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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2100 on: June 06, 2019, 08:29:49 AM »
P.S. - what are the pros and cons of buying reconditioned laptops? I've bought all mine new from Dell, but I'm tempted by a cheaper refurb.

Pros. You get a much better spec machine than you could otherwise for around a third or a quarter of the original cost.

Cons. Its not all shiny and new.
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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2101 on: June 06, 2019, 10:38:14 AM »
Why are laptop power ports so shit?

For about the 5th laptop in a row (not all mine) it's knackered and I'm going to have to take it to get repaired.

It's probably a 10-minute job to replace it myself, but I'd probably blow myself up.

P.S. - what are the pros and cons of buying reconditioned laptops? I've bought all mine new from Dell, but I'm tempted by a cheaper refurb.

Has it gone all loose like an over-shagged hole?
That happened to mine, I opened it up and put a block of wood in there to fill the gap, problem solved.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2102 on: June 06, 2019, 10:57:26 AM »
Has it gone all loose like an over-shagged hole?
That happened to mine, I opened it up and put a block of wood in there to fill the gap, problem solved.

Always worth saving any corks from your wine bottles for this kind of job (I have a bunch at the back of the kitchen drawer). The beauty of cork is how easy it is to fashion in to replacement parts like missing feet pads, fader handles, switches or just filling a gap.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2103 on: June 06, 2019, 11:12:39 AM »
Has it gone all loose like an over-shagged hole?
That happened to mine, I opened it up and put a block of wood in there to fill the gap, problem solved.

It doesn't charge due to it being fucked (not literally). Now I have to entrust my porn collection to a random person in a repair shop.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2104 on: June 07, 2019, 01:58:40 PM »
Always worth saving any corks from your wine bottles for this kind of job (I have a bunch at the back of the kitchen drawer). The beauty of cork is how easy it is to fashion in to replacement parts like missing feet pads, fader handles, switches or just filling a gap.

I once fixed a broken disc eject button on an Amiga with a nail and an elastic band!

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2105 on: June 07, 2019, 02:45:05 PM »
You'll always have a steady supply of fingernail.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2106 on: June 07, 2019, 08:27:52 PM »
Not a fingernail, a metal nail.
(The eject button fixed in place by two extremely thin little bits of plastic [so flimsy that I was surprised they hadn't broke sooner].  The bits of plastic stuck out either side of the main button, so with these bits of plastic gone I got a nail [sawed to the correct length] and heated it up over a flame and shoved it *through* the button so each end of the nail was now sticking out where the flimsy bit of plastic had been.  This new button wouldn't quite stay in place so an elastic band looped around it a certain way held it in place and it worked as good as it had before.)

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2107 on: June 07, 2019, 08:59:05 PM »
Not a fingernail, a metal nail.

I knew that.

Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2108 on: June 08, 2019, 01:40:00 PM »
It looks like I might need to replace my PC's motherboard, so (in for a penny, in for a pound) I suppose I might as well look at upgrading my processor too. What's good these days? I have an Intel I7 currently which is fine on paper, but I've been noticing Photoshop running rather slowly lately.

My friend in tech support seems dogmatically opposed to AMD, but is he just set in his ways?

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2109 on: June 08, 2019, 06:15:10 PM »
It looks like I might need to replace my PC's motherboard, so (in for a penny, in for a pound) I suppose I might as well look at upgrading my processor too. What's good these days? I have an Intel I7 currently which is fine on paper, but I've been noticing Photoshop running rather slowly lately.

Components seem to be a lot more expensive compared to my I7-4790K based PC from 2014. On the Intel side, ignoring Xeon, looks like need to decide whether socket 1151 will be sufficient (even so, an I9 9900K is about £500) or need socket 2066/X-series processor, which look very expensive indeed.   

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2110 on: June 08, 2019, 08:27:46 PM »
This video seems like a pretty good 'how to':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H7D1HcfY9o

- Download Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (Home Edition) at the top of the page: https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
- No need to enter your email address when prompted, just click continue.
- This is just a download agent, open it to download the installer. Installer will open once downloaded.
- During installation steps, uncheck 'Register this installation of Macrium Reflect'.
- Once installed, launch the program and watch the video for instructions on cloning the drive.

If the SSD has a smaller capacity than the source drive you want to clone, you'll need to delete some stuff from the source drive first.

Thanks. I tried EaseUs Todo Backup as this was recommended for bad sectors which my HD has. It hasn't worked and so I am looking at a clean install on the new SSD.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2111 on: June 08, 2019, 11:18:58 PM »
Components seem to be a lot more expensive compared to my I7-4790K based PC from 2014. On the Intel side, ignoring Xeon, looks like need to decide whether socket 1151 will be sufficient (even so, an I9 9900K is about £500) or need socket 2066/X-series processor, which look very expensive indeed.   
I had no idea the socket itself was even a consideration. I don't know if it applies to AMD as well, but Intel's whole naming scheme for their stuff is maddening. Why can't it be a simple case of reading the number of gigahertz?

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2112 on: June 09, 2019, 11:44:18 AM »
I had no idea the socket itself was even a consideration. I don't know if it applies to AMD as well, but Intel's whole naming scheme for their stuff is maddening. Why can't it be a simple case of reading the number of gigahertz?

It's about the no. of cores (threads) too. Running a program on its own that only uses one thread you might not see much difference between a lot of the processors, but e.g. Photoshop is multi-threaded and makes use of all the cores if it needs to.     

Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2113 on: June 09, 2019, 01:08:19 PM »
Does that apply to CS6 Photoshop? I don't want to subscribe to the CC version if I can help it.

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Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
« Reply #2114 on: June 09, 2019, 03:31:39 PM »
you can check yourself: open Task Manager --> performance --> CPU --> right-click in the graph -->  change graph to logical processors. Then run something in PS that you find slow and look at the usage in the graph.