Category: machines

ACER ASPIRE 3610

Acer Aspire 3613WLMi Intel Celeron 370 1.5 GHz Intel 915gm 15.3 inch TFT DDR2 512 MB Hitachi GST HTS421280H9AT00 (80 GB) Windows XP home The Acer Aspire 3613WLMi has seen heavy use. The CPU fan needed to be serviced in 2012 after about 6 years of service. The machine is manufactured in June 2006 but it still …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE A100

TOSHIBA SATELLITE A100

The Toshiba A100-0FH series notebook machine is a standard desktop replacement machine. The model reviewed is PSAA8C-0FH00E. Centrino Duo T2050 1.66 GHz 2x 512MB DDR3-533 4096MB maximum memory 100MB Hard Disk DVD-RAM drive Intel GMA 950 dynamic 8MB-128MB 15.4″ LCD 1280×800 TN 802.11 a/b/g 10/100 Ethernet V.92 56K modem Express Card slot Front multi card …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE A70

Toshiba Satellite Pro A70 Intel Pentium IV 532 3.06 GHz 88W TDP AMD Mobility 9100 IGP DX6 AGP 8x 15.4 inch TFT 1280×800 WXGA DDR-333 512 MB Atheros 802.11 a/b/g RealTek FE V.92 56k FAX MODEM Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-820S Dolby Audio Toshiba 80GB Ultra DMA/100 Windows XP Home 120W 19V 6.2A PSU (5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel) …

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OUR ICUTE 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 2004 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The 6600 GT is a mid range card that provides gaming at …

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ACER T320

This machine is a socket 478 stuffed with a Celeron 335 running at 2.8 GHz. The Foxconn µATX motherboard lacks the AGP slot that is outlined on the board. The motherboard also lacks SATA ports that are outlined on the board. Machines of this class were mass produced and sold for about $499$799 with a …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE M30

Toshiba Satellite M30 Intel Pentium M 1.5 GHz 24.5W TDP Intel Centrino 855PM chipset NVIDIA FX-5200 mobile 15.4 inch TFT 1280×800 WXGA DDR-333 256 MB Intel PRO 802.11 b/g Intel PRO/100 VE V.92 56k FAX MODEM CD/DVDROM Harmon Kardon audio Toshiba 40GB Ultra DMA/100 Windows XP Home 75W 15V 5A PSU (6.3mm x 3.0mm barrel) …

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VIEWSONIC VIEWPAD 1000

ViewSonic ViewPad 1000

The Viewsonic ViewPad 1000 is a tablet PC designed for mobile use. This tablet is $2000 with options it reaches $5000. Intel Celeron 800 MHz 128MB RAM, 512MB maximum 10 GB hard disk 10.4″ 800×600 SVGA  SiS630, AGP 4x 56 kbps V.90 modem 802.11b Wi-Fi 100BASE-TX Ethernet touch screen or keyboard PC Card Type II …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE 2800

The Toshiba Satellite 2800 series is a business class laptop machine. Toshiba Satellite 2800 PSC280-00006 Intel Celeron 700 MHz 100 MHz FSB 13.3 inch TFT 1024×768 XGA S3 Savage IX AGP 64-bit 8MB VRAM DirectMPEG SDRAM 64MB Intel PRO/100 Fast Ethernet 2x USB 1.1 ports 56K MODEM Floppy Drive DVD-ROM 8x DVD 24x CDROM Toshiba …

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RUNNING A LAPTOP WITHOUT A BATTERY

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Lithium batteries do not last very long before they need to be replaced. Lithium batteries last longer than the older metal hydride batteries. Machine BIOS warnings usually cannot be disabled. This motivated the removal of the battery and the machine relegated to desktop only use. Many machines have a grossly inadequate power supply. The power …

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IBM 300GL 6563-4G3

The IBM 300GL 6563-4G3 was a high-end desktop machine that came with Windows 2000. It also had a license for Windows NT 3.51 for those who wanted to use the older version. The machine’s chassis is made of nickel steel and its extremely strong. The desktop design is rather common in the CRT era as …

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OUR 1999 DIY PLATFORM

ICUTE 640 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. THE CURRENT SETUP CHASSIS iCute 640 MB GA-586TX3 430HX CPU AMD K6 RAM 32 MB EDO RAM GPU PCI Video PSU 350W OEM MON …

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SEANIX DESKTOP PC

We bought this machine in 1998. After 15 years this machine was retired as obsolete and still functional. A real testament to the quality of the machine as compared to more modern models. The machine’s chassis is made of nickel steel and its extremely strong. The motherboard was also firmly mounted so installing RAM or …

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ADVANCED CONFIGURATION & POWER INTERFACE

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The Advance Configuration & Power Interface (ACPI) is an API to replace the older Advanced Power Management, Multiprocessor and Plug & Play specifications. ACPI brings power management under the control of the operating system instead of the BIOS. The goal is to allow any OS to be able to have a standardized API to manage …

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COMPAQ 386/20

Back in late 1988 we bought the Compaq DeskPro 386/20. This machine was $3,500 new in 1988. The desktop design is rather common in the CRT era as monitors were generally placed on top the machine. SPECIFICATIONS Intel 80386 20 MHz OEM motherboard 2MB EDO DRAM 3½” floppy 720MB Seagate ST251 40MB hard disk 100W …

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REFURBISHING MACHINES

ICUTE 640 CHASSIS

We have often refurbished old machines for impoverished persons who can then use the machine at little cost. Unfortunately many who discard old machines with BIOS passwords etc set that makes it more costly to refurbish. Desktop machines can be repaired for much less cost than a notebook machine. Desktop machines also are dramatically more …

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