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School and Experience
- Sunlake High School (Dual enrollment)
- Graduation: 2014
- Marchman Technical Center
- Graduation: 2014
- Linux (I often have a second dedicated Linux computer)
- Intermediate board level repair and data recovery
- Gaming (Limited to older games without excess DLC and microtransactions; PC only since Xbox One and PS4 launch)
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How worried should I be about hardware damage? (E6220)When I was investigating the possibility of using an E6220 palmrest on an E6230 with a trackpad swap (which required...
Laptop sometimes boots to BIOS (E6220)*Read: I chose the E6230 device page since it is closest to the E6220* This E6220 is the one I use, but I primarily bought...
Where can I purchase factory recovery media/download images? p7-1227cI need the following set for this machine: Windows 7 64 Bit Recovery Kit C4G69AV When I got this computer, the owner...
How can I trick the recovery media into taking a smaller hard drive?I picked this machine up under one condition: Remove the hard drive; take the rest of it with an AMD A10-5700/12GB RAM. I...
(M401n) How can I reload the impression counts?When I was troubleshooting the USB issue after I set it aside, I inadvertantly erased the impression count data when I...
How do I get into maintenance mode with the TI-84 keypad?I got this untested for $18 with an offer, so I do not have a lot invested into this just based on what I paid. However,...
Are the knockoff NiMh batteries any good?One of my two DC970 batteries are at the end of it's life (6.9V/~1.01 A) from the original 18V/1.2Ah. My other battery...
Is it necessary to reset the SMC after an emergency battery swap?My 2012 MBP developed a battery bulge but in this case, I was extremely lucky that it wasn’t severe enough to hinder the...
Can I swap my old hard drive into my new machine?My 2011 MBP suffered from a dead short by the LVDS connector, which burned the board :-(. The problem is the cost of...
How well does MacOS handle DRAM-less SSDs?My 2011 MBP is still rocking it’s OEM 500GB spinning hard drive since I’ve largely been tolerant of it because I haven’t...
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Antwoord op "Unable to remove the screws of the back of the laptop."Someone screwed the rear panel on from an angle from the factory if this is your first time opening it. Sadly, you usually lose the post as well if this is one of those aluminum skinned machines because it breaks when you try to get it out. However, you do sometimes get lucky. A lot of those thin laptops screw out from an angle on the sides, so this may be user induced if you had to do it from an angle :-(. What I’d do first is try something like a pair of screw extracting pliers first before going to more drastic measures. If this doesn’t work, you may need to cut the head of the screw off, remove the remains with pliers and relocate a screw that’s cosmetic, especially if this is near the hinges.
Antwoord op "The computer doesn't boot when the hard drive is plugged in- RESOLVED"Generally speaking, a hanging BIOS is typically due to a failed drive with a BIOS that doesn’t handle dead drives well, or it’s a legacy system which requires manual cylinder/head data to determine the type. Update: Since your system is from ~1996 with Socket 7, you are going to be dealing with a 28-bit LBA BIOS which is limited to 128GB - so essentially the largest drive you can install is 120GB. With many legacy systems like that, you have to know which “type” your drive is, especially if the AUTO detection does not work (it rarely ever does). The drive type must match the capacity you are installing, otherwise you run into detection issues OR drive write errors beyond the capacity of the drive - but in some cases, the systems just don’t boot. It hasn’t been printed on drives in years simply due to the fact that it’s not as necessary today. In order to find it, it is based on the Hard Disk Cylinders and Heads (Sectors are often calculated from those numbers). This data is normally put into the BIOS in...
Antwoord op "Are there ways to make it run cooler?"Have you ever repasted the CPU? The paste usually goes bad within 2-3 years, sometimes 4. Refer to this guide to remove the heatsink. In addition to cleaning the paste, clean up the dust in the fan and heatsink fins. After a few years, the fans tend to clog up with dust and run slower. It may also be due to a bad heatsink, especially if a ULV machine like this is running hot - these shouldn’t get too hot even with a 7500U. It may be normal for it to run hot, as many laptops tend to run on the warm side with some being worse then others. If that doesn’t help, there’s no way to replace the fans (even if you could, Lenovo PWM is temperamental if it even suspects a bad fan) so you’ll either have to live with it OR get a cooling pad.
Antwoord op "Can I repair my motherboard?"There’s not much you can break there without fatally damaging the motherboard. You can lose. small corner, but losing much more will ruin the board. We need photos of the actual board to judge if it's repairable or a total loss. Boards aren’t cheap in the US; $50-70 from a quick eBay search.
Antwoord op "PS4 Pro won’t power on, roach infested"Bag that thing and roach bomb it first!! You don’t need to take it apart for this part since the goal is to bomb as many as you can before exposing them and seeing how many survived - DO THIS IN A OPEN SPACE; NOT YOUR HOUSE/APARTMENT! After you roach bomb it, then you’ll need to take everything apart and clean each part individually. Make sure you take the DVD drive apart and clean that separately, along with the lasers. The problem with roaches and the PS4 DVD drive is they hide in there, and the lasers get dirty. You may need to replace the DVD drive. I once (stupidly) took in a roach infested monitor so I can warn you now it’s going to smell musty. What you NEED to do to get rid of the smell is use Greased Lightning Classic on the metal and plastics - it removes the smell so the roaches don’t go back to it. Do this now, or it’ll become infested again. After you clean the rest of it up, it’s probably a power supply issue so I’d start there. Roaches seem to love the PS4 power supply, so focus on that...
Antwoord op "What means Greasy yellow fluid in the valve cover air vacuum hose?"Check for a head gasket leak - these 2000-present Renault Nissans are notorious for blowing head gaskets. You can get a kit on Amazon. We don’t know which engine you have, but from what I understand the 90-99k mile range is when these start blowing head gaskets. You can find a head gasket kit here (all seals and bolts). To do every seal requires the engine to come out, so you may need to defer this to a mechanic - if Nissans weren’t so famously bad for it, you could probably just get away with doing the one for the valve body. Head gaskets can be a PITA on many engines - especially Nissan/Renault.
Antwoord op "Game shark and Pokemon silver"The problem with devices like the Game Shark is they do mess up save files beyond repair if you use conflicting codes - generally, once you damage the save there’s not much you can do but start over. Have a cheat save and a no cheat save next time :(. If the game doesn’t want to load, the save you did it on is so corrupt it cannot boot. Refer to this guide to open the cartridge, remove the battery and replace it. Run it without the battery to be sure the saves are gone. However, it may be possible to erase the saves by doing it before the game loads.
Antwoord op "6.92 out of 8gb usable"It sounds like it’s being used to run the integrated graphics. These have a Vega 8 GPU+integrated enabled configuration, which is in line with many of these gaming laptops - you don’t need a Vega GPU for Microsoft Word. Run a game or something that will use the GPU, like GTA V. If it’s all available then, you’re losing RAM to the onboard GPU taking memory from the primary system RAM. HP locks their BIOSes down pretty far, so you may not be able to reduce the excessive shared video memory *easily*. The HP BIOSes that replicate the business BIOS (with business features disabled) are locked down in terms of adjusting the VRAM, along with the AMI UEFI Reference BIOS. Unless there’s a hidden “advanced BIOS” like there was back in the Legacy BIOS days (which is hard to access), you cannot change it through the BIOS. Give this a shot, but bear in mind it may not work since these are UEFI based and not a Legacy BIOS - plus HP is using the keys for other functions now, so that makes it more obscure how.
Antwoord op "Okay to clean fans with compressed air?"The Surface Book isn’t easy to get apart - and neither is the keyboard base. In this case it makes sense why you’d want to use canned air. However, if you can take it apart you’ll get more done by taking the display off and directly blowing the fan off, and then clearing out the vents. The issue is canned air does NOT get to the fan well in an assembled computer, so you still need to tear the machine down anyway. The dust you missed on the fan will cause the fan to run slow, and the computer will still run hotter then if you just did it right - unless you have a system where the fan is first in the chain. The ideal way to do it is to take the display off, and then clean the fan with a brush if possible - although it looks like the fan is installed in such a way that the fins aren’t easy to get to. For the heatsink fins (and reverse installed fans with inconvenient fin access), you can usually get away with using a dust blower like this, but it isn’t as strong as canned air. If you take the heatsink off and...
Antwoord op "How to clean the print head"The internal cleaning procedures usually make the issue worse by compounding it with more ink - you really need to take it apart to get it clean. However, the HP 02 series requires partial disassembly in order to get to the printhead. One way to do it on the 02 printers is to get a syringe, vinyl tubing and cleaning fluid. You can get a kit on eBay - hook the tube up to the nozzles where the carts are installed. While disassembly works, it’s not something that I’d suggest to end users as there’s too much to get wrong. The other way is to get empty carts and manufacture cleaning carts (if you can’t buy them), but 02 printers are made of evil because HP enforces the ink expiration date on these and some are bypassable (at your risk) or it’s just not possible so you need aftermarket chips without that BS OR non-expired virgins. In addition to being a nightmare because HP hates you for not buying fresh ink when they want you to based on an “expiration date”*, the lines are usually no better and it needs to be...
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