Category Archives: Computers

Upgrade X220/X230 wifi, WWAN blue/red cables usable?

If you are upgrading the wifi card on your Lenovo X220 or X230 ThinkPad, you may only have two antennas (black and white) pre-wired for wifi. If you have a wifi card with three antenna connectors, you may think you are out of luck 🙁 Actually, if your X220 or X220 has an unused red & blue antenna connector (originally for WWAN cellular card) you can use one of those for your upgraded wifi card! 🙂 Please note that the

OSD Lockout message on HP LCD [SOLVED]

If you have a newer HP LCD monitor like the HP Pavilion 23xi you may encounter the on screen display “OSD Lockout” message when trying to access the OSD (on-screen display). This message locks you out of any adjustments to brightness, contrast, color, etc. and only displays OSD Lockout: Thankfully, to disable the lockout, you only have to press the OSD button for approximately 10-12 seconds and then the normal OSD will appear! 🙂 If you are struggling with the

How to flash BIOS upgrade on MSI motherboard via USB

If you are trying to update your BIOS on a MSI motherboard, like the new MSI AM1I, be aware that there are some requirements. Specifically, if you are using a USB thumbdrive to contain the BIOS update file, make sure you format it as FAT32 and not exfat or NTFS! You can download the latest version here: (dl link) Once you have a FAT32 formatted USB drive containing the BIOS update, you can boot into the BIOS /UEFI (press DEL

AMD Kabini Athlon 5350 review and overclocking

I finished my new AMD Kabini Athlon 5350 build yesterday. Here are the specs: AMD Kabini Athlon 5350 at 2.1GHz (overclocked from 2.05GHz) Stock cooler 4GB Kingston Blu DDR3 memory 64GB Lenovo SSD MSI AM1I mini-itx motherboard Mini-itx case Windows 7 So far I am impressed with the system. It boots in < 10 seconds and is very responsive. CPU OC screenshots: http://www.eteknix.com/amd-kabini-am1-athlon-5350-apu-fs1b-review-winning-sub-60/12/ http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1390-page5.html http://www.overclock.net/t/1480711/various-socket-am1-kabini-apus http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2377334 http://www.anandtech.com/show/7933/the-desktop-kabini-review-part-1-athlon-5350-am1 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-5350-am1-platform-review,3801-9.html

Dual monitors on HP Pro 3500 desktop PC? [SOLVED]

Today I received the following PC question: Yo JD, Can you suggest a video card for us to order? We hired an individual at our office, and we purchased two monitors for his computer, but I don’t think the video card it came with will push two monitors. The computer is a “HP Pro” – stock off the shelf – purchased at a Office Depot type store. The existing video card is a Intel(R) HD Graphics Card. Can you suggest

Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook photos

  Brand: Samsung Graphics Processing Type: Integrated/On-Board Graphics Model: XE303C12 Memory: 2 GB MPN: XE303C12-A01US Hard Drive Capacity: 16 GB Product Line: Samsung S Operating System: Google Chrome Screen Size: 11.6″ Type: Netbook Processor Type: Samsung Exynos 5 Dual, Exynos 5 Dual Operating System Edition: Chrome OS Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz UPC: 887276007144    

Lenovo T440s Order

Quantity Part number Description Item price Line total 1 20AQCTO1WW ThinkPad T440s  $1,374.00  $1,374.00 Processor 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.60GHz) Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Operating System Language Windows 7 Professional 64 English Display T440s 14.0 FHD WWAN Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400 Memory 4 GB DDR3L – SDRAM 1600MHz Base Keyboard Keyboard Backlit – US English Fingerprint Reader Fingerprint Reader, dock Hard drive 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm Micro Hard Drive

How to enable Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga backlit keyboard? [SOLVED!]

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is available with a backlit keyboard, here are photos of mine: However, Lenovo makes the “on” button for the keyboard backlight a little hard to find… you have to press the Fn key + the Spacebar key to turn enable/disable the backlight. 🙂 Overall, a very nice machine with a rather cool keyboard! PS here are some other Lenovo laptops that use the same keyboard shortcut!!!