Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
John was going to get a used computer, but thought maybe a Chromebook would be a better option. Leo says the Chromebook is a great computer. It's only a browser based system and often, that is all you need. And plus, buying someone's used computer means you're buying someone else's problems. Anything in the Chrome browser can be done, including video editing. And the price is right at $250. You can't beat that. Samsung, Acer. The Pixel is one of Leo's favorites. Windows is way more than most people need and we should start to recognize that.
Dina wants to download her iPhone text messages with time and date. Leo says that the nice thing about the Apple environment is that they all work together. So the program that she uses for text messages, also works on the Mac if she sets it up that way. Then all the messages will appear there.
Another option is eCamm's Phoneview for $30. Dina can try before she buys and it will let her save all of her messages and data. They come in a PDF format when she saves them.
Beth's laptop display is acting up. She turned it on and the display went weird with the colors being off, and the orientation being portrait. Leo says it could be a corrupted video driver. It could also be the ribbon cable in the laptop hinge. It's a cheap fix, but she'll need a technician to repair it. Beth can plug in an external monitor to see if it works. If it does, then she'll know it's a faulty connection. She should ultimately take it in to someone for repair.
Ed downloaded the game "Middle Earth: Shadow of Modor," and then got a message that said "installed video does not support DirectX features." Leo says that this is one of the reasons why he prefers console games because they don't do things like this. But in Windows, the PC has to meet the games' specifications.
If you have an older car that doesn't allow you to connect your stereo to your phone, then Dickie D has a great gadget for you. It's called the Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit with Multipoint. (Model BTC-455) and it allows you to plug in via the cigarette lighter and have a powered audio jack that plugs into your car stereo, which then connects to your phone via bluetooth. Under $50 on Amazon. (If you're positive you’ll only be using one Bluetooth device, you can buy the older model 450 which is about $10 to $15 cheaper.)
Karen finally got her Amazon Echo and she loves it. Leo says he just got his as well. This market of smart assistant technology has really been driven by Siri, Cortana, etc. Echo is the smartest one so far, Leo thinks. Leo says Amazon seems really committed to it.
There's also a great free service called IFTTT (If This, Then That), which will allow Karen to create recipes and set up automated tasks.
Dennis has an old iMac from 2006 and he's having problems getting it to boot up. How can he move files from the old Mac to his new Mac? Leo says that there's a utility option called "Target Disk Mode." Press and hold "T" on startup and it'll put the Mac into Target Disk Mode. This means the Mac will appear as an external hard drive to the computer it's connected to.
Scott wants to organize his cables behind his computer and label them. He tried duct tape, but the heat makes them come apart. Leo uses a label maker. He can also use zip ties or velcro cable ties. They're pretty cheap and easy to remove.
Henry uses his laptop to play square dance music. But lately, the music has started to lag. Should he get a new processor? Leo says no. If it was faster before, then the hardware is fine. It's just busy doing other stuff. Hard drives can also get slower as they get more filled. Henry should try restoring it to the way it was the day he bought it, and then update it with all the patches. He should backup his data first, then format the hard drive. Then he can reinstall Windows 7 and install all patches. If the drive is getting flakey, a format should fix that up.
Robert wants to know if it's possible to get a virus with read only media. He wants a computer for online banking that can't be written to. Leo says that's an interesting idea. The ideal solution here would be a Chromebook. They're cheap, there are no viruses, and it comes with a power wash feature that brings it right back to the way it was when he first got it. Couple that with second factor authentication, and he'll be golden. He could also boot from the CD drive and that would prevent anything from being written to it.