Yearly Archives: 2011

Memory upgrade problems

A good customer of mine has a borrowed Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop, which the owner had already bought some extra ram for, and I was asked to do the memory upgrade. I took out the old ram, inserted the new,

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Drives with bad sectors

Over the last couple of years I have come across a lot of drives with bad sectors. Sometimes these can be fixed just using chkdsk /R in Windows Recovery, but sometimes the error seems to be much ‘deeper’ and nothing

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Another computer

A customer recently brought a lap to be fixed, about 6 years old, 1.7Gig Compaq nx6120 with 512meg of ram. It quickly became apparent that the IDE 60GB drive was damaged beyond recovery. I informed the customer of the cost

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Freeview – final installment

The Freeview reception was so much better with a freeview box than with the computer, but it still wasn’t perfect. On very windy days we would get some signal drop out on TVNZ channels, but it was close enough to

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Freeview update

I ordered an HDMI cable to go between the Freeview box and the HD ready TV, and plugged it in today. This finishes the job off nicely, wonderful reception and images (even on our 32in TV). It also frees up

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Freeview in Whitby

Not really an SOS post, but technical anyway! We have been experimenting for a year or so with Freeview through the TV card in our Acer Entertainment PC, and despite a couple of different antennas, the latest being a rather

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FIT PC2i and Ubuntu

I have just has an exciting few days. I finally got some time to myself and my new PC, and I have been making it the way I want it. One of the things I wanted was to dual boot

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Outlook will only start in safe mode

Had a desperate phone call from a past client a few weeks ago. He could only start Outlook up in safe mode, and in safe mode he could not send emails from word or excel. As he is a builder,

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GMA 500 graphics drivers

If you look around the web at the blue screen issue with this graphics chip and its drivers, you can see that many people are frustrated by it, myself included. I now have it to the point where it runs

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Been a while again!

Lots of technical stuff too, difficult to remember it all. The biggest item is I finally replaced my aging (10+ years) workshop desktop with something a little different, namely a FIT PC2i. This device is about the size of the

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