While I do not sell on eBay very often, I will sell parts from bad machines and in some cases, the whole machine. My eBay link can be found here if you think I have something you may need for your repairs: https://www.ebay.com/usr/nipetr97
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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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What external DVD drive is good for losses CD ripping?With my current drive (Memorex MRX-650LE V7) I have had issues with 2 recent rips where there is a timing issue at...
How many cycles do I need for this battery?8/27/19 screenshots Since the batteries I have for my S6 Edge+ are either near the end of their life or gave me trouble...
How much is too much for a screen?I built this phone from 2 clunkers and while it needs work, it is serviceable again. The phone was assembled from one with...
Do I need a power supply or inverter recap?**Due to the condition of the panel (black spots from wet storage), I do not plan on spending a lot of money on repairs...
Does this monitor work well with DVI->HDMI adapters?I am asking this because I rescued this monitor from storage after years of sitting, cleaned it up and it worked. However,...
Is this drive look nonstandard?Individual drive: Compared to a normal IDE laptop optical drive: Since my primary external drive is one of those with a...
(Vizio M220VA) Is this look like a TV or motherboard issue?This TV has done this before, but only now have I captured it acting up. This tends to happen after I leave the notebook...
How do you break the OEM adhesive?!I am working on another S6 Edge Plus for this same person who needs their data off of it (as I have the other one with a...
How sensitive is this Mac to RAM upgrades?When I got my 2011 Pro, I got it cheap due to multiple things. One of those things that needs attention before anything...
How can I erase this drive?I am trying to erase the drive on my 2006 MacBook so I can sell the machine for parts, since it's good for parts but has...
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Respuesta a "Won't boot up on start up."That’s a telltale sign of hard drive failure, especially on these HPs. When the drive is half dead, they almost always fail like this and a fully dead drive throws an actual POST error. Refer to this guide up to Step 4 and don’t remove all of the screws - just the ones for the drives. Some of these are dual hard drive configurations (look for 2 hard drive cables to confirm this), so there is also a chance a secondary drive you can live without (keep the mounting hardware just in case!) will bring the system back, especially if it means your data is safe. See if you can screw the caddy in business as usual, leave the cable connected and keep the drive screws in a safe place you will remember. Worst case scenario you buy another set on eBay if that’s all you lost. HOWEVER, when one drive dies on these dual HD HPs you need to be careful because the surviving drive isn’t far off from dying as well on most of them where one of the two fails. You can chance it, but take regular backups just in case. I’m not fond...
Respuesta a "High quality battery?"After the 2 generation mark, a lot of the open market batteries start to become low quality due to lower price per unit expectations and consumers being less willing to pay a lot, so corners tend to be cut. Once you get to the 3-4+ generation point, the majority of them are garbage. I would keep your expectations realistic based on those numbers since you’re in-between the garbage and good replacements are still available range. You may not find what you want and may need to settle. Out of all the batteries, the ones from iFixit are going to be the best quality. If you’re adamant on not wanting to risk getting garbage, stay away from eBay since it’s mostly used as a clearing house for junk batteries. The eBay batteries are fine for an older phone that isn’t worth enough to care but you still want to get a new one, but on these newer phones you can (and should) do better then eBay.
Respuesta a "Thunderbolt display power source blew up - worth trying to replace?"Depending on the fault, it may be a cheap fix. At least take the monitor apart and see if there is anything grossly obvious at fault. We can’t tell you what to check without photos of the internals. Refer to these guides to open it and check everything out. If it turns out it’ll be ~40% of the cost to repair the display, it may ultimately make more sense to replace it. Parts for these aren’t cheap and can be difficult to come by, unlike more common generic TN options.
Respuesta a "Why won't my wireless router turn on?"Verizon EOL’d the MI424WR in 2015 and you’ve probably been paying maintenance fees for quite a few years. Their current lease router is the Greenwave FiOS-G1100. While I dont recommend this because you’re taking a chance the tech will confiscate it, you may be able to get one from a grandfathered contract where there was a 1 year lease clause on paper. The newer contacts after this came out no longer have it, so it’s up to the rep. In addition, the leased ones requiring returns are flagged as unreturned equipment and will be confiscated. If you want the sanctioned lease model from Verizon, buy it new directly from Verizon. However, it isn’t uncommon for them to write the old ones off as customer owned, so it may not cost you anything to keep. Your best bet is to get a nice 802.11ac router on the open market, especially if you don’t need phone service and can pick from the more common non-eMTA options. If you need a phone, you will need an eMTA combo unit or a dedicated cable modem like the Surfboard and a...
Respuesta a "My calculator battery life indicator isn't draining"It sounds like the battery is on it’s last legs. The TI-84 series is the high school calculator, and as such many of them end up neglected and sold at a discount to anyone willing to deal with the issues they have since acquired. This is a particularly known issue on used ones. I would change the battery out and rule out that issue since it’s so cheap. TI sells the battery and charger here. If you just need the battery, this is the battery you want. The part number is 3.7L1200SPA
Respuesta a "Macintosh Plus Trouble shooting."It’s a common issue for these to have bad solder joints due to their age. This isn’t difficult to repair, but you really should go over the entire board and refresh all of the joints to keep the rest of them from failing as well. J4 on Pin 1 is notorious for this problem, so that would mean in theory all of the original solder should be considered suspect and redone. HOWEVER, you need to take precautions with these Compact Macs as they use CRTs. These are the ~15k volt ones since they are B&W (and have a bleeder resistor), but you need to know how to safely discharge it. The best way is a proper CRT discharge tool like the Apple CRT tool (076-0381) or a rubber handle flathead screwdriver with thick jumper leads on a grounding point to discharge it. DO NOT trust the bleeder resistor in any of these M68k Macs since it’s probably long since burned out. Keep one hand behind your back as well just in case, so the charge doesn’t go to your heart and kill you. It shouldn’t even be trusted in the PPC Macs, but you...
Respuesta a "Purchase advice: user serviceable headphones"What you can do on moderate tension parts to create a more permanent fix as well is to use baking soda and super glue. It holds so well you can’t tell if it’s blended as well. I don’t know how well this will work, but if you can get it in the inner band (and put some on the broken part to hold it, it won’t be 100% new but it should hold nearly as well. For quite some time both the power button and volume down on my laptop were broken but mostly an issue I can live with since I had a palmrest without a power button and took the volume button off of that and reinstalled it with that fix. Since I couldn’t get a power button, I reinforced the broken one. You can’t tell because it’s internal and behaves like it’s factory. I know I probably should have bought another palmrest and sold the useless one as-is, but I’m going to be upgrading to a newer laptop (used enterprise) so I would rather keep the money and patch the issue.
Respuesta a "Suddenly stops recording after 7-15 seconds"Some of these cameras only record for a short amount of time to get around EU video camera taxes from 2007, which is extremely common even on late model ones. Some stretch it out to 29 minutes to be 1 minute under the 30 minute cap so it isn't as annoying to consumers. The problem is the manufacturers don’t remove it on models bound for countries without this tax out of fear or laziness. It's usually a 15-30 second cap on older models with this limitation, but it can also be even shorter on some. This article goes into it properly. This article also goes into it as well. It's a tax avoidance limitation. As of 2018/19, it’s dead :-). The problem is old cameras are still affected :-(. Check the manual for anything related to a video recording cap - maybe Nikon isn’t reckless and disables this stupidity on non EU bound models. If that isn’t it, try a higher speed memory card like a Class 10. The other reason this commonly happens other then tax avoidance is because people use junky Class 4 cards and expect...
Respuesta a "My envy 4500 gives the message --incompatble ink cartridge evenyhough"It sounds like there’s dirt on the contact strip in the printer - this will do it. What you need to do is take the carts out and clean the contact strip in the printer. For good measure, clean the ink carts to be sure. Once you do that and if it persists, then it may be due to bad cartridges. While highly unlikely (but possible because HP uses a 100-240V SMPS), it could be from another region ESPECIALLY if the bad cartridge has a different number compared to the US/Canada versions (HP 61 for the 4500). The other red flag is if the number on the printer is 3 digits vs 2 - you have a region locked import. You will need genuine carts to fix this and HP will need to walk you through the process. I hope you saved the old carts if it’s a region issue… The cost to import the matching set is *always* more then buying a native machine.
Respuesta a "Acer XF Monitor not getting power. Any ideas on how to repair?"Usually these issues are due to bad capacitors, especially on retail friendly brands like Acer. They often use CrapXon (CapXon) capacitors, which always fail given 4-5 years of use. It’s just a matter of when. Depending on if the power supply is internal or external, you may need to inspect two different boards. Outside of business oriented Acer models, they have largely moved to external supplies so in order to troubleshoot those you will need a new power brick to see if it persists. If it doesn’t consider yourself lucky - outside of a lucky few it never fixes anything and is only done to save space at best because it’s usually always internal. If the problem isn’t fixed, then you need to work on the internal boards. Usually these snap together where the whole back comes off, but I’ve seen a few designs where it appears the board and panel access may be split. Since these have become more common, use some common sense until you know for sure. From what I can approximate with the device page model, it...
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