Flat Rate will fix any brand or model. Modesto’s Flat Rate Computer Repair works on all devices: desktops, laptops, servers, hard drives, PCs, and Macs. Whatever your computer related issue, computer virus or spyware removal, hardware failure, hardware installation, Windows installation, upgrades, or data recovery; our computer repair shop will provide you with quick reliable service. Flat Rate also offers free diagnosis with repair, lifetime anti-virus support, on-site device repair, free computer recycling, professional data recovery and we can even service your home or business network. So, whether it’s software issues, hardware failure, upgrades, or an installation — Modesto’s Flat Rate is your computer repair shop. We’re open for your convince: 9am-9pm seven days a week. There is no need to call in for an appointment. Just come in to our shop and our expert technicians will diagnose and fix your computer issues. We fix any brand or model: Acer, Apple, Android, Asus, Averatec, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, eMachines, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, MSI, Mac, and many more. Call us or come by our Modesto shop.
You may not need to replace your computer; many people would be better served by fixing their existing computer for a fraction of the cost. If your problem is manageable you can still benefit from maintaining your computer. Replacing your computer when it could be repaired can become an expensive and time consuming habit. Flat Rate Computer Repair can fix your computer’s issues and save you money and many headaches in the process. Whether you have a high-end graphics machine or an older home office computer it can be well worth your time to look at the options before deciding to replace your equipment. Your computer’s issue must be diagnosed in our shop, but if you need some general information on common computer problems take a look at the information below.
There are a wide range of computer repair issues: corrupted or lost data, viruses, spyware, malfunctioning electronic components, incompatible drivers or programs, and much more. There are, however, several common issues that generate most computer troubles. You may find these below.
My Computer Fails To Boot
It is often an alarming experience when your computer fails to boot up. It can be due to something as simple as a bad power supply. However, it is not always this easy. To diagnose your computer it will have to be checked out in our shop. Only a professional computer repair technician is qualified to diagnose the cause of your computer issues and this cannot be done well over the phone. Do not be fooled by the disreputable companies that claim they can fix your computer over the phone. Even if your issue is that simple, over the phone it will take twice as long to fix and likely cost several times as much.
Windows is failing to Load Properly
Often people bring a machine in because their Windows operating system has failed to load properly. This can result from corrupt windows files, registry errors, or even a hard drive failure. Make sure to tell your computer repair technician about any changes you have made recently. If you recently installed a new program or if you have connected a new hardware component to your machine let them know.
For many businesses and individuals losing your data can a disturbing prospect. Stored on our machine’s drives we have our family photos, personal documents, work documents, and other essential information that we simply can’t do without. Backing up your data is extremely important. It is important to have multiple copies of all your essential files and back them up at least once every two weeks. You can save this to an external hard drive, a cloud service, and if your data does not require editing you can even use a hard copy (Blu-ray or DVD) for greater security and privacy. For records Blu-ray or DVD can be a good alternative to hard drives or the cloud; they are inexpensive, they are less likely to require data recovery than drives, and there is no ongoing fee like on the cloud. If you experience data loss, whatever the cause, professional data recovery is often the only option. Flat Rate specializes in data recovery and has the most competitive rates in the Modesto area.
Computer Virus Infections
Anti-Virus protection is absolutely critical to the security of your data. Your machines should always be running properly updated anti-virus software. You can avoid most virus and spyware problems if you remember the following: Avoid opening e-mails from people or companies you don’t know. In particular don’t open e-mail attachments without knowing who they are from. Don’t visit questionable websites that contain pornography or gambling. Don’t use torrent software or websites. Avoid clicking on anything ‘free’. Common ways a computer can become infected with viruses, and other malware: Accepting or clicking trough text box messages without reading them fist, Not using updated antivirus or spyware software, Downloading free software that is infected, ect. If your machine has become infected with a virus, you’ll need to remove it as soon as possible to avoid more damage.
A Slow Computer
Be sure to tell your technician at what point your computer slowed and what changes you have made to your system recently. Is the computer slow when you use the internet, is it when you use a given program or is it slow all of the time? There are a number of reasons your computer could be running slow. It may be that there is too much data on the hard drive; your machine or browser could have a virus or spyware infection, it might be conflicting programs; you could have multiple virus security programs, your hard drive might be failing; you might have recently installed new software or updates that are conflicting, there could be too many programs loading at startup, or you may simply have need to defragment and check for bad sectors.
A Bad Power Supply
It is not just that your power supply can go bad; it’s that a poor aftermarket power supply, while functional, could damage your computer over time. If your power supply puts out too little electricity, your machine’s fans and circuits will work too hard and overheat, which can cause permanent damage to your computer. Newly installed graphics cards can cause power supply problems if the card and power supply are not compatible. The symptoms of bad power supplies include: video issues or general computer instability, there may be a burning smell coming from the computer, the power supply’s fan may be loud, or the supply may fail completely. If this happens the computer may not come on at all or you may her a loud pop. If your computer experiences any of these symptoms take your computer to a trusted computer repair shop right away.
Motherboard issues are often difficult to diagnose. Motherboard symptoms don’t always make the problem clear. The issue can present itself in a number of ways; the phone might have random crashes, corrupted memory, slow performance, or a variety of other problems. The board or other electronic components could be seated improperly. If your motherboard is new it could have been dead right out of the box, or it might have been installed incorrectly. Motherboards are easy to damage so it is best to let professionals work on them; unless one has a good deal of experience or training one should not attempt to install or diagnose a motherboard issue. Experienced technicians will be able to diagnose whether there has been an improper installation, bad motherboard, a short circuit, a BIOS hardware incompatibility, or if the board is not getting enough power. Fortunately, Modesto’s Flat Rate Computer Repair knows how to diagnose and remedy these issues.
It gets hot in the Central Valley, so if your computer’s fan gets noisy or goes out you’ll want to have it replaced sooner rather than later. Electronic devices can get hot quick; most computers have at least two fans to help expel their heat. One is generally on the processor; the other is on the tower to bring in outside air and keep the temperature cool enough that our electronics aren’t damaged. If you are a smoker, or just have your computer in a dusty room, the computer’s fans can cake up with dust over time leading to premature burn out. This is not good for your computers components.
RAM Upgrade & RAM Repair
Your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) is what keeps your programs continuously accessible by giving them temporary memory on your computer. Old RAM can become corrupted causing problems. Also, should your computer be running slower than you would want, one option is to upgrade or add additional RAM for a speed boost. This is not always optional; if the machine doesn’t have enough RAM for your software’s requirements, this can lead to problems. The kind of RAM should you get will depend on your computer’s model and what software you plan on running. You can ask a computer technician when you take the computer in, or look this information up online.
Hard Drive Repair
Hard drives can fail at any time, but often the drive begins to make noise or get slow. If you hear any clicking or humming from your computer you should take action. Back up if possible and take the drive in. If you suspect your hard drive is going out, it is important take the drive in as soon as you can to prevent data loss. Other symptoms of hard drive failure include: your computer executing automatic check disk operations on startup; files showing up as corrupted in windows; clicking, humming, and rattling noises coming from the drive etc. Failed external hard drives may stop being recognized by your computer. To prevent data loss, it’s essential to have more than one copy of all your important files, and to back up any new data at least once every couple of weeks. You can also back up to a cloud service, an external hard drive, or you can write your data to a Blu-ray or DVD for more security. Blu-ray or DVD back-up is a good alternative to hard drives and the cloud for files that need to be kept long term but do not need to be changed often; Hard copy back-ups are less likely to require data recovery than hard magnetic drives, and there is no ongoing fee like on the cloud.
Printers & Scanners
Do you have a printer, scanner, or fax machine that has stopped working properly? Would you like someone to install a new printer or scanner at your home or office? Whatever your brand: Xerox, Epson, HP, or Brother, Modesto’s Flat Rate Computer repair is at your service. There are a number of common problems printers can develop: your printer might print slowly, the printed pages may be too light or dark, Windows may send print jobs to the wrong printer, your printer may even incorrectly say you need toner. Scanners have their own set of problems: there are driver compatibility problems, power supply issues and parallel port problems; even your scanners settings can cause some headaches, fortunately you have Flat Rate Computer Repair to guide you through.
Would you like help installing an operating system or new software? Flat Rate can help. If you have an older operating system, like Windows 7, Vista, or XP, you may want to switch to Windows 8.1 or 10, which are still supported by Microsoft. This is a quick process in our shop. Why bother upgrade Windows? Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported, there will be no future antivirus upgrades for these, and if you use your computer online you need solid antivirus software. The same it set for Windows 7. The good news is that a Windows upgrade is quick and easy. Give Flat Rate Computer Repair a call for more information on how we can help you.
Get all the devices in your home connected to a home network. We can get your smart phones, tablets, TVs, printers, and computers all connected and online. In addition to PC we also work with Apple and Mac products like iPhones, Macbooks, and iPads. If you want help with your home or small business network give us a call. We handle all networking issues: Whether you have No Network Access issues, ( this is when the computer displays “No Network access” or “service not available” ) or IP configuration errors; if your Mac devices are not accepting your network password or if your network access is restricted because of your firewall; if you have router issues or speed issues, or even if you simply have a network connection error—not problem is too big or small. Let Flat Rate deal with your networking headaches and get you back to enjoying your network.
Does your computer need more RAM, a new or better video card, or sound card? Do want need help putting in a new hard drive, Blu-ray, or DVD drive? Flat Rate is here to help you. So if you need a new piece of hardware installed on your computer bring it by our Modesto shop or have us come out to your place. We will install your new hardware (hard drive, RAM, graphics card, sound card, microphone, power supply, webcam, etc.) and make sure it operates properly. Save yourself the time and stress of installing and troubleshooting your computer components and their drivers. Give Flat Rate a call and have us install all those components you need.
There are a number of common laptop repair issues. These include: cracked screens, broken keyboards, cable fraying, power jack issues, battery failure, and fan overheating are some of the most common. Our laptop repair services range from replacing bad hard drives and adding RAM, to DVD-ROM drives and power jack repair. So, whether it’s a faulty laptop fan, or installing a new laptop keyboard, Flat Rate is your complete laptop repair source.
Slow Download Speeds
If you have speedy internet and your downloading is still slow it can be frustrating to say the least. Slow downloading can be be caused by a number of issues: router issues, wireless interference, the server speed of websites and other online resources, a device that is improperly plugged, damaged internet cables, bit torrent downloads, online games, security settings, spyware, and if you don’t have a secure password hackers can even use you network without you knowing. If you are experiencing slow internet speed give us a call today.
Beware of online companies
that advertise remote computer repair.
If your machine is giving you trouble you need an experienced local computer repair shop. If you are having issues with your computer and you don’t know where to turn, or if you have you been quoted an outrageous price from a major chain store, Look no further – Flat Rate can take care of you right here in Modesto and at a fraction of the cost the major chains will charge. Whether it’s a hard drive to be cleaned up or recovered, a software upgrade, or a virus that must be removed, Flat Rate does it all! Setting up home and small business networks, transferring data between your computers, installing hardware, or removing malware and spyware, we are experienced and know how to get you up and running as soon as possible. Our services are offered in Modesto, so we are local. We work on all brands of computer, from Macs, to PCs, like Acers, Gateways, Samsungs, Dells, HPs, Compaqs, Lenovos, Asuses, or Toshibas.