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CompTIA A+ CE
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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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How do I fix this without a reinstall?When I started my Windows 8 laptop from sleep, I have noticed this happened. I tried to shutdown the laptop by holding the...
Fixing the GPU fan (OEM Radeon 7570)?I have had this XPS 8500 I’ve had for a while. I recently put an SSD in to get some extra time out of it. However, after...
Removing the "Insert MetroPCS SIM" message? Phone used as an iPod.I got this phone a while back used as a backup device, but I found out it can’t be unlocked without having it on MetroPCS...
Removing the BIOS asset tag from a used Dell?I know this may be a bit exotic for the iFixit community and that's fine. I purchased 2 E7440 i7 FHD Touch systems as a...
When will the parts shortage clear up?As you can guess being an older business laptop, the battery I got with it isn’t dead yet, but it’s beginning to have...
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...
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Respuesta a "White power light flashing but laptop not booting uo"Check if the RAM has an issue on this machine, and try swapping it. These can use normal 1.5V DDR3 or PC3L (DDR3L) 1.35V RAM, so you have a choice since Ivy Bridge is “DDR3L Aware” but is likely to run at the 1.5V operational voltage. More often than not, boot issues like this are due to bad RAM modules. Most new modules are DDR3L, so buy a matched pair and do not reuse any of the original RAM because DDR3L does not like to be mixed with 1.5V DDR3. It “works” on 1.5V compatible systems (Read: Pre Haswell/Trinity), but not well and may manage to fail POST, if it isn’t unstable. If that doesn’t fix it, try to remove the CMOS battery to clear out any bad CMOS settings preventing it from booting. Some of the cheaper Toshibas may have this soldered, but generally even they realized soldering the CMOS battery is stupid - thankfully this one is socketed. Note: Test this and check the voltage - if it’s 2.5V or below, just replace it. If it’s within 3-2.5V, I would try and reuse it. If neither fixes it, I wouldn’t...
Respuesta a "My laptop will not turn on."Original or replacement hard drive? Asus is one of those brands who tend to have weird issues when the drive is dying out that seemingly make no sense on paper, but resolve with a replacement drive (or isolation by removing for TS purposes). My old X53E was one of the machines that have “no boot” conditions when the drive has an issue that clears up when you replace the hard drive, or remove it for isolation. Win8 and Win10 are also known to have weird issues at boot time as well which tend to be due to failing drives*. *Unless the drive is relatively new, which may be due to a bad Windows install. Refer to this guide to take the laptop apart. Try reseating the connector and check but it if persists, the drive may be failing. Put a 250GB or 512GB class SSD in and be done with it at that point.
Respuesta a "The ssd is running slower than it should"Did you change the HD cable and the drive, or just the drive? The cables in these vary wildly; some have the “thin” SATA II cable, while others have the thick SATA II or SATA III cable. As a general rule with these, throw the cable out and swap it with the SATA III revision to avoid these issues at the time of the SSD purchase. If you buy one used do it when you do other maintenance items like dust and thermal paste so you can say it's “done” and then buy the drive when you're ready and just install it. You’re going to want to with how cheap a good SSD is now and how miserable the original drives are. The exception to this rule is when the seller can prove they did it, but most of them don’t get it out of the way before they sell it unless it’s a machine they personally used and know about the problem. Think of it like this: if you know something is a ticking time bomb, do you wait until it blows and becomes a problem later, or fix it ahead of time? You would want to address it before it becomes a problem....
Respuesta a "Why does my pc get stuck on the dell logo"Is it the original hard drive, or an SSD? If it’s HDD based on the original drive, Dell typically uses Seagate on a lot of their systems (although I HAVE SEEN OEM WD drives but they are rare compared to Seagate). With Win8 and Win10, constant boot time filesystem repairs usually point to a dying drive - especially multiple occurances. If it gets stuck, that’s a large red flag on its own - odds are even worse with a boot screen BSOD. This DOES NOT MEAN THE DRIVE WILL DIE OVERNIGHT, but it’s generally on borrowed time before it never boots to Windows again and then fails! If you can’t do it now, brace for failure and make regular backups in case it drops dead with no warning. I’ve personally never seen one of these go beyond a few boot filesystem repairs before they stop booting because there’s too much filesystem damage due to the failing drive. Replace the drive with a 240/250 or 500/512GB SSD while it works. With these, remove the bottom screws and replace the original drive. The service manual can be...
Respuesta a "How do I fix a water damage laptop"With water damage, it’s rare for the keyboards to make it - even on a ThinkPad or Latitude. If I got liquid on my personal E6440 I’d probably be fine too, but I’m shopping for a keyboard because I already know it’s going to need to be done. I’d probably swap it over even if it keeps working while I have time, so it doesn’t start dropping keys like this. It typically isn’t super complicated to swap out, but it isn’t like the T series since the Edge is a cost reduced SMB model, and serviceability is affected accordingly. I’m not sure about the Edu and Edge series because I tend to avoid “education” (and budget models that have no reason to exist) variants when the market is flooded with better machines or “retail” SKUs (or in some cases, no cam models without webcams where everything else is solid other then the screen), which are usually gov’t surplus or purchased by large companies who do not want the cam. Hopefully it’s not spot welded in and you’re doing the palmrest assembly.
Respuesta a "in my acer after installing windows 10 my touchpad is not working?"If it’s anything like my E6440 when I did a clean install of 10 (already had a digital entitlement, so I just had to pick the correct version) there may be a newer version of the touchpad driver from Microsoft and a version from the manufacturer of the PC. The only difference I can find is a Cortana multi-touch command I disabled as I don’t like to use it beyond local search of the PC, and a newer version. It’s worked fine so far. Normally I install the reference version from the downloads page and overwrite what comes in automatically, but the Intel HD 4600 driver is newer, along with the Intel 6235 driver being newer and without the need for a separate BT driver now. The same usually goes for the trackpad in cases where there’s a driver from Microsoft.
Respuesta a "How to install Lenovo YOGA 730-15IKB keyboard"This model uses a plastic welded keyboard, which requires you to replace the entire palmrest - and in some cases if it’s sold with a calibrated trackpad, even the trackpad. The problem with these laptops is the parts tend to be as much or very close to another used example in many cases so it’s rarely cost effective unless you have a higher end machine. The part number will either be 5CB0Q96465 or 5CB0Q96436, so I’d take the laptop apart first to see which one yours needed just in case the 465 version isn’t compatible with the 436 part. Taking the battery out should be enough to check. They both come with the BL keyboard and look functionally identical, so I have no idea why the Part# is different on two identical parts.
Respuesta a "My laptop power button is flashing and it won't turn on"If the caps light and charge indicator blink, that’s usually RAM on these HP laptops. Take the laptop apart so you can get to the RAM and reseat it and see if that clears it up. If it isn’t loose RAM, you may need to replace it. The HP service manual can be found here. You need to tear it down to the motherboard on this one to get to the RAM.
Respuesta a "Where can I buy several of the ten 3mm torx screws that hold back pane"What model of the machine do you own? What I usually do for screws is if I have a part from a similar machine that is junk or leftover parts (Ex: BER due to multiple bent chassis parts, or a bent lower chassis with the screw needed) but I know the size is right, I’ll grab them from that - but that’s something I can do bc I have parts on hand or junk I can take stuff off of I’d otherwise be buying an assembly if I didn’t have it. If you think you have a match like that, look to see before buying anything. A lot of the time, you can find screw sets for machines like this if you don’t have some from places like PartsPeople. Shipping tends to be high for what you get, so throw something else in you may want or need to do “while you’re there”, like a better wireless card. You may also find them on eBay, or a computer shop may be able to give you some for very little.
Respuesta a "Service Battery Warning after subject to cold temperatures"You very may well need a battery - they do not like to be in freezing environments like that, so it wasn’t very good for it. I’m going to tell you how to try and fix it, but be prepared for the worst. What you may be able to do to potentially recover it is to try recalibrating it - sometimes it works to save these batteries, other times it does not. Refer to this guide for some general instructions, but keep in mind it isn’t possible to drain the Mac batteries to 0% and go from 0->100% like with most PCs (with or without a workaround).
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