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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple's New iPad Anouncement Steve Jobs Demonstrating

Apple's New iPad Announcement Steve Jobs Demonstrating




Sorry Apple and Steve ... but just looks to be an over-sized iPod Touch IMO

*** side note again ;) ... but the name iPad sounds like something that belongs in the feminine hygiene product isle at the supermarket ... not sold at the Apple Store. (Just a thought) ***

This will not replace .. a Laptop or even your iPod Touch or your iPhone.. it wont fit in your pocket. Try jogging, running, or going to the gym with it... (yeah like I do any of that hehehe ...)

with an initial Price Point of 499.00 U.S. It seems
economical enough for the average Joe to afford. But is this something every one will want??

With a 9.7 inch LED back-lit display it certainly looks great,
and at a pound and a half will be easy to carry around and use.

Apple is saying that with the A4 chip it will have up to a 10 hour battery, which will be good to media hungry folks like myself.

Built in Wireless 802.11n will take advantage of even the fastest Wi-Fi network currently available.

Will also be released with 3G for the road warrior group. That can't live with out i-net a way from the office.

Built in Bluetooth 2.1 is a must in any product that comes out from now on (at least it is to me) and the iPad has it .. this will allow for wireless head phones, keyboard, mouse, and other geek toys as they become available.

Now the bad:

From all appearances no Web Cam ... or Camera of any type..

The OS (operating system) seems to be an over grown iPhone or iPod Touch platform. No Multi-Tasking capabilities.

You will be limited to Apps from the Apps Store. (I'm sure it will be jail-broken in no time after launch)

This I am sure will be limited to apps ... word, excel, other types of document editing not built in.

I will continue with this as I get more information..

But from first blush... this will be a very popular device for the got to have it now folks ... but as for me .. it would just be another toy that I would have to lug around with me and I already have toooooo many. I will wait a year or 2 till I find one on CraigsList for 100 bucks.. or less.

This will not replace .. a Laptop or even your iPod Touch or your iPhone..






Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Public Prerelease Older NetBooks get a Boost??

Adobe has released the flash player 10.1 beta 2

For media hungry netbook users like my self I though this would be a God Send. Hulu, unfortunately is one of my relax times it is also addicting in a way. And the ability to watch in 480p is actually pretty good on my MacBook Pro .. but even more visually appealing on the BrightView screen of the DV2000. Seeing that I can catch up on all the Science Fiction episodes that I never really have time to watch during regularly scheduled time's.

With my HP mini 1154nr at hand today (BTW just got it back from HP with replacement hard drive.. and yet it has to go back .. has more damage than when it left me. Waiting on a call back from a case specialist... DAMN IT)

I was hopeful that now with Adobe's new Flash Player...
I may be able to play all of the content of Caprica or the episodes of SG1 in all of their grandeur at 480p.

Well sad to say I was wrong .. I did skim through the Beta 2 Release Notes and made sure to un-install any previous versions of Flash Player by using the "Add or Remove Programs" in the control panel.

Then and only the installed the packages from Adobe found HERE

And then immediately proceeded to Hulu and started watching Part 2 Pilot of Caprica. Unfortunately it is still skipping and jerking at 480p full screen.

Why??? well to continue on with the release notes.
"Flash Player 10.1 supports hardware decoding of H.264 video on Windows platforms when running with supported hardware."


Well this BYTES... My little netbook from HP specifically the mini 1154nr and the little ones 1151nr contain the Mobile Intel 945 Express Chip-set.

And low and behold for Flash Player 10.1 Beta 2 to give the advantage of hardware acceleration the computer needs to have a Mobile Intel 4 series Express chip-set.

Well that's a total bummer... I guess I will just have to wait till some one on CraigsList wants to give up their HP mini 311 for cheap. Some of the other chip sets that are supported are

Nvidia ION, Nvidia GeForce, and Quadro-powerd PC's
Broadcom BCM70012 found in systems with Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator. ( of which some older HP NetBook's also have )

hmmm... can you see another wright up in the future "Adding a Broadcom Crytal HD Accelerator in the mini 1000 how to"... will have to look in to the cost of that.. and how..

And a good long list of AMD/ATI video chipset's

So for now I will just have to be content with my HULU at standard resolution of 360p but its still relax time.. for sure.

Check out the Release Notes HERE



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

HP Pavilion DV2000 Laptop Disassembly Tear-down Part 3

This is the Third and final Part of the How To Disassemble the HP DV2000 series Notebook's / Laptop's Disassembly Tear-Down with photos.

How to take apart HP Pavilion dv2000 series notebook / laptop Part 3

Tear down Guide for the DV series laptops from HP and Compaq

This is a quick post showing a DV2000 tear-down.

Level of experience needed: Advanced (this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time)

By now you have removed the Keyboard, LCD panel, and the Top Chassis with the track pad.... on to removing the system board it self.



Part 1 can be found HERE




And Part 2 can be found HERE




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Start by removing the screw in the left speaker assembly and the screw in the chassis.




Dis-connect the cable from the speaker to the system board and there is another connection right next to it for the sleep button that was hidden under the LCD panel.

****Note be very careful with all of the cables in the machine .. they will break very easily and you will be left with bits of plastic and pins ... not a happy camper IMO (been there done that)****




here is a shot from above with the speaker assembly removed you can see there are only a few more things to take care of before the system board will just pop right out.




Move down to the bottom and you will need to remove the screws for the Wi-Fi switch this also controls the Bluetooth in the system (if it has Bluetooth built in). You can leave it connected to the system-board at this time if you like I found no reason to remove it .. Unless you are actually replacing the system board it self.



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Now remove the cable from the system board that goes to the IR / Headphones jacks.. I have not had to remove this board either.. But there is a screw hiding under the cable on the left side. when pulling the system board out make sure you clear this cable though ..



Next is the power cable and the data cable from the usb on the right side ... gently remove these from the system board.



Disconnect the cable from the modem board and take the tape holding it down off. You will need to clear this cable as well when you are pulling out the system board...

It's now time lift up on the system board from the right side ... make sure it clears the fan chassis.. and all of the component slots on the left side .. gently pull to the right and Viola....



You have successfully removed the system board.

To put it back .. just follow the directions in reverse order.

Good luck in all of your endeavors..
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HP Pavilion DV2000 Laptop Disassembly Tear-down Part 2

This is the Second Part of the How To Disassemble the HP DV2000 series Notebook's / Laptop's Disassembly Tear-Down with photos.

How to take apart HP Pavillion dv2000 series notebook / laptop Part 2

Tear down Guide for the DV series laptops from HP and Compaq

This is a quick post showing a DV2000 tear-down.

Level of experience needed: Advanced (this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time)

By now you have alread taken all of the screws out of the bottom case including removal of the hard drive and the Wi-Fi card.. now its time to move on to the top case.



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flip the laptop over and open it up .. you have already removed all of the screws that are holding the keyboard in. There are 4 plastic keepers that are still holding it in place. They are easily by-passed if you pull the keyboard from the middel top and bow it just a bit.



Fold the keyboard back on to the track pad and you will find the release for the ribbon cable .


Release it by pussing the tabs twards the LCD panel and place the keyboard off to the side in a safe place.
Also shown here is the built in Mic connector and the track pad cable.

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Here is a closer shot of the Track Pad Ribbon cable ... remove it now so you don't for get later .. and accidently pull on it these are delicate and it dosen't take much to damage them.


Move up to the Quick Launch bezel..  pry up on the right side and it will come free.. Don't just try and rip it off you still have the ribbon cable and the power button cable to deal with still.


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Heres a good look at the Quick Launch cable ... remove it from the system board ..



All the way to the left is the Power button connection ..




Once you have the majority of the connectos disconnected remove the LCD panel cable and the screws circled. 



De-route all of the remaining cables from their keepers and pull the Wi-Fi cable up through the chassis and you are ready to move on to removeing the LCD panel.



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There are 2 screws on the left side of the lcd panel..



And 2 more on the right side .. once removed make sure all of the cables are free and lift the panel off of the chassis ... set it off to the side in a safe place remember it does not take much to damage these panels.

Run your finger nail ( or a cut up credit card if you don't have strong enough nails) around the out side of the top chassis to dis-engage the plastic clips and the top chassis will come right off. place that off to the side and move on to the next step.
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Monday, January 11, 2010

HP Pavilion DV2000 Laptop Disassembly Tear-down Part 1

How To Disassemble the HP DV2000 series Notebook's / Laptop's Disassembly Tear-Down with photos.

How to take apart HP Pavillion dv2000 series notebook / laptop

Tear down Guide for the DV series laptops from HP and Compaq

This is a quick post showing a DV2000 tear-down.

Level of experience needed: Advanced (this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time)

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Time for Tear-Down: 25 min. (including taking pictures) I love these little HP Pavilion DV2000 Series 14.2" wide screen laptops... HP just needs to come out with a 12" model..






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What is needed: Clean Space to work you should have an anti-static mat and wrist strap as well.

make sure you discharge any static build up before working on any electronic components
and if you get up to get coffee or any other reason discharge again before touching anything

****** Warning this will void the warranty of your HP Pavilion DV2000 (if you still have one) and can render your DV2000 useless if you do something wrong if you are not comfortable taking this or any electronic product apart have a qualified Service Technician do if for you I take no responsibilities if you decide to to this your self. There is always a risk of electrocution as well capacitors can retain a charge and the power supply as well as the battery should be removed when any repair is made. (have to do this warning just a CYA thing) OH BTW DON'T DO THIS (ok that should cover me)********

Tools you should have




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Every thing in the top Black tool kit was not used in this tear-down but is good to have when you are working on computers.

The Screw Driver kit in red is a great cheap kit for 12$ at your local Tool King, Checker Auto Parts, or Wal-Mart.

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Like I have mentioned I love these little DV2000 series laptops / notebooks I use both Mac and PC's so I am not partial to one or the other .. IMO the fit and finnish of the DV series from HP are just great.


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Here you can see the screws on the bottom of the HP Pavilion DV2000 you can get to before taking out the battery, memory cover, Wi-Fi cover, or the Hard drive cover.





After taking the battery out you are presented with 5 screws the 2 smaller ones hold the Quick Launch bezel. The 3 longer screws accross the top are holding the Keyboard ...



After removing all of the covers from the bottom of the DV2000 you now can see where you need to remove the hard drive ..... the screw for the DVD drive and Wi-Fi.



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Lift up on the tab for the hard drive and it will just pull right out.



Once you have the hard drive removed you will see 3 smaller screws that will need to be removed.


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Here is the screw that will release the DVD drive.  once its out just pull on the drive and it will release.




Once you have the DVD drive out you will find 2 more small screws that are holding this side of the case to the top chassis.




Next is the Wi-Fi .. to be honest it is best to just remove it now .. you will have to pull the cables through the board later to remove the LCD panel and the top chassis.

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On to Part 2.....






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Models Possibly affected.
HP Pavilion MC Ent. dv2326ea, HP Pavilion dv2000T CTO, HP Pavilion dv2200 CTO, HP Pavilion dv2200ea, P Pavilion dv2201au Notebook PC, HP Pavilion dv2201ca, HP Pavilion dv2201tu, HP Pavilion dv2202au, HP Pavilion dv2202ca, HP Pavilion dv2202tu, HP Pavilion dv2202xx, HP Pavilion dv2203au, HP Pavilion dv2203tu, HP Pavilion dv2204au
HP Pavilion dv2204tu, HP Pavilion dv2205ea
HP Pavilion dv2205tu, HP Pavilion dv2206tu, HP Pavilion dv2207tu, HP Pavilion dv2208ea, HP Pavilion dv2208tu, HP Pavilion dv2209ea, HP Pavilion dv2209tu, HP Pavilion dv2210ea, HP Pavilion dv2210tu, HP Pavilion dv2210us, HP Pavilion dv2211tu, HP Pavilion dv2212tu, HP Pavilion dv2213ca, HP Pavilion dv2213cl, HP Pavilion dv2213tu, HP Pavilion dv2214tu, HP Pavilion dv2215ea, HP Pavilion dv2215tu, HP Pavilion dv2216ea, HP Pavilion dv2216tu, HP Pavilion dv2217ea, HP Pavilion dv2217nr, HP Pavilion dv2217tu, HP Pavilion dv2218tu, HP Pavilion dv2220la, HP Pavilion dv2220us, HP Pavilion dv2221us, HP Pavilion dv2222la, HP Pavilion dv2225la, HP Pavilion dv2225nr, HP Pavilion dv2235la, HP Pavilion dv2240br, HP Pavilion dv2244ea, HP Pavilion dv2245br, HP Pavilion dv2247br, Pavilion dv2250br
HP Pavilion dv2255br, HP Pavilion dv2260br,
HP Pavilion dv2275ea, Pavilion dv2276ea,
HP Pavilion dv2301au, HP Pavilion dv2301tu,
HP Pavilion dv2302AU, HP Pavilion dv2302tu,
HP Pavilion dv2303AU, HP Pavilion dv2303tu,
HP Pavilion dv2304AU, HP Pavilion dv2304tu,
HP Pavilion dv2305au, HP Pavilion dv2305ea,
HP Pavilion dv2306au, HP Pavilion dv2306ea,
HP Pavilion dv2308tu, HP Pavilion dv2309tu,
HP Pavilion dv2310ca, HP Pavilion dv2310us,
HP Pavilion dv2311tu, HP Pavilion dv2312us,
HP Pavilion dv2313ca, HP Pavilion dv2313cl,
HP Pavilion dv2315nr, HP Pavilion dv2315us,
HP Pavilion dv2317ca, HP Pavilion dv2317us,
HP Pavilion dv2320la, HP Pavilion dv2320us,
HP Pavilion dv2322la, HP Pavilion dv2323ea,
HP Pavilion dv2324ea, HP Pavilion dv2325ea,
HP Pavilion dv2325la, HP Pavilion dv2327ea,
HP Pavilion dv2348ea, HP Pavilion dv2363ea,
HP Pavilion dv2400 CTO, HP Pavilion dv2401au,
HP Pavilion dv2402au, HP Pavilion dv2402xx,
HP Pavilion dv2403au, HP Pavilion dv2404au,
HP Pavilion dv2404ca, HP Pavilion dv2405au,
HP Pavilion dv2406tu, HP Pavilion dv2410ca,
HP Pavilion dv2410us, HP Pavilion dv2412ca,
HP Pavilion dv2413ca, HP Pavilion dv2413cl,
HP Pavilion dv2415nr, HP Pavilion dv2416us,
HP Pavilion dv2418nr, HP Pavilion dv2419us,
HP Pavilion dv2420us, HP Pavilion dv2422ca,
HP Pavilion dv2432nr, Compaq Presario V3200 CTO,
Compaq Presario V3201AU, Compaq Presario V3202AU,
Compaq Presario V3203AU, Compaq Presario V3204AU,
Compaq Presario V3205AU, Compaq Presario V3206AU,
Compaq Presario V3207AU, Compaq Presario V3208AU,
Compaq Presario V3209AU, Compaq Presario V3212AU,
Compaq Presario V3213AU, Compaq Presario V3214AU,
Compaq Presario V3215AU, Compaq Presario V3217AU,
Compaq Presario V3217LA, Compaq Presario V3218AU,
Compaq Presario V3218LA, Compaq Presario V3220AU,
Compaq Presario V3221AU, Compaq Presario V3224AU,
Compaq Presario V3225AU, Compaq Presario V3226AU,
Compaq Presario V3227AU, Compaq Presario V3228AU,
Compaq Presario V3229AU, Compaq Presario V3230AU,
Compaq Presario V3231AU, Compaq Presario V3232AU,
Compaq Presario V3233AU, Compaq Presario V3235AU,
Compaq Presario V3236AU, Compaq Presario V3237AU,
Compaq Presario V3238AU, Compaq Presario V3241AU,
Compaq Presario V3242AU, Compaq Presario V3243AU,
Compaq Presario V3244AU, Compaq Presario V3245AU,
Compaq Presario V3246AU, Compaq Presario V3247AU,
Compaq Presario V3252AU, Compaq Presario V3253AU,
Compaq Presario V3254AU, Compaq Presario V3255AU,
Compaq Presario V3308AU, Compaq Presario V3309AU,
Compaq Presario V3310AU, Compaq Presario V3311AU, VB3264 120G,
Compaq Presario V3312AU, Compaq Presario V3317LA,
Compaq Presario V3400 CTO, Compaq Presario V3401AU,
Compaq Presario V3402AU, Compaq Presario V3403AU,
Compaq Presario V3404AU, Compaq Presario V3406AU,
Compaq Presario V3407AU, Compaq Presario V3408AU,
Compaq Presario V3409AU, Compaq Presario V3410AU,
Compaq Presario V3412AU, Compaq Presario V3413AU,
Compaq Presario V3414AU, Compaq Presario V3415AU,
Compaq Presario V3416AU, Compaq Presario V3417AU,
Compaq Presario V3417LA, Compaq Presario V3418AU,
Compaq Presario V3418LA, Compaq Presario V3419AU,
Compaq Presario V3420AU, Compaq Presario V3421AU,
Compaq Presario V3422AU, Compaq Presario V3423AU,
Compaq Presario V3424AU, Compaq Presario V3425AU,
Compaq Presario V3426AU, Compaq Presario V3430AU,
Compaq Presario V3431AU, Compaq Presario V3432AU,
Compaq Presario V3433AU, Compaq Presario V3441TU,
Compaq Presario V3442TU,



DV9000 Disassembly Tear-down Part 4

This is the Forth and final Part of How To Disassemble the HP DV9000 series Notebook's / Laptop's Disassembly Tear-Down with photos.



Part 1 can be found here ....

and Part 2 can be found here

and Part 3 can be found here...



How to take apart HP Pavillion dv9000

Tear down Guide for the DV series laptops from HP and Compaq

This is a quick post showing a DV9000 tear-down.

Level of experience needed: Advanced (this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time)

Time for Tear-Down: 30 min. (including taking pictures) this thing is a monster with the 17" screen.

By now you have removed all of the bottom screws the keyaboard, Quick Launch bezel, LCD panel, and the top assembly with the touch pad.

On to the exciting stuff....



now you have a good look at whats ahead.  all of the connections, screws, and cables that need to be removed / derouted have been circled.  It looks to be a daunting task, but if you have made it this far ... you are doing well and this should be an easy venture for you.  Note the bluetooth cable needs to be disonnected at this time there is not an individual step for this....



first thinsg first .. there are 4 screws in the pcmcia express card slot that need to be removed..  then the card cage and board will just slide out of the connector.  There is no need to entirely remove it from the chassis .. but if you want to just disconnect the cable.  I don't usualy take this out because sometimes I forget to put it back in and have to tear it all apart again to put it back.



next up is the extention board for the CD/DVD-RW board .. only one screw holding this .. Slide it out and off to the side.. you may have to twist a little there is a standoff in the way.



Remove the screws for the speaker assembly and remove it .. if you did not disconect the cable to the powerbutton board do it now.



remove this screw holding the fan assembly to the bottom chassis.



There is one more screw holding the fan assembly to the bottom case.



Gently remove the ribbon cable going to the WI-FI switch ... this controls WI-FI and bluetooth (if you have it) there is no need to remove this board .. the systemboard will clear it.



De-route the power cables from their keepers.



Lift up on the right side of the systemboard.. you can see where the power cables are connected .. don't try to remove them now just be careful handeling the board with them attached .. its easier to remove them later.



the cable for the head phone jacks / IR reciver is still attached .. disconnect it now



carefully pull the board to the right freeing it from the chassis on the left side you may have to pry a little and twist for it to come loose make sure you lift from the right side and clear the fan assembly... just keep in mind the power cables ... flip the board over and you can see the screws for the heat sink.  basicaly you are done ...



Here is my map of all the screws that were removed... makes things just a little bit easier to put back togather.

Congradulations.. to put it back togather just follow this post in reverse order and you should be back to normal.



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