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CompTIA A+ CE
PC Pro Certification
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)
Removing Google Play Music from my phone?While I knew Play Music was due to be shut down, I was hoping that it would still work as an offline music player, but...
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...
"Why is my laptop not turning on?"に関する回答This trick got me two i7-4600U FHD Touch E7440’s for $98/unit - one sadly needs a screen (bad backlight) and neither sold with a battery, SSD+cable/caddy or RAM (although I did rummage up some 4GB DDR3L modules), so I may not be able to economically repair the bad unit :(. That said, the one with a good LCD is ready as soon as I buy a battery and a HD caddy+cable, and possibly put a matched RAM set in. I’m recycling an SSD from another machine. Pull the CMOS battery for 1 minute, and try to boot without it. If it boots, the CMOS RAM was corrupted. If it doesn’t, bad motherboard. It’s not like this isn’t known, so I don’t mind revealing it. Some Dell laptops are more sensitive to CMOS corruption more then others, and the E7440 is one of those that do not like low CMOS batteries. I suspect your Vostro is in that same group.
"I need help for the clean up of my Zephyrus Gx701 Laptop"に関する回答I would not consider the GX701 a new DIYer friendly laptop in terms of the thermal paste - you have to take apart quite a bit of the laptop in order to change it. If you want to see how to do it, refer to this video and see if you’re comfortable doing so, or you want someone with more experience to do the thermal paste. There are no guides here so this is about as good as it gets. I could do it, but I’ve also done laptops which require motherboard removal or major disassembly so I have a few under my belt that aren’t a 15 minute job. However, the fans are pretty easy to clean - remove the bottom cover which reveals access, blow canned air in the cooling system and then that will remove most of the dust from the fan and heatsink. Generally speaking cleaning is fine if it’s less then 3-4 years old, although the paste does start to age after 2 years to the point if it’s easy, you might as well get it over with.
"Why is my number pad not working?"に関する回答Dell seems to have a more keyboard issues then Lenovo, at least in my experience with the E6540 - granted my E6440 was fine with the original keyboard before I did the keyboard/palmrest swap, but it does happen on these more then some other brands. That said, check if the numlock key is dead (lock with 9 as the “key”), or not active - sometimes you get lucky. The DP/N is 564JN (US English Backlit) or M8F00 (US Engligh non-backlit). With this machine, you can often find the backlit version for a few bucks more. All you have to do is transfer the flex cable since this isn’t tied to something like the motherboard to upgrade the keyboard type on these machines, which is a variable on the E7’s to the point I prefer to seek out a backlit spec machine unless I know it can be done. I did it on my E6440 because it originally shipped with the E5 non-backlight single input keyboard, and it worked fine. The machine accepted the keyboard like it was shipped that way even though I added it on 6 months into my ownership....
"Will my HDMI port and power port brake?"に関する回答This isn’t a car. :P It depends on how you treat the port. Most HDMI ports wear due to abuse, at least in my experience. You need to be more worried about HDMI hot plugging IMO, since unlike a laptop the IC isn’t designed with that in mind and the HDMI IC is susceptible to failure, which usually comes off in the form of resolution problems. Keep the Xbox safe and you’ll probably be fine if you don’t go wild and do it every weekend. If you HAVE TO, keep the cable attached to the Xbox and DO NOT disconnect it from the console - do it from the TV so you only wear the cable.
"Why can’t I boot into windows with a new ssd"に関する回答Does the SSD have an OS installed? If not, that’s typical with Asus laptops if it can’t find an operating system - although some do boot to a no bootable devices screen. Put a USB stick in the machine with the correct OS you want to install, and it should boot into that. If it doesn't, the page where you save or discard changes usually has a one-time boot menu as well as a dedicated function key.
"hard drive with a different OS"に関する回答Be careful with these - they do not support SATA III natively! You need a drive with full I/II/III support - ideally. If you can find one with II/III support, you’ll probably be in okay shape. Unless you have a fully legacy compatible drive, it can be hard to find one unless you install a SATA controller card which supports it to bypass the nVidia northbridge. I can’t find anything direct from HP, but I strongly suspect it’s SATA II based on other boards known to be at that level. However, HP did have a bad habit of crippling their BIOSes Option ROM configuration in the name of “compatibility”. Find a cheap SSD with at least 256GB (or within the 256GB class, like 240/250GB) with SATA II support and install that on the DVD drive connector - USB externals are cheap.
"How to activate windows 8 on my device?"に関する回答The fastest way with Windows 7 on a Dell is to find the OEM SLIC media - either through a site like eBay, a site like Internet Archive or a tool like the Helidoc Windows ISO download tool. I am not providing links here, but if you search for Windows ISO downloader and find the Helidoc link, you will find it. I have an image of a DVD I wrote to a USB stick, or if need be I can buy a small set of DL DVD+R media and write a DVD to boot the computer. The other way is retail media and activation, but this may no longer work since Win7 has been EOL since 1/14/2020 and Microsoft will not help you. The best route today is SLIC. For Windows 8, the key has to be integrated into the BIOS - and in many cases it doesn’t work to save it’s life. Best approach for Win8 OEM systems with the BIOS key is a custom OEM SetupComplete image (use NTLite) but this DOES REQUIRE a BIOS key. If you bought it on it’s own and it’s not part of the BIOS, you’ll need to enter it manually. The other issue is keys from shady 3rd party sites...
"Can I restore to factory defaults but keep Windows 10?"に関する回答Unless you know the previous owner personally and they can vouch for the install being recoverable, erase the machine and start over. You just do not know unless they can say “We did this. It’s not an issue to erase the machine and not make a boot drive.” AND they don’t download who knows what online. Even then it’s better to be safe then sorry. Personally I would rather erase the drive and if you really needed it done, get you to the setup screen and turn the computer off. I may opt to not include a drive - especially if I “abandoned” it as a unfinished project because I got a deal on something better. For all you know it has malware that will survive the Windows factory reset procedure - nuke it and start over with a clean slate. For sale purposes, nuke and sell No OS (Win10 ready) or wipe it to the point you get to the initial setup after install.
"Hinge repair for hp envy x360"に関する回答The problem with a lot of consumer laptops from HP is loose hinges are usually caused by the LCD housing being fatigued, and the plastic standoffs may be physically loose/failing so check for that to quickly know for sure - this is not an HP issue; rather a consumer grade issue. But yes, HP seems to be worse then others. That said, you can usually check the screws on the palmrest, and LCD assembly as well as it can sometimes be a tightness issue. If it’s okay and it continues to be an issue, the hinges are wearing out. Tightening them will help, but it’s better to replace them with new ones at that point. Refer to the HP service manual for disassembly instructions.
"I dropped my computer and now I see a disorted screen"に関する回答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 for it either way, you can find a display relatively easily once you know what model you really have - looks like a Chromebook 14. Keep the original assembly intact so they don’t suspect anything, and be careful.