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IdeaPad 510 - everlasting static electricity on the aluminium body

Q: IdeaPad 510 - everlasting static electricity on the aluminium body

IdeaPad 510 - static electricity all around the aluminium body (when the charger is plugged) I can feel the strong static electrictiy over the notebook metal part. This is not happening when running on battery. I just bought the product and sent it to the technical service (04.05.2017) I'm waiting for the decision of the technical service. I want to use the product as soon as possible.

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Hi Team IdeaPad 500 - static electricity all around the aluminium body (if thehe charger is unplugged) I can feel the strong static electrictiy over the notebook metal part.  It never goes away.  Is something short-circuited inside? or, should I return to repair -  I don't want be shocked nor the internal components be damaged due to this later. Look forward for your swift response.  Thanks in advance.


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A:IdeaPad 500 - everlasting static electricity on th...

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
Sorry to hear of your problems.  A laptop shouldn't have or give a static shock.  I would recommend that you discontinue using the computer and contact Lenovo Support for additional warranty assistance.
Lenovo Support - HK
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Hello,A few days ago I've received my new Lenovo yoga 720 15". i've noticed that the bottom aluminium body plate is uneven and edges are curvy. I thought that this would not be a big problem, but the other day, after intensive use in an uncomfortable position whitch included me holding the laptop on the sides of the body. The uneven edge is too sharp for comfort.So, my question is, do I have a chance to change the product? Because I consider laptop to be defective. (otherwise, I really love the product )

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STATIC ELECTRICITY from our body/hand could kill motherboard?
is that true?? B'coz when I clean my motherboard I was touching itself , and then afterward , I turn on the Computer immediately and it won't boot . ( the the ALL FUN are spinning, Keyboard is lighting, also the mouse ) and then I tried to disconnect all peripherals ( HDD, RAM, DVD ROM) except the processor and then I turned on the system eventually the motherboard didn't beep anymore ..

and then I asked my professor about it, then he said the motherboard may be ruined due to STATIC ELECTRICITY from my HAND..

I tried to pull down the motherboard and place it to non-conductor surface, and run the system but it's still not working ..

I also checked all peripherals if I connected those correctly and I did ..

ty ..


A:Static electricity from our body could kill motherboard?

Hi n0tepad,
Unfortunately that is true. Thats the reason every component has a warning to use an ati static wrist strap when assembling or handling, or to discharge the static by touching the metal portion of the chassis when installing,assembling,or disassembling. You will get away with accidentally shocking a component more times than not...but it can damage or ruin them.

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Dear All

When I touch my CPU body at area where there is no paint, I feel an electric charge / shock over there.

Rest of the body which is covered by paint, I feel slight electric charge.

Is my power supply is earthed or some electric wire is conducting electric current in CPU body?

What other reasons there could be?
How to Overcome this problem ? Can I fix it or I have to take it
to some hardware guy ?

Best Regards

A:Electricity in CPU Body

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So, as I lie on my bed and move around, I build up static electricity which is released as a static shock when I touch my computer.
...this is bad for my computer, right? Should I make an effort not to do that?
Thank you in advance.

A:Static Electricity

OUCH !! Static discharge can kill ram, eprom and other onboard chips.

Attempt to avoid it by

touching a bedside lamp base (metal) before touching the laptop
get out of bed, walk to the door and touch the door handle
Find a means to discharge your body before touching the laptop

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I keep getting a spark of static electricity when I touch my laptop. I have changed outlets, power strips, and even laptops. It actually shuts one of my lap tops down. It is in an office, so I have no control over humidity. How can I stop the static? Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Please help with static electricity

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Hi there, i'll be installing a new hard disk and a memory card. I've heard about static electricity damaging electronic components.
I've heard that touching the metal case or any metal object earths you. Any tips i can get, and i can't buy antistatic wrist band cause they are not available here.
Thank you.

A:Static electricity concerns

Quote: Originally Posted by kirakun2

I've heard that touching the metal case

If you do the above every time before you touch other components you will be fine


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Hello all!
I seem to be having an issue involving static electricity. Whenever I touch the front bezel of my PC and give it a shock it will restart with a BSOD. It doesn't seem to do this anywhere else on the case afaik. I checked the outlet and the surge protector and both are giving ground so that should be fine. My front bezel has nothing attached to it whatsoever, no wires or anything. The case I have is the Thermaltake Core V71. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

A:BSOD from static electricity

I guess it's the metal grille area that you touch and the static discharge goes to? The metal bezel portion of the front panel would have some means that is supposed to be grounding it to the rest of the case - perhaps a tab that presses against the case as it is assembled, or a screw that passes through from inside the panel. It would seem that however this earth connection is achieved is not making contact to ground the bezel. The static charge will be jumping to ground by another path, probably wiring between the front panel and the mainboard, which will shock the mainboard circuitry & give the blue screen. Finding how the earthing should be happening, and correcting the bad connection (scrape away a little paint, tighten a screw, maybe even reconnect a little earth tab that came apart) should cure it. But not knowing the case, I can't give any more specific details than that, sorry!

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I tried Googling and searching Sevenforums for methods on how to ground yourself without a wristband (I don't want to buy one). So basically all you have to do is touch the metal part of the case with your hand and your screwdriver before touching another component?

Thanks for the help.

(oh, does anyone have a up-to-date guide on how to build computers?)

A:So, how would I deal with static electricity?

Make sure you're touching bare (unpainted) metal. You could also google for articles on how to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge.) Some other things you should do are here:

What is ESD or ElectroStatic Discharge

As far as building your own computer, the basics haven't changed all that much over the years. You still need the basics like a case, power supply, motherboard, hard drive, etc and they all have to be compatible. What has changed over the years are the technological advancements like SSD vs HDD, terabyte drives vs gigabyte, number of cores in the CPU, and perhaps most important of all . . . how will you be using the computer? I think it's safe to say that if someone is going to do online shopping, send/receive emails, and maybe watch some videos or listen to music, his computer requirements will be less than the person who does 3D drafting, video editing, hard core gaming, etc. Couple of guides that might help:

How to Build a Computer from Scratch: The Complete Guide

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC - New-System-Build - Homebuilt-Systems

And I'm pretty sure that others will jump in with other suggestions on what they think you should consider.

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Hello all!
I seem to be having an issue involving static electricity. Whenever I touch the front bezel of my PC and give it a shock it will restart with a BSOD. It doesn't seem to do this anywhere else on the case afaik. I checked the outlet and the surge protector and both are giving ground so that should be fine. My front bezel has nothing attached to it whatsoever, no wires or anything. The case I have is the Thermaltake Core V71. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

A:BSOD from static electricity

I guess it's the metal grille area that you touch and the static discharge goes to? The metal bezel portion of the front panel would have some means that is supposed to be grounding it to the rest of the case - perhaps a tab that presses against the case as it is assembled, or a screw that passes through from inside the panel. It would seem that however this earth connection is achieved is not making contact to ground the bezel. The static charge will be jumping to ground by another path, probably wiring between the front panel and the mainboard, which will shock the mainboard circuitry & give the blue screen. Finding how the earthing should be happening, and correcting the bad connection (scrape away a little paint, tighten a screw, maybe even reconnect a little earth tab that came apart) should cure it. But not knowing the case, I can't give any more specific details than that, sorry!

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I've been reading a bit about static electricity frying parts. I don't own a grounded wrist strap but I was wondering if I would feel the surge if it was to happen. Thanks.

A:Will I Feel Static Electricity?

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Having some weird problem with my computer I just put together last night. In my main computer my mouse works fine and there are no issues but with the computer I put together, every time I get up off my chair and I am charged with static electricity, my mouse light blinks and even goes right out especially when I touch the metal on the chair and the mouse loses power and I am not even touching the computer or mouse or anything near the mouse but the chair. I tried a different PSU cause I thought maybe that might be causing it and unplugged hardware and it still did it. Also want to mention that I did a stupid thing and I forgot my HDD wasn't plugged in and plugged it in while the computer was on then it shut off and I turned it back on and there was display but then it went blank or it was already blank (can't remember) so I did a hard shutdown and unplugged it and plugged it back in and it worked ok. Could there possibly be some sort of grounding problem?

A:Static electricity and mouse

Motherboard mounted correctly using standoffs?

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i'm a little embarassed to even have to ask such basic questions. however, it seems easier to find information to solve technical questions than to find information spelling out what most people just know.

background for static electricity questions:
i've read that--
grounding is important when working on hardware. this can be accomplished with an antistatic wrist band and a cardboard box.

1. if we open a case on a wood kitchen table and work while standing on a tile floor, is this sufficient?
2. is there anything i should know about the tools we use? i use chopsticks to hold things out of my way, for reaching things or to help me get the cases apart when they don't just have screws. is this okay?
3. i use a regular plastic screwdriver when i need one. do i need to do anything to ground it?

about cleaning:
canned air seems to be the choice. is it the only choice? can i use a clean paintbrush, a microfiber cloth, or a magic eraser on parts. is it a HUGE no-no to use the dyson?

some of the computers my son and i have been working on are very old, most have been stored in garages. while they are working fine without much cleaning, it goes against my instinct to put anything back together without wiping it down first.

for the record, we aren't running a business. it's just something fun to do and i don't want to put a lot of funds into it.

A:Static electricity? cleaning dust?

If you touch the metal of the case, you are at the same potential as the case
Therefore you cannot harm the parts (unless you build up Static Electricity by moving around again.

The brush is OK too

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I am a great believer in always wearing an earth strap when I go inside a PC. Some on this board have the view that this is not necessary!
Lets look at what static electricity is! It is simply high voltage electricity with no current. It can and often does reach very high voltages. When you get that spark between your finger and a car door that can be measured at about 500v.
Different people generate different levels of static even though all other factors may be the same. You can have two people dressed in similar clothes next to each other at the same bench with wildly differening levels of static being generated! Certain atmospheric conditions create differing levels ie humidity, temperature, barometric pressure and a multitude of other conditions! Personally I generate a fairly high level of static as everytime I walk past our home radio we get quite severe interference. So my view is that as there are so many variables in the generation of static electricity it is better to err on the safe side and always recommend the use of a good earth strap. Better safe that sorry. I think it is encumbant upon all here who affer their advice and help to take a resposible attitude towards this problem and recommend the use of a strap but I would be pleased to hear what others think!

A:Static Electricity and earth straps

I have moved to using the "earth strap" (even though I haven't heard it called that) when working on PC's. I have fixed many a computer by grounding myself to the case by holding/touching the metal casing and have had no issues with it. I have heard of people never using one and never having any problems. but.... better safe than sorry. it is good practice to use it so that there is no doubt that the hardware is safe.

Edit: also, another reason for using it is that I have started working on laptops more and there isn't a lot of metal to ground yourself to. so it is easier to ground if you are wearing the strap.

I have known it as an anti-static wrist-strap.

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I admittedly don't know much about hardware... so he goes nothing.

A friend of mine built a new PC for me. Brought it home last night and everything worked fine.

Today I was installing some software and went to eject a CD when I touched one of the face plates on an empty bay. The guy who builted it said the face plates were brushed aluminum.

When I touched the face plate, I heard and felt a crack of static and the computer turned off. When I turned the power back on, only the fans and the purdy lights on the outside of the case kicked on. The hard drive did nothing, and the power light on the front of the computer did not light up. I'll have to look when I get home again, but I believe there was a green light lit up on the motherboard.

It seems to me that a small bit of SE wouldn't be enough to fry something...or if it is, that the computer would be built in a way to prevent something as common as SE to have an effect when it hits the case... am I wrong? What did I kill here? Is there anything I can do to help diagnose the issue?

Thanks all...

A:Static Electricity Fried my new computer?

SE is literally hundreds of thousands of volts!!!

I once went to turn the power off on my computer and static electricity shut it down before I even pushed the button. I tried to turn it on afterwards and it took a couple tries, but it eventually turned back on. You need to make sure your system is properly grounded.

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Hi All, 
I have Dell XPS 13 bought in 2012, once per several month it just wouldn't start, then after removing the battery and putting it back it works again. 
It's due to static electricity on the battery, but question is - how to avoid this? 
I've been advised it could be to some Bios issue. Could you please advise? 

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I've just bought a new Lenovo Ideapad 520 which has a metallic surface.When plugged in, it's surface gets a weird electric feeling, especially when using it barefooted. Is this normal?Also when plugged in, it's speakers make weird crinkling or buzzing noise (can't really describe it), also when I plug in my aux headphones, same noise.The noise is more obvious when playing relaxing music or when viewing tv shows where people are just talking.Should I return the laptop or is this ok? Could it damage any internal parts?The main problem is the speaker noise, I can handle the electric field.

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Hi, I bought Y700 Touch-15ISK Laptop around 1 month ago and i noticed 2 thing that kind of bugs me. First problem is very simple to explain but doesn't seem that easy to solve, everytime the laptop is plugged charging if you touch it you can feel static electricity . How bad can this be to the computer? Second thing, after i turn of the computer if my mouse is plugged-in i can see the mouse is still on due to the light under it. Is it normal? Thanks for your time and help.

A:Y700 Touch-15ISK Laptop static electricity

Hi Luis and welcome to the community,
Try plugging your adapter into another outlet.  If the outlet that it is plugged into isn't properly grounded, that could cause the shock.
If this is a wireless mouse with a dongle, it is normal for it to be on if the dongle isn't attached back to the mouse.

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Hi Guys and Gals in TechSpot
Just thought Id add a little side note....When you are going to open your tower or case to reset the cmos, install hardware, etc., I know some posts tell you to unplug the mains power. Just a different variation, Safely isolate the mains supply (TURN OFF SWITCH )but leave the cord plugged in.
Once you have removed the cover, discharge any static electricity you might be holding by touching the side of the power supply which is grounded to earth. Ideally a bonding strap bought from an electronics store is preferred.
I know its a simple thing but sometimes overlooked casing more headaches.

A:Static Electricity - read before openning cases/towers....

Very true!

I worked in high tech as an embedded systems developer. I handled electronics routinely. Proper grounding makes a difference. Sometimes, you don't see the static spark, it's that subtle but it can fry a component.

While you're upgrading your hardware with the case removed, it's a good time to blow out any dust built up. That's something else a lot of people don't realize. Excessive dust build up can cause hardware problems, even disable your comp! Take a vacuum or hairdryer and remove all that dust!

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Hi all, I originally placed this in someone elses thread by accident a couple of days ago, but really should have opened my own thread, apologies to the other member :

Earlier today I had the pleasure of listening to sereen music through a pair of ex71 bud earphones via the audio jack of my back up Inspiron 1100 laptop with SigmaTel sound card. My listening was disturbed by the sudden onset of pins and needles in my left foot.

I figured stomping my foot on the floor would get rid of the pins and needles without necessitating the need to disturb my listening by getting up and walking about.

To my dismay, whilst plodding my foot away, I managed to get a sharp static electric shock in my ear through my left earphone. But there was double trouble. Not only did the shock in my ear kinda hurt, but the music had turned to scratchy and robotic high / mids and completely distorted lows, with a loss of volume. Unbelievable, as only two days before my 6292 had given up the ghost :dead: and was in the service agents.

I had tried reinstalling all software and reboots for a couple of hours to no avail, and wondered if anyone had any ideas on rectifying before I shot off and got a new cheap external sound card (looking for any recommendations here also?)

However, having not had the opportunity to look into any further, the next day I then plugged the laptop in at work, only to notice the OS jingle sounded uncannily familiar. Popping the budphones in, loading the media play... Read more

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Hi. I have a problem with my newly bought Lenovo Ideapad 320. I recently bought the laptop around 1 week ago. It is a great laptop with good specifications. Though I have noticed some rather dissapointing dents and other problems on the body of the laptop. Below are the pictures of the dents and some other problems too.   As you can see in the picture, the touchpad is dented in a circular form.   Some of the keyboard keys seem to be at faulty because. The height of the keyboard keys are not even. It looks like someone has violated the keys playing games or what not.   The metal near the touchpad seems to be bending upward. These are the dents I mentioned above. I have tried reaching out to Lenovo Support by filling up the form online. Though it has come to a dead end since I have not received any reply. I hope the Lenovo moderator itself can help me through this problem. I paid a lot of money for this laptop and I was hoping for none other than a perfect condition for the laptop itself. It was rather dissapointing to face this problem. Here's hoping that this will be covered by my warranty. I'm hoping help from other users from Lenovo community too. Thanks.   

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HelloSince a recent time, I had an accident and my laptop was with me and its body has been brokenNow, I need a full body to my laptop and I can't find it in my region, so I wonder if  the company can provide it so I can buy it online with Master card / Visa Thanks in advance

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Hello all, My laptop : Lenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK (80RU00FEUS) Barely even 2 weeks of ownership and it's starting to make an intermittent static noise mainly from the right bottom vent and both speakers whenever it's on.  Sometimes the noise is louder than the fan noise and other times you have to put your ear right next to those locations to hear it.  Extra static can be heard when moving the usb mouse. Noise occurs regardless of :* audio playing or not* screen on or not* adjusting volume or muting* using speakers or headphones* enabling or disabling playback and recording devices* installing all latest drivers and updates* power cord plugged in or unplugged Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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Over the past week, my laptop and peripherals have been giving me shocks when it's running. While they don't seem to affect programs, every time they happen, my monitor will black out for a second, and a popping sound can be heard through the speakers or headphones. Usually these shocks come when plugging things in, but also when I change the volume on my external speakers. My initial thought was the speakers, but it also happens with headphones. Can't really find much online about this kind of issue, so any help would be appreciated!

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I have a brand new 720s that is awesome in every way...except the audio. It is fine when on battery but I get a background static or faint electronic buzzing sound when connected to power. I don't get this at all when running on battery, though the Realtek audio could be better. But the instant I connect it to the power I get the static. It is not terribly noticable when listening to something at high levels but it is annoying if charging while going to sleep to something (or if you just need a charge while listening to something). I have tried new and old drivers, disabling the Nvidia card, changing power schemes, every sound setting, different wall sockets (both grounded and not) and nothing stops the static when I charge.  Any idea from anyone, or Lenovo, if this is something known to occur, or something I just have to live with or is this a defect and something I should return the laptop for? 

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Hello earlier had a bunch of malware, that managed to get away from. Unfornatly i cant seem to get past a blue screen. It says
0x0000007e(0xc000005 0x538f2419 0x807f2b50 0x807e2730) i cant find the cause or sit that can tell me about the error.Curses....
Added details
OS:Windows 7
Used Malwarebytes/Stopzilla antivirus measures
Trying to avoid re installation
(im not so much focused on the probability of having malware as just making the blue screens go away.)

A:Blue screen everlasting

Is the computer bootable at all?

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Hello earlier had a bunch of malware, that managed to get away from. Unfornatly i cant seem to get past a blue screen. It says
0x0000007e(0xc000005 0x538f2419 0x807f2b50 0x807e2730) i cant find the cause or sit that can tell me about the error.Curses....

A:Blue screen everlasting

I suggest you start in the Am I Infected forum to make sure your system is "clean" before we address any other issues.

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Is the envy 13 d000 series all in aluminium? because i read some reaviews that the bottom case is in plastic thtat looks like aluminium

A:Is Envy 13 chassis all in aluminium?

Hi, From a preview: CaseIf a manufacturer of a premium subnotebook wants to be on the safe side in terms of the design, they just copy the design from Apple. HP does not make any experiments with the Envy 13 and follows the role model pretty closely ? and the result is appealing. The chassis is primarily made of brushed aluminum, which not only looks great, but it also hardly flexes under pressure. The bottom cover and the lid on the other hand are much more flexible (and feel more like plastic). There are no artifacts on the screen when you apply pressure at the back, but this Envy is not very torsion-resistant. Otherwise, there is not a lot to criticize about the build quality: The hinges are taut and only allow a slight wobbling of the screen, which can be opened up to 135 degrees. Small gaps support the generally decent build quality. Source: http://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-Envy-13-d000ng-Notebook-Review.156145.0.html You can feel much better with higher class/gtade machines called Spectre . Regards.

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Hey all,
My brother was throwing out an audio mixer with a big sheet of black (looks anodised) aluminium about 400x1000x1 mm for the backplate with a few screw holes round the edges (its a bit scratched but with a lick of paint i reckon itll look cool).
It looked perfect to make a nice (or maybe two) side plates for a pc, and I've sketched out a few designs etc but cant think of a good way to cut the design out.
Best thought I had was to drill holes round the edge of the pattern, cut it out with a hacksaw 1mm from the edge and file it down for the last mm and paint over the exposed edge.
Think this'll work?
Any other ideas on how to cut out the design?

A:Cutting aluminium for case mod

One of these with a metal cutting blade:


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HD 4800 series: an everlasting solution or a milestone for AMD?
As many people know, AMD has just released the all new HD 4800 series of video cards: the cheap welterweight HD 4850, the heavy-duty HD 4870, and the red devil that will be coming soon, the HD 4870 X2. The cards are awesome in action on game benchmarks, and even break into the game that was known to put computers down to their knees, Crysis, especially when Xfire'd together. But what really got me curious with these to-good-to-be-true graphics solutions is how AMD did it in order to earn the performance crown and to see if there are some downsides of these improvements which should be noted to today's enthusiast or gamer.

One of the most biggest improvements is that AMD completely redesigned the Core's ring bus. which can be shown here:


With this big change, the HD 4800 series is almost completely immune to Anti-Aliasing performance impacts on most of today's popular titles, such examples are shown here, I guess for the low res gamers the freedom of no jagged-lines is just something you can't get enough of. But AMD's go a long way to make framerates in the hundreds a dream come true:


Now moving on to Xfire performance, since Xfire is by the looks of it in this series' blood, I feel like showing it off as its more than true:

http://techreport.com/articles.... Read more

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Hi, is the glass version more resistant to scratch than the mica aluminium version? What color is the palm and keyboard area of the glass version? Is the alunimium mica version easy to clean the finger and palm prints? How the glass, mica and iron gray ranked in terms of how easy the scratches are seen? How much heavier is the glass version? Thanks

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I'm recently facing an issue when I'm closing the lid of the laptop - there is some noise coming from the hinge. It kind of reminds the noise of a door hinge that is not greased. The problem started after 3 months of using. It is important to mention that the laptop didn't fall or did not get any physical hit.  Did someone face this issue before and has some tips? Thanks in advance. 

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Hi there, I wanted to change my T440pīs stock harddisk to SSD. When I deinstalled the old harddisk, I found it wrapped in some kind of soft aluminium foil downside at the driveīs electronic. Question: can I just throw it away, since the SSD (Kingston A400) is completely in a metal box? I think it may have something to do with static protection or EMI-protection and I am not sure if there could be undwanted effects without the foil. It seems that the bottom-cover of the thinkpad has contact to that foil when closed. On the other side it maybe could have bad effects on the SSDīs heat management...? You can exactly see what I mean here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlGdSnAJHbY or on my picture!  Thanks a lot for help!!! Milan 

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It's the newbie problem of accessing a non-static method from a static context. However, I can't seem to fix the problem. The program "should" just create a PNG and JPG file of an image I created.

Here is the code:

import java.awt.image.BufferedImage;
import java.io.*;
import java.awt.Graphics2D;
import java.awt.image.RenderedImage;
import javax.imageio.ImageIO;
import java.awt.Color;
public class WriteText_PicTest {

public RenderedImage myCreateImage()
int width = 100; int height = 100;

// Create a buffered image in which to draw
BufferedImage bufferedImage = new BufferedImage(width, height, BufferedImage.TYPE_INT_RGB);

// Create a graphics contents on the buffered image
Graphics2D g2d = bufferedImage.createGraphics();

// Draw graphics

g2d.fillRect(0, 0, width, height);
g2d.fillOval(0, 0, width, height);

// Graphics context no longer needed so dispose it
return bufferedImage;

public static void main (String args[])

// Create an image to save

RenderedImage rendImage = myCreateImage();

// Write generated image to a file

try {
// Save as PNG File
File file = new File("newimage.png");
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A:Solved: Newb Java Problem - non-static method cannot be accessed from static context

Just an FYI for anyone who might read this thread to find the answer to their own problem.

The solution was to make the method static. I could then use the first variable declaration 9see below) without any problem.

RenderedImage rendImage = myCreateImage();
Though, it still isn't clear to me why the method has to be static.

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Hi folks,

This is my first network setup and i am hoping someone can help me with some issues. The setup is as follows:

Router: Netgear DG834GT ADSL

Computer 1: (Known as Maude)

Celeron 434MHz CPU
512 Mb RAM
XP Home SP2
Wired to Router
Has USB Hard Drive that i want to use as a central data file storage space for the network.
Computer 2: (Known as Myrtle)

AMD Duron 1.29GHz CPU
512Mb RAM
XP Home SP2
Computer 3: (Known as Martha)

Celeron 1.86 GHz CPU
512 Mb RAM
Vista Home Basic
802.11g Mini Card Wireless Adapter

Computer 1 is in the living room and is used for email/browsing/word processing/IM and other relatively low demand applications and is the most likely to be switched on, hence the Networked Drive being attached to it.

Computer 2 is primarily the hub of my Recording Studio (grand name for a cobbled together hobby type affair) but is also used for email etc. It is located in an outbuilding but is no more than 7meters from the router and gets signal and link strengths that rarely dip below 50% and more likely average 65%

Computer 3 is my wifes college laptop and is only really part of the network so she can use the printer attached to computer 1 and back up her files on the networked drive.

All 3 computers communicate.

The biggest problem is the data transfer speeds between Computer 2 and Computer 1.

Computer 3 connects to both the other computers at the sort of speeds i would expect/hope (i.e.i click on a shared doc... Read more

A:Two problems. Static I.P Address not static + Incredibly slow network t/fer speeds

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Aluminium Heat Sink V Copper Heat Sinks for CUP. If you change from a Aluminium Heat Sink to a copper heat sink for yoru CPU in your tower computer (not the slimeline one) the fat boy model.  How much MORE % better does copper work better than aluminium?? 

A:Aluminium Heat Sink V Copper Heat Sinks for CUP.

A little. Copper has roughly twice the thermal conductivity of aluminum: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/thermal-conductivity-metals-d_858.html Also use a high silver content thermal compound applied very thin but fully covering the processor core In practice you will see a very small difference in the operating temperature of the computer. Unless you are running hot it is probably not worth the trouble. Aluminum is generally good enough. Airflow is also at least as important as the metal used in the heatsink. 

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Hi i've been working on removing viruses on an infected machine for a few days now, and its getting pretty frustrating! It seems like every time I remove an infection, two more pop up! I'm running this as offline as possible (i've popped in an Ethernet cord for updates on definitions just a few times) but not for very long.

I finally removed the biggest problem, windows and MSE updates blocked, but now suddenly something worse appeared, if I run any security software (MSE, Combofix, HiJackThis) it runs for a few seconds before either crashing or reporting constant "Access Denied" errors, upon restarting the program it says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

I can't find any information on this error relating to XP home, it appears to be common on windows server, being fixed by removing an IE module that is not present on a home machine. the only log file I could get to run was DDS, here it is:

DDS (Ver_10-10-10.03) - NTFSx86
Run by Betty G at 17:25:34.46 on Fri 10/15/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1278.916 [GMT -5:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:The "everlasting gobstopper" of viruses


Please do the following:

Please download MBRCheck.exe to your desktop.

Be sure to disable your security programs
Double click on the file to run it (Vista and Windows 7 users will have to confirm the UAC prompt)
A window will open on your desktop
if an unknown bootcode is found you will have further options available to you, at this time press N then press Enter twice.
If nothing unusual is found just press Enter
A .txt file named MBRCheck_mm.dd.yy_hh.mm.ss should appear on your desktop.
Please post the contents of that file.

Scan With RootKitUnHooker
Please Download Rootkit Unhooker and save it to your desktop.
Now double-click on RKUnhookerLE.exe to run it.
Click the Report tab, then click Scan.
Check (Tick) Drivers and Stealth
Uncheck the rest. then click OK
When prompted to Select Disks for Scan, make sure C:\ is checked and click OK
Wait till the scanner has finished and then click File > Save Report.
Save the report somewhere where you can find it. Click Close.
Copy the entire contents of the report and paste it in your next reply.

Note** you may get the following warning, just click OK and continue.

"Rootkit Unhooker has detected a parasite inside itself!
It is recommended to remove parasite, okay?"

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I Am Moving To Spain In The Coming Weeks And I Was Wondering If I Need Any Electricity Converters To Use My Equipment Ovef There All Information You Can Provide Will Be Greatly Accepted


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not sure where to submit my topic, but this seems to me the right place; since my problem ISN'T with connecting the computers through LAN, but more like connecting them to the electricity!

i have in my house 1 Phase, do you think it can handle 6 computers? or should i seek for another place to do the lan party? (obviously which got more than 1. probably 3)

thanks in advance,

A:LAN + electricity

it would be a smart idea. I'm supprised that your house only has 1 phase power, alot of people have 3 phase. Not to mention all the lights you might have on, t.v., etc.

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I am hoping to get an answer on this so I thought I would throw it out here. I keep my home dsl modem and router on 24 hours a day. How much money do you think I would save on my electric bill if I only keep it on for say 12 hours per day? I appreciate any positive responses.


A:Solved: Electricity

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About 6 months ago my computer recieved a HUGE PROBLEM.. We have spent tons of money on it trying to find the problem, when it turns out that we have electricity problems at our house. When we turn the washing machine or dryer we will get a small surge and the computer restarts. We have just beginning to notice that its not only the washer and dryer we have noticed that when our fridge kicks in it also restarts. We have tried moving to differant location of house, but it still happens. When it restarts it will start loading up again and when everything seems normal it keeps reseting again! We probably will get an electrician to our house. The first time it happend was when i was playing WoW. Now sometimes when I play my games and the disk reader speeds up fast it resarts aswell. I usually wait 10-20 minutes and then go back on. Please has anyone else had this problem?

A:Electricity problems

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Hi folks, I want to know what the probabilities could be for my lap top to be powered off Automatically and suddenly when I use my battery and when I'm without it

All my drivers installed everything works properly no problems with any thing

That happens only when I play Games

ATi 2G
Core i7

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In the building I have my computer the wiring is poor, for example lights dim when the dishwasher is turned on. Could electrical fluxuation be damaging to a computer? I was looking into surge protector, but a surge is when the voltage goes up, not down (as I assume it does when the lights dim).

A:Poor electricity

Yeah that happens, I wouldn't worry about it.

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ok well i am wondering if i need a water cooling system for overclocking or not?

A:water + electricity

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Do you guys know anything about how much electricity it takes to power a desktop system and a laptop system? My mother is constantly complaining about the electricity bills so I want to see whats up with it.

I even got a laptop now to save money so she would stop bitching but that isn't working.

Do computers really use that much energy?

A:Electricity and Computers

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