This is the world's first computer cooperative (providing our services since 1998) and soon will be owned by its members. We have over 200 individual and business members, who receive discounts on computers, parts and services, plus a newsletter and priority support. We're always looking for more ways to cooperate and we'd love your involvement.
It's not about computers, it's about serving people.
PC Care Tips
Here are some general tips on the care of your PC:
- Computers need air circulation to keep them cool. As they continue to get faster, they use more voltage and therefore run hotter. Don't place your PC in a cramped place. Also, there should be no big holes in the case as this leads to poor circulation.
- Computers do not like dust and smoke very much. Dust can cause components to malfunction and short out from the static electricity build-up. Smoke kills a computer faster than it kills people as it can lead to tar build-up on fans and components.
- A surge protector is a must have, especially if your computer is in an older building. Power surges and lightening will short a computer out with one hit. Also, computers with a modem need a surge protector with modem protection. Surges can come in through phone lines. A UPS, or Uninterruptible Power Supply, is a good idea and can easily pay for itself from computer repair labor charges.
- Do not plug devices into the computer while it is on, unless you are inserting a USB device. USB devices are the only devices which are hot-swappable, meaning you can plug and unplug them while the computer is on.
- As long as your computer is under warranty, never throw away the original packaging. Also, you should keep everything that came with the computer (manuals, diskettes, CD-ROMs) in a safe place.
- Printers should be turned off only by the power button on the printer case, never by a surge protector it is plugged into.
- If at all possible, do not eat or drink around your PC. If you do, be extremely careful. Spilling liquid on your keyboard can short the computer out.
- Always use some form of Anti-Virus software. Viruses are the cause of most service calls we get. We recommend Norton Anti-Virus.
- Backing up your data periodically will protect your data and make it easier to recover from a disastrous event. Please back up!
- Scandisk and Defrag are very useful programs in the protection of your data. Use them.
- Your CD-ROM drive is NOT a cup holder.
- And finally, write down all error messages. Doing this can help technicians repair your PC faster, which can save you money.
2807 Old Canton Rd.
Jackson, MS 39216