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Recent Laptop Screen Replacements | Infinite Social Solutions

I mainly order replacement laptop screens from I’ve had nothing but positive experiences using their site. For the most part, the screens that I got from them have worked.

However, recently I ran into a screen that didn’t work once I connected it to the Chromebook. I’m awaiting a replacement and I’m hopeful that it will work.

HP Chromebook 11-v010nr

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If you ever break your screen and need to make sure that your laptop still functions properly, just connect your laptop to your TV. Most newer laptops have an HDMI connection that will allow you to connect to your TV.

Laptop/Tablet Donations – Baltimore Robotics Center

As always, I had a great time refurbishing computers at Baltimore City Robotics Center. They are still accepting donations of laptops and tablets. The laptops and tablets are being given to students who do not have these devices at home so that they are able to log in and complete their school assignments while in self-quarantine.

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Baltimore Robotics Center is teaming with area organizations to provide laptops, tablets and high-speed internet access to local students affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the details:
Baltimore, MD – March 24, 2020 A group of technology experts is pooling resources to establish high-speed internet access for local residents and provide them free laptops/tablets so students can continue their studies at home while schools are closed. The goal is to use the Baltimore Robotics Center, located at 1001 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD, 21223 as a community anchor, to build a FREE WIFI Mesh Network.
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), is exposing infrastructure gaps within underserved and resource-deprived communities across the United States. These gaps are often linked to income, public health, and digital inequalities. Inequalities, ultimately leaving local residents in Baltimore without equitable access to real-time information and virtual connectivity during the pandemic.
An actionable working collective formed by Adam Bouhmad
, Founder Project Waves & Assistant Director of Technology at Digital Harbor Foundation, Andrew Coy
, Executive Director at Digital Harbor Foundation, Jonathan Moore
, Founder & CEO of, Ed Mullin
, Executive Director Baltimore’s Robotics Center & CIO/VP Think Systems, Inc., and McKeever “Mac” Conwell, Portfolio Manager / Deal Team Coordinator for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), to immediately get people connected to the internet in Baltimore.
Their combined efforts will reduce educational disparities, bridge the growing digital divide, and subdue growing anxieties as COVID-19 impacts South Baltimore with access to real-time information.

Best PC optimization software

Here is the a from of their 10 best PC optimization software. We’ve downloaded and currently use Iolo System Mechanic.

1. Iolo System Mechanic

2. IObit Advanced SystemCare

3. Piriform CCleaner

4. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2018

10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10 from

1. Go opaque

Windows 10’s new Start menu is sexy and see-through, but that transparency will cost you some (slight) resources. To reclaim those resources, you can disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar, and action center: Open the Settingsmenu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.

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2. No special effects

Making the Start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent is one thing, but Windows 10 still has a lot of other snazzy, built-in special effects. To really go bare-bones on the special effects, right-click the Start button and click System.

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Click Advanced system settings to open the System Properties menu. On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings…

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This will open the Performance Options menu. In the Visual Effects tab, either choose Adjust for best performance to turn off all unnecessary animations and special effects, or choose Custom: and deselect the visual effects you think can live without. When you’re finished, click OK to apply your changes.

3. Disable Startup programs

If your PC is taking a long time to boot up — and you’ve enabled Fast Startup and everything — you may have too many programs starting up when you turn your computer on. To fix this, right-click on the Start button and click Task Manager. Click the Startup tab (click More details if you don’t see the Startup tab) and peruse the list of programs that start up with your computer. If you see a program that doesn’t need to be there, right-click it and click Disable. You can also arrange the list of programs by Startup impact, if you’d like to see the programs that are taking up the most resources (and time).

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4. Find (and fix) the problem

Windows 10 has a built-in performance troubleshooter that can help you find and fix any problems that might be affecting your PC’s speed. To open the troubleshooter, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Under Security and Maintenance at the top, click Troubleshoot common computer problems. Next, under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.

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5. Reduce the Boot Menu Time-out

When your computer starts up, the boot menu is displayed for a certain amount of time before the operating system loads. This gives you time to do things like start Windows in Safe Mode. You can shave a few seconds off your startup time by changing the boot menu time-out, which is set to 30 seconds by default.

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To do this, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to System > Advanced system settings, and, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

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Next to Time to display list of operating systems:, change the value from 30 seconds to 10 seconds and click OK.

6. No tipping

In an effort to be helpful, Windows 10 will sometimes give you tips on how to get the most out of the OS. It scans your computer in order to do this, a process that can have a slight impact on performance. To turn off these tips, go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.

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7. Run Disk Cleanup

This one’s a win-win. It’ll improve performance and free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup has been around forever, but this trusted Windows utility can still help clean out the temporary files, installers and other junk littering your hard drive. To run it, just search for Disk Cleanup, run it and click the button labeled Clean up system files.


8. Eradicate bloatware

If your PC came with preinstalled apps you don’t want or need, get rid of them. Same goes for any apps you installed that you later found to be of little or no use. Right-click the Start menu, choose Control Panel and under the Programs header, click Uninstall a program. Peruse the list from time to time and select the programs you no longer need and click Uninstall at the top of the list.


9. Power plan

Make sure you aren’t using a Power saver plan if you don’t need to. Even desktops will sometimes feature a power-saver option, which doesn’t do you any good unless you are trying to conserve battery life. Open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options to see which power plan you are currently using. For better performance, make sure you are using a High Performance or Balanced plan (or a plan from the PC manufacturer that says it’s balanced).


10. Restart your PC

Is speeding up your computer as simple as…restarting it? Maybe. Restarting your PC clears out its memory and stops any processes that might be taking up resources. Also, shutting down your computer is not the same as restarting it — shutdown is affected by Windows 10’s Fast Startup, which saves a snapshot of your PC and its processes in a hiberfile for faster boot-up. Restart is not affected by Fast Startup, so if you have Fast Startup enabled, restarting your PC is the only way to fully clear the memory and shutdown processes.

Source: 10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10