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- 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
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Is this worth fixing or should I let it die broken?TL;DR: Did something nice for a family member who needed to use it for photos. Supposed to be short term, made it a 9 year...
Is this RAM Apple OEM? Black PCBI purchased this RAM used for diagnostic purposes since I do not have any established DDR3L (and I can put this to good...
Is this worth trying to repair anymore? Multiple issues.I have a Latitude E6440 I’ve had for ~6 months and it’s always been running fine - except I also never noticed the fact...
Where can I purchase an unlock code? (Franklin CP331A)I have two Franklin CP331A hotspots I got from someone who attempted to get a SIM unlock code from T-Mobile and being...
How to fix an issue where the PC does not properly wake up from sleep?I have been chasing this issue for someone for days and it wasn’t an easy fix, at least so far. What I have noticed is the...
Is it possible to install the dual input keyboard as-is?I have an E6440 i5-4300M/Intel HD 4600 IGP that needed a new screen* and an SSD. When I got the laptop, it shipped with...
When a high memory application is loaded, the system has video issues**READ: My memory configuration is based on a mixed module pair since the machine shipped with 4GB after the original 8GB...
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...
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Rispondi a "I dropped my computer and now I see a disorted screen"You’re going to need a new LCD for this one - no way around it. Being school owned puts you in a major jam here since they may require HP to service it out of fear of voiding the warranty. That said, if you wanted to have the LCD replaced yourself shut up and say NOTHING! Deny it and make them prove it. Chromebooks are flimsy devices more often then not. What I would do is get an idea how much they pay - check HP and CDW to get an idea, or a similar model if discontinued. Try and compare against 4GB, since this is what yours likely has. It looks to be similar to this model from what I can find. If you’re okay with the risk of getting caught since you’re paying either way, you can find a display relatively easily once you know what model you really have - looks like a Chromebook 14.
Rispondi a "Notebook not turning on, after water dmg"Soak the board in 91-99% IPA and pray that it isn’t in need of a new motherboard. Your friend may have signed this machines death certificate by not cleaning it. Seeing as it no longer works and you do not know, assume it is acidic and clean accordingly. You’ll also need a new palmrest if that keyboard is plastic welded in - if not, reference the keyboard P/N. However, I will tell you this: Yank that hard drive if it has issues booting after cleaning the motherboard. A lot of the time, these Asus laptops do not like to boot if the drive has issues, and Toshiba drives like to self implode internally within 1-2 years, or 2-3 with light usage. If that doesn’t work, you can always try to remove the CMOS battery but once you get that low with water damage the device is generally done for.
Rispondi a "Replacement Hinge and rear lcd panel"With major parts, it’s usually more practical to buy a junk laptop with the parts you need and then keep the rest for parts, especially when you need multiple parts for the laptop and it’s related to the LCD. Most of the time I add up the cost of parts for major work like this I can buy the whole laptop with a lot of missing parts because it’s got a major fault for very similar prices as I would for just the bare parts - if I’m paying more, I have a use for the rest of it. See if you can find a similar laptop to yours since the specs do not need to match in terms of the motherboard if it’s dead, and negotiate it down to a price you’re okay with. Once you have a good donor, then you can take the parts off you need and transplant your good LCD, webcam and LVDS cable. In some cases, the donor device is better enough if you can verify it’s perfectly functional or needs a minor repair, it’s better to part with the original.
Rispondi a "Why I cant install some of the windows 10 updates?"Without knowing *too* much, do you have one of those 32-64GB eMMC disaster laptops? A lot of the times you see this issue on those, and it’s due to the storage being full. In these cases, you’ll either have to install the update onto a USB stick or MicroSD card, or you’ll have to delete some contents to free up space to allow the updates to go through. These things shouldn’t exist but alas OEMs can’t resist a cheap Windows license even if it means they’re compromising their brand with hot garbage. You don’t see this stuff sold to professionals on the business side with Windows for good reason! The issue with many of these is you need to erase all of your data, so most of the time it’s better to keep a 64GB USB drive on hand to dump the updates onto for major upgrades like feature updates. Small updates usually aren’t an issue, but you do need to run Disk Cleanup once on a while to maintain the storage available.
Rispondi a "vertical lines on my mac screen"Lines on the display are due to a TAB failure most of the time, especially on machines with a easily serviced bare display. As such, you’re going to need to learn to live with it (if the parts cost too much), buy a donor with a good screen from the same model year, or buy a new display assembly for the laptop. However, the issue on 2016-present is you need to change both the display and T-CON board since they are integrated as a single unit. In order to provide a better answer and assistance, we need the specific model of your Mac.
Rispondi a "Why isn’t my HP Pavilion 15ab165us turning on?"Pull the battery out, hold the power button in for a few seconds and try again with the battery, but not the power adapter. If that fails, do the same thing but boot without a battery installed and just use the power adapter. For some reason these Pavilion 15 series machines are sensitive to flea power and draining it fixes the issue. I had this happen on a 15-p263nr I did a partial guide set on and freaked out until I realized it was a flea power issue. I hope those were 2 other adapters were not knockoffs - if this doesn’t fix the issue it may be due to board damage if you used them for too long and they ended up damaging the board due to a spike or manufacturing error.
Rispondi a "Why is my laptop blinking power button"This usually happens due to a low voltage on the CMOS battery with many of these laptops - some do not care as MUCH like my E6440 because the Flash ROM and CMOS RAM are power sipping, while others are so sensitive even being .1v below what the board likes may cause an issue and do not work because of an inefficient Flash ROM and CMOS RAM setup. It is a wildcard situation I tend to tread with caution around unless I know the machine can handle it first hand. Even then, a A00 board may have an issue that was fixed on the A01 board - either due to a revision to fix a hardware bug or a sensitivity decrease to get it to run with lower voltage batteries that are older. If I notice an issue, I’m just going to assume the board is touchy about the voltage. Batteries are cheaper then a motherboaard. In this case, your best bet to cure this permanently is a new CMOS battery - but for testing the method @oldturkey03 mentioned is best. If you can check it with a multimeter and make sure it’s within 3-2.5V, then I would...
Rispondi a "Direkt-tek laptop not working on battery power."Most of these off-brand laptops are made by Clevo or Sager, but it depends on how gaming oriented it is - the gaming ones are usually Sager while mainstream is usually Clevo. That looks to be a fairly cheap laptop when it was new based on the specs and free Office 365 subscription. Parts tend to be harder to find for cheap laptops from unknown manufacturers like this one since they’re often not repaired due to parts cost vs buying a whole new machine, and aren’t a regularly sold item. They may claim to sell a lot of these, but they’re usually a disposable affair once they break due to the low purchase cost since many of them are purchased for kids as a basic laptop who wouldn’t know the difference. I can get parts (or unrepairable parts systems) for my retired Haswell business laptop I got used easily because they were popular and so many people bought them, yet I can still get a good deal on the base machine. I don’t get a factory warranty but I’m able to do the repairs myself. Look up the battery part#...
Rispondi a "How to replace hard drive"With the MT3707 you’ll need to locate an IDE hard drive if my research is correct. As far as I can tell this is straight out of 2001 and shipped with Windows XP, and many of these early XP laptops from 2001-3 use IDE instead of SATA. You cannot find a new IDE hard drive these days unless you: (1) Somehow get very lucky (2) Pay more then you would for a new SATA drive In this case, your best bet is to either call uncle and buy a more modern laptop - new or used, or buy an M.2 (SATA)>IDE adapter and a 128GB SSD since you don’t need much more for Windows XP. XP does not support TRIM natively, so you will need to TRIM the SSD manually unless you purchase one with firmware level TRIM support that does not depend on the OS to work.
Rispondi a "ZBook only charges the battery when it is switched off"How old is the battery? After 3-4 years a lot of batteries degrade noticeably on business laptops, but keep running in a reduced capacity - often for *years*. I have an E6440 with it’s original battery from 2014 (or it was replaced VERY early into it’s life since the system was purchased in 2013) and it runs fine, but at a severely reduced capacity (33%). I no longer trust the calibration accuracy in critical situations since the battery gauge has failed me before in combination to the severe capacity reduction making it hard to reliably recalibrate, but it still works. I know my time is coming, but I see no reason to change it until it gets to the point of no return especially with how hard I know it will be to get a new battery right now. Start with a battery calibration and see if that helps. It may be too far gone as that happens with time and it can’t be avoided, but once you get to this point you have nothing to lose. I have an E6220 with a battery as well that is so tempermental I’ve had two...
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