Video Cables Functions & More

Video Cables Functions & More

Today we will be discussing video cables functions and more. Choosing the correct display cables can be intimidating because of how many choices there are. Modern computers will provide a few different options for video, depending on how new the parts are on your computer. Knowing the difference between these plugs can save you time and hassle.

RCA, Composite Video, is the oldest type of display and audio cable on this list. RCA will also offer the lowest video and audio quality.

VGA, an analog cable, is an older-style display port. This type of cable will only transmit video and does not carry audio.

DVI, another video-only cable, is another older cable associated with older monitors.

HDMI, High Definition Multimedia Interface, is a typical modern video and audio type cable. This cable will be the most common cable you see associated with monitors and video.

DisplayPort is another standard video and audio cable associated with modern computers. They can offer higher bandwidth than HDMI cables, but not always.

USB-C, The most versatile cable on this list, can be used as your video and audio cable. The big difference is that USB-C can also handle data and video and audio signals.

Thunderbolt, The Apple proprietary video, audio, and data cable, is the standard for almost all MACs and Apple products. Thunderbolt also offers the highest bandwidth of any video cable on the market.

If you still have issues with your video cables and functions needs, call us, and we can help you figure out the problem and fix it!

Printer Quick Fixes

Printer-Quick-Fixes

Printer: quick fixes. Diagnosing printer issues can be a hassle. We will discuss some quick tips to help you fix or figure out the problem.

The Printer Does Not Have a Power Indicator LED On

Firstly, check to ensure the power supply is fully connected. If the LED is not showing green or whichever color indicates undoubtedly you will know there is an issue.

The Cables Are Loose or Not Connected

One of the most reliable printer quick fixes is to ensure all cables are connected correctly, and the connectors are seated fully into the printer.

The Indicator LED is Blinking or Flashing

If the indicator light is not displaying the standard green color and is flashing or blinking, typically orange or yellow, you may have a printer error. Refer to the owner’s manual to see a list of possible errors, or check the website for possible solutions.

No Paper or Paper Jam

However, a printer with no paper will display an error light. Additionally, if there is a paper jam, it displays the same message, and the jammed piece of paper will need to be removed.

Printer Toner or Ink is Low or Empty

When the toner or ink is low, it will display an error message to ensure you are aware of the levels. This is a good indicator that it needs to be changed.

However, if you still have issues with your printer, then give us a call. We can help you figure out the problem and fix it!

RAM: How Much Is Necessary?

RAM

RAM, Random Access Memory, is what your computer uses to process tasks. If your Hard Drive is your computer’s long-term memory, then RAM is your computer’s short-term memory. RAM is what your computer uses when you have multiple applications open or if you are working on a data-heavy application. Let us discuss how much you will need.

The minimum amount of RAM a modern PC should have is 8 GB. 8 GB is the required amount to operate Windows 10, but if you perform any task beyond email and basic web browsing, you will run into issues. 16 GB is the recommended lowest amount to operate above bare minimum functions. This amount of RAM is perfect for the average person’s computer and gives them a comfortable everyday use feel.

If you perform tasks above the usual common uses, such as gaming or any Adobe Suite programs, you will want to jump to the next level of RAM. The next level would be 32 GB, giving your computer a significant performance jump from the 16Gbs of RAM. Gaming and Graphic/Web Design are hungry programs that require you to jump to the next level to operate them smoothly. The jump to 32 GB will also give you a noticeable boost to your ability to have multiple windows open. 

If you are utilizing CAD software, music production, or 3D rendering programs, you will need to jump up to 64 GB. These programs and software are some of the most intense actions you can put a computer through. The computers that run these programs and software are very specialized as well.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out how much RAM you need for your computer!

USB: The Ins and Outs

USB Types

A standardized cable plugs into any computer or device USB, Universal Serial Bus, or port. Handling data transfer is the most common use of these cables. Data transfer cables have many uses and can even power devices! We’ll go over some of the different types and their benefits.

  • Type-A is a standardized USB cable. Most USB cables have a Type A connector and are the most recognizable data transfer cable. The most common use of this cable is to transfer data from commonly used devices such as computers, mobile phones, and external hard drives.
  • Type-B is common on printers, wireless routers, and other devices which typically upload data. Type-B cables perform the singular task of uploading data and are not designed to download data. Most modern printers you see that have online access have one of these cables. Wireless routers also use these cables to transfer the internet signal to devices and access driver updates.
  • Type-C is the newest USB connector on this list. USB Type-C is a jack-of-all-trades type that can handle uploading and downloading data. Type-C cables can be used on many devices, but only if they have a suitable input connector. While it has become prevalent as time goes on, there is still a catch-up period with the connectors. Luckily, it is effortless to find adapters that convert it into a Type-A connector.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out your cable needs!

Battery Backup: Unlimited Power

Battery Backup

A (UPS) Battery Backup is a solid investment for any computer owner. (UPS), Uninterruptible Power Supply allows the power going into the machine to flow clean energy constantly. Even if there is a power outage or a spike, the flow will stay at a constant level for your computer and allow it to perform uninterrupted.

A battery backup’s ability to keep the technology sensitive to a power outage running is a massive benefit. For example, you could hook up a battery backup to a fish tank and never have to worry about issues with the water system because it would always have access to that power. These UPS systems offer an infinite amount of technological possibilities! 

Depending on the model of the battery backup, they can filter the power so that your machine only runs on clean energy. The power that comes in through a standard power outlet is unregulated and prone to power spikes and drops. Your device is engineered to run at a particular power level, and spikes and dips can damage your machine over time. Hooking your device or computer up to a battery backup removes that and maintains a clean flow of energy that is the exact amount it needs to run correctly.

There are a variety of models ranging from in-home use to company-wide server protection. Look at the link on the picture to learn more about battery backups and see a few of the products offered. For any other questions, feel free to call, and we can give you personalized advice regarding power and battery backups! 

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out what model would work best for you!

USB 2.0 to 3.0 and Beyond

USB 2.0 to 3.0

USB, 2.0, and 3.0 technology has advanced quite a bit over the past ten years. 2.0 is the generalized USB technology most people are used to seeing—the standard 2.0 has the white box inside the connector head. 3.0 is the upgraded model and is quickly becoming the new standard because it is much more efficient than its predecessor. Easily identified, USB 3.0 has the blue box in the connector head.

USB 2.0 was released onto the market back in April 2000. It quickly became the most used data transfer device commercially. There were many variations of the USB 2.0 cable. These different configurations allowed you to connect almost any device and begin the transfer process. 2.0 is the most recognizable computer cable on the market, with more sold than any other cable besides a CAT5.

USB 3.0 was released onto the market back in November 2008. 3.0 was a gigantic technological jump in terms of raw data transferring ability. Like its predecessor, The 3.0 had many variations of the cables allowing for specific technical needs. USB 3.0 has more than double the speed of the 2.0 while maintaining reliability and ease of use.

One of the most significant differences between 2.0 vs. 3.0 is the transfer speeds. A standard 2.0 USB transfer speed is about 480 Mbps. 3.0 USB transfer speeds are about 4.8 Gbps. That is roughly ten times faster. Allowing for many more possibilities and uses for the 3.0 configuration. On top of that, USB 3.0 allows for a larger bandwidth of power, allowing you to not only charge faster but allowing you to charge more devices on one USB connection.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out which version of USB would work best for you!

HDD Vs. SSD

HDD Vs SSD

HDD Vs. SSD? As technology continues to advance, this question will stay relevant. The answer will entirely depend on precisely what you are using your computer for and how you would like the computer to perform the task. We will discuss the most significant differences between HDD Vs. SSD.

An HDD, Hard Disk Drive, is a file management system that houses your computer’s data. The job of the HDD is not only to store all of your data but allow the computer to have access to and use those files. The HDD is the driving force of how fast your computer can open and access files located on the drive. The speed at which a computer can complete tasks is based primarily on the drive speed.

The SSD, Solid State Drive, is the newest version of the standardized HDD. An SSD is, on average, about 6x as fast as a standard HDD. The most significant contributor to making it this much faster is no moving parts within an SSD. As the name suggests, an SSD is built on the principle of being a solid data collection center compared to an HDD with a spinning drive.

As you might have guessed, an SSD is a much better option for modern computers. A standard HDD is an excellent option for a scratch drive, a drive used as backup storage, or a place to put files while working on them. Using the SSD as your primary drive will drastically increase your open and close speeds and read and write times.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out which drive would work best for you!

Onboard Graphics Vs. Graphics Card

Onboard Graphics Vs. Graphics Card

Graphics are an essential part of how a computer operates. Graphics processing, whether onboard or dedicated card, allows the computer to process information and display it on the monitor, depending on the specification of the data. The quality of the displayed images depends entirely on how much information the graphics processing allows. We will discuss the difference between onboard graphics and a dedicated graphics card.

Onboard graphics, or Integrated Graphics, are graphics where the GPU and the CPU are located inside the same chip. This configuration allows the CPU and the GPU, Graphics Processing Unit, to work together in tandem. However, this puts a fair amount of unnecessary stress on the single chip.

A dedicated graphics card is entirely separate from the CPU on the computer. The graphics card plugs directly into the computer’s motherboard and is solely responsible for handling the GPU. Also, most modern graphics cards have their own internal memory capabilities. A graphics card will take all the unnecessary stress off the CPU and split the task into two separate parts.

Check out the link on the picture for more information about graphics.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out which graphics solution would work best for you!