Category: machines

OUR RAIDMAX TORNADO PLATFORM

RAIDMAX TORNADO CHASSIS

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2011 machine was assembled in October from a new components. The low cost Raidmax Tornado chassis is a standard ATX model …

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LENOVO X220 PLAYABLE GAMES

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The Lenovo x220 comes with an Intel i5-2520m processor. The machine has a 1366×768 LCD.  Many games natively support the LCD, other games may only support 1280×720. The HD 3000 (Sandy Bridge GT2+ core)  includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Classic games will run OK on low settings with the HD 3000 graphics. …

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LENOVO X220 HARDWARE UPGRADES

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The Lenovo x220 has a whitelist BIOS. See Lenovo x220 UEFI BIOS  post to obtain a ROM with the whitelist removed. Field replaceable units do make make any sense when upgrades are desired. FIELD REPLACEABLE UNITS The Lenovo x220 has 2 mini PCI express slots under the keyboard. The larger 30mm by 51mm slot is intended …

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LENOVO X220 UEFI BIOS WHITELIST

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The Lenovo x220 laptop has a hardware locked UEFI BIO that frustrates hardware upgrades to the machine..Lenovo enforces a whitelist and the machine will not boot with a more recent Wi-Fi card or other device installed. Disable Bitlocker before upgrading the BIOS to prevent problems with secure boot. Download a modified BIOS 1.43 from here. This …

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LENOVO X220 LAPTOP

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The Lenovo X220 laptop is a 12 inch class ultra mobile business class machine. The machine reviewed (42872WU) sells for $1299. i5-2520m 2.5 GHz dual core with hyperthreading 3.2 GHz CPU turboboost 35W TDP 3MB L3 cache, 1MB L2 cache QM67 chipset DDR3-133 16384MB maximum memory HD 3000 graphics with 64MB VRAM DX10 shader 4 …

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OUR ICUTE PLATFORM REFURBISHED 2010

ICUTE 640 CHASSIS

This 2010 machine was assembled in April from a refurbish chassis, and new motherboard. The CPU and RAM was recovered from the failed 2008 machine.  The low cost AK-680 was not intended for long term use. It was a low cost item considering other items were also needed unexpectedly. The old Athlon64 X2 4200+ CPU …

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SAMSUNG R540 PLAYABLE GAMES

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The Samsung R540  has the Arrandale graphics (GMA HD).  The Samsung R540  has a 15.6″ LCD with 1366×768 pixel resolution. Many games natively support the LCD, other games may only support 1280×720. The GMA HD (Arrandale)  includes support for DirectX 10.0 and OpenGL 3.1. The GMA HD has no intrinsic dedicated memory but it designed to support …

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SAMSUNG R540 LAPTOP

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The Samsung R540 is a mid size laptop computer for the general consumer and business user. The $699.99 R540 was launched in 2010. The model reviewed is the NP-R540. The R540 is also offered in a higher-end configuration featuring a Blu-ray drive, low-end ATI Radeon graphics Intel Core i3 380M @ 2.53 GHz (CP80617004116AH) Dual …

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COMPAQ MINI CQ10-450CA

Our Compaq Mini CQ10-450CA (WQ820UA) was procured new in for field use. The machine is easily a super portable machine as the lower power nature of the machine means long battery life even with a smaller battery. The OEM Windows calls the machine the CQ10-400 which is the US version of the base series model. …

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GATEWAY MS2300 15.6″ LAPTOP

The Gateway MS2300 is a desktop replacement laptop computer.. This machine was $650 new in 2010. Screen Size: 15.6″ Glossy LCD Maximum Resolution: 1366×768 i3-350M 2.27MHz 4096MB DDR3-1066, 8GB maximum HDMI, VGA 500GB hard disk 4x USB 2.0 SD card port DVDRW Atheros 9285 b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Basic 19V 3.42A 65W power supply …

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