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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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Mes tutoriels favoris
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Is this SSD properly support SATA II?This SSD came with a Latitude D630 which was super cheap, and I honestly only got it for the SSD since the drive is worth...
How to handle mismatched S/N on bottom vs MLB?I got this one super cheap, even knowing it will need a screen with every intention to replace it once I can get a screen...
How do I know if this has the Wolfson DAC?While I have the iPod apart to change the battery as it failed testing, I am wondering if mine has the Wolfson DAC. I...
How long should I let it charge before replacing the battery?This one was purchased with a bad battery, per the seller. I am not sure if it’s a 5 or 5.5, but I do not see the search...
Is my aftermarket pack bad (purchased from iFixit)Due to the age of my original Dell batteries I had at the time (OEM 34Wh* and a 47Wh OEM), I purchased this as a emergency...
Is there any hope to recalibrate this pack? eBay purchaseThis one isn't as well setup as my first 840 G3, but it checks a lot of similar boxes other then the screen (768p vs FHD)....
Where can I buy a replacement encoder wheel?TL;DR: Previous owner asked me to look at it after it had issues with vertical scrolling, tried to fix it and does not...
**Phoenix 5** How to remove the speaker to replace it?I have 2 Phoenix 5 phones and one is fine but the other has a fried speaker that sounds bad and pops. I mentioned it to...
Testing the device without a battery?I recently got a as-is device lot for a iPod Classic 6th gen but this phone came with it, but no battery (SGH-T889), along...
Transferring a GD3 EAC license from a dying machine?Unfortunately my E6440 I use for CD ripping is having issues with the USB ports, and I have dealt with this before - it...
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Réponse à : « Can I super glue my screen back on? »No - unless you want to make future repairs difficult. Either use blue threadlocker or remember to check once in a while.
Réponse à : « Can I upgrade my MacBook Pro? »If you're okay with the age, the 2014/15 Retina is actually still quite good. It doesn't have M1's all-around performance credentials, but the 15" HQ variants (all 16GB for 2014/15) still holds up against the M1 in many situations with a modular SSD, but soldered RAM. I still run Catalina on mine (High Sierra on SATA based), rather than Big Sur - I don't like the AirPrint requirement which is my primary objection. For 32-bit SW, that died with Mojave so that reason is throughly expired. I realize for many the 15” rMBP is the equivalent of buying a Maserati or AMG vs a Honda but if you can afford to take the Maserati or AMG home with you and both are within your price range, which one would you take if both are fair game?
Réponse à : « Is it possible to use a 6th gen screen on a 5th gen iPod? »No - the screens look similar, but are different enough if you do it, the colors are off.
Réponse à : « Why the hecc is my Playstation 2 doing this? »Are you running with the original, or older cables? A lot of the time, this is cable or TV related. First thing I would try is a replacement cable - these are all over eBay and in many gaming stores. You will not be able to get an OEM Sony one these days (new, at least) but the 3rd party ones work well enough considering the resolution here. If that fails, hook it up to a different TV or if you can do so, try to find a projector to make testing this easier. If neither works, it’s usually a connector or board issue - commonly bad capacitors.
Réponse à : « How can I fix Samsung a50s finance plus lock? »I assume Finance Plus is either $XX.XX/month through the carrier, or you get the phone outright and pay the financing company. It may also be Samsung directly getting into the business as well. If it’s through a carrier, then they usually rely on a SIM lock (aka subsidy lock to some) so it’s not likely through the carrier and they block the IMEI for bad debt, and refuse to unlock the phone - done deal. If it’s a 3rd party who doesn’t know your carrier, they usually ding your credit since the people who fail to pay for a financed phone usually fall back on their bill so the IMEI will probably get blocked anyway. Finance Plus appears to be a Samsung program - not carrier based. Seeing as Samsung knows how they work best (especially device management!), it won’t be easy. For the sake of not being known for helping a deadbeat not pay their Finance Plus bill I’m not going to link a tutorial here, but more than likely if you search [Device model] Finance Plus removal, you may be able to do it. WARNING: If they...
Réponse à : « Best monitor to replace my 24" Apple LED Cinema Display? »If you can pull it off, IPS Dell Ultrasharp series or HP Z workstation monitors (Note: HP really likes to use full size DP on the commercial systems and many reflect accordingly by not including HDMI, so come prepared with a DP>mDP adapter (TB2/mDP Mac) or DP>HDMI cable (rMBP). Some offer USB-C on the high end, but that doesn’t help you unless you own a newer 2016-present rMBP. The Ultrashrp IPS monitors - especially with factory calibration, tend to cost a bit more due to the use of LG or Samsung IPS panels. LG IPS color performance is top notch (and are priced accordingly!), whereas Samsung has so-so gradient quality on their 8-bit IPS displays - I believe the 10-bit ones use LG panels. Dell does have a better factory warranty on the Ultrasharp series too (3 years vs. 1 with most, and often a zero dead pixel warranty on high end ones). If you can afford it, the sticker shock is worth it. Similar rule with HP Z - top notch panel, but the sticker price reflects accordingly. The Apple monitors look so good...
Réponse à : « Can a broken tray that holds the color cartage be repaired? »Yes, but the issue with printers tends to be parts cost vs. whole brand new unit replacement totals out the machine with printers. In addition to that with these HPs unless you can somehow remove the printhead/cartridge carrier from the track belt, encoder strip and support bars without damage you need to change out the entire mech which usually means you need a donor. Make your friend replace the printer if you really feel like you need to be “made whole” or can’t buy one yourself, or it gets you closure. Even if you just replaced the mech, you still have original waste ink pads and the rest of it is still original. Consumer grade printers are built to be easily recycled on a disassembly line, not repaired.
Réponse à : « How would I upgrade this machine-It's been asleep for 17 years_ »Unless you’re looking for a retro games Mac or want to keep it as a collectible, the PPC Macs are not really that usable today for mainstream tasks. I would only fix this if you’re looking for a Mac for retro games, or just want to save it as a collectible. The primary issue beyond OS support is the battery - like everyone else, Apple was bit by the 2006-2008/09 Sony battery recalls :(. Sadly, Apple has since pulled the info on how to check (granted, Dell also made it harder to find despite also being hit hard. I guess Apple and Dell logic is the people who still run these only want them for retro games, so they know to tread with caution on original packs), so I would either see what you can find, or replace the battery out of caution unless you know it’s not affected. I was able to find it on archive.is, but consider this a very lucky find; not all of it was properly archived.
Réponse à : « A beginner replacing the back cover of her HP Pavillion »With these “thin” assembly HP laptops the LCD assembly isn’t impossible to service piecemeal, but they aren’t for the faint of heart a lot of the time as servicing the thin assemblies is not as easy as the ones with a LCD bezel. Yours is one of the harder ones to service, sadly. BEFORE YOU OPEN THIS, MAKE SURE YOU CAN AFFORD TO REPLACE THE ASSEMBLY AS A UNIT IF YOU BREAK IT. Usually the place to start on these to see is to remove the LCD assembly, and then the lower trim and see if you can find any Command like tabs - that’s usually where they hide to start. Once you do that, you can usually release the display+digitizer assembly. Once it’s released, you’ll be able to replace the back* panel, but you’ll also need to find equivalent adhesive, or one that can be removed easily especially if it lacks the Command tab. However, odds are low since even the HP service manual says direct bonded. *You may need to buy this used, as these HP Touch assemblies are often sold as a complete unit only. However, it’s...
Réponse à : « Just changed battery, not charging »Is the pack a clone or OEM? Dell laptops can be quite picky (and usually are), but some of them take better then others so it isn’t always an issue. If it’s a copy, keep that in mind throughout the troubleshooting process. The first thing I do is I uninstall 2* specific drivers from the system: *Note: You do see two as I took this on a Latitude, which supports E-Port batteries. You will only have one ACPI battery driver on your Inspiron. On some Dell laptops like mine, it’s perfectly normal to see two, especially older E Series computers like my E7440. Uninstall those two drivers and reinstall them. Once you do that, click Action and select Scan for hardware changes. Once you do that, it *often* fixes the issue. If not, read on. If the driver fix doesn’t help, take the laptop apart and then disconnect and reconnect the battery and see if the issue persists - sometimes bad connections happen, especially if the battery has a removable battery connector like many of these “built in” Dell packs. Once you do...
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