Monday, June 26, 2017

F Keys and Switches

Occasionally we get calls from customers that they are unable to connect to their WiFi Network. Sometimes it turns out to be a control switch on the laptop itself. If you look at the image below, you'll notice there is a switch for turning the WiFi on and off.

These switches can also be located on the side of the laptop with some models. If your WiFi doesn't seem to be working properly, try to locate a switch.

Another place they can be located is in the F keys. Using the FN key at the bottom left of your keyboard along with a select F key will disable or enable your WiFi. The icon on the F key will look similar to the WiFi icon on the switch above. You can see what the F keys and FN key look like in the picture below.

(NOTE: If holding the FN key and an F key doesn't work, try it without the FN Key.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lightning damages computers

With the storm coming to South East Texas this week, I decided to take a minute and remind you that lightning strikes and power spikes can damage your computer.

A surge protector can help, but if your house takes a direct hit, that may not protect your electronics from damage. It's better to have everything disconnected from the wall. Especially your Ethernet cable. Since current takes the path of least resistance, the majority of surge problems happen through the Ethernet cable and will damage nearby components once it hits your motherboard.

Sometimes, things like this are repairable, but at a significant cost. And other times, you could lose everything and have to start new with a blank slate. So, take a few minutes and protect your electronics for any impending damage. But, if your computer does get damaged, bring it to us. We can help.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech

Monday, June 19, 2017


One of the biggest computer problems we see is customers with a Virus that they got after they clicked on a pop up or ad that told them they “NEEDED” the product being sold. We’ve also seen many customers that have bought unnecessary ad on programs that advertising convinced them they needed. These ad on programs are usually something that is advertised in a program that is being used by the customer, but it’s not necessary to keep using the primary program.

So, as you’re working on your computer and you see an ad or pop up trying to sell you something, be cautious and research things prior to spending your hard earned money. You can prevent wasting money, ending up with more programs to slow down your computer or even worse, ending up with a virus that takes you down completely.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Here at A Better Tech, we understand that you have many choices for having your computers and other devices repaired or maintained. Big companies offer extended warranties, repair evaluations and virus scans. But all that costs you extra when you don’t necessarily need it. Then they want to sell you more devices or software to make more of a profit. We don’t believe in up-selling customers just to make a profit. Our biggest goal is to provide an honest and fair service with a personal touch to give our customers a higher than expected repair experience. We treat your computer like it’s our own, with only one technician doing all the work from start to finish to provide the best possible repair available.


A Better Tech is a locally owned business with only two people running the show. Our technician, Robert, has earned an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering, which includes several credit hours of different aspects of Computer Science. For the last 20 + years, Robert has made a full time hobby out of troubleshooting and repairing all kinds of computer hardware and software problems. In 2014 we decided to create A Better Tech to help local customers and small businesses solve the problem of not being able to afford a full time repair technician or IT tech for their computers and other devices. With several years of technology and management experience and training, we offer “The techy guy down the street” service in a professional and formal atmosphere.


We are not here to get rich off of your hard earned money. We’re here to help individuals and small businesses maintain their expected level of needs from today's technology. We asses each customers situation and provide suggestions so you can make an educated decision to benefit your personal needs. All work is done in house, as opposed to being shipped off somewhere else, which gets you back in service in a more timely manner. The customers needs are our number one priority.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech

P.S. Check out our repair special

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Your photos may not be gone!

Did your computer crash? Are you upset because you think all those photos of your kids are gone? That may not be the case. We can recover those photos for as little as $65.

Of course, if you'd rather recover the files yourself, it is definitely something you can try at home. You will need a completely different desktop computer to hook your hard drive to. Or if you only have a laptop, you just need an adapter that can be bought from a local retail store.

Once you have your hard drive pulled out of the defective computer and hooked up to the good computer, then you need some sort of hard disk recovery software. There are many options that are fairly easy to use. Just check online and pick one that you think will work for you.

After you have recovered the files from the old hard drive, then it's just a matter of going through and picking the files you want to keep and the ones you want to get rid of.

If you need any help, A Better Tech is here to help.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech

Friday, June 2, 2017

Do you have a virus?

If you think you might have a virus, you can try an online scan to make sure?

Try this one at Trend Micro.

Or go to our website to find others.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech