good keywords. Make sure to use the words that your customers are looking for. If you sell cowbells, make sure you talk about cowbells in your website.

Make sure your website is useful. Don’t just have one‑page then call it a virtual yellow pages ad. Make it do something for them. Offer some value or reason to be there, otherwise they’re just never going to come.

There are a lot of easy things that you can do to involve your customers with your website. That’s really key, training them to go to your website. Then you’ll be able to market to them for little or no cash.

Whether it’s having a monthly special on your website, now that you tell people [inaudible] in a newspaper ad, “Hey check out our monthly specials on our website located here.” Now maybe advertise that a couple of months, but then you’d go away from it. maybe on the third or fourth or fifth month, people will just know to check your website for your specials. Now you’ve saved all that advertising cash.

You’ll also want to list your website on local and national web directories. There’s City Directories; Chamber of Commerce’s; Directory.yahoo.com; Best of the Web; Business.com. Some of them do cost money, but it does have a lot of value.

Another thing you can do is pay for a little advertising. Of course, this is another huge topic, but I wanted to mention it. It’s basically when you’re searching Google, you’ll see those sponsored ads across the top and to the right.

This is great for businesses because you can geo‑target your city in particular. You only pay for clicks. You get instant results, so the second you do it, you start your ad set to be served up to your customers. You have complete control, so you can control exactly what the ad says, where geographically it’s served, what time it is, and then you can control where they go‑what page they go to your website.

You don’t just take them to the home page. If you’re advertising that you’re selling cowbells, take them to your product stage where you’re selling cowbells. So this is not just a local business thing, but it’s also an e‑Commerce thing. If you run an e‑Commerce site, or any other site that you want to utilize, and pay‑for‑click advertising, make sure that you take them to the page where they want to go.

If they’re looking for cowbells, don’t take them to your home page. Take them to your product page where they can find what they’re looking for. We’ll do some more presentations on pay‑per‑click advertising later, since the topic is so huge. It’s a little used resource for small businesses.

Another tip is be creative. Think outside the box, and create content that people will want to read. Don’t just put up cookie cutter content. If you’re a small business, don’t just write simple articles about maybe roofing or siding. Make sure you write specific articles about things that are going on in your business and industry, and especially locally.

If you can do this, you’ll get links, and you will get traffic. If you offer tools that people want to use‑‑payment calculators, all sorts of estimators. You can pay somebody to develop these for you, if you don’t have the skills yourself. It’s just another way that people will link to your site, people will want to use your site.

You just want to leverage all angles. Don’t take the shortcuts and be cookie cutter because you just won’t get the traffic.

One last tip here is maintaining your site. It’s an absolute must. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at local businesses’ websites, or people’s websites, and it says, “Click here for July’s specials,” and it’s October. You need to make sure and keep it updated.

You can protect yourself on how you design your site. Just don’t have them then. If you feel like you’re not going to update it, then don’t put something up like that. Put due content up at a reasonable rate. It gives people a reason to come back.

Maybe you have a blog on your site. Maybe you’ll only update it monthly. That’s no big deal. Start off that like that. Update it once a month

What’s new in your business, what’s new in your world, what’s new in your industry. Keep people informed, and you’ll train them to come back.

The more you update that, the more people interested will come back. You can utilize this from a site about computer repair like I have, all the way down to Joe’s plumbing in some little town. Offer monthly specials or coupons that are only available on your website. Give them a reason. That’s kind of the theme. Give them a reason to come to your site, and it will work.

This is just a twenty thousand foot view at some of the things that you can do to market your website from Be Your Own IT, where we have PC support videos, computer repair articles, small business help, home user help, and free tech support. You can always email your questions to [email protected] We’d love to answer them.

Thank you.

Using the cmd Command Line Interface to Control Programs and Files


Transcription:

Hey everyone, this is Will from BeYourOwnIT.com. With this, the second part of the command line video, I want to go through and show a couple more advanced things you can do with the command line. So return for command line here, which still looks like this from the previous video. Let’s go through first with “tasklist”. Now if this looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same thing as the Task Manager when you fire it up and hit “Processes”.

The difference being is the Task Manager is updating itself constantly, and this is actually like a screen shot of it. Now what you can also do is you can kill the processes from here just like you would with the Windows Task Manager itself.

In order to do that, you’re going to combine two command line protocols, which is what this symbol right here called the “pipe”. It’s shift and it’s the one between backspace and enter.

So you hit that and you hit “find chrome.exe”, and it will show you that there are three instances of chrome running. So if we go “taskkill chrome” ‑‑ Oops, “chrome.exe”. It looks like I got the syntax wrong. It’s actually something to be very aware of is that the command line is very unforgiving as far as syntax goes. OK, I got the correct syntax for it.

It is “taskkill /im chrome.exe /f”. And that has killed all the versions of Chrome that are currently running. You can do some other things, you can shut down remote computers, you can schedule defragments ‑‑ that’s using the “schtasks” command. It’s a little advanced for what we’re doing right now. But without really understanding how flags work, it’s not really worth going into.

Right now you can map a folder to a drive, actually. So let’s go to ‑‑ hit “dir” for directory ‑‑ and we see “Pictures” there. So if we take this, we do, “subst M:”, or whichever, that’s the drive letter. Users . . . Pictures.

OK, drive is already “SUBSTed” because I did this as a demo earlier for myself. But if we take that and we use let’s say “T”, and we’ll substitute another drive. These aren’t extra hard drives. What it’s actually doing is putting the contents of the “Pictures” folder inside these other drives.

And what that really makes simple is if you have backup software that does it on the drive level and you want it to get individual folders, you make a batch file with all folders that you want to use like this, and you put them in there like that. Then you can use your drive level backups and your disk imaging software and all sorts of other good things in order to backup the data in the way you want to.

There’s also the “systeminfo” command, which a lot of the programs that say that they know how to see what you’re using and what kind of hardware you’re using are actually using “sysinfo” and some other things. Most of those should look pretty familiar.

Other things that you can do with this are going to include ‑‑ you know how sometimes if you disconnect from a network share, it says you’ve still got people sharing files? You can do an “openfiles /query”.

It didn’t work on here, but if you go to “openfile/local on” ‑‑ You have to reboot the system. You can actually see these. It shows like who’s in your computer, what files they’re using, that sort of thing.

There are also a couple of other little functions that I guess I’ll get into here. If you go to ‑‑ actually, I’ll show you something pretty cool. If you do like a “cd” into the “Pictures” and you double ampersand, like with the dir command, it’ll do them both. It moved and then it gave me the directory of the “Pictures” itself.

What you can do here, you do a directory and in this case, it will be a “*.gif”, because those two files here are “.gifs”. So all folders or all files using the “.gif” suffix.

What that’s done is you see a “files.txt” here, and I’m going to show you another command that’s called “type”. What type does, it actually reads the data in a text file without being able to use it. It’s similar to the “cat” command in Linux.

Let’s go “type files.txt”. As we see here, these are the contents of “type files”. What files actually is, is that command that I ran, that one, wrote a file full of the paths of the files in the folder.

And that’s useful for things that . . . like let’s say you’re doing a backup, and what you want your backup to do is every time you do a file backup, you want it to give you the name of the file that it just backed up. So it has to do with the communication between the machine and the user.

This has been Will from BeYourOwnIT, and see you in the next video.