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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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*Minolta Maxxum 2800AF* Flash not turning onI have a Maxxum 2800 AF flash I got with a Maxxum 7000 and 100-200 (1:4.5) lens. The camera worked perfectly, but the lens...
*EliteDesk 800 G4* Display speakers not detected reliablyI suspect it may be my DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, but that is because I do not own any DisplayPort monitors. The machine...
*XG-1* Cleaning old battery acid from the cover?I got this XG-1 untested with a 50mm 1:1.7 SR lens and have confirmed it works, but I had to make a minor adjustment to...
*M220VA* fully disabling the HDMI sleep timer?!I use my "TV" as a monitor, and there's a sleep feature on the set that causes it to turn off after so long I do not use...
What caused this spread failure?I picked up a pack of the new Polaroid 600 film for my Sun600 LMS since I do not know how long he has left, but I know my...
Is this even worth installing an SSD in? Will it help the performance?I inherited the laptop from my family, who asked me to erase it and didn’t want it back (I got to keep it this year, well...
Rebuilding the lamp - is it fesiable? **Epson EX3212**I was given this projector due to a bad lamp preventing it from starting. That said, I installed a tester lamp I had from...
Is this battery look like I need to change it?Win10 test: Sadly, the fixit challenge laptop is the gift that keeps on giving :/. Needed a keyboard, screen, trackpad,...
Bypassing the internal LCD to erase the SSD -- possible?I have an 840 G5 with a cracked 4K LCD (not cheap to fix!) which will need to sit on the backlog for a bit until I can get...
*Lexmark CS417dn* Do these Lexmarks have an "override out" mode?I picked up a used Lexmark CS417dn for occasional color printing (I don't need to all the time, but it's become more of a...
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Respuesta a "HP diagnostics give Replace Battery error for new battery"Your notebook supports HP UEFI diagnostics -- use that, not Support Assistant. I have found Support Assistant is largely useless at giving failure reasons that make sense. Follow the instructions here to install: HP PC Hardware Diagnostics Click on Diagnose PC hardware issues outside of the operating system. You will be able to write it to the hard drive and boot into the UEFI version, and not the firmware integrated version. This is why I STRONGLY ADVISE against Support Assistant, especially batteries: If you see Fuse Blown (42) or a similar code, with persistent issues like yours the battery is shot.
Respuesta a "Is there a CMOS battery?"These Acer "Cloudbooks" use a capacitor backed CMOS RAM, with a reference BIOS setting stored in NVRAM. If the machine has problems with saving BIOS settings, it is due to a bad primary battery, as it is held with a supercapacitor on these. I do not see a CMOS battery on the motherboard on this laptop.
Respuesta a "PC monitor image flashes once on startup, then stays black."In most cases, this is caused by bad capacitors on the power supply, or the driver board. First thing I would check is the external power supply; reference your original part number for this. I would contact LG first to see if you can buy one directly but if they will not sell it to you check on a site which sells LG parts. However, if it's something like a Delta unit you can probably just buy it anywhere. If that doesn't work, check the capacitors for wear on the LCD controller board; that is the second common cause for this issue. If neither work, it is either a bad LED strip, or a bad LCD. If the LCD is damaged, the cost of repair vs. replacement is rarely (if ever) worth pursuing.
Respuesta a "The taped or glued zipper seam on my board shorts has separated."What I have used on fabric in a pinch is Beacon Fabri-Tac. You need to clamp down the fabric and may need to add something like tissue paper if it's likely to leak inside and ruin the fabric. You can use anything with weight as a clamp. I have used a damaged EliteDesk 800 G4 DM chassis where it is just a damaged chassis and dead motherboard before, and it works. Once it sits for a few hours and you let it dry for 24 hours before use, it's probably stronger than the original material and can be washed. You need to be a little careful with how much you use, as it can leak. A few drops will do in many cases, but for a high wear item you may want a line of it.
Respuesta a "How can I add another account on my chromebook when my school blocked?"My chromebook has an admin on it, how do I remove it? See here. This topic has been done to death and back. The way the management works on Chromebooks means the admin needs to remove the restriction (spoiler: THEY WON'T). I can wipe a Windows computer in seconds with management with a NVMe/ATA Secure Erase in seconds, reinstall and its gone, which is why any smart sysadmin ties it with tools like Absolute Computrace which has BIOS persistence. This "wipe it and run" approach doesn't work on Chromebooks since the S/N is tied to the management console, not the Windows install. This (and cost) is why schools largely issue Chromebooks to students now. The "erase and reinstall" approach makes bypassing it inherently useless for network mischief, but it makes it easy to wipe it out for secondhand buyers when someone left a managed copy of Windows on the machine. With a Chromebook, I either need to contact the admin, or strip it for parts. Even if the machine is not tied to a MS AD account for management, you...
Respuesta a "Why is my battery not charging"These laptops are super old at this point. At this point, any of the original Dell batteries still in service are usually tired -- even the ones that almost made it to 10 years are degrading rapidly, even if they still run 1-2 hours 8-9 years later. Yes, I've run them for 6-7 years before, and kept original packs from 2013/14 in use until the degradation was too extreme. The first thing to consider here is to buy a new battery, but keep in mind that the cost of the OEM Dell is no longer worth it -- these laptops are so old the battery it costs as much as some of these computers in good condition with the specs that people want! This is why people include the tired battery, but do not guarantee the lifespan -- even some R2 resellers will include it so the new owner can eek out a bit more life from it. The problem is people expect the batteries to last, but they're just too old - use it until it's no longer in good shape or is not consistent about the ePSA health reporting and scrap it with these... Some...
Respuesta a "unable to write to the last block of device"Those use Seagate Rosewoods -- death of the drive is normal with those things :(. Unless you can replace the drive or warranty it, there's no fixing those Rosewoods.
Respuesta a "Laptop Rarely Boots when Power Button is Pressed?"That can either be a motherboard issue, dead CMOS battery or simply a corrupted CMOS RAM screwing with the bootup. Dells are also easy to corrupt, so I've scored cheap Dells I have no business owning for what I paid ($140 for a i5-8350U listed as an 8250U LG IPS without RAM/SSD) and all I needed to do was remove the CMOS battery and keep the primary disconnected until I seen it boot. No replacement was done. I wasn't expecting IPS for $150, much less LG IPS. That was a big deal with Samsung out of the TFT game (they were always my budget IPS favorite - losing them was kind of a bummer). All we have left is BOE and LG for TFT LCDs, since Samsung ships OLED laptop screens now, and QLED desktop monitors. Even if the laptop was hosed for $150, the LG IPS display paid for it because I could drop it into a BOE laptop, or a TN 768p which is otherwise well equipped. These are super easy too (but not as easy as my $150 Dell) -- you need to remove the main battery to get to the CMOS battery if you need to completely...
Respuesta a "Is it worth repairing"The audio chipset on this laptop is on the motherboard, so if it's confirmed to be a hardware issue it's usually not worth the cost sadly. It's not unusual for motherboards to be ~60-80% of the cost of a new laptop (or the same price as a like for like used replacement which isn't as easy with Toshiba to do). This issue also hits USFF desktops hard as well. Try reinstalling the driver and hope for the best, otherwise if that doesn't help reinstall Windows and pray it works. You can find the driver here: Support Home (dynabook.com). If all of this fails, it's the motherboard especially if you defaulted the BIOS settings out. As far as the trackpad goes, check the connections inside. However, it may be as simple as it was disabled in error, since a lot of laptops make that way easier than it should be. Tap on all four corners one at a time 2-3 times and see if that helps first.
Respuesta a "How much does this cost"After these machines get past 5 years, they're usually not a good idea to buy after that unless you cannot do something without that specific model, or you have a purpose for it. If you already own it, keeping it going is not unheard of. Personally, my general rule is 1-3 years (or last year's model purchased refurbished from the manufacturer) for those who can't self-maintain, then once it gets to be ~3-4 years old those can work for someone willing to self maintain the system as it isn’t too tired yet. 6+ for specific use cases or legacy applications. Like for example, if we relived my tech school memories of playing Halo CE and hosting class LAN parties with the help of a district employee at the time who was a student as well, I'd specify "Windows XP laptop" and leave the rest open to determination to the person taking part. However, I'd choose an E6400 (premium), or D630 (budget, no nVidia; those had issues with the GPUs) and an external mouse for my "play laptop" (back then, we did it PC to PC so...
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