Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Cindi's computer has been crashing and she only uses one program that takes up most of her space. Leo says that Windows PCs don't run well when the hard drives are mostly full. Leo says that since Cindi's computer is used for large scale printing, it's likely most of that room is taken up by saving image files on the computer hard drive. It'll be better to have her data on an external drive instead.
Mike has an old laptop, but it freezes on bootup. He tried to flash the BIOS, but it crashes when the drivers start to load. It is possible to recover an earlier portion of the BIOS. Here's a link to a document from HP as to how to do it. Leo says it's reasons like this that prove it's not a good idea to upgrade a BIOS unless it's required to fix something.
Naomi is trying to fix a hard drive with SpinRite, but it won't even see the hard drive. Leo says it's likely that the circuit board on the hard drive may have failed or has become damaged. If she can find another similar hard drive and swap out that circuitry, there's a good chance it'll be able to read it.
How about putting it into external USB enclosure? Leo says that often USB will hide a drive if there's a hardware issue.
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Allie is thinking of getting an Android tablet, but she's having trouble connecting her laptop and her Samsung device. Leo says that Allie needs to download a Samsung utility called KIES. It will connect with her phone and update drivers. Leo says it can be tricky to connect her phone to the laptop to move data, though. That's why Apple and Android have both moved to connecting over Wi-Fi. Leo also recommends getting DoubleTwist.
Tom has to route video through a cable that's over a hundred feet long. He also wants to split the video signal to two different projectors. Leo says that attenuation will be an issue causing the signal to fade and drop. Leo recommends using Baluns for long distances. They essentially convert the signal to Ethernet and then back to video on the other end. He'll need a VGA to Baluns adapter on either end. Cat5 is best. He can also go with HDMI and Coax.
Al is having trouble with his Chromecast dropping his internet connection. Leo says that Al is using Comcast's ActionTek router and there may be interference on the 2.4 Ghz band. He recommends going with a higher band, like 5 Ghz. Most other stuff uses 2.4 Ghz and it's getting pretty crowded. Another option, if he can't go with 5 GHz, is to choose another channel on the farthest end. ActionTek uses Channel 1, so he should try Channel 11. That should clear the field and help Al to connect.
James needs to buy a new laptop and he's thinking of the Lenovo Ideapad Ultrabook with a Solid State Drive. He also paid for the extended warranty and is beginning to regret paying $225 for that. Leo says he doesn't usually buy extended warranties, choosing to self insure. But he also says that is a pretty good deal for a 3 year warranty. He also disagrees with Lenovo that SSDs aren't very reliable. They are very reliable, at least as much as a traditional hard drive.
Jeremy wants to know if he could run Minecraft on a Chromebook. Leo says that according to Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, he'd have to "root" the Chromebook and put Linux on it. Other than that, it would need a Java extension that Chromebook could use.