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We have a dell optiplex 390, shipped in June 2012. So 5 1/2 years old.

In June 2017 the OEM hard drive failed - not spinning at all.
Put in a couple / few year old hard drive that we had lying around.  Restored from backup.
Blew out accumulated dust (which wasn't much)

October 2017 - that hard drive failed. Not spinning at all.
Put in another couple year old hard drive

Used a couple year old digital power tester like this:
and power tested good per this:


Within a couple weeks - that 3rd hard drive failed -  put your ear to the drive, you hear it spin up for a couple seconds then silent whenever power is supplied.

Change out the original oem power supply? walk away from this?  thoughts?

the 3 drives were seagate and western digital (not fly by night brand).

yeah all 3 were not new when they died but I checked smart settings with crysttal disk info on the 2 replacement drives before putting them in. I forget the number of hours the app said they had been running.

I;ve taken the failed drives and connected to other power supplies - same thing - no sound or on the 3rd, it spins for a second then shuts down.
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Got an APC SmartUPS that when I turn it on:
- the fault LED goes on
- the 2nd and 4th Battery LED turns on too
- the UPS transfers to bypass.

I can cold start the UPS, but can´t make it go online.

What does the battery leds codes mean?
Is this possible? I have a Windows 10 Machine at my business with wireless functionality. I also have a television in the same room that has WiFi Direct capabilities. Is it possible, with no external hardware, to connect these two devices to share display to the television. Let me preface this by saying that I also have an HDMI extender kit that I could use, but I would like to avoid running cabling if that isn't necessary.
Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

           As an extension to my previously closed questions regarding Playstation 4 consoles, I am wondering if they support playback of DVD and Bluray media or disk.  I will be purchasing a PS4 this month and wish to harness all of it features and potential.  

           Thank you

I need to wipe several SAS disks from some servers, can I just connect them up to my SATA interface on my PC? The connections look the same. I obviously am not expecting the same speed, just need to wipe the data off them.

Thank you
Hello experts,
This customers simply does not want to work with windows 10...
its psycologycal ... has no cure...

the hp prodesk g3 is so small has no dvd drive ...
it has a ssd 256 Mb with win 10 ...

the customer has purchased a ssd 1 tera ...

we can replace it but how to install windows here ?
please your advice....
steps to follow if possible.
Does the Gigabyte Z87X-ud3h motherboard support TPM?  If so, how do I enable it? I ran tpm.msc and I got an error. Any assistance would be appreciated.
I bought several of these servers off ebay and need to configure RAID (50 hopefully). After pressing F9 how do I get to the 410i controller (or whatever it is) to configure a RAID level?
I looked at my laptop and i noticed it has these ports.

I know one is the hdmi port. I plug in a monitor to that port.

Anyone know what the other port is?
It's via HP auto updater

Can't believe it's taking this long on an i7 with 32 gigs ram

And there is fast broadband here

Anything to be concerned about ?
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I may be buying a laptop from Amazon or locally.
Is it pretty standard today (2017) that the computer can be used in countries with 220 volt power sources without damage to the pc.
As well as laptops that may be several years old?
New hp pc

Never seen this before

No what I try, no hp drivers install

I try individually

Same message

"Installation complete"
Failed installation
Hello EE ,

Our Supplier give us a quote for Standard vmware Licnese on OEM program with HP hardware .

i have concerns about

1- the Support , will it be vary in this case between HP and Vmware ?
2- Moveing the licenses to a difference host to same or different vendor like DELL
3- Prices , wiil it be cheaper to go to vmware or better to utlizle OEM option
4- exisitng old servers , i will be abe to use the licesnes on this hardware .. for example i will buy 4 CPU licenses

2 will be installed on the new server (dual processor) and 2 on the old  server (dual processor( is this scinario  possbile witih OEM ?>

I want to Force BSOD another computer because the pc is old and it's time to be replaced with a new one but the user will not be replaced if the computer has not been damaged.

many recommend using NotMyFault software. but can it be used remotely? please help for tutorial or having idea to force BSOD.
Noted: Another tutorial should keyboard trick to Press CTRL and Scroll. Our users almost never press the scroll key.

Thanks a lot
Below you may see the lid and strings with plastic clips from Mazda 6 hatchback cargo cover.
What is the proper name for those strings with clips? Or part number to be identified properly?
Where can I find to buy those plastic clips?
Would be possible to point to a German shop (online or not)?
cargo coverclips
M82 ThinkCentre - Type 3302.  Model number:  3302F2U

This machine was originally purchased with the Windows 7 Pro operating system.  I took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade when it was available over a year ago.

A few days ago I had to replace the motherboard.  The computer is running fine.  However, when it first boots there are 2 short beeps with an EEOC error.  This error referenced the BIOS containing invalid Model Number and Serial Number.  When I access the BIOS the following entries are seen:

1) Machine Type and Model                            INVALID
2) System Brand ID                                           Lenovo Product
3) System Serial Number                                 INVALID
4) Asset Tag
5) System UUID                                                 FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF
6) Ethernet MAC Address                                FC-4D-D4-DB-34-F7
7) BIOS Revision Level                                     9SKT75AUS
8) Boot Block Revision Level                          9S75A
9) BIOS Date                                                      09/17/2013

I see references to using WinPhlash to manually update the needed settings.  However, I'm unsure (because of my upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro) of which BIOS upgrade to use.

I'd like to get that info along with instructions of exactly "how to" complete this process.
Can someone help me understand smart values?

I use crystaldiskinfo (are there better ones that are free?  Better ones that run all the time?)

I just go with the color at the top of the page because I don't understand the values.

If you look at their page:


current  - that's what it is on this hard drive now, right?
worst - worst value for that drive?

Threshold - higher than that is a problem? And higher, not lower since it's counting numbers of bad things - the more bad things the worse it is?

So if you look at that page above, it should be failing on most all the values?

Read error rate is 253 and threshold is 51?  And worse is 100, lower than the current rate of 253?  error rate of 1 sounds not as bad as error rate of 1000, right?  Errors / read?  Am I backwards?

I have a gaming suite at work with four Samsung TV's.
Any time someone switches a TV on/off, all the TV's go on or off.
This is quite annoying.

The one way around it so far, is to hold the remote really close to the TV.
Can remotes be paired to specific TV's?

The TV's are all SAMSUNG UE55MU6100 55" Smart 4K Ultra TV's
Hi experts,

Since the last Windows 10 update I have had a lot of BSODs, Video TDR Failure, caused by atikmpag.sys.

I have a Radeon HD4550 GPU which I installed under Win 7, and has been working fine under Win 10 until this issue over the last few weeks.  I understand that it is not supported by Win 10.  I have tried updating the driver but I have the latest one.

So I am going to change the card.   I don't play games (except for poker), so don't need a high spec one.  I am considering the Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile 2G GDDR5 64 Bit Memory PCI Express Graphics Card.


So my question is,
  1. is upgrading my card a reasonable course of action under the circumstances
  1. have I made a good choice?

If it isn't EE policy to make recommendations for hardware that's fair enough, I just need to know whether the new card and old card have the same fit.

Oh, I have two monitors, Samsung Syncmaster 24" and Samsung SMS24A450.


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Is the Lenovo T450 Ultra Dock shown in this picture fully compatible with a Lenovo T470  (Type 20HD, 20HE) Laptop (ThinkPad) Machine Type Model 20HD005GUS) laptop?

The dock type is 40A2 20V.

The P/N number is SD20FA8270 and the FRU P/N number is 00HM917.
What is the Lenovo T470 FRU or part number for an Ultra docking station that has HDMI and display port monitor outputs on the back of the dock?
Lenovo Laptop

Intel i7 3630QM processor
Nvidia Geforce GT 650M graphics card
8gb ram
128GB solid state drive
I have a 1TB drive as well but the SSD is ALOT faster
Red LED backlit keyboard
Windows 10
DVD/cd drive

$280 sold locally.
This is a new purchase of APC SRT6KXLi Tower UPS. Please see the back panel as attached. There are 3 "outlet groups". First group are 6 (c14 inlet) outputs with 10A max; 2nd and 3rd groups are 16A max, with 2 c20 inlets each.

I have 7 servers, altogether have 12 power units need to connect to this UPS. I also bought a PDU with 12 ports. This PDU is having a C13 interface that connects to 1 of the c14 inlet (Group 1) of the UPS. I am thinking all the 12 server power units connects to this PDU.

However, after thinking twice, I found that something is missing. This is because by using this group 1, I have 230v x 10A = 2300 watts total power rating. While group 2 or 3 can have max total power of 230v x 16A = 3680 watts. The question is, shall I distribute some servers to group 2 and 3? so as I can make use of max power rating (means more load)?

Some more 5 out of these 7 servers has dual power units, shall I distribute so as 1st power unit connects to group1, and 2nd power unit connects to group2 or 3?

Appreciate your help.
I have come across a need to image and deploy said image to a different pc for a hot spare. In the past, I have used Paragon HDR Suite 12 and Acronis Cloud for file level and system imaging. However in this case I cannot deploy those images to the new machine going from a Lenovoa to a Dell machine. I need a standalone solution to image a system fully and deploy it to a different device. I have not found solid information on how to do this with the tools I have so I am asking for suggestions on something I can use to do these.

Thanks in advance!
I bought a netgear CM 400 cable modem a couple months ago. It has 1.1.13 firmware on it.  It was working fine for a couple months and now I am getting a bunch of errors / internet drops out.

I see from this page


 that the latest firmware is 1.1.17 - 19 depending on the ISP (I am using optimum / cablevision in New york which isn't on the list).

I called netgear and cablevision >>executive<< office and got the same answers - the firmware has to be updated from the other.  Neither offers updates for this modem.  And yes, I tried the Cablevision tech department then called the executive offices and they supposedly took a day to do checking with the topmost people to get the answer 'you have to go back to the manufacturer - we don't update modems other than the ones we supply).

I put a cablevision rented modem in place (a different brand - arris) and the errors / lost internet went away. Not sure if the modem has a hardware problem or newer firmware would help.  I really don't want to pay $10 / month to rent a modem.

Any idea how to get it to the newer firmware?  Anyone know where to get the changelog for the firmware to see if the newer versions might improve the situation?  Or if I buy another CM400, how to tell from the label what firmware is on it?






Hardware includes cell phones and other digital living devices, tablets, computers, servers, peripherals and components, printers and scanners, gaming consoles, networking hardware such as routers, hubs, switches and modems, storage devices and security equipment such as firewalls and other appliances.