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Dell Inspiron 17R SE 7720 RAID setup?

My Inspiron 17R has no RAID option in the BIOS. I believe to access the Intel RAID settings it is necessary to have a mSATA drive installed (which I do not have installed at this time).  When a mSATA drive is installed it seems that the acceleration option (mSATA SSD caching) may be enabled in the BIOS, after which you can also do some RAID stuff. I ordered a nice mSATA drive to install in my 17R to see if

Upgrade ASUS N56VM/N56VZ SSD & RAM

If you have a nice ASUS N56VM or N56VZ series laptop you may be wondering how to upgrade it for maximum performance. So here is a photo tutorial on how to upgrade the RAM on these particular ASUS laptops. You can also see get a feel for how to remove the hard drive & upgrade to an SSD as well as seeing the location of the wifi card. NOTE: A number of people have asked what memory and SSD I

Acer Aspire AS7560 review

Here are my impressions of the Acer Aspire AS7560 laptop: Pros: Decent keyboard, WITH full numpad Supports TWO hard drives… dual hard drive support is quite rare in a machine this inexpensive Responsive trackpad with good two finger scrolling Easy upgrading. Loosening a few screws allows for access to two DDR3 RAM slots and two SATA hard drive bays. Cons: Occasional CPU noise even during relatively low load situations CPU cooling fanis audible during program loading (even FireFox etc.) then

USB long range Wifi options

When your laptop’s internal Wifi just can’t quite get the reception you want, an external USB Wifi adapter (and antenna) can be just the ticket 🙂 Here are a couple intriguing options available from Amazon: Amazon.com: C. Crane US3 Super USB Wifi Antenna 3: Electronicshttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UR72IM?ie=UTF8&tag=pixensity-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004UR72IMProduct Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.5 x 11.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries… Amazon.com: Alfa AWUS036H Upgraded to 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g

ASUS A53 laptop memory upgrade

If you own one of the nice ASUS A53 laptops you may be wanting to maximize the amount of memory your lovely laptop have. Here is how a photo tutorial showing how to upgrade the RAM on an ASUS A53 notebook 🙂 UPDATE: Many readers have asked what memory I recommend for upgrading the A53 series. My recommendation is 8GB of Kingston memory because it offers a lifetime warranty, solid performance AND it is only about $37 with free shipping!

Bought & Sold: Acer Aspire One A0722 Netbook 11.6″ LCD

The latest entry in the Bought & Sold series… This is where I list items that I purchased and then sold at a later date. Simple enough huh? Here we go… [begin] Acer Aspire One 11.6″ HD Netbook AO722-BZ454 with upgrade to 4GB RAM Excellent condition, FREE fast shipping Condition: This laptop is in excellent condition, checkout the photos! No scratches/problems on the LCD. Everything works well, no problems. Still has the protective plastic sheets in place. Laptop has only had

ACPI/HPQ0004 PCI Unknown Device Driver [solved]

Q. Hello, I have a HP laptop showing ACPI/HPQ0004 unknown device and I need to find the right drivers. I saw you helped Dell users with a similar problem… Can you help me with this one too? Here is the deal: Clean Windows 7 install on my HP Pavilion DV6. Every other HP driver is working perfectly and Device manager looks great EXCEPT!!! I have an unknown device with listing ACPI/HPQ0004. Please help as I really want to get the right

Better two-finger scrolling for Windows! (like 2011 MacBooks and MacBook Air)

On Windows, missing the MacBook’s nice two finger scrolling… After returning a MacBook Air 11.6″ to Apple, I was surprised that I only really missed the very nice two finger scrolling. Some of the other Apple multitouch gestures were nice, but it was the really the smooth two finger scrolling on that nice trackpad that was so VERY handy and I missed the convenience! My Dell laptops have multitouch capable touchpads that support two finger scrolling. Unfortunately by default they

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