Category Archives: computer tips

ASUS S200E SSD Upgrade Guide

Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial for upgrading the S200E to utilize a fast SSD! 2016 UPDATE: My top SSD recommendation is the Samsung 850 EVO series. They start at around $70 for the 120GB version and they go all the way up to 2TB. Huge performance improvement vs the default HDD. RATING NOTE: while this upgrade is a little more difficult than some others, the new SSD still resulted in a HUGE performance improvement so I give this upgrade

New UnRAID preclear results for WD Green drive

Recently I had a 2TB WD Black drive develop some issues. That meant it was time to replace it and thankfully my dad had a 2TB WD Green drive available (he is upgrading to some 3TB Seagate drives). Before adding the Green drive to my unRAID setup I ran preclear_disk.sh and here are the results 🙂 NOTE: the total elapsed time was 36 hours 15 minutes and 22 seconds, which is a bit on the slow side. However, this is

WN1000RP default username and password [SOLVED]

While setting up the WN1000RP to extend a wifi network, I was surprised to encounter a password prompt:   The included manual makes no mention of a username or password. So after a bit of trial and error I determined that the username is: admin and the password is: password (both user name and password are lower case) Now I am happily testing out the WN1000RP 🙂

Any laptops powered by USB? [yes, sort of]

Q. Hello,I am something of a minimalist when it comes to traveling. Therefore  I would like to standardize on one charger for my gadgets: USB charging works for everything except my laptop. Do you now of any any laptops that can be powered by USB? –R.S. A. Hi R.S., Yes there are a few laptops that use USB for charging… however, almost all of them are of the convertible tablet/laptop type. Here is a prime example: Lenovo IdeaPad K3 Lynx

How to cancel/delete Gilt/Jetsetter account! [SOLVED]

Are you getting oodles of spam from Gilt and their affiliated websites? If so, here are the instructions for how to cancel your ‘membership’ to their myriad sites: To cancel your Gilt Groupe membership, please send us an email using the button on our support page with your request and we will deactivate your account. If you choose to deactivate your account, it will deactivate your login credentials on all of Gilt Groupe’s related properties including Gilt, Gilt City, Gilt

Dell’s E6430 supports triple display output when docked! (including LCD)

Dell’s E6430 supports triple monitors! This came as quite a shock to me when I was setting up my new laptop. 🙂 My current setup is as follows. The laptop is docked and uses: One displaylink to dual-link DVI adapter (driving a 30″ display at 2560×1600) One DVI cable (driving a 20″ Dell display at 1600×1200) Internal LCD (14″ 1600×900) I can definitely verify that it is possible to use two external displays simultaneously with the internal LCD. This beats

BCM20702A0 Dell drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8 [SOLVED!]

Q. Hello, I have a Dell laptop with an Unknown Device that has ‘BCM20702A0’ listed on it… do you know what driver I can download to to fix it? –Raymond K. A. Here is the download link for the driver that should solve your BCM20702A0 Unknown Device issue: [download id=”10498″ format=”1″], Dell dl link   NOTE: after downloading the drivers you may need to select the ‘Extract without installing… >’ option first and then run the extracted driver setup program 🙂 Otherwise just pressing the initial

List of Dell E6430 Drivers for a clean Windows 7 or Win 8 install

Please note: Dell has been having some major issues with their drivers/support site recently. Currently (as of Feb 8th 2013) this page http://downloads.dell.com/Pages/Drivers/latitude-e6430.htm only lists “The page cannot be displayed because an internal server error has occurred.” 🙁 Therefore, here is a mirror of their drivers listing for the E6430 laptop. I hope this is helpful to you if their site remains down! 🙂 Drivers for Latitude E6430 View the full details here Click here for all drivers (including historical drivers) Quick Links