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Does a New Hard Drive Come With Preinstalled Software? January 12, 2015

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From the few who have been fortunate not to have had a hard drive crash, I am often asked if Windows comes preinstalled on hard drives we sell. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Unless you are getting the drive straight from Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba at $300+, you will not be getting a drive with anything preinstalled.

The reason for this is simple. There are an infinite number of options for which a drive can be set up. First, there is the partition. If you have a 500GB drive, you can create one partition for all 500GB or you can create multiple partitions for different uses. This is where you may see on your system that your program files are in your C: drive that is 200GB but your program data is in your D: drive which is 300GB. Then, there is the format. You can set up either NTFS or FAT32 as well as many others for Linux or Mac.

Finally, there are so many options for operating systems. From old Windows XP and Vista, to newer 7 and 8.1. Alternatively, you could use a Linux operating system. The very same hard drive can also go in an Apple which would need a Mac OS. The most critical issue is that while installing the OS, all the appropriate drivers are installed to make use of the hardware options for the specific model on which you are working. If you have a Sony laptop with Windows preinstalled for a Toshiba laptop, you are going to have major problems. With all the possibilities, it is impossible to offer a preloaded solution.

If you have any questions on Hard Drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hard drives for most laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Replacing an LED Backlight July 22, 2014

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I often talk to people looking to save money that think they can replace the bulb inside their screen instead of replacing the whole screen. While it is possible to accomplish, it is not recommended. First, finding the right replacement bulb is difficult. There are few companies that offer the bulbs outside of China and too many different versions of bulbs to make sure you are getting the right one for your LCD.

Then there is the labor itself. Here is a video of the backlight replacement:

Now, here is a simple screen replacement:

In both cases, the LCD still needs to be removed so it is certainly extra labor to replace the bulb. One thing that you have to consider though is that when you disassemble the LCD, if you get any dirt inside the screen, it will reflect back when you reassemble it. My best advice is to skip the bulb replacement and just get a replacement screen.

If you have any questions on LCD screens, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find LCD’s for most laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Upgrading A Laptop June 23, 2014

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Motherboard, Upgrade, Video Cards.
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I get a lot of requests from people that want to upgrade their laptop. Unfortunately, laptops are not built in open architecture like desktops. You can upgrade the memory, the hard drive, maybe even the CPU but you cannot upgrade the motherboard or video card. Laptops use plastics that are custom molded to the original motherboard so they will not fit any other.

If you must upgrade it is best to invest in a brand new system. It may even be a cheaper proposition. If you have questions about upgrades, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find laptop parts available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Broken Headphone Jack Solution June 12, 2014

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In a previous post I discussed the difficulty in trying to fix a broken headphone jack. Today, I want to present the solution.

Most people don’t think about it but these days, headphones and speakers aren’t just made with a standard mini headphone pin. You can now get headphones and speakers with USB plugs. So, if you have a bad headphone jack and you have a free USB port or can add one with a USB hub, you now have a solution for getting your sound back.

If you have questions about other audio issues, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find laptop parts available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Laptops and Cats June 3, 2014

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In an earlier post I mentioned my unfortunate encounter fixing a friends desktop computer. He had two cats in his apartment, I was allergic and there was a lot of cat hair inside the desktop. Today I thought I would discuss cats and laptops.

Like many pets, cats love warmth so they naturally gravitate toward laptops which generate heat through the CPU and memory. Laptops can get very hot when they are left on. Often, when the laptop is left unsupervised, cats will sit on the keyboard causing the laptop to overheat.

cat-laptop

Also, cat hair can get inside and clog the heatsink preventing more hot air from getting out. If you have turned off your laptop and closed it your cat can still sit on the lid and break the screen. I recommend when you are done using your laptop you store it away out of your pets reach.

If you have questions about other pet related computer issues, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find laptop parts available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Power Distribution Units May 23, 2014

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In an earlier post, I discussed the usefulness of an IP KVM if you are managing a lot of servers. However, the function your KVM may not be able to accomplish is a full shut down your servers if they needs to be rebooted. For that, you need a power distribution unit or PDU.
PDU
This device can offer remote monitoring of power rating, remote shutoff of each outlet or all outlets through IP control. For advanced power needs you may need a cabinet distribution unit or CDU which is 3-phase power rated.
CDU
If you have any other questions about PDU or CDU, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Docking Stations vs. Port Replicators May 14, 2014

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I noticed after my post about Docking Stations and Port Replicators that some people are searching for the difference between the two. It used to be that a Docking Station was a device that you put your laptop inside and it had a stand for a monitor above the dock.

Dock

Technically, you might say that a Docking Station uses your laptop while the screen is closed showing the display on an external monitor while a Port Replicator uses your laptop with the screen open. These days they are all really Port Replicators so the terms are used interchangeably. I hope this explanation helps solve the issue.

Port

If you have any other questions about docks or replicators, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

RC Enthusiasts Using HP Server Power Supplies January 27, 2014

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In the last couple weeks I have noticed a lot of people ordering a 1200W server power supply I sell. It is not very popular. When I inquired, customers told me they were using them for RC car and helicopter charging stations. I was surprised by this, I had never heard of it before. Apparently, my power supply is ideal for the project. You can read more about it here:

https://sites.google.com/site/tjinguytech/my-projects/HP47A

Convert HP server power supply for RC use

Convert HP server power supply for RC use

If this is a project you are interested in I recommend you read up on it at this link. You can find the power supply you will need here:

http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com/i-12004937-power-supply-1200w.html

1200W HP Server Power Supply

1200W HP Server Power Supply

If you have any other questions about this power supply, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find other power supplies available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Add A Second Monitor December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD, Video Cards.
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I am considered what they call a power user. I have way too many programs open on my desktop and I am always multitasking, so I needed two monitors. For those that don’t realize it, you do not need an expensive dual head card to upgrade to a second monitor. All you need is a simple video card added to your AGP or PCIe slot, and you can add another screen. If you really need a lot of space, you can use the tip I got and find two 22-24″ monitors that tilt upward from landscape view to portrait view, and it will seem as if have four 14″ monitors.
dual-monitor-tall
Trust me, after you get used it it, it’s great and everyone will be jealous of you. LCDs screens are certainly cheap enough, it is time you expand your desktop.

If you have any other questions about video cards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some video cards available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

CD/DVD Face & Replace December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in CD, DVD, Optical.
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In general, it is very easy to replace an optical drive like a CD-RW/DVD combo or DVD-RW, but it may be very expensive if you do not search the right way. There are only a few drive manufacturers. They supply drives for all of the laptop manufacturers. Even when the laptop manufacturer produces its own drives, they may not use them in their laptops. Optical drives, these days, are more generic and standardized. Older laptops used to be firmware and jumper specific. Also, the faceplate mounting can vary. Because it is cheaper to get a drive made by Hitachi or Teac, for example, than to get an Acer or Sony drive, I always recommend you get the part number of the old optical drive from Windows device manager or from the drive label.

CD-Label

This ensures you get the exact same drive and you will be able to replace it with the old faceplate and brackets without any issue. If you need a drive, I recommend you contact my friends at LNT Parts for assistance in finding a replacement.

If you have any other questions about optical drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some optical drives available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber