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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 DDR3-1333 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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LENOVO WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY DISKS

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You need 3 DVDs and they will create a new recovery partition when you install a new hard disk or SSD.  Run Lenovo ThinkVantage System Update to automatically update drivers and utilities. Download Lenovo Windows 7 SP1 x64 recovery disks. The recovery disks are compatible with many Lenovo machines. This list is not exhaustive. T400 T420 …

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LENOVO T500 PLAYABLE GAMES

Lenovo T500

The Lenovo T500 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor. The GPU is the ATI HD 3650.  The machine has a 1680×1050 LCD.  Many games natively support the LCD, other games may only support 1280×720. The ATI Radeon HD 3650 includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Classic games will run OK …

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LENOVO T500 LAPTOP

Lenovo T500

The Lenovo T500 2055-A38 is one the better models of the T500 series. New this machine was $2495. The Lenovo T500 is a desktop replacement class notebook machine. On battery this machine does not last long due to the high end CPU and discrete ATI graphics chip with dedicated VRAM. 15.4″ chassis Intel  Core 2 Duo …

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LENOVO T400 LAPTOP

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The Lenovo T400 is one the better models of the T400 series. New this machine was $1495. The Lenovo T400 is a desktop replacement class notebook machine. On battery this machine does not last long due to the high end CPU and discrete ATI graphics chip with dedicated VRAM. 14.1″ chassis Intel Centrino 2 platform Intel  …

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OUR RAIDMAX SMILODON PLATFORM

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 2008 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The Raidmax chassis was an available box in the shop. The 8600 …

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TOSHIBA A210 BIOS RECOVERY

Sometimes things go wrong when flashing a BIOS. For the Toshiba A210 laptop it can be fixed with a USB floppy drive. If you have a small USB stick, format it with FAT will also work.  Download Phoenix Crisis Recovery Disc with phlash16.exe 1.6.5.4  Create Crisis Disk by running CRISDISK.BAT (Phoenix Crisis Recovery Disc)  Download …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE PRO A210

Toshiba Satellite Pro A210 AMD Turion 64 X2 TK-55 65nm AMD x1200 Graphics 80nm 15.4 inch TFT 1280×800 WXGA DDR2-533 2048 MB RTL8187B 802.11b/g RealTek FE Bluetooth DVD-RW 8x Dolby Audio Toshiba MK2035GSS 200GB Windows Vista Home Premium x86 90W 19V 4.78A PSU (5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel) Like laptops in Toshiba’s consumer Satellite line, the …

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OUR 2006 DIY PLATFORM

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 2006 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The the 6600 GT SLI was more than the motherboard and PSU …

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