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Forum: Tech-to-Tech Computer Help 06-28-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,964
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Laptop screen turns red before going black?

I have a customer who brought in a laptop that is having some display problems. When you first turn it on, the screen has a red hue to it, and a few seconds after the backlight will cut out.

At...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 05-06-2011, 05:20 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 21,329
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Smart phones are becoming more and more popular....

Smart phones are becoming more and more popular. They already have the capability to do most things a PC can do, and they are continually getting better.

However, this is not something to be...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 05-05-2011, 11:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,834
Posted By ComputerRepublic
This is exactly what I was thinking when I read...

This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the original post. If the customer keeps coming back to you with the same problem then you're doing something wrong. You either need to educate your...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 05-05-2011, 11:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,068
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Don't be discouraged when they don't come in. In...

Don't be discouraged when they don't come in. In fact, you should actually be happy because you've more than likely just avoided a horrible customer. People that are turned off by a small diagnostic...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 04-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 691
Posted By ComputerRepublic
You bring up a good point. Always test the...

You bring up a good point. Always test the partnership a little before actually signing part of your company over to someone. A high amount of business partnerships fail. I've been in the same...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 03-22-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,148
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I don't offer free diagnostics either. I think...

I don't offer free diagnostics either. I think some people's logic is that free diagnostic will bring more people in the door and therefor more money. I really disagree with this and I think it's a...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 03-22-2011, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,112
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Congratulations. Definitely looking forward to...

Congratulations. Definitely looking forward to the new pictures to see how you've improved the place.

Quite a motivational post so thanks for sharing.
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 03-22-2011, 04:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,378
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I have a 2 year collage diploma in Computer...

I have a 2 year collage diploma in Computer Network Systems.

As mentioned above, there aren't many practical things to take away at the end, and you'll end up learning more on the job than you...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 02-09-2011, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,353
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Easiest way to start is create an account on...

Easiest way to start is create an account on Kijiji and Craigslist. Post a free ad and refresh it every 2-3 days. If you're in a decent sized town / city, you'll start getting calls fairly quickly.
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 02-09-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,804
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Did you clearly mention the $45.00 diagnostic fee...

Did you clearly mention the $45.00 diagnostic fee before you picked up the laptop? If you did, then charge it. If you didn't.... well you should have, and have no real right to charge him for it at...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 02-08-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,155
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I'm currently dealing with a bad cold, but it's...

I'm currently dealing with a bad cold, but it's not too big of a problem. I can always do remote support and drop off service which requires minimal time in front of the customer.

If you're sick...
Forum: Advertising, Marketing & Sales 01-19-2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,856
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I'm curious about this myself. How would you...

I'm curious about this myself. How would you verify this?
Forum: Advertising, Marketing & Sales 01-19-2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,987
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Google AdWords is a fantastic tool for bringing...

Google AdWords is a fantastic tool for bringing in more customers, but from reading many posts here it seems like a lot of people have little understanding of how to use it properly.

First of all,...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-19-2011, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,356
Posted By ComputerRepublic
1). Torrents are the best way to go in my...

1). Torrents are the best way to go in my opinion. Too many people just assume that torrents only host cracked / non-legit software. You can easily download a un-cracked fully updated Windows XP OEM...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-19-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,032
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I do the same as well and generally people do...

I do the same as well and generally people do notice. I never tried the magic eraser though, will have to give that a shot. Thanks
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-19-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,518
Posted By ComputerRepublic
My thoughts exactly.... Or maybe I don't...

My thoughts exactly....

Or maybe I don't understand. Is he installing non-legit versions of the OS for customers? Or he just uses a non-legit version of the OS himself on his personal computer? If...
Forum: Advertising Critique 01-12-2011, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I would add an About section. Having a paragraph...

I would add an About section. Having a paragraph or two about yourself and your company, along with a profile picture, go a long way towards creating some comfort and trust between you and potential...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-12-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,329
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Haha... I love it. Wish I could replace all those...

Haha... I love it. Wish I could replace all those "25 years experience, will fix any problem for $20, email at computerzproz@hotmail.com" ads on craigslist and kijiji with that.
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-12-2011, 10:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I think you're being too nice. I provide support...

I think you're being too nice. I provide support for friends and family as well, but I do charge, albeit at a significantly reduced rate.

Do these people come to your house and wash your floor or...
Forum: Advertising, Marketing & Sales 01-12-2011, 10:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,424
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Definitely go with backup. According to National...

Definitely go with backup. According to National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, 93% of business that suffer from catastrophic data lose go out of business within one year. Of those...
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-12-2011, 04:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,502
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Thumbs up Very useful. I was doing it the old fashion way...

Very useful. I was doing it the old fashion way all this time. Thanks!
Forum: Business and Legal Issues 01-12-2011, 04:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I think this a very important point. Customers...

I think this a very important point. Customers who are looking for the lowest price have no loyalty. You'll bend over backwards to fix their problems for the cheapest rate, and the next time they...
Forum: Website Development & SEO 01-12-2011, 04:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,890
Posted By ComputerRepublic
I found this website by looking at the backlinks...

I found this website by looking at the backlinks one of my competitors had. I'm not sure if signature links are set to No Follow; does anyone know for sure?

Regardless, it still counts as a...
Forum: Website Development & SEO 01-12-2011, 03:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,278
Posted By ComputerRepublic
As BryanVest said, you'll need to make sure that...

As BryanVest said, you'll need to make sure that those 50 domains aren't hosted on the same server.

If you're trying to build a link wheel to promote your main site, you'll need to spread out your...
Forum: Introductions 01-12-2011, 02:43 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 282
Posted By ComputerRepublic
Hello everyone

My name is Nick Fotache and I run a small computer service company in Hamilton Ontario called Computer Republic.

I recently discovered this forum and look forward to sharing my knowledge and...
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