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Stan's Tech Garage is the Best Reviewed Computer Repair Shop in West Hollywood

Need a Computer Repair in Los Angeles? Here’s What to Expect from Stan’s Tech Garage

So, you know you have a computer problem that may need repair, and you know you want our experts at Stan’s Tech Garage to take a look at it. Now what? Make an Appointment: The health and safety of our customers and employees is our primary concern. Due to the […]

Is Your Home Smart Enough for Your Devices?

With the rise of the Internet of Things, more of us have devices to connect online besides a computer and a dial-up modem. The average home now has up to 50 connected devices. This may necessitate a home network upgrade. Beyond computers, smartphones, and tablets, the home has many connected […]

DIY Computer Repair: Don’t Do It

Most people enjoy attempting to repair problems on their own. It works fine for some things, but it’s probably not worth the effort when it comes to do-it-yourself computer repair. This article discusses some of the factors to consider before attempting that repair on your own.   #1 Computers are […]

Stop Your Technology from Stalking You

Stop Your Technology from Stalking You

Unless you’re a reality television star, you probably don’t like the idea of being watched at all times. So, why would you want your technology to know all about you? With digital technology today, it’s far too easy for our devices to turn creepy. Today’s marketing and online communications are […]

Why We Should Build Your Next CAD Computer

Why We Should Build Your Next CAD Computer

Manual drafting is old school. Engineers, architects, and construction managers have all moved to Computer-Aided Design (CAD). CAD can provide 2D and 3D visuals of designs and streamline plan development and modification. Although, not every CAD computer is the same, and there’s many benefits to building a custom computer that […]

What’s Best for Your Computer: Shut Down or Sleep?

What’s Best for Your Computer: Shut Down or Sleep?

Most homes are trying to reduce power costs by turning off lights and appliances, but do the same rules apply to computers? After all, it requires more than flicking a switch on your way out the door. Some people believe you should shut down after every use to save wear […]

3 Reasons for Onsite Computer Repair

Did You Know We Offer Onsite Computer Repair?

No one wants to experience computer problems. Whether it’s used for personal or business use, your computer is likely indispensable. Essential customer files are on there, as well as all your downloaded music, family photos, vendor contracts, and employee payroll information! The hassle of going to get your computer fixed […]

Time to Replace Your Laptop Battery?

Time to Replace Your Laptop Battery?

Your laptop computer may feel like a lifeline. It has everything important on it – both personal and professional. Unfortunately, the time does come when you need to replace it. Although, the good news is that some computer problems can be solved by simply replacing the laptop battery. Most computers […]

Do Macs Get Viruses?

Do Macs Get Viruses?

Many Apple owners believe their Macintosh computers are immune to viruses. Apple itself has run ad campaigns promising its computers “don’t get viruses.” And those who have owned a Mac for years, decades even, are particularly prone to believing. After all, nothing’s happened to them yet. Regrettably, Macs do get […]

Is Your Laptop Running Hot and Loud?

Is Your Laptop Running Hot and Loud?

Laptop computers tend to heat up a little in normal operation.  Electronic components, including large capacity batteries, become warm in use.  Although, your laptop should never become too hot to handle.  If your laptop is hot to the touch or sounds like a jet engine, it’s likely overheating. Modern laptops […]

“So Slow!” Is it your Computer or your Internet Connection?

“So Slow!” Is it your Computer or your Internet Connection?

“Why is this computer running so slow?” It’s a common complaint. The question is whether it’s your computer or your internet connection. Do you feel your computer is moving at a snail’s pace, when it used to be cheetah-fast? You’re going to want to identify and address the issue to […]

Your Antivirus May Be Letting You Down

Your Antivirus May Be Letting You Down

The best way to avoid a computer virus is by using common sense, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be safe from attack. Even the most careful user can find themselves infected in an instant and spreading the virus faster than a sneeze in flu season. It’s why antivirus software is […]

What’s That Weird Noise Coming from Your Computer?

What’s That Weird Noise Coming from Your Computer?

New computers are whisper quiet, but after a while computers can start making some pretty weird noises. Clicks, clunks, and about-to-take-off jet noises are the most common, but when should you worry? Your computer has a number of moving parts and even some stationary parts that can make noise. If […]

SSD: Make Your Old Computer Your New Computer

SSD: Make Your Old Computer Your New Computer

The solid-state drive (SSD) has quickly become the go-to upgrade to breathe new life into an aging computer, and for good reason too.  An SSD brings an old laptop or desktop up to date with modern machines in just a single step. The price of solid-state memory has fallen dramatically […]

A New Year’s Data Resolution to Stick To

A New Year’s Data Resolution to Stick To

New Year’s resolutions are great ideas to improve our lives; whether it’s exercising more, tidying your house, or taking control of your digital footprint. The problem for many is that motivation can quickly fall away by the time February rolls around. If you manage to achieve only one of your […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Computer

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Computer

If your typical New Year’s resolutions lasted about 30 seconds, you’re not alone. Pledges to eat better, start running, and learn how to juggle can easily be rebooted again next year. This year, we challenge you to consider your tech health with six resolutions you’ll want to keep: 1. Running […]

How to Protect Your Children While They’re Online

How To Protect Your Children While They’re Online

With school on holiday break, children have all the time in the world to spend with their best friend: Technology. Waking up early to sneak in a couple hours of Minecraft, Fortnite, YouTube, or Xbox… grabbing their ‘educational’ iPad and Facetiming a friend… sending texts and messages through social media… […]

Extending your battery life is easier than you think.

How Many Good Battery Habits Do You Have?

Batteries are rarely talked about – until they’re drained. Then we’ll tell everyone as we beg desperately for a charger, hoping to get enough juice to last the day. The truth is, they’re a miracle of engineering that gets taken for granted when full and cursed when flat. If it […]

Setup for the Holidays

Setup for the Holidays

The holiday season is here. TV advertisers have released their festive jingles and stores have dusted off their Christmas displays. Most importantly, shopping centers have moved their latest and greatest devices to the front of the store.  Even with the 70 degree weather here in Los Angeles, there’s nothing more […]

Why do computers slow down over time?

Why Do Computers Slow Down Over Time?

Remember the awe you felt when you turned on your new computer and it loaded in a flash? Your computer was the envy of your friends and you weren’t afraid to bathe in that glory. Button on, ready to go, those were the days! After a year or two though, […]

Learn how to love your laptop and make it last longer.

5 Ways to Love Your Laptop (and Make It Last Longer)

Laptop computers are one of the most fragile pieces of tech you’ll ever buy, yet they tend to receive the roughest treatment. Extend your laptop’s life with these five easy tips: 1. Avoid sharp movements during use While some newer laptops have an SSD drive with no moving parts, many […]

Custom Computers can be a good deal

Custom Computers vs. Pre-Builds: How to Choose

Big-box stores have aisles of brand-name, pre-built computers to offer, oftentimes with tempting deals and low prices. How does buying one of those computers compare to purchasing a custom build? When you shop in a big-box store, you are one of the many people those salespeople are going to work […]

Why do Computers Break?

Why Do Computers Break?

We know computers always break at the worst possible time, but what exactly prompts that failure? It’s easy to think it was something you did since you were using it at the time, but while your online gaming frenzy might cause a temporary crash, normal user actions are rarely the […]

Common Signs Your Computer Needs Repair

5 Signs Your Computer is Crying Out for Repair

It’s pretty obvious when your computer is already broken, but how do you know it needs repair before it fails? Before it falls into a heap and refuses to turn on, or flashes big messages about how your files are now encrypted, you’ll be given multiple hints that something is […]

Give these tips and tricks a try, they can give your Windows 10 experience a boost.

1. Window’s 10 Secret Start Menu To get to this menu, you’ll need to either right click the Windows button or use the Windows key+X shortcut on your keyboard. This menu quickly accesses task manager, command prompt, and device and disk management to name a few. 2. The Space Saver! […]

Watch Out, Apple’s macOS Sierra is Sneaking Onto Your Macbook!… Sort Of

On October 3rd Apple began to upload Sierra hardware on the computer of ‘randomly’ selected users who are using OS X El Capitan version 10.11.5 or later. It’s not a total sneak attack, you have to have enough space on your hard drive and already have automatic updates enabled on […]

Warm up your Wallets Peeps – Intel Busts out the new Z97 Chipset

Intel has upped the bar again, with eyes set on faster CPU and storage technologies, improved security, and of course, your wallet. Up next in the technological arsenal that is Intel, they have finally released their Z97 or series 9 chipset – Code Name “Devil’s Canyon” (awesome, right?) along with […]

Farewell, Old Friend. A Requiem for XP.

As of today, Windows XP reaches the end of its long and winding road.  For those who’ve stubbornly (yes Windows 7 and even 8 are improvements – no comment on Vista) held on to the venerable OS, it’s now time to wave farewell and move on. We know it’s hard, […]

This is the End . . . Preparing for the End of the Road with Windows XP

With D-Day quickly approaching for Windows XP, it seems we have come to the end of an era. Since 2002, XP has dominated the PC market, and even today, it accounts for 29% of current operating systems in use.  And with that, we here at STG would hate to see […]

Stock is for suckers, make mine Custom!

With D-Day quickly approaching for Windows XP, it seems we have come to the end of an era. Since 2002, XP has dominated the PC market, and even today, it accounts for 29% of current operating systems in use.  And with that, we here at STG would hate to see […]

Windows 8.1 – Um I don’t think that’s what the people meant by Start Menu.

     So if you bought a new PC in the last year or so and you didn’t go far out of your way to find one with Windows 7, you got Windows 8 by Default.  Odds are you also weren’t overly thrilled with the new Windows 8 interface.  From there […]

Kobe Hard at Work!

As you know, Stan’s Tech Garage is a very dog friendly spot. We’ve got two of our own here – Reese and Kobe – and they love to meet new doggy visitors. When we’re not busy doing computer repair, data recovery, or doing on-site IT for businesses and individuals, well, […]

HTPC’s – Why You’ll Probably Want One

  You probably don’t even know what an HTPC is and what you’re missing out on by having one of these magnificent beauties attached to your television.  Well fear not Dear Reader, for today’s the first day of the rest of your life!        A Home Theater PC (HTPC […]