Weekly Off-Topic Thread #283

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Less than 24 hous of voting left.  If you voted yesterday please please pleasetray again today.  All I need is one vote for everyone who sees this to win. I swear I'll stop pushing after noon tomorrow.

 

http://bit.ly/MOOYAHThinkTank  (like the page to see the entries)

 


Last 4 hours. Please vtoe fi you haven't done so since yesterday morning.


 

Boy you really are shameless.Smiley Very Happy

 

You should be on the campaign trail for a political office.Smiley LOL

 

 

 

 


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Re: Weekly Off-Topic Thread #283

Fascinating......working on these older homes.  But I have no desire to get involved in that sort of thing anymore.  Too much bending, climbing, kneeling, crawling....etc.....for this arthritic body.

 

I am in a quandry and I need some help.  This laptop is acting strangely.  Keyboard is misbehaving...and now it occasionally serenades me with repeated beeps at the point between the opening screen and onset of Windows booting up.  I pulled and reseated the memory sticks and did the same with the hard drive.....hoping that it was only a bad connection that had worsened over time.  Indeed....several days with no further trouble seemed to indicate that I had solved the problem.  Alas....this morning I was greeted with more beeps before I got it to boot up properly.  So now....is it a failing hard drive?  Or perhaps the bios back up lithium battery is failing?  Who knows.  5 yr. old Dell laptop.  Good excuse to get a new one.   AND therein lies the other problem.  I refuse to purchas a new laptop that is not capable of dual band Wi-Fi operation.  But there are still lots of them out there that operate only on the 2.4 gHz band.  I'm fed up wrestling with dual band USB adapters which are very vulnerable to damage.  I found a really nice Asus small laptop today that seemed to meet all my requirements....including my minimum 500 gb hard drive.   But after I got it home I discovered that it was capable of wireless function only on the lower band.  So back it went to the store.   Now I have a question.  Please someone help me.    When studying the descriptions of the features of various units on the manufacturers web sites.....how do I interpret the mess of abbreviations to tell if any particular laptop has dual band capability?   Help please.

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Re: Weekly Off-Topic Thread #283

hpmsrm - Seems like the dual band should be ubiquitous. Should be easy to find comparison or at least specification.

But, a quick search says it is one of those cases where the commonly used description does not even begin to describe the detailed operation.

Dual band seems to be two frequencies are available. But, I bet you want to use them automatically at the same time.

Maybe, this is dual band wi-fi. Could it be simultaneous dual band w-fi. Or, maybe it is not that simple.

Looks like you will have to dig deep to answer this question. Probably the first step is to define what operation you are looking for. Those words might help to find (google) it.

Here is one link I found on first searching. Maybe it will help. Maybe it will make you crazy.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1917692
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hpmsrm wrote:

Fascinating......working on these older homes.  But I have no desire to get involved in that sort of thing anymore.  Too much bending, climbing, kneeling, crawling....etc.....for this arthritic body.

 

I am in a quandry and I need some help.  This laptop is acting strangely.  Keyboard is misbehaving...and now it occasionally serenades me with repeated beeps at the point between the opening screen and onset of Windows booting up.  I pulled and reseated the memory sticks and did the same with the hard drive.....hoping that it was only a bad connection that had worsened over time.  Indeed....several days with no further trouble seemed to indicate that I had solved the problem.  Alas....this morning I was greeted with more beeps before I got it to boot up properly.  So now....is it a failing hard drive?  Or perhaps the bios back up lithium battery is failing?  Who knows.  5 yr. old Dell laptop.  Good excuse to get a new one.   AND therein lies the other problem.  I refuse to purchas a new laptop that is not capable of dual band Wi-Fi operation.  But there are still lots of them out there that operate only on the 2.4 gHz band.  I'm fed up wrestling with dual band USB adapters which are very vulnerable to damage.  I found a really nice Asus small laptop today that seemed to meet all my requirements....including my minimum 500 gb hard drive.   But after I got it home I discovered that it was capable of wireless function only on the lower band.  So back it went to the store.   Now I have a question.  Please someone help me.    When studying the descriptions of the features of various units on the manufacturers web sites.....how do I interpret the mess of abbreviations to tell if any particular laptop has dual band capability?   Help please.


 

 

Hey Phil if it's Intel wireless, you should be able to look up the chip number for the wireless on Intel's website.

 

As well the wireless in most laptops is replaceable. If you flip the laptop over, normally there will be at least two covers that can be removed. One for the RAM and one for the wireless (and sometimes dial-up modem). The wireless is what is called a mini PCI Express card and will have two little wires coming off of it. The two wires pop off and the card should come out similar to the way the RAM does. You can go to New Egg or Tiger Direct and order the dual band wireless card.

 


For your old laptop the beeping you here is what is called the Post Codes. The pattern of the beeps is supposed to indicate the problem. If you can give me the service tag number I should be able to locate the info on the Post Codes.

 

If it's the keyboard, you can clean them, but you'll have to remove it first. This is rather easy to do If you'd like instructions let me know.

 

 

 




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Re: Weekly Off-Topic Thread #283


Computer-Joe wrote:

hpmsrm wrote:

Fascinating......working on these older homes.  But I have no desire to get involved in that sort of thing anymore.  Too much bending, climbing, kneeling, crawling....etc.....for this arthritic body.

 

I am in a quandry and I need some help.  This laptop is acting strangely.  Keyboard is misbehaving...and now it occasionally serenades me with repeated beeps at the point between the opening screen and onset of Windows booting up.  I pulled and reseated the memory sticks and did the same with the hard drive.....hoping that it was only a bad connection that had worsened over time.  Indeed....several days with no further trouble seemed to indicate that I had solved the problem.  Alas....this morning I was greeted with more beeps before I got it to boot up properly.  So now....is it a failing hard drive?  Or perhaps the bios back up lithium battery is failing?  Who knows.  5 yr. old Dell laptop.  Good excuse to get a new one.   AND therein lies the other problem.  I refuse to purchas a new laptop that is not capable of dual band Wi-Fi operation.  But there are still lots of them out there that operate only on the 2.4 gHz band.  I'm fed up wrestling with dual band USB adapters which are very vulnerable to damage.  I found a really nice Asus small laptop today that seemed to meet all my requirements....including my minimum 500 gb hard drive.   But after I got it home I discovered that it was capable of wireless function only on the lower band.  So back it went to the store.   Now I have a question.  Please someone help me.    When studying the descriptions of the features of various units on the manufacturers web sites.....how do I interpret the mess of abbreviations to tell if any particular laptop has dual band capability?   Help please.


 

 

Hey Phil if it's Intel wireless, you should be able to look up the chip number for the wireless on Intel's website.

 

As well the wireless in most laptops is replaceable. If you flip the laptop over, normally there will be at least two covers that can be removed. One for the RAM and one for the wireless (and sometimes dial-up modem). The wireless is what is called a mini PCI Express card and will have two little wires coming off of it. The two wires pop off and the card should come out similar to the way the RAM does. You can go to New Egg or Tiger Direct and order the dual band wireless card.

 


For your old laptop the beeping you here is what is called the Post Codes. The pattern of the beeps is supposed to indicate the problem. If you can give me the service tag number I should be able to locate the info on the Post Codes.

 

If it's the keyboard, you can clean them, but you'll have to remove it first. This is rather easy to do If you'd like instructions let me know.

 

 
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Wish I could give you a KUDO on here, C.J.      OK....here goes.  This laptop is a Dell Inspiron, 1525.  The service tag # is C48XPF1       There is also an Express Service Code # on this little label and that is: 26378262253.  I don't know if you need that one.

 

I have made only two modifications on this unit.  #1  I added RAM to bring it up to the maximum of 4 gb.   #2  I switched out the hard drive and installed a 500 gb drive.  The computer originally was equipped with a 250 gb drive.  Those two modifications were made shortly after I bought it back in 2008.  That replacement hard drive is a Hitachi 7200 rpm unit so it is not only larger than the original but also quicker.

 

RE the keyboard.  Well....don't know if I have the courage to dive into that one or not.  Guess I can take a deep breath and give it a try.  I've searched for screws to remove or some way to un-snap the cover that holds the keyboard in place but I have not found anything....not even screw hole caps that might give away their location.

 

I've owned several laptops over the years....about 4 I think.  This Dell has been the best.  Up until now it has never given me any trouble.  Just keeps chugging away.

 

One of the new units I've given some consideration to is the Lenovo Twist.  THAT is quite a laptop.  The screen can turn 180 degrees and fold down over the keyboard to create a tablet....albeit a bit heavy tablet....at about 3 lbs.

 

I just wish that these companies, and the businesses that sell their products, would be more thorough in providing more information in their specifications.....like, for example, is the wireless dual band or not.  At my age this just might be the last PC I ever buy and, by darn, it's going to be equipped like I want it or I ain't gonna part with my cash.  I find it hard to believe that these outfits are not routinely providing 5 gHz capability.   But then....even AT&T refuses to budge away from the over-crowded 2.4 gHz band.

 

On another subject:  My wife just read an article to me that reports tablet shipments have soared in the first quarter of this year.  40% of Americans now own at least one tablet computer.  WOW!   iPad is #1 at 39% (but that is down from 52% in 1st quarter of last year)....Samsung is #2 (18% - up from 11.2% last year).  Asus' Nexus.....Kindle Fire by Amazon and Microsoft's Surface line round out the top five.

 

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me, C.J.  It is very much appreciated.

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OK Phil, I haven't found the post codes yet, but here's the service manual. They keyboard removal is pretty straight forward, but you have to remove the center control cover first.

 

After removing the keyboard you can start the cleaning by blasting it with compressed air. If using the cans of air make sure you hold the can upright or you'll get extremely cold liquid, which can give you frost-bite, or possibly crack part of the keyboard. If using a compressor make sure that there is a filter/dryer on the output of the compressor.

 

Once you have the keyboard blown out, take it to the kitchen sink, turn on the hot water until it's as hot as it gets. Then grasp the keyboard by the right edge and let it hang straight down into the sink, then using the sink sprayer, start spraying the face of the keyboard working in a sweeping motion from where you're holding it downward. Do that a few times, then grasp it from the left edge and repeat. Once you're done hosing it down, tap the edge on a towel a few time to knock off excess water, then use the compressed air to drive any other water out from under the keys.

 

Next, take a blow dryer and laying the keyboard face down on the counter heat the metal back-plate of the keyboard until it's hot to the touch (but not enough to burn you). Now flip it face up on a towel and let it sit for an hour then repeat two or three more times.

 

Now just reinstall it.Smiley Happy

 

 

 




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Re: Weekly Off-Topic Thread #283


Computer-Joe wrote:

OK Phil, I haven't found the post codes yet, but here's the service manual. They keyboard removal is pretty straight forward, but you have to remove the center control cover first.

 

After removing the keyboard you can start the cleaning by blasting it with compressed air. If using the cans of air make sure you hold the can upright or you'll get extremely cold liquid, which can give you frost-bite, or possibly crack part of the keyboard. If using a compressor make sure that there is a filter/dryer on the output of the compressor.

 

Once you have the keyboard blown out, take it to the kitchen sink, turn on the hot water until it's as hot as it gets. Then grasp the keyboard by the right edge and let it hang straight down into the sink, then using the sink sprayer, start spraying the face of the keyboard working in a sweeping motion from where you're holding it downward. Do that a few times, then grasp it from the left edge and repeat. Once you're done hosing it down, tap the edge on a towel a few time to knock off excess water, then use the compressed air to drive any other water out from under the keys.

 

Next, take a blow dryer and laying the keyboard face down on the counter heat the metal back-plate of the keyboard until it's hot to the touch (but not enough to burn you). Now flip it face up on a towel and let it sit for an hour then repeat two or three more times.

 

Now just reinstall it.Smiley Happy

 

 

 




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Was there supposed to be a link to a service manual in this last post, C.J.?

 

Today I made another trip to the store....this time BB.  Found a very nice, fairly high powered HP Envy laptop.  The sales staff assured me that it is capable of being used on the 5 gHz Wi-Fi band.  So I purchased it and brought it home.   Guess what.   I worked only on 2.4 gHz.  No capability at all on 5 gHz.   I even telephoned HP and talked to it's techs.  I was told that "NO" this particular HP model does not have the dual band capability.  In fact....bad news....none of the HP line of laptops has this capability.  That was the word directly from HP Support.  So this HP goes back to BB in the morning.....unless the doggone snow is too deep. 

 

It is coming down out there pretty good and the temp. outdoors is 31.8 degrees at 7 ft. above ground level.  It probably won't last long.  But it will be measurable and this will be the first time measurable snow has fallen in the Kansas City area in the month of May in 107 years.....according to the TV weather guy.

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Sorry Phil. Juggling too many projects today. The ACE Hardware here in town had the payroll/invoicing/inventory printer take a dump on them so I had to go pick up a new laser printer and install it, then teach the owner how to do payroll and invoices on it because their accountant was going on vacation tomorrow. Plus a local machinist/gunsmith had his billing computer go down for the count, so I'm also in the middle of a data recovery and OS reinstall on that rig. Seems to be feast or famine in this biz. I'm surprised I've not gotten a call from another of my regulars, (I call him the Porn King) who needs to have his computer disinfected almost quarterly from all the "blue" sites he visits. I'm also surprised he's not blind yet.Smiley Wink

 

 

I think heard earlier today you guys were supossed to get 10 - 12 inches over that waySmiley Surprised

 

 

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-1525_service%2...

 

 

 




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