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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-19 17:06:31 Reply

At 11/19/10 04:06 PM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: I've tried just using the battery & using the power lead without the battery plugged in, but I don't get a single LED coming on the laptop. What should I do to fix this?

I'd start by checking the power supply. If you have access to a multimeter this is an extremely easy test. I would also think that there would be an led on the power supply itself to signify it's receiving power. If it turns out to have no voltage, problem solved. If it's good, your motherboard is toast. From there it's anybodies guess. You can try and order one and replace it yourself, but it's nowhere near as easy as a desktop motherboard replacement would be. Be knowledgeable and prepared for the worst if you go this route. You can also get a quote from a repair shop, and most likely when you do, throw it away and buy a new one.

Also, if I take it to the Fujitsu Siemens repair service or PC World, is it true that they need to scan your entire hard disk for illegal files so that they can't be blamed for it?

I doubt it...unless they tell you that up front. I wouldn't bother paying outrageous fees for repair though until you rule out the basics first.

I'm replacing the HDD (below) just encase.

Replacing the hard drive will NOT solve your power problem. I guarantee you that much. You better have an operating system disk ready as well, and you will lose all your files...


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-20 15:47:40 Reply

At 11/19/10 05:06 PM, SeeD419 wrote: I'd start by checking the power supply. If you have access to a multimeter this is an extremely easy test.

Good idea, I should get one. I'm on a computer course at college that involves mostly hardware.

I would also think that there would be an led on the power supply itself to signify it's receiving power. If it turns out to have no voltage, problem solved. If it's good, your motherboard is toast. From there it's anybodies guess. You can try and order one and replace it yourself, but it's nowhere near as easy as a desktop motherboard replacement would be.

What complications could come into play?

Be knowledgeable and prepared for the worst if you go this route. You can also get a quote from a repair shop, and most likely when you do, throw it away and buy a new one.

That's essentially what I'm doing, asset stripping the pieces for spares of course.

Also, if I take it to the Fujitsu Siemens repair service or PC World, is it true that they need to scan your entire hard disk for illegal files so that they can't be blamed for it?
I doubt it...unless they tell you that up front. I wouldn't bother paying outrageous fees for repair though until you rule out the basics first.

Aright. Though, they did that with Gary Glitter & in 10 minutes they found Captain Picard.

Replacing the hard drive will NOT solve your power problem. I guarantee you that much. You better have an operating system disk ready as well, and you will lose all your files...

You're misunderstanding me. I'm replacing the HDD so they don't scan through all my personal files on the other disk.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-20 16:21:50 Reply

At 11/20/10 03:47 PM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: What complications could come into play?

It's just really time consuming. There's far more screws, proprietary setups you will run into, as opposed to swapping out a desktop motherboard. With a desktop you can pretty much swap it out in 20 minutes and be good to go, where as with a laptop I'd want to take my time with it. It's just a bigger project. That and the fact that you can buy a desktop motherboard anywhere, for a laptop I'm pretty sure you have to order that specific model's board from the manufacturer, as opposed to just throwing in one of many options.

Aright. Though, they did that with Gary Glitter & in 10 minutes they found Captain Picard.

Wow, lol. Well then don't quote me on that, but you'd think that they would tell you upfront.

You're misunderstanding me. I'm replacing the HDD so they don't scan through all my personal files on the other disk.

Oh sorry, I did misunderstand you. I deal with people a lot who have no idea what they're talking about with computers so I just assume the worst anymore, lol.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-20 21:34:33 Reply

At 11/19/10 01:43 AM, SeeD419 wrote: Random pic setup for customer. It's actually finished now, I just didn't bother snapping another pic.

Threw his hard drive in and windows XP just lost it. Gives me some error message about how there 'may be a virus' on the computer and tells me to run scandisk.

Plugged it back in the old machine - runs fine.

Not sure what to do at this point really. I haven't run into this issue before. Customer is running XP Home, has legit serial code, but no software disk or recovery cd.

That looks like it has bad cable management. Try to make it a bit more tidy (thus, it will increase airflow).
As for the virus problem you are having, I can't help you there. The only thing I would suggest is getting Windows 7 Home Premium (or maybe even linux if you are short on money) and reformatting your drive. If you don't want to do that, you could also get a new hard drive, forget your old one, and get (like I said before) Windows 7 or Linux (Linux is free and would count as a placeholder until you can fork up the money for an actual mainstream operating system).


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-21 05:41:35 Reply

At 11/20/10 09:34 PM, Rockyusa wrote: That looks like it has bad cable management. Try to make it a bit more tidy (thus, it will increase airflow).

That was just right after throwing the motherboard in, thus, why there isn't power running to a single drive. Also why the front panel isn't connected. It's all finished now, might update with a new picture. Trust me, I'm anal, it's all zip tied.

As for the virus problem you are having, I can't help you there. The only thing I would suggest is getting Windows 7 Home Premium (or maybe even linux if you are short on money) and reformatting your drive. If you don't want to do that, you could also get a new hard drive, forget your old one, and get (like I said before) Windows 7 or Linux (Linux is free and would count as a placeholder until you can fork up the money for an actual mainstream operating system).

Well the problem is, this computer is for a customer. I kinda do this stuff on the side here and there, and I was upgrading an old system for a lawyer that lives upstairs. As of now, I just threw the hard drive in his old system and it runs great.

After a bit of research, I found out it's just windows xp really. I guess windows xp gets really upset about any serious hardware changes, and you pretty much have to have an xp disc ready when doing any. It just gives you some generic 'virus' message on startup with new hardware.

But as far as a new operating system or hard drive, it's not possible right now. Customer has a lot of important documents from cases on that drive, so I'm just going to ghost it over to another drive and get it running that way. Still need to find an xp home disc though.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2010-11-22 07:34:11 Reply

Hey guys, I've got two laptops that range between £350 & £420 (even second hand).

If I got £800.00, what's the best laptop I could buy with it? I need one with high resolution, good gaming capabilities & memory.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-01-23 10:21:53 Reply

At 11/22/10 07:34 AM, Conal wrote: Hey guys, I've got two laptops that range between £350 & £420 (even second hand).

If I got £800.00, what's the best laptop I could buy with it? I need one with high resolution, good gaming capabilities & memory.

Sony Vaio Z, EC or F. Z is the best thing but it might be out of your price range.

Anyways. I got bored so I redone my laptop for glossy black. The boring silver and white was starting to annoy me. I was suppose to pay 300zl (100$) but ended up paying 50zl (18$) because the painted fucked up the speaker cover and made a few imperfections but they're hard to notice.

Taking it apart was the most stressful thing I ever done because a static shock could damage the boards, the plastic could break, deform or snap, the pieces might not fit afterwards, i might lose pieces, the screen could get dead pixels from the constant force that i had to exhort on it while trying to take off the bezel or I'll forget to connect something and then have to take apart the screen or body to fix it but none of that happened.

I can't figure out where I'm suppose to put three screws and the useless wifi-switch broke but thankfully while being in the on position - so to look at the bright side: it's weighs less and I won't fool myself by turning off the wifi by accident. I guess it all worked out for the best. Oh yeah, here's a few pictures.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-01-23 10:47:42 Reply

My latest build.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-02-02 14:27:43 Reply

Can some one give me the motherboard pin layout for a dell studio 540 or point me in the right direction, because I have to get a bigger case and i can't find out the pin layout for the front panel cables.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-02-06 09:38:05 Reply

At 2/2/11 02:27 PM, gostgamer wrote: Can some one give me the motherboard pin layout for a dell studio 540 or point me in the right direction, because I have to get a bigger case and i can't find out the pin layout for the front panel cables.

do you guys need more information?


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-03-20 10:58:17 Reply

I just saved enough money for a decent pc, I have built one before with an AMD athlon II x4 640 @2.6GHz (overclocked to 2.81), here is a rough parts/price list of what I want. I have already ordered the case, mouse, and keyboard, and I have pretty much decided to go for the similarly priced i5-760 (quad core, 2.8GHz) instead of the i5-661 (dual core, 3.33GHz), as for the graphics card, I found this on ebay, what do you guys think? Or are there any other cards that are better? (nvidia, atleast 512mb, dual output either 2xDVI or DVI+HDMI, £80 max. I also like XFX, but it's not a requirement. I won't be playing many games, only older pre-2007 ones). As for the hard drive, I have an old 160gb sata drive I will use to get it running, then either get a larger drive or if I can afford it, an SSD (or a small SSD for windows and hard drive for storage).


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-04-06 14:15:26 Reply

I took some pics of my computer last night. 3.77Ghz Pentium @ 40C under 100% load.

I have a feeling newgrounds might compress the living hell out of the picture, but it was HD...

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-05-01 10:46:17 Reply

Goodbye student loan; hello this:

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-07-31 02:14:53 Reply

At 5/1/11 10:46 AM, deckheadtottie wrote: Goodbye student loan; hello this:

Looks like you're making a gaming rig. Or are you going to use it for "studying"? lol

And here's my current gaming rig.

It's a 775-based system, I know, I'm behind the times. But an overclocked Q6600 aint' all that bad yet :P

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-07-31 02:16:02 Reply

Aww crap I forgot to upload a piccie... here it is...

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-08-02 09:29:25 Reply

Okay here goes nothing.

I am looking to get a desktop pc for gaming Starcraft 2 and League Of Legends in high quality.
My budget is around 600 dollars.

I don't know jack about computer specs. I tried going that newegg site and i had no idea what was going on. So i would pretty much just have you guys giving me a link to a computer that i could use.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-11-07 23:10:10 Reply

Hello all I am building my own pc and I want to get a graphics card that can run Star Wars the Old Republic and Shogun 2 at least on medium quality (I would really like high though) because my current graphics card is rather blah. Anywhoozer my specs are as followed (any other suggestions would be beneficial to me as well):

- GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2-B3 Intel 6 Series Motherboard
- Intel Core i3-2100 3.10 GHz Dual Core Processor
- Patriot 8 GB DDR3-1333MHz G2 Desktop Memory Module
- EVGA GeForce GT 520 1GB DDR3 PCIe Dual DVI w/HDMI
- Thermaltake V2 ATX Mid Tower Case with 450W PSU

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2011-12-30 21:00:08 Reply

I'd like to run two monitors, currently I only have one graphics card; ATI RV370. Is it possible to buy another ATI RV370 and hook it up for use of a second monitor?

How would I go about being able to use an additional monitor?


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 10:18:40 Reply

At 12/30/11 09:00 PM, Razz wrote: I'd like to run two monitors, currently I only have one graphics card; ATI RV370. Is it possible to buy another ATI RV370 and hook it up for use of a second monitor?

How would I go about being able to use an additional monitor?

That's an embedded graphics card I assume, so you can't actually buy a second card. But any regular PCI graphics card will have two DVI ports out (or VGA or HDMI or whatever, look on a website like newegg or ebuyer for specs), and running 2 monitors is as simple as plugging both monitors in, windows will handle the rest.

Anyway, a question to you tecchies:

What good looking case would you recommend? I think a lot of cases look a bit rubbish, all black and angular and ugly. I'd like something clean, steel or white or similar. I've been oggling the Corsair 600T, but it's perhaps a little too pricey (~£120, i'd rather pay about <£100 if possible)... I've seen plenty of decent specced well reviewed cheaper cases but they're all function over form, and I want something that looks nice, that's half the point of the case.

Anyone know anything good?

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 10:32:04 Reply

What do you think are the hopes of finding a decent motherboard the size of a server tower?


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 11:37:46 Reply

At 1/12/12 10:18 AM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote:

I've been oggling the Corsair 600T, but it's perhaps a little too pricey (~£120, i'd rather pay about <£100 if possible)... I've seen plenty of decent specced well reviewed cheaper cases but they're all function over form, and I want something that looks nice, that's half the point of the case.


Anyone know anything good?

You can't really go wrong with that particular case. Everything wrong that I found with my previous case (an Antec 900), was addressed with this case. Botton grille for a down-facing power supply, black interior, and plenty of room for cable management. And the white one is better than the black edition (regular) cause it comes with a window already.

What hardware are you planning on getting? You going Intel or AMD?

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 12:02:44 Reply

At 1/12/12 10:32 AM, esko-man wrote: What do you think are the hopes of finding a decent motherboard the size of a server tower?

What do you mean by "Size of a server tower"?

You do know that servers are entire shelves of rack-mounted units that can fill up entire rooms right?

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 19:24:55 Reply

At 1/12/12 11:37 AM, BrokenDeck wrote:
At 1/12/12 10:18 AM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote:
I've been oggling the Corsair 600T, but it's perhaps a little too pricey (~£120, i'd rather pay about <£100 if possible)... I've seen plenty of decent specced well reviewed cheaper cases but they're all function over form, and I want something that looks nice, that's half the point of the case.

Anyone know anything good?
You can't really go wrong with that particular case. Everything wrong that I found with my previous case (an Antec 900), was addressed with this case. Botton grille for a down-facing power supply, black interior, and plenty of room for cable management. And the white one is better than the black edition (regular) cause it comes with a window already.

my flatmate has an antec 900, and it represents what I don't like in PC cases. The ugly handling of the fan on the top. The overused blue LEDs everywhere. The design along the sides of the top is a turn off too.

What hardware are you planning on getting? You going Intel or AMD?

I'm going to keep my current amd phenom 955 black and radeon 5770 (for now, might either SLI it or just outright replace it but not quite yet, maybe in a paycheques time), but upgrading my DDR2(!) RAM and mobo, grabbing an SSD, and making my PC more upgrade-proof. unless amd are switching away from AM3 any time soon (are they? Idk, i dont really follow the hardware scene)


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 19:36:16 Reply

At 1/12/12 12:02 PM, BrokenDeck wrote: What do you mean by "Size of a server tower"?

You do know that servers are entire shelves of rack-mounted units that can fill up entire rooms right?

You are half right:

While most servers are a series of rack-mounted computers, some places use the older tower-style servers - Basically a large workstation or gaming rig, but with multiple CPUs and hard drives.

Also, the sever at my workplace is a 4U rackmountable tower, and is set up as freestanding a PC tower.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 20:25:14 Reply

I think a full size ATX motherboard is going to be the largest motherboard you are going to find easily.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 21:17:10 Reply

At 1/12/12 07:24 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: my flatmate has an antec 900, and it represents what I don't like in PC cases. The ugly handling of the fan on the top. The overused blue LEDs everywhere. The design along the sides of the top is a turn off too.

Here's my Antec 900 BTW :P I was playing TF2

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 21:19:59 Reply

At 1/12/12 09:17 PM, BrokenDeck wrote: Here's my Antec 900 BTW :P I was playing TF2

The ricer LEDs, they burn!


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-12 22:33:16 Reply

At 1/12/12 09:19 PM, Oolaph wrote:
At 1/12/12 09:17 PM, BrokenDeck wrote: Here's my Antec 900 BTW :P I was playing TF2
The ricer LEDs, they burn!

Hey, everyone and their brother has an Antec 900 with the fans in stock position and the ricey blue LEDs.

At least I put in red ones and corrected the fans to a better position for airflow...

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-14 13:22:12 Reply

At 1/12/12 12:02 PM, BrokenDeck wrote:
What do you mean by "Size of a server tower"?

You do know that servers are entire shelves of rack-mounted units that can fill up entire rooms right?

I bought a Dell Poweredge 700 Server in hopes of building a decent design rig and taking advantage of the size. Because it's a server, Dell didn't see the need for the motherboard to use a video card, so unless I want to use the integrated piss-poor server video, I need to find a motherboard. This case is big though.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2012-01-17 12:34:01 Reply

At 1/14/12 01:22 PM, esko-man wrote:
I bought a Dell Poweredge 700 Server in hopes of building a decent design rig and taking advantage of the size...

Any standard ATX size motherboard shoudl fit in that. ATX is normally the largest size, being full size.