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revised WD Velociraptor with no heat sink/mounting bracket
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comment WD Velociraptor with no heat sink/mounting bracket
The Mac mini is not fanless. However it is basically just a CPU fan though it can't help but move air out of the entire case being that the interior is so small. So it does help. As I said, it might be an issue because it's not DESIGNED for it, but it may work.
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answered WD Velociraptor with no heat sink/mounting bracket
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comment Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc
I am very surprised that there are no drivers. This is poor support on Lite-on's part. I looked as well and came up empty. How about the other option I listed, removing them from hardware manager and forcing windows to redetect and reinstall etc? Any luck there?
Dec
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comment Since plugging in a screen using DVI, speakers in green socket now “not plugged in”
What kind of video card is this? I'm also wondering if you could just disable the HDMI sound device entries in the device manager to stop the conflict with the on-board (ive also seen on-board audio get turned off automatically in the BIOS setup and once the HDMI are disabled in windows you have to reboot and turn the on-board back on to get it to work again).
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answered Why does Windows Media Player play 30fps videos at 60fps?
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answered If I use CCleaner regularly, will it damage or reduce the life time of hard disk?
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comment Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc
Okay, now we at least know that if we try drivers or OS troubleshooting, we aren't wasting our time with a hardware problem. If you pull up hardware manager and expand DVD/CD-ROM drives, do the drives list properly. ie, drives listed, are the models installed. Additionally, if they are, when was the driver released? Does it show who made it? Is it maybe using a MS driver where in we could then swap in the mfr driver, or vice versa? Perhaps even trying a right click and "update driver software" could yield a newer driver. Perhaps attempting to remove them and reboot to redetect them may help.
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comment Reinstalling windows 7 on an SSD drive
My thoughts are along the same lines as geoffc's, do you even have more than one drive? i wonder if it did get installed to a different drive the second time.
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comment Toshiba P775-S7215 with a broken wireless button?
I have a A665 it looks like, not an A775, however, very similar body styles, and the keyboard appears to lift out without tearing it completely down, my assumption would be a few screws out of the bottom that line up with the keyboard and it will come off.
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comment Toshiba P775-S7215 with a broken wireless button?
It looks like, from googled pictures anyway, that the palm rest is one solid piece from top to bottom, I think it might come off without taking the screen assembly completely off. Unfortunately the keyboard doesn't just flip up like on older style laptops. I might have access to one of these and might be able to take a closer look at it tomorrow.
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answered Toshiba P775-S7215 with a broken wireless button?
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comment Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc
Another option might be pendrivelinux, basically a bootable USB stick of the live cd of really almost any distro under the sun. I use it extensively for troubleshooting.
Dec
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comment How do I reconfigure my computer after an OS reinstall?
I'm not sure I understand why you have to do this. My instinct would be to get a image of it after you've configured it fully, so at worst, if you HAVE to reimage it every couple of months, you can at least have it most of the way set up. Is this just a image provided by work and mandated that all computers be freshly loaded every so often?
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comment Is it safe to use wall-socket -> USB chargers to charge any USB device?
Using a higher current charger to charge a lower required current device won't harm anything, the device will only draw what it needs, in this case 1.2A of the capable 2.0A. But the insufficient current is because its too low to charge the HP from the Nokia charger. It can only supply 1.2 where the HP needs the full 2A.
Dec
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answered Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc
Dec
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comment Why only external monitor is working on my laptop?
Inputs depend on brand of the laptop, and of the inverter and panel used, but it should be between 10 and 20V DC. So using the "20DCV" setting on a volt meter should work. As an aside, the output is usually around 500 - 700 ACV, so if you have a 750ACV setting or 1000ACV setting, you can check output as well. I have seen the inverter itself go bad on many occasions. Though you said you didnt see any image at all on the screen so this is a low possibility, as that would only effect the backlight (as would Charlie's post below, I thought of that as well but didnt mention it because of this fact)
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comment Win 7 Hangs on welcome screen - in safe mode as well
A virus scanner slowing to a halt is another indication of a possible HDD problem, because it cant read from the drive to check the files. I'm still concerned its a hardware issue, hard drive specific. Or other possible hardware issue that if I were working on it, I would troubleshoot after ruling out the HDD with a HDD test of some sort. Just my gut, and having worked on well over 1000 laptops and desktops in my career. I do wish you luck in figuring it out though.