DoctorLaptop’s Tips #62

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #62
1. KODI Problems? Due to a crackdown on video piracy many of the free Kodi IPTV plug-ins are no longer working and have shut down their websites; the remainder have become unstable and may soon fold. The future of IPTV is either paid subscription services or using .m3u files that must be updated every few days. The .m3u files provide a list of channels/networks from which to choose. Since it is easier to use .m3u files with VLC Player than with Kodi, and many subscription services require their own software (Mobdro for example), the future of Kodi as a format for viewing free IPTV is in doubt. I suggest you either get a paid subscription to FilmOn, Mobdro (Android only), etc., or study up on using .m3u files. I can teach you to use .m3u files, and provide you the required tools, in a single €25 class.
2. Beware Windows 10-S, a new version of Windows 10. This is Microsoft’s answer to the Google Chromebook. It has severe limitations. Windows 10-S will not allow you to install independent 3rd-party programs. Currently that means no Chrome, no Firefox, no iTunes, numerous games, etc. All software must be downloaded from a very limited selection at the Windows Store. The unchangeable default browser is Edge, and the forced search provider is Bing. Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/05/02/windows-10s-windows-10-s-vs-windows-10-whats-the-difference/#3348d8621097
3. The heat has returned and with it laptops will be running hot. In addition, many people now have duo-core and quad-core laptops; more processors means more heat generated. When temps rise above 28C it is advisable to take precautions. Place spacers beneath the laptop to allow air circulation, point a desk fan at your laptop, or use a “cooling tray”. Keep the air vents clean, an old toothbrush can be used for this. If your laptop shuts itself down from overheating, wait a half hour before restarting it to avoid damage. If a laptop is driven to shut itself down repeatedly from overheating the thermal paste on the processor may fail, the RAM can burn out or your hard disk can die. All are expensive repairs best avoided. A full fan and cooling system cleaning is part of my computer clean&tuneup maintenance service, something all laptops need at least annually.
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DOCTORLAPTOP’S JUNE SPECIALS

DoctorLaptop’s June Specials
1. Windows 10 Upgrade, only €60
Upgrade any computer that had Windows 7 or 8/8.1 originally installed to Windows 10.
This is not a pirate copy of Windows 10. You will retain your original product key and access to Microsoft Support as long as the current system is the original copy of Windows installed at the factory.
Includes a basic package of programs: BitDefender AntiVirus, CCleaner, WPS Office Suite (MS Office and Excel file compatible), WinRAR, Google Chrome Browser, Skype and VLC Media Player.
2. Install full media center package, only €35.
Includes: CyberGhost Free VPN, uTorrent 2.2.1, KODI 17.3 and another program like KODI but more basic for users that find KODI too complicated. Also provided, a half hour lesson on using your media center programs when you pick up your computer. If you require a more thorough lesson, that can be arranged for a small additional fee.
3. Combine deal 1 &2 for only €85
Note:
-Both deals require the computer to have a minimum of 2Gb RAM.
-A Windows upgrade will erase you old data. If you don’t have your data backed up on another device I can save your old data files and programs and replace them into the newly installed Windows 10 for an extra €20.
-Live tv requires a stable internet connection and reasonably fast connection speeds for optimum performance. Sorry campo dwellers, antenna internet connections are less stable than telephone landline or fiber optic, some buffering is to be expected regardless of your speed.
-Use an HDMI cable or casting dongle to connect your media center enabled computer to your tv for a basic home theater setup.
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