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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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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...
Are there any good SATA I/II/III SSDs left new?I am looking to upgrade my HP nc6000 to a machine that’s quite a bit newer and will have more video memory, as the nc6000...
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Réponse à : « 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.
Réponse à : « 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...
Réponse à : « 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.
Réponse à : « 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,...
Réponse à : « MacBook Pro 15'' 2011 doesnt turn on »The 2011 MBP is known to have GPU problems, which is likely what you are seeing here. However, a 2012 board can be installed in lieu of scrapping the machine, providing you can get a good deal on one that’s nearly identical spec wise or a major bump (Ex: i5->i7). However, it may not boot if you upgrade it too far, so bear that in mind but MacOS is pretty forgiving about it unlike Windows. You may also need to update the OS to get the current EFI updates, so try and save it for one or two final boots if you choose to replace the board or machine. Change the HD cable while you’re in there - ESPECIALLY if you buy a 2012 15” to replace it. It doesn’t add much cost and it puts the all too common cable issue to bed when you will eventually want to replace the original drive with an SSD. More then likely, it’s going to be easier to get a 2012 machine and migrate the hard drive. Just be prepared to pay since these are prized machines unlike the 13” which comes and goes like it’s a dime a dozen - the HR AG machines...
Réponse à : « Why isn't printing right? »Are you using genuine Epson ink or a knockoff? The OEM Epson ink is known to clog the printers easier then others because of how thick it is - the problem is made worse by the fact the nozzles they use are small enough it does not take much to lose a lot of it to a clog. It’s a common problem with these, especially with people who don’t know the why behind the problem. You also have to pray you can find 3rd party reman ink with a compatible chip since Epson firmware bombs the black cart printers with “security updates” which only secure their 1st party ink market. Your choices are to keep dealing with this problem if you let it sit (running a nozzle check will keep it cleared) or to find compatible ink from 3 good suppliers and never update the firmware - even if it may make the printer a security risk. Let Epson live with the fact they created distrust with their “security” updates since the odds of it being exploited on a cheap one are low. The first thing I would try is to clean the printhead using a...
Réponse à : « Replacing a laptop display with a HDR one »As long as the panel is like for like in regards to resolution and pinout, you shouldn’t have a problem doing so. You begin to run into issues even with iDP once you bump the resolution beyond 1080p.
Réponse à : « 2016 Ford transit connect engine knocking »High speed knocking is usually a blown rod inside the engine, which usually does a lot of damage to the block. That typically happens when you or a previous owner didn’t keep up on the maintenance. 54k is early enough Ford will try and get you on something, so bring your maintenance records with you to the dealer if it’s under warranty just in case! Hopefully it’s a known flaw with the van so you can use it as leverage. You’re going to need to rebuild or replace the engine unless it can be repaired - it’s usually too far gone once you hear rod knock. You’ll need to see which engine you have as there is 3.5 and 3.7L gas EcoBoost engines, and a 3.2L i5 diesel. There should be a sticker under the hood with the engine code and displacement to make it easy to find out which one you need. This may also total it out since this is 5 years old and depreciation may make it cheaper to find a low mileage example of the same van.
Réponse à : « What's the name of this monitor part? Can I replace it? »TAB failure due to the flatflex damage. It’s typically cheaper to buy a new monitor and scrap the old one when this happens due to the cost of the panel.
Réponse à : « Laptop screen not adjusting brightness »The E6430 is using an LED panel - not a CCFL panel. The LED strips do fail, but unlike the CCFL displays where death within 7-8 years was normal with low end junk displays, the LED displays rarely fail - even on cheap ones. More often then not, it’s a board driver issue if you lose the backlight as a whole but it can also be the display. Since yours works, it sounds like the LED strip is beginning to wear out from age. This machine is from 2012-2013 before it was replaced by the E6440. The last CCFL laptops Dell released within the E64XX series is the E6400. If this was a CCFL laptop, it probably would have been flat out dead if it wasn’t using a Samsung or LG part. I’d much rather lose a few lumens after 9 years and have it work but at the potential expense of having to max out the brightness all the time over losing the panel because it came with a cheap AUO or Chi-Mei CCFL display that saved Dell 5 cents per laptop. If you’re really that concerned, buy a new display and see if it helps anything. These...
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