Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Louis downloaded something and now he can't do anything when he boots up. Leo believes that the computer's hard drive is failing and that's what's causing the computer to stall on boot up. Considering it's an XP machine. Unlikely it's what Louis installed. Leo says it's not really worth fixing. He advises going to Walmart and buying an HP Stream for $250 and move on.
Terry uses an Epson scanner-printer but he can't export it to PDF. An error occurs. Leo says that a PDF creation program could be an easy workaround that can talk to the printer. But it sounds like a corrupted driver. So go to Epson and download and install all the latest drivers. The chatroom suggests trying from the printer first. There are options on the printer/scanner itself. If it works, then you know it's an issue with your computer connection. What Leo advises is to remove the printer entirely and reinstall it. That can completely remove the drivers and then reinstall them.
Ivan is frustrated because he can't seem to update to Windows 8.1. It keeps erroring out after downloading 2 GB. Very frustrating because he is a truck driver and he has to use his mobile data to do it. Leo advises setting Windows to automatic updating so he doesn't have manually try downloading it every time. Also, there's a technote here on how to create your own installation on a flash drive or DVD. That way you can install it directly.
This weeks' gadget is a selfie stick that comes with a bluetooth remote control for under $10. It's called the UFCIT Extendable Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod with Adjustable Phone Holder and Bluetooth Wireless Remote Shutter. Works for both iPhone and Android. The bluetooth shutter button alone will set you back $30. So it's a deal. And with Amazon Prime, you get free shipping.
Jay has a CDRom drive that's stuck and he can't get it open. What can he do? There's a tiny hole in the CDRom player that is the emergency release button. You use a paperclip, stick it in and it will physically push the drawer out.
Julian bought an Epson Workforce Printer with Precision Core. Can he use third party ink with it? Leo says that he thinks those solutions are a false economy. First, they may replace the head when it replaces the ink cartridge. But if it's a multi cartridge printer, then it likely doesn't. Some companies have chips in their ink cartridges that prevent you from using them. The ink is fairly affordable on Epson printers, but at half the price, it depends on if you're happy with the results.
This week, Scott joins us to talk about how this week is one of the biggest weeks to buy a new TV. The Super Bowl is one of the things that keeps live TV going, and streaming the big game has been done over the last few years. According to Variety, NBC will be streaming the big game as part of an 11 hour block on NBCUniversal.com. There will also be 4K cameras shooting the action for instant replay, so they can zoom in and still have high def images. Leo would love to see a UHD version of the game.
Don got a DMX controller for stage lighting. Leo says that DMX is very popular with TV broadcasting and stages because it's a computer network. He shouldn't use it with pyrotechnics, though, because errors can occur. There's also some limitations on distance. YouTube has a ton of great videos on how to use DMX.
Dave says that there will be a market for the Apple Watch. Leo agrees and says that Swiss watches are worried that these smart watches will put them out of business. Especially the really expensive watches. But those expensive ones are status symbols, and nothing more. A good reliable watch now is under $10 thanks to quartz movements. It's really all about jewelry.
Steve got an Asus Zenwatch and he wants to know if it's a good smart watch. Leo says that it's a nice watch that has some good software. But it's ambient mode is a bit tedious because you have to violently shake it to wake it up, and sometimes it just doesn't know you're looking at it. Leo suggests updating the watch to the Lollipop version of Android Wear. They've worked on that. He can set the 'time out' for longer if he needs to as well.