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bio website ralford.net/wordpress
location State College, PA
age 32
visits member for 4 years, 9 months
seen Dec 30 '09 at 16:02
I'm a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Universtity, and have been a computer hardware design engineer for industrial PCs since 2004. Outside of my daytime job, I'm a guitarist and also play some mandolin and 5-string banjo. I've been a member of a few musical projects during my years at State College, and am currently the guitarist for the original soul/jazz trio Dirty Superb as well as the funk/soul/Motown band Hounds of Soul.

I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and backpacking. Having grown up near Boiling Springs, the near halfway point of the Appalachian Trail, I grew to love hiking its local sections. Since June 1999, I've hiked about 350 miles on the AT, which include the completion of the states of West Virigina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. I've also done several hikes in Colorado and Washington State.

I've been designing and building some form of a webpage since the pre Web 2.0 age, some of which have fragments that still exist today. During college, I coded my own database driven multi-user weblog project in PHP, but eventually "gave in" to Wordpress. You can read about my musical and outdoor adventures on my weblog (ralford dot net slash wordpress).

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awarded  Yearling
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answered Best web-only gift
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awarded  Commentator
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comment Laptop with internal serial port in 2009 (and 2010)
Have you tried Ethernet to serial port? Moxa makes many such devices (bit.ly/7hO0BL).
Dec
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comment Repair snapped USB flash drive
See the two middle pins on your connector? They are the data pair. Following those traces back (as much as I can see... the image is a little fuzzy), they go back to a component that is not populated on the board (designed 'L1'). This region was probably intended for a ferrite bead. I would solder to the two pins of this that are further back. There may be a clamp further back in the circuit (between 'L1' and the controller), but I can't make one out in the image.
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revised Repair snapped USB flash drive
Got rid of the TX / RX notes (got USB mixed up with SATA for a minute)
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revised Repair snapped USB flash drive
Added a disclaimer paragraph at the top of my answer
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revised Repair snapped USB flash drive
Improve clarity of paragraph two
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answered Repair snapped USB flash drive
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answered Blue screen of death when moving files
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awarded  Critic
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answered Options for connecting an external disk to an old laptop
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comment Computer Freezes navigating BIOS
I'm on board with DuPie's answer. Check your supply voltages, and watch the temperatures.
Dec
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answered Database and tools for validated BPMs of songs?
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answered Recover hard disk data?
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comment How to recover a bios password?
There is often a "Restore CMOS settings" jumper that has to be installed to make this happen
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comment How can I boot from an external hard drive?
Great summary Gregory. Though it may be obvious to some of us, this is all true after the external hard drive has already been made bootable with the proper boot and/or system files. In other words, a drive previously used for storage purposes only (that does not have boot/system files) is not yet bootable.
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answered Looking for an application that tag and recognizes contemporary music
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awarded  Supporter
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answered Laptop wakes up from Sleep mode when I remove the mouse