Archive | September 23, 2017

Vintage Architectural Hardware Helps Adorn Your Home At Very Low Prices

Architectural hardware(baubeschlge) is a beautiful addition to any home. Adding dramatic details like this can even increase your home’s resale value, as your home will have that little something extra that home buyers are always wanting. Although you can buy new these products at any home improvement store, these pieces can be quite expensive. If you buy cheaper, lower end hardware for your doors and cabinets, you will notice that the quality of these items is not as good. If you buy upper end hardware items, you run the risk of having the same hardware as your neighbor. This is because these pieces are usually massed produced. Fortunately, there is a way to get beautiful, unique items for an affordable price. You should seek out vintage pieces. These will give your home a truly unique touch. Here are some tips to help you find affordable vintage architectural hardware.( baubeschlge)

Check Out Garage Sales In Older Areas

Sometimes when an older home is renovated, the owners save the old hardware and try to resell it at their next garage sale. If you have the time, it can be worthwhile to check out garage sales in older parts of town. Older homes are more likely to have vintage hardware. This is probably the best way to get a bargain on these unique pieces.

Antique Malls Are A Great Resource

Antique malls often sell vintage hardware. If you are looking for a bargain, stay away from upscale antique stores as these often charge high prices on their offerings. Look for smaller antique stores that are more cluttered. The cheapest antique stores often make you hunt through clutter in order to find what you are wanting. If you are pressed for time and do not have a weekend or two to browse, call the antique shops in your area. Ask them if they have any antique hardware for sale. Even if their shop is crowded, antique dealers usually have a good recall of the exact items they currently have in stock.

Start Browsing Online Auctions

You will certainly be able to find some affordable options of vintage architectural hardware(baubeschlge) on online auction websites. Because you will not be able to see the items in person before you bid, it is important that you only deal with reputable sellers. Make sure you read reviews from other customers.

Computer Troubleshooting – Hardware Re-seating Magic

List of computer problem that can be fixed with just re-seating the hardware:

1. RAM error. CPU box making RAM error sound like, long repeating beeps. Symptoms: a. CPU box is making RAM error beep sound. Solution: a.Turn off the computer. b.Unplug power cord. c.Open CPU side panel. d.Locate RAM. e.Remove RAM. f.Reinstall RAM. g.Close CPU box. h.Start computer and hopefully error is fixed.

2. Video card error (GPU). Symptoms: a. CPU box is making video card error beep sound. 1 long then 2 short beeps. b. No video display, monitor shows -no signal- message.

Solution: a.Turn off the computer. b.Unplug power cord. c.Open CPU side panel. d.Locate video card. e.Remove video card. Make sure that all screws and notches are properly detached/removed. f.Reinstall video card. Make sure that all screws and notches are properly connected. g.Close CPU box. h.Start computer and hopefully error is fixed.

3. Primary hard drive missing error. Symptoms: a.Computer will POST but stop because there is no primary hard drive where operating system is installed. Solution: a.Turn off the computer. b.Unplug power cord. c.Open CPU side panel. d.Locate hard drive. e.Remove IDE/SATA cable. f.Re-attached IDE/SATA cable. g.Remove its power supply. h.Re-attach its power supply. i.Close CPU box. j.Start computer and hopefully error is fixed.

4. CPU error. Symptoms: a. CPU box is making continuous hi-lo beeps b. No display c. No POST.

Problem causes: a.CPU is overheating. b.CPU fan is clogged by dust. c.CPU fan has stopped or defective.

Solution: a.Turn off the computer. b.Unplug power cord. c.Open CPU side panel. d.Locate CPU. e.Remove CPU heat sink and fan. Inspect the CPU for any sign of burnt. f.Clean CPU heat sink. Make sure to remove all dusts sticking to the heat sink. g.Clean CPU fan. h.Re-seat or reinstall the heat sink

Additional Information for troubleshooting computer beep codes:

1. Start the computer to hear the error beep code. 2. Listen to the error beep code carefully. Error codes are mostly a combination of short and long beep code. Make sure that you have it correctly to be sure you’re troubleshooting properly. You may need to restart the computer several times to make sure of the error code.

3. Remember the error code or write it down for easy reference.

4. Go to the internet and search for the error code. Error codes differ from BIOS maker. It is also very important to know your BIOS manufacturer, this is not the same as the motherboard maker.

Error beep code encyclopedia: Computer Hope and windows driver reference: Windows Drivers

It Consultants Don’t Skimp On Hardware With Power Users

As IT consultants, whatever you do, don’t let your clients skimp on PC purchases for power users who run high-end software.

While many of your small business clients employees depend mainly on software with modest hardware requirements, such as basic word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and Web browsing software, there are certainly exceptions. Make sure you know who your clients power users are.

Power Users Need Cutting Edge Technology

If you have clients that depend on an advanced software application, such as graphic design, computer assisted design (CAD) or financial modeling, as IT consultants, you may want to advise your clients to implicitly “eat” that sky-high first years depreciation on the purchase of the latest and greatest PC hardware.

With processor and memory-intensive software applications, the employee productivity your clients will gain with leading-edge PC hardware likely will offset any major depreciation cost concerns.

Keep In Mind The Users’ Salary

Consider the salary required to attract and retain highly technical professionals who run advanced software applications. (As IT consultants, this high-salary-requirement-reality should come as no surprise.)

For example, if a clients of yours has a veteran graphic design artist or engineer on payroll at a $60,000 base salary, an extra $1,000 a year on PC-related expenses for this technical wizard easily could drive a productivity gain that makes the incremental expense seem trivial.

Get To Know Your Users

The moral of story: get to know your clients power users and their specific software applications needs. Just as important, clients power users are a kind of influencer that you need to be very aware of. Your clients power users are often very powerful votes when it comes to making decisions about hiring (and firing) IT consultants.

IT Consultants Should Consider “Hand Me Downs”

In many small businesses, the premium performance PC purchased for the power user gets replaced every year or two, and is passed down to an end user with less demanding software requirements. This is one way to extend the life of an expensive, high-end PC, while minimizing the out-of-pocket and related support expenses of bringing new PC hardware into your company.

Make sure your computer support, asset management and proactive maintenance plans all take this hand-me-down phenomenon into account.

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