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Marchman Technical School Certificate of Completion
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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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...
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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...
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(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...
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"Endless blue loading screen, then black screen"에 답변Do a RAM test without the module and pray it isn't the soldered RAM. If it passes 3+ runs no problem, hope it’s an SSD issue. If you see errors on the soldered RAM, you'll need a new motherboard. The good news is only part of the RAM is soldered, so it can be repaired if the soldered RAM isn't bad. Just be glad they didn’t solder it all down because Lenovo is notorious for doing it on a lot of the Yoga series - both the 11/13” models have soldered RAM. I know someone who had a Yoga 11 4GB in high school who I still get along with and she’s gonna need a new machine since 4GB is dead end these days :-(. You bought the right one! However if it's the SSD, you will need a NVMe drive to replace it. But in this scenario, you stand a chance at fixing the laptop since the SSD is modular and easily replaced with a open market part from any quality manufacturer. In terms of data recovery, what you can do is boot the laptop into Linux and try to see if the data is intact - or you can pull the drive and put it in a SSD...
"I have a samsung ssd sm863 can I use this"에 답변The SM863 looks to be an OEM’d version of a Samsung 860 EVO series SSD 2.5” if what I found matches the specs, so it’s a descent drive except the Samsung Magician toolbox will not work. If you’re talking about putting this SSD into this netbook, no. The Vostro A90 is Dell Mini 9 based, which ONLY SUPPORTS IDE SSDs. The drive of choice honestly made the Mini 9/Vostro A20 one of the worst netbooks you could buy when netbooks were still a thing (2007-2012). For this specific machine, you need to find an IDE SSD which will probably cost more then a descent spec retired Latitude - if anyone still bothers selling them. Due to the cost of the drive unless there is sentimental value attached to it, your money is better spent on a used Latitude with midrange specs from the factory. Even if it’s so old it has an ivy Bridge processor, you’ll still be way better off.
"Dell XPS 15 9550 97wh Battery Compatibility?"에 답변In terms of the fit, I’ve got some information on this. On these Dell laptops that use the internal softcell battery, they tend to come from the factory “compromised” unless you only rely on a M.2 SSD because the bay design does not allow you to fit a 2.5” hard drive into the machine unless you also downgrade the battery. It was a big deal just a few years ago but IMO with how cheap M.2 SSDs are now it’s not as much of an issue - but if you want a cheap ass storage upgrade path don’t install one of these packs. Note about mSATA systems (Usually Haswell/Broadwell): if you have one of these and choose to eliminate the second drive you will need an mSATA SSD. If you have a 2.5” drive it's highly advised to keep it since mSATA is normal SATA with zero benefit other then size since even the TBW rating is compromised. I recommend keeping the compromise battery in these and not bothering with the slot on consumer hardware or only a WWAN card on business. If you want dual drives, you’re limited to 56Wh packs. The...
"Why is my fan so loud?"에 답변Gaming laptops tend to be loud by nature due to the higher TDP CPUs and high end GPUs - there is no way around it unless you split the load with dual fans. Acer does use dual fans, but they don’t dedicate one fan to the CPU and one for the GPU, so they run into the same issue as you do with one fan. What can sometimes be done to help the situation is to use a quality thermal paste like Artic MX-4, but if you just got the laptop brand new and nobody else has used it, it’s not something you should really do until the 3-4 year mark unless you have issues within the first 1-2 years with the laptop. The only time you mess with it right away (or after the return period) is if you bought the laptop used and do not know if it’s been done, and you want to be sure.
"The built-in webcam is not working Dell Inspiron 7537"에 답변The camera typically doesn’t require a special driver - it’s either a bad BIOS setting or a camera/display cable issue where everything works but the camera. Start with the camera module and if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to change the LCD cable. In this case, the camera module is less invasive of a swap then the LCD cable. If you don’t see the camera, you can check the BIOS and see if it’s enabled - if it is, then it’s typically a hardware issue with the camera itself rather then a Windows driver issue. You want to see if this setting is enabled in the BIOS correctly:
"My shift key is not working anymore ;-;"에 답변The rubber dome or keyboard matrix has failed, and you will need to replace the palmrest assembly, sad to say - the keyboard is not modular so that does increase the cost. The other problem is Chromebooks have expiration dates for auto updates. It tends to be ~5 years on older ones, and ~6.5-7 years for more recent platforms, so you need to check especially with used ones. This Chromebook “expired” in terms of updates on June 2019, so it has been 16+ months since it went to unsupported status. If it doesn’t bother you parts tend to be cheap for EOL Chromebooks because of ones people stripped for parts and “as-is” ones with an enterprise lock that wasn’t removed, so you can get creative with finding the part and have a good shot at it if you need to do that. That said, you may want to at least consider a newer model with a few years left if the repair cost is similar.
"How to remove ransom ware from laptop"에 답변The only good way with ransomware is to wipe the drive the OS is loaded, while preserving the recovery partition if it has one and isn’t damaged. If the system has a recovery partition from Dell*, then you can use that but you can also wipe it with the Media Creation Tool image. However, if it has a recovery partition do not delete it unless it was also damaged. *Dell switched to the Microsoft tools from their own on some late production Windows 10 systems, while others have the Dell tools even though they encourage you to use the Microsoft method. I BELIEVE systems shipping from ~August no longer include such a partition from the factory with Dell. The issue with Windows 10 systems that wasn’t a problem with 7/8 is most manufacturers no longer rely on a traditional recovery partition from the 7/8.x era, or ship reference installation media these days. With a business computer, the people buying them are capable of reinstalling Windows without a recovery partition or image them with a corporate image so...
"Can I play movies of my tv"에 답변Depends on how picky the content is about having HDCP - you will never get things like Netflix or Blu-Ray movies to work (honestly, you’d probably want a better projector anyway!) but anything that isn’t tied to content protection will be “fair game” on a projector like this. Keep in mind the image will not be the best since this is a toy projector like today’s LED ones with the 320x240-800x480 single LCD configuration (50-150 actual average lumens), so set your expectations accordingly.
"I know this is an old pc, what cpu’s are compatible with it?"에 답변The problem with CPU upgrades is not that it can’t be done if the CPU is socketed - the problem is time investment vs. performance gain unless you’re going from a low end entry level CPU to a solid midrange or high end one (Ex: Pentium B950>i5-2450M/Turion II P560>Phenom II N970). There are multiple problems I see on the value side: (1) For Intel systems, the gains are better but you have to be coming from something very low end like a B950 to a 2450M to make this project worthwhile ($15-20 for a used 2450M). You run into similar issues when you move up the i3 on the Intel side as you do with AMD (+864 points with the i3-2350M>i5-2450M). I would only do an i3>i5 swap if I had a compatible CPU and it cost me nothing personally with such close margins. Sub 1,000+ gains aren’t worth the effort required. (2) On the AMD side, the margins are low even when I assume the system shipped with a Turion II P560. You’d need to max this out with the N970 for it to be worthwhile with AMD boards - and you only gain +829...
"Is it possible to change the keyboard?"에 답변HP has spotwelded it onto their cheaper consumer laptops since 2013-15, so the answer is usually no unless you buy a business laptop that is known to be safe. The Stream and entry level Pavilions are usually the suspect ones in this regard. They even do it in their thinner business line laptops on some so you need to check, but haven’t fixed it in permanently on the Z series. However, HP has a few models on the consumer side which are known to be screwed in where it can be done, but it’s a painful repair since you need to tear the laptop down to the chassis, remove a LOT of screws and then do the same in reverse to reassemble the machine.
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