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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.
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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

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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.

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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

Things You Should Know About Laptop Hard Drives December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Hard Drive.
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I want to discuss hard drives and an issue that frustrates a lot of people. For the most part, 95% of laptops only use two hard drives. Old laptops use 44-pin IDE interface drives, and new laptops use slot connector interface SATA drives. No matter what anyone tells you, they are all the same in the 2.5″ form factor. Although, there was one time in the last 15 years I ran into a Panasonic laptop that used an oddball 3-volt IDE drive, but that is highly unusaul.

The reason people don’t think they are the same is because they don’t realize that on the end of their old drive is a proprietary connector or cable put there by the laptop manufacturer. The cable or connector serves the purpose of connecting the standard drive interface to the custom connection of the motherboard. It can be called a hard drive cable, hard drive connector or interposer.
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This connector NEVER comes with the drive unless you buy it from the manufacturer, usually costing 3-5 times the realistic cost of a replacement. Even then, sometimes it is meant to be sold separately. So, don’t be fooled. Keep the old drive, and pull off the old connector. You will see, it fits on the new drive very nicely.

If you have any other questions about hard drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hard drives for almost every laptop model as well as some hard drive connectors at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Desktops And Cats December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Desktops.
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Many years ago, I fixed a desktop for a friend of mine. He had two cats in his apartment. I can’t recall what was wrong with his desktop but the computer was loaded with cat hair. Now, the abundance of hair was not related to the problem I was trying to fix, at the time, but it was bad enough to cause problems later, from killing the fan on the CPU or the power supply to ruining the internal drives. What made it worse, was that I am allergic to cats, and I thought I saw an ER trip in my immediate future. So, a word to the wise, if you have dogs or cats that shed, make sure you take the cover off your desktop and vacuum it out every 3-6 months.

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

Jeremy Schwaeber

Helpful Tips For Diagnosing Laptop Problems December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Repair.
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Sometimes, it is hard to tell how bad the problem is with your laptop. Then again, sometimes it is easy but you may not know it. I want to offer a few tips for those that do not have the experience years in the business can give you.

POWER ISSUES:
Tip: If your laptop doesn’t turn on, try it without a battery.
Reason: Sometimes, a bad battery can prevent the laptop from turning on.

Tip: Try it only with a battery.
Reason: Sometimes, a bad AC Adapter can short out the charging board.

Tip: If you have a voltmeter, check if power is coming out of the adapter.
Reason: You need the exact voltage shown on the label or the laptop will not have enough power to start

Tip: Check if the power is getting through the jack by checking the jack pinout with the voltmeter.
Reason: The AC Adapter may have power but the jack may be broken and the power isn’t getting to the motherboard.

Tip: If you do not want to open up the laptop, take a pair of tweezers and move the DC jack around to see if it is loose.
Reason: If the jack is loose or the pin is loose, it may not be getting power through to the board.

DISPLAY ISSUES:
Tip: If your laptop turns on but you can’t see the screen, plug an external monitor in to see if it is working.
Reason: The laptop may work fine but you may have a bad LCD cable or bad LCD. With an external monitor, you can see that the laptop is still running fine.

TRACKPAD/MOUSE BUTTONS:
Tip: If you have a bad trackpad or buttons, use an external mouse, wired or wireless.
Reason: It may be expensive or hard to get the parts to fix the trackpad inside the palmrest. An external mouse is a cheap and quick fix.

If you have questions about other repair issues, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find adapters, jacks, LCDs and mice available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Why You Should Buy A Brand Name Laptop December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Repair.
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I get asked often for my opinion about what laptop I recommend people should buy, and I always recommend Toshiba. They are first to make a lot of the best new technologies, and it is usually a very reliable brand. I own three myself. While some people have not shared my experience, I want to, at least, make the case for buying a major brand name laptop.

There are a lot of great laptops out there. I regularly hear Asus is the most reliable, and the rarest to need repair, but what happens when you need to fix your Asus, Alienware, Averatech, Clevo or Samsung? Not to mention the 100 brands you probably have never heard of. Where do you get replacement parts for them? The manufacturers often can’t be reached, and they offer no other support. The more popular brands such as HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, Toshiba and Lenovo all have plenty of parts available from multiple distribution channels. They also sell so many laptops that there are plenty of companies that take the excess material and tear them down for spare parts. Of course, there is always a good supply in China too. Remember that if you try to save money, or go after flash over function, you may end up with a brick you can’t fix.

If you have questions about parts availability before you buy a laptop, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find the most readily available parts at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

HP Keyboard Mislabeled December 19, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in HP, Keyboard replacement.
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In the past couple of years, HP has released a lot of their popular Pavilion DV6 and DV7 models. As keyboards go bad quite often, we have continued to carry keyboards for these models, but, as I started to get them into my warehouse, I realized that different keyboards had the same HP part number label on them. I received similar calls from customers stating that they ordered the keyboard from me based on the part number which they read on the label of the old keyboard, even though the laptop does not normally use this keyboard part number. It was as if HP had too many “SPS 639396-001” stickers laying around. This keyboard goes in the DV7-6000 series.
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But the DV6-6000, which uses a 640436-001 keyboard had the same 639396-001 sticker on it.
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As you can see, they have different cables and a different screw hole pattern, so they are clearly not interchangeable. I even got a call that the DV7-7000 had the same sticker. The lesson here is – confirm the model compatibility, and don’t go by the part number when you attempt to replace your keyboard.

If you have questions about HP keyboards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find keyboards for most HP laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

What To Do If Your Laptop Repair Is Too Expensive December 19, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Repair.
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Did your laptop just break? Did you find out how much it was going to cost and checked around you for small children before you let the 4-letter words fly? It is unfortunate that these days it simply may not be cost effective to fix your laptop. After all, laptop manufacturers are in the laptop selling business, not the parts business.

So, here are a couple of suggestions if you are in this situation. If your screen is too expensive to fix, but your laptop otherwise works, plug in an external monitor and use it as a desktop. The other option is to sell it “as-is” on Craigslist or eBay and get whatever you can for it. If you are a little more savvy, you should take your laptop apart and sell the parts yourself. You may find that someone will give you $100 for just one rare piece of plastic.

If you have questions about laptops too expensive to fix, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You may also find parts cheaper at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

HP Cooling Fan Mislabeled December 19, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Compaq, Cooling Fan, HP.
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A few years back, Compaq released a line of CQ models of Presario, CQ50, CQ60 and CQ70, the HP equivalent being the G50, G60 and G70. They were pretty good laptops. My wife’s CQ60 is hanging by a thread, but she can’t part with it. One problem with these models was that the fan went out on them. This is easily replaceable, but, after a little while, people started telling me I shipped them the wrong one. Until I realized, HP was mislabeling the fans. There is supposed to be one fan for AMD CPUs and one for Intel CPUs. There is even a third rare version that goes inside an assembly.
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I have marked mine by screw hole count, so you can tell the difference. This does not include the screw hole not visible on the back side though. I recommend you pull it out and confirm which version you have first so you do not risk receiving the wrong one.

If you have other questions about this model or other Compaq/HP models, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find other parts for this and other Compaq/HP models available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

MSI Replacement Parts December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in MSI.
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A couple years back, I seemed to be the only source for replacement MSI parts. Well, MSI stopped ordering extra parts and I found myself without any supply. I still get lots of requests so here is what I tell everyone. Since MSI does not order enough spare parts to sell to the public, they reserve all they do get for in-house repairs. If you must have a part, you should send your laptop to MSI for repair. Then, you will be prioritized to get whatever parts they have left. You can contact them at us.msi.com.

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

Jeremy Schwaeber