Have you ever accidentally dropped your cell phone in the sink, or even worse... the toilet? Did you leave it in your pocket and run it through the washing machine and at times it's possible that your friends dunked you in a swimming pool just for the fun of it? Did you get beaten by the rain or did you forget and go swimming with your cell phone in your pocket? Or perhaps it fell out of your pocket and into the pet's water bowl? Getting your cell phone wet usually means you have to replace it, but sometimes if you're fast enough, you might be able to save the phone! Follow the steps outlined in this article to try and save your wet cell phone.

                       Steps

1.                  Take the phone out of the water as soon as possible. Ports for hands free kit, tiny hole for microphone, charging, usb cable connectivity and the plastic covers on cell phones even though tight can freely allow water to enter the phone in a just a few seconds of time. Grab your phone quickly, and turn it off immediately, as leaving it on can cause it to short circuit – if it has been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.

2.         Your phone may not be too damaged if you take it out of the water right away. A longer period of immersion, such as being in the washing machine cycle, is no cause for alarm. It is still worth trying the following steps to attempt saving the phone, before giving up.

If the phone is connected to a wall charger and is also submerged in water, do not attempt to remove it from the water. Seek a professional immediately to ask the proper steps to do this safely (as in turning off a main power switch, or similar action). Electricity and water do not mix and can result in electrical shock. However, if your phone was NOT connected to a wall charger but fell into water, remove the phone from the water as quickly as possible, and proceed with the next few steps.

Acting quickly can make all the difference in being able to save your phone from water damage, however don't panic. Maintaining a level head is key to working more efficiently under pressure.

3.         After removing the phone from water, quickly gather some paper towels or soft cloths to lay the phone on while you remove the battery cover and battery. This is one of the most important steps to saving it. Many circuits inside the phone will survive immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source (battery) when wet.

To find out if the phone is truly water damaged, check the corner near where the battery is – there should be a white square or circle, with or without red lines. If this is pink or red, your phone has water damage.

Quickly read the manual to your phone if you're not sure how to remove the battery.

4.         Remove the SIM card if your phone has one. Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) could be stored on your SIM. For many people, this could be more valuable and worthy of saving than the phone itself.

SIM cards survive water damage well, but getting it out immediately makes good sense. Pat it dry and set it aside to dry out until you reconnect your phone to your cell network again. (If your phone does not have a SIM card, skip this step).

5.         Remove all other peripherals such as ear buds, memory cards, as well as any phone cases or protective covers. Remove all plugs that cover the gaps, slots, and crevices in the phone to expose them to air drying.

6.         Dry your phone with a soft rag or towel. If there is even one drop of water left inside, it can ruin your phone by corroding it and making the circuits corrode or short out. Obviously you need to remove as much of the water as quickly as possible, to prevent it from easing its way into the phone:

Gently wipe off as much water as possible without dropping the phone. Avoid shaking or moving the phone excessively, so as to avoid moving water through it.

Wipe down using a towel or paper towel, trying not to clog the paper in the gaps and grooves of the phone. Keep wiping gently to remove as much of the remaining water as possible.

(Optional): If you pulled the battery out in time, cleaning the inside of your phone with rubbing alcohol will displace the water which alone could remedy the problem.

7.         Use a vacuum cleaner. If you want to try and suck the liquid out of the inner parts of the phone, try using a vacuum cleaner if there is one available. Remove all residual moisture by drawing it away with a vacuum cleaner held over the affected areas for up to 20 minutes, in each accessible area (take turns with a friend. This is the fastest method and can completely dry out your phone and get it working in thirty minutes. However, unless the exposure to water was extremely short, it's not recommended to attempt to turn your phone on this soon.

Be careful not to hold the vacuum too close to the phone, as a vacuum can create static electricity, which is even worse for the phone than water.

8.         Do not use a hair dryer to dry out a phone. Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (not even on the "cold" mode). Using a hair dryer may force moisture further inward toward the crevices, reaching the electrical components deep inside the phone. And if the hair dryer air is too warm, it could melt the components or the case.

If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry which could eventually cause component failure inside the phone.

While avoiding blowing air into the phone, conversely, using a heater, fan or other air-flow device to blow air ACROSS the phone's openings will aid drying. The Bernoulli principle states that as the warm, dry air moves fast over the phone, the decreased air pressure will gently pull or suck moisture out of the phone. The best part of this option is that you can leave a phone in front of a warm, moving air for hours on end without effort.

9.         Use a substance with a high affinity for drawing out moisture. An inexpensive option is to place the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight. The rice will absorb any remaining moisture.

If available, it is preferable to use a desiccant instead. Desiccants may absorb moisture better than rice.  You can also try slipping the cell phone inside a plastic bag that can be sealed or a plastic container (airtight). Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel — often found with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, etc. — in with the cell phone. The downside of this method is the packets packed with shoes has usually already reached its absorption capacity. Desiccant for flower drying can usually be purchased at most craft stores. Leave the phone with the desiccant or rice as long as possible (at least overnight) to absorb the moisture.

Rotate the phone to a different position every hour until you go to sleep. This will allow any water left inside to run down and hopefully find an opening to escape.

10.    Let the phone sit on absorbent towels, napkins or other paper. After removing the phone from the rice or desiccant (or if you were not able to use either method), place the phone flat on an absorbent material. Remember that the goal is to evacuate all of the moisture and humidity from the device.

Check the absorbent material every hour for 4 to 6 hours. If moisture is evident, repeat the vacuuming step and desiccant steps.

11.    Test your phone. After you have waited at least 24 hours, or longer if needed, check to see that every area of your cell phone is clean and looks dry. Check all the ports, compartments and in between crevices for any moisture or dirt. Wipe away any dust and dirt from the device and covers and insert the battery into the phone. Attempt to power on the device, listening for odd noises and observing to see if the phone appears to function correctly.

If your phone is completely dried out, but still does not work, try plugging it into its charger without the battery. If this works, you will probably need a new battery.

If plugging it in with the charger doesn't work, try taking your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet - there are internal indicators that prove moisture - and the repair people are more likely to be able to help you if you explain exactly what has happened to the phone.

12.       Unless you are trained and skilled to do so, never take a phone apart. Leave that to the professionals, since doing so could potentially cause shock or exposure to harmful chemicals or components.

If your phone is powering up but doesn't operate correctly after you've dried it, then it's likely that you've missed some liquid, or that corrosion has already occurred. Remove all the covers, battery, cards and other extraneous attachments again, and rub it gently with a clean dry paintbrush or toothbrush. Look on YouTube for instructions on how to properly go about this process.

If you have any questions contact Taylor Pc Repair at 512-569-1922

 
 

Windows XP end of support date is April 8, 2014 (less than two years from now!)End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides monthly windows updates, automatic fixes, or technical assistance.


What does this mean?

Without Microsoft support, you will no longer be able to receive the monthly critical security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.


What can I do about it?

My advice: nobody should continue using a computer with Windows XP operating system on the Internet after April 8, 2014.You should either replace all your XP computers now, if you have not already, or plan to replace them before that date. I recommend replacement now, especially for business users. I recommend a new computer with Windows 7.


Here are the reasons to replace a Windows XP computer now:


  • Windows XP is soon to be obsolete.

  • Windows 7 has many security architecture improvements that XP does not have, and because of that, XP is less secure. Windows XP computers are more prone to get viruses.

  • Windows XP computers take more time to use and maintain than Windows 7. Computers running Windows XP are old and slow, new computers are many times faster. A new computer will be more productive for you.

 Should I buy a new computer or can I just upgrade my Windows XP 
software?

While in some cases it is possible to upgrade your operating system from Windows XP, I do not recommend it, here’s why:Computers that originally came loaded with Windows XP have hardware that is too old to run the newest operating systems. The processor and memory are not fast enough to keep up with the demands of a new operating system. Also if you upgrade you have to buy the operating system and then install it.  Upgrading costs money and takes time to do  all the work installing it. If not installed properly, you could lose your photos and documents. In my opinion, it is better to buy a new computer that already comes with the new operating system. A new computer comes with all new faster hardware and a warranty. The new computer will be faster and more reliable, it will be more enjoyable to use than an old slow computer that was upgraded.


How do I tell which operating system I have?

Follow one of these these methods to see which version of Windows you have installed:

Method 1:

      On the Desktop, locate the icon labeled “My Computer.” Or click “Start” and then click “Computer” or “My Computer”,Point  the mouse at the icon, then click the right mouse button. In the popup menu which appears, choose “Properties. After a few seconds, the System Control Panel will open Click the tab labeled “General.” (XP only) The version of Windows you have installed will be clearly displayed.

Method 2:

Click the Start button, type winver in the search box, and then press Enter. (Vista, Win 7)If the steps above don’t work on your computer, you might be running a previous version of Windows such as XP. To check, click Start, click Run, type winver, and then press Enter.

Method 3:

All versions of Windows display a boot screen which clearly indicates the version installed. To see this screen, follow these instructions:
  1. Turn on the computer’s monitor, then turn on the computer.
  2. Watch the monitor as your computer boots. You will see a graphic display which will clearly indicate which version of Windows you have. 

What operating systems are there?

The currently available operating systems are Windows 8 and Windows 7,  prior to that there was Windows Vista,  and prior to that Windows XP.


Do you still repair Windows XP computers?

Yes, for now I do still do minor repair of Windows XP computers. Small fixes and tune-ups are still being performed routinely but if there is a major problem like a hard drive that’s failed or motherboard that’s gone bad then it becomes evident that it is more cost effective to replace the computer rather than fix it. Here at Taylor Pc Repair , we service and sell computers. So whatever the decision is, repair or replace, we have a solution readily available.
 
 
 A computer’s processing speed is determined first and foremost by its hardware capabilities. Nevertheless, over time, computers can slow down—and this sluggishness can often be attributed to software issues. There are some steps that you can take to help you identify why your computer’s performance is slowing down and to keep your computer running faster and smoother.


1. Check for spyware, malware, and viruses. This is something that we recommend you do regularly. Not only is your computer at risk, but your personal information is as well. These malicious little buggers can affect how well—and how fast—computers perform. Installing the latest updates to your antivirus software will go a long way towards keeping your computer safe from harm, but when in doubt, a more through professional diagnosis may be necessary.


2. Defrag your hard drive. Over time, hard drives become fragmented. Fragmentation slows down the computer’s overall performance, since opening fragmented files means piecing together those fragments first—and saving those files becomes similarly slower and more complicated as well. There are software programs available that can defragment your hard disc and restore those fragmented files. Many of these programs can be set to run automatically on a regular basis. Defragmenting is standard procedure these days, and highly recommended for maintaining your file systems. It doesn’t take too long, and you’ll likely be amazed at the difference in speed afterwards!


3. Free up space on your hard drive. In short, the more space available on your hard drive, the faster the processing time. Get rid of temporary files and paging files, Java applets, and any installed software programs that you don’t need or use. Older files that you don’t need as often can be moved to an external hard drive and backed up on CD or DVD. (And in any case, you should always be sure to back up your files to an external hard drive or other media.) Also, don’t forget to empty the Trash or Recycle Bin—otherwise, all of those files will still be on your computer, taking up space.


4. Add more RAM. Adding a gigabyte or two of RAM (random access memory) can give your computer a second wind and is considered a cost-effective investment. The more RAM on your computer, the faster you can access your data, since the data doesn’t need to be continuously read off the hard drive. However, since the installation involves messing with the hardware a little, and it’s easy to get confused when choosing between different types of RAM, it’s best to leave the installation to an expert or repair person.


Taking these steps should help keep your computer processing time as fast as it was when you first got it. If your computer continues to act slow, consult a computer repair person .