Hardware

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1367

Lee from Maplewood, MN
Asus Flip

Lee wants to know if Acer's Chromebook is a good buy and if he should get one. Leo says that Chromebooks are great. Of course, the more he spends, the faster it'll be. He can get them from just about any company now including Dell, Samsung, Acer, and HP. The top of the line Asus Flip is considered one of the best out there and it supports the Google Play store for running Android apps, making Chromebooks even more usable.

Why does it take so long to boot up my computer?

Episode 1367

Tom from Valdosta, GA
Hard drive

Tom says it takes over a day for his computer to boot up. Leo says it sounds like the startup process in the hard drive is damaged. If he can take the hard drive out and put it into a new computer, like Tom did, then perhaps it's a cable or power supply issue. Tom should try booting from the USB key and see if it takes the same amount of time. If that works, then clearly there's a driver or software issue causing it to boot up slowly.

Why does my TV restart?

Episode 1366

Bill from Fullerton, CA
Sony XBR55X850D 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Bill has a Sony Smart TV, and it has to be rebooted pretty often due to the computer crashing. Leo says this is why the industry doesn't need a computer inside of everything. A TV shouldn't need to be rebooted, so that points to something being wrong with the TV. Sony may have a reboot procedure that can wipe it and reinstall the OS. Since it runs Android TV, there should be a way to do it, but the question is how. Only Sony can tell him that.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1366

Dick DeBartolo

You probably know about go-karts, but have you heard about Smart-Karts? Actev Motors has come up with the Arrow Smart-Kart: a fun go-kart (with many safety features) aimed at five to nine-year-old kids. Kids will not only love driving the Arrow, but they can also personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds. The single bucket seats boasts twin built-in speakers. The Actev App also lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. But wait, there's more!

How do I know someone can't remote access my computer?

Episode 1366

Evangeline from Virginia Beach VA
Windows Start Menu

Evangeline has a hand me down laptop and she wants to know if there's a way for someone to access it without her permission. Leo says it's conceivable if they know her IP address and the password for the administrator account, which is highly unlikely. Leo says to change the Admin password. She can also go into the settings and disable remote access.

Can I use old RAM in a new laptop?

Episode 1366

Greg from Redlands, CA
RAM

Greg is looking to buy a new laptop and wants to know if he can still increase the RAM after he buys it. Can he plug in the RAM he has in his old one to boost the RAM of the new one? Leo says probably not. The form factor needs to be the same, and in most laptops the RAM is soldered in. He may be able to if it's SO DIM compatible, but then there's the speed issue.

Greg should go to Crucial or Kingston and use their RAM Picker to see what he'll need. If it comes up with something similar, then maybe it'll work, but it's not likely.