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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)
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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...
Prints from my 10.13 High Sierra MBP, but not 10 Home 1809.This has been an ongoing issue since 1/16 with no fix so far. The printer still works on my MBP, so I know the printer is...
Would Sugru work to fill this in?I have a Wii I explicitly bought to use as a Component Gamecube, due to the cost of actual Gamecube component cables. I...
(E6220) How much time is worth investing into repairs?This pertains to my “purchased for the expensive accessories” E6220 that’s worse for wear. My needs an SSD project one is...
(E6220) How will changing the DW1501 impact the DW375 BT module?I have another E6220 I ended up getting once I found out how much the batteries and charger cost - which came with what I...
(E6220) Is this laptop work with the Dell 130W adapter?I picked up a no webcam Latitude E6220 (gov’t surplus) for a really agreeable price, but I do not get a hard drive, caddy...
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Respuesta a "What screws do I need for the SSD?"I would go without screws for the interim, but use a good aluminum tape to keep the SSD down. What I would do is see if you can buy an SSD with the required screws, as some sellers will include them for not much more knowing about buyers like you taking a deal on an older machine like this. Sadly your best bet otherwise is to buy a complete screw set from a used machine someone is stripping for parts. If you are missing no other screws, you could probably ask a Mac repair shop if they have any they’ll give you for a few bucks as well - they’ll probably lend you a hand.
Respuesta a "How do I get the Win8 BIOS key to work?!"2nd update - totally unexpected but welcome :-). After I got nowhere with Dell and pulled the key from the hard drive I stopped thinking about it but I found a workaround since Dell buzzed me off and told me to buy another DVD (LOL no. It's the generic image with OEM SetupComplete added; the disc probably had a scratch that hampered it looking back). I'd have to sooner or later because I won't get that access again. The solution I settled on since Dell blew me off and told me to buy another DVD (you can't even find these on eBay; just the 8.1 USB which may not work!) is to use NTLite and add the OEM SetupComplete under Unattended to force the matter. Yes I can burn my own DVD that works now since it's basically no different from what Dell shipped with it but I put it on a USB drive since I didn't have any DVDs on hand at the time I tried this. I added nothing else so I can use this USB key on other machines and did no additional configuration like add XPS 8500 drivers and make it “special”. Don't buy the...
Respuesta a "What is the right glue for an oven?"Look at high temp gasket maker sold in auto parts stores - it should be able to handle it and what the manufacturer of the oven also likely uses.
Respuesta a "Torn foil during battery replacement"The white Command tabs are used to hold the battery in - they do not conduct heat. It’s easy to rip them if you don’t know what to do, but it isn’t the end of the backcase you have. What you need to do now is get a good pair of tweezers and remove it slowly, as to make it a clean removal process. If you rip it further it isn’t a problem but it will complicate things further. If you are talking about the black tape on the EMI shielding, that’s part of the RF compliance. It won’t stick down again perfectly since it came up, but there should be enough you can put pressure on it and have it stay down mostly normally. If you need to, get some thin double sided tape and reinforce it.
Respuesta a "Is it really shock-proof? Or a waste of money?"I wouldn’t trust the claims to be 100% accurate, even with an Otterbox. Consider it a secondary layer of insurance and treat the phone as you normally would with a less protective case.
Respuesta a "nerf gun bullet hit my screen causing pastel stripes"The screen sounds busted to me without photos - you’ll need to replace the screen assembly in this case. The part can be found here. This guide is for the 2015 Air, but the 2017 itself is a more refined 2015 with less power consumption friendly Broadwell processors, so the repair is no different. Refer to this guide to remove the screen. As far as hanging him don’t do that LOL. If you feel inclined to get even and he’s working, force him to pay for the screen or something :P. Depending on the age you may damage the relationship for a few years - possibly a permanent scar but it’s better then the other possible options.
Respuesta a "Can I remove the magnetron and still use the microwave?"Unless you know how to do it without killing yourself, don’t. Microwaves use tamper resistant* screws for a reason. The magnatron can kill or sterilize you if you mishandle it. *It’s only meant to stop casuals from getting in - they are hopeless with people who know a thing or two - but they also know the risk and it isn’t a problem.
Respuesta a "Help! Don’t know if I should go to Best Buy or if I fix it myself"The palmrest and keyboard is probably history, especially if it’s acetone based - most are. The problem you are going to run into is a used Chromebook of the same model is cheap as a unit used because they are cloud devices and readily available. If the plastics are melted, it was acetone based. Start with the cost of a palmrest and keyboard (both are probably damaged) and compare it against the cost of another identical used Chromebook - this is not a $10-20 error - it’s going to cost ~$30+ with parts from eBay - more from a place like Encompass which is where the school will likely get their parts from since they’re sanctioned by Lenovo in addition to labor either way. The machine goes for ~$51+ used and it’s also 5 years old so parts may be hard to come by and the school won’t bother repairing it, especially since Encompass no longer sells most of the service parts. As far as Encompass goes, the keyboard is no longer available (FRU: 25216074) but the palmrest is still available (FRU: 5CB0G15039). That’s...
Respuesta a "The unit shuts down after 15 sec. And I unable to buy the Thermal Fuse"Don’t short it - you’re asking for trouble! It blew for a reason and you need to find out why before you do something that dangerous that kills any chance for repair. Sometimes it’s nothing and something tripped it but it’s fine, but other times there’s an issue.
Respuesta a "0% battery, not charging. Laptop turns off when gaming."Batteries don’t like not being exercised - if you don’t use it, they don’t last very long. You need to replace it now and going forward, at least run it a few times per week in the field until you get to 25% and charge it. Refer to this guide to replace the battery. 41% is probably low for a unused pack - recal it and get the true number and it’s probably closer to 50-60%. Have you repasted the CPU and GPU? The power issue sounds like a thermal issue, especially if it’s sudden. I’ve picked up many used systems and 100% of the time I’ve cracked the heatsink off at 4-5 years old, the paste is dead or so close I did myself a favor - espeically if it’s been baking itself at 70-80c due to a lack of maintenance. Being a 900 series GPU tells me it’s probably 3-4 years old and that’s about when it’s close to expiring. Change the thermal paste out and see if it helps. Take the motherboard out after changing the battery and you’ll have access to the thermal paste. The cooling system gets beaten up with games,...
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