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Old 03-08-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Default How Much Should a Laptop Tune-Up Cost?

Now that I've got a thread going about how to assemble my first custom desktop system, it's going to be time to get a tune-up, optimization, and a battery check on my two-year-old Toshiba Satellite A135 that I've been using.

What should I expect to pay in western Washington and should I choose someone advertising in the Services section on CL or take it to a computer repair place?

How can I know if the battery can be salvaged instead of having to replace it?

Many thanks to all the experts on here who help the rest of us so much.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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How long did the battery last when it was new? How long does it last now? When the life isn't long enough, its time for a new battery.

For Windows, "tuneup" can mean so many different things that its impossible to nail down a price without knowing exactly what someone intends to to.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: ɐpɐʌǝu 'sɐƃǝʌ sɐl
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I wouldn't pay for anyone to do anything related to the software on the machine. There are so many good, free tools out there that you can do anything they'd do on your own.

As for the battery, if it's shot, it's shot. You can probably find a 3rd party aftermarket battery at a reasonable price, but if not, it might not be worth replacing - OEM batteries are ridiculously overpriced.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Tune-up and optimization = run a full antivirus scan (from whatever antivirus you have installed; if you don't have one or it's expired, download and install Microsoft Security Essentials), then defrag the hard drive, and run Glary Utilities. None of this costs anything, except your time.

For the last part, after installing, run the program and do everything under the one-click maintenance. Afterwards, under Modules, select Optimize & Improve, then Startup Manager. Sort by rating, and unclick the stuff you don't need starting up everytime (usually the ones with the longer red bars).
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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A typical tune-up that an average user would regularly need to run includes 3 things:

1) Getting rid of garbage (deleting temp/junk folders, I recommend CCleaner or ATF-Cleaner)

2) Running Scandisk with the option to automatically fixing errors option on top checked (the bottom could also be checked for more in-depth yet less often done disk scans)

3) Disk defragmentation (my recommendation is the free Disk-Defrag tool from AUSLogics.

In that order as well.

If you want to be more effective with the above process, then what I do is, disable page file as you schedule a Scandisk to run on next reboot so when you reboot, Scandisk runs on designated partition(s) and the pagefile will be disabled so disk defragmentation process will do a much more efficient job. Once defrag process is complete you will have to re-enable paging of course.
If you want to take it a stop further, then you boot your computer in Safe Mode when you are ready to run the defrag tool. Why, this way all non-critical services and background processes will not be running so again defrag will do a much more efficient job.

Further optimization will often not be needed when you do the above but if you are a techie freak or wanna-be techie freak then you could run registry cleaners and startup managers to further tweaks your system performance but at that point things become a double-edged sword and you can very easily mess things up and even render your system unbootable. Then your next post will be in tears asking for expert's help to help you fix your computer.
Experts will be asking you if you backed up your registry and you will be saying "What is a registry backup" or "How do I do that?" Neither question nor their applicable answers will help you at that point. I will be taking another sip from my drink half buzzed rolling my eyes and thinking "I told you so!"

Anyhow, to answer your question, a PC tune-up should not cost you a thing but it could end up costing you, if you are not careful!

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Old 03-09-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Disclaimer up front: I am a techie/IT guy.

While I agree that people should learn to administrate their own systems, some people simply do not want to learn or do not have the time to learn. If you are looking for a simple tune-up/optimization on a merely slow system, you should not be paying more than about $39-50. Any more is simple robbery. Honesty in service is a rapidly disappearing value, caveat emptor (buyer beware). Now, if your system requires a complete re-install of the OS, drivers, etc., then the average fair-market price is between $150-200. The new install should include optimization, a good physical cleaning, etc.

Good techs explain the nature of the work to you before they begin, involve you during the work (if needed), and give you a full itemized list, to include prices, of what they did and why. Anything short of the above from a paid professional should give you pause to reconsider them and seek assistance elsewhere.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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...it's going to be time to get a tune-up, optimization, and a battery check on my two-year-old Toshiba Satellite A135 that I've been using.
Since it's a Toshiba you probably could backup your data and put in the factory restore disk and have it restore itself back to "out of the box state".

As far as the battery goes, I'm suprised it has decreased in efficiency in only two years. I have 5 year old laptops that still get at least 2 hours out of a full charge.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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..... Now that I've got a thread going about how to assemble my first custom desktop system, it's going to be time to get a tune-up, optimization, and a battery check on my two-year-old Toshiba Satellite A135 that I've been using. .....
What makes you think it is time for a tune-up? If you have the skills to put a PC together, you probably have the skills to do your own tune up.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Never used Glary and I am not trying to start an argument about it but this software looks suspect. For one, it has several suspect reviews on CNET and the module list on their site doesn't make a lot of sense. Since when does the registry need to be defragged independently?
I've used the Glary Utilities many times and have not seen anything negative about how it works.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: North Las Vegas - Aliante
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I like to reinstall the OS on my computers every 3 years or so. Just a preference thing, but I install things over the years I don't use any longer and I like to start with a fresh registry. If you are comfortable with backing up your data onto another hard drive you can format and reinstall the computers operating system relatively easily on your machine.

As far as the "factory restore" discs go, I wouldn't use them unless it is for some specific piece of software you need off it. Just install the OS, install MS Security Essentials, then update your laptop with Windows Update (could take a long time). Then install any software you use after that.
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