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Serving Sequim and the North Olympic Peninsula.  Phone (360) 683-0744

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Network Repairs & Maintenance

Network Printing

Hardware Repairs  and Upgrades

Laptop Repairs

LCD Monitor Backlight Repairs

Hardware & Software Conflict Resolution

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Hardware and Software Conflict Resolution

Hardware and software conflicts have changed radically over the years and recent operating systems and plug & play compatibility have become much more friendly than in the past. The biggest problems from the past IRQ & DMA limitations made it very difficult to install more than a few added devices to a computer without having to go to great lengths for them to work in harmony. Now Virtual IRQs, DMAs, IRQ sharing, USB and Fire wire ports have made adding devices easier than ever before. There is also a much wider range of devices available now to perform functions that were either extremely cost prohibitive or just dreams a few years ago. With the vast abundance of new devices out there, there is a chance that a conflict will arise even with all of the new provisions added to the hardware and operating systems. Hopefully the links and tips provided on this page will help solve any conflicts you may encounter with your devices and or software. If not give us a call and we will come out to your home or office to offer our assistance.

Software Issues

Spy-ware, and viruses are the most common causes of computer issues that are software related the links below may provide some helpful tips and cost effective means of dealing with these little culprits.

 http://superantispyware.com/ has a very good free product that scans for spyware in real time as well as full and quick scan options.

http://www.lavasoft.com/ Lavasoft provides professional mal-ware solutions and currently offers the personal version of Ad-Aware for free to personal users but should always be purchased if used in any professional capacity. This product has been rated highly by many private studies. 

http://free.grisoft.com/ Grisoft provides one of the highest rated virus checkers and it is free for personal use but should always be purchased if used in any professional capacity. They now also have a great spyware checker (formerly Edwido) and rootkit remover.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3513_7-5020904.html?tag=more Cnet is chock full of information especially when it comes to software reviews. much more can be found on the Cnet site like verified safe downloads.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=%2Fsupport%2Fhowto%2Fservices.asp&FR=0  A good place to start to solve Microsoft related issues.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/default.mspx A good place to get answers to tough Microsoft problems.


Good Practices

Some good practices to keep your computer safe are:

  • Keep operating system updated with all security patches

  • Keep firewall and popup blockers active.

  • Keep a virus checker running in auto-protect mode for all methods of use

  • Keep anti-virus data files up to date. Update at least once a week or more often.

  • Run multiple anti spy-ware checkers often.

  • Avoid downloading freeware that hasn't been verified to be safe by a reputable source.

  • Steer clear of or use extreme caution when browsing hacker tool sites, freeware sites, and porn sites.

  • Always back-up to an external device or source all important documents, settings, email, address books, favorites, etc.


http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ Keep windows updated. Since Microsoft Windows  accounts for around 90% of the personal computers in the world it is the number 1 target for hacker, virus, spy-ware, Trojans, etc. The best practice is to keep your Windows operating system updated with all security patches. It is a good idea to keep auto update turned on to run in the background as you work.

Links Related to Some Common Operating Systems

http://www.microsoft.com/ The most common (market share) operating systems for standard PC hardware.

http://www.linux.org/ If you are experienced and like a little more challenge try using the Linux operating system for your PC hardware.

http://www.apple.com/ If you are less experienced and want a stable system that is made to be less challenging.

http://www.ugu.com/sui/ugu/warp.ugu UNIX the old standard, a challenge as Linux is. Many flavors for many hardware schemes.

http://www.windriver.com/ VXworks, lets get right down to nuts and bolts. Rock solid machine level language for many self contained network capable devices.

http://www.nondot.org/sabre/os/articles Follow this link for some cool information pertaining to operating systems..



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