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Q: Mechanical Keyboards

How many of you own one? Also what are your thoughts on them? Thinking about getting one here soon.

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A: Mechanical Keyboards

Mechanical keyboard? I don't understand, because all keyboards are mechanical, in one sense or another. Please clarify/

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I recently purchased the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard and although I haven't gotten it, I imagine it will still produce some noise so I thought I would buy some O-Rings. Will these work with the Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth?
 

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I have a question, I'm building a new gaming rig and I was wondering if I should get a 500GB SSD or 2 2TB HDD's. I have almost 1TB of games loaded on my external hard drive at the moment and I'm sure that I'll end up with more. Is there a big difference in loading times between the HDD & SSD for games?

A:Mechanical or SSD

There is a difference, yes, but only in loading times, not game fluidity/FPS/whatever, and if you say you are likely going to need the additional space... you don't have a lot of choice.
A good thing to do would be to buy a smaller SSD to be your main system drive (where you install Windows 7), say a 256 or even a 160-ish one, and use the rest of the $$$ to buy normal hard drives where all games and other stuff is installed to.

So you get FAST boot times, and general good system responsiveness, and you have lots of space for your games on the other non-SSD drives.

If by "external" you mean you installed the games in a USB drive, then even an internal HDD will load games much faster than that.

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Hi,

Is there any real noticable benefit from having a SATA mechanical HDD use AHCI or IDE? Also, if there is any benefit, is it related to the rpm speed that the drive is capable of?

I keep reading conflicting reports on this, some say AHCI is best, others say there is no real difference unless the disk is an SSD.

I am about to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a laptop 5400rpm mechanical HDD so thought I may as well set the mode before proceeding with the install.


Rgds
Auld Bint

A:AHCI or IDE For Mechanical HDD ?

I never noticed any performance difference between the two modes myself. The 2 main advantages of AHCI over IDE though are hot swap and NCQ (if the drive supports NCQ).

Hot swap means you can replace the drive or unplug the device from the computer without rebooting. NCQ (Native Command Queuing) allows drives to accept more than one command at a time and dynamically reorder them for maximum read write efficiency. But NCQ is only a benefit if you are running very intensive disk operations which may not be the case for the average home user.

Practically speaking, use AHCI if your hardware supports it, as it can only enable features of your drive to be accessed. It should be the same or faster than IDE, unless you have a very bad sata controller chipset or something. Also I think some of the first SATA drives supporting some features like NCQ actually did better with them disabled, but I think that is no longer the case.

Yoy can also go through this thread.

Change IDE to AHCI in BIOS - Much better performance

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Have a computer win2000 gigabyte GA5AA board that will only work with a mechanical PS2 mouse, not an optical. An exact same sytem does work w optical mouse. Tried 3 different opticals including the one sucessfully used on other system.
 

A:mechanical mouse only

Hi, Seems like you have run into one of the many glitches we all face sooner or later with these "toys"-
Was there any hardware detection when you started up with the reluctant optical mouse? On the install disk that came with same- is there a file that starts an install for drivers?
I use a really bottom line Labtec optical, $10, and though it came with a disk, when I started up first time with it, no detection, still running as the same PS/2 type, thats all the Device Manager shows, no drivers loaded from the disk for it. Works just fine.
Can't say exactly, but one thing that might help is for you to boot into Safe Mode, Device Manager, remove all entries for mice and reboot, with the optical plugged in. I've had to do this with keyboards that would not be detected, when one is appearing (or when one is as normal, in use..) and it can be tricky to get some new devices to install correctly....cancel the New Hardware detection routine and try installing with Add/Remove Hardware wizard....you may run into a standoff, though, as you may not have mouse function until done,,,,you may be able to subsititute the keyboard to OK, Enter, change settings. Also, if you have a USB mouse, this should work through the install of the optical mouse, then you can remove the USB entry later. Hope this helps.
 

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Using Intel's Smart Response Technology a small SSD can be used as a caching system with a larger hard drive.

Would it be worth it to buy the

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 for $165
Seagate Barracuda 1TB hard drive for $140
Corsair Nova 2 Series 60GB SSD for $95
or would the money be better spent on upgrading the CPU?
 

A:Combination of mechanical HD and SSD

What's your system specs? And what do you use the computer for?
 

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Unusual request perhaps, but I'm getting an ex-corporate HP 8470p Notebook PC with 256GB SSD installed.

I don't yet fully understand SSD technology - thankfully, there's a whole lot of reading in this forum I can do on the subject to remedy that.

In the interim, I would like to replace the SSD with a (higher capacity) good old fashioned mechanical HDD so I can get the 8470p up and running asap.

Is it just a matter of swapping out the SSD for a Sata HDD in the same drive bay and re-booting, or are there other configuration changes I will need to make as well?

Thanks.

A:How do I downgrade from SSD to mechanical HDD

There's not much you need to understand about SSD technology. Windows is installed in the same way as on an HDD. The differences are largely transparent to the user. I assume your only reason for going with HDD is more capacity.

Do you want to do a clean install of Windows to the HDD or do you want to transfer the SSD installation to the HDD? Or does the HDD already have a Windows installation on it and you just want to install that drive into the HP notebook and use the HDD Windows installation?

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I have been looking for a good keyboard for my new build. I am looking for a keyboard with mechanical keys, either cherry mx reds or cherry mx blues, I like the sound of the blues better and I am not bothered by it being noisy but I don't know how it feels, can anyone who owns either blues or reds tell me the difference and how they feel?
I have a budget of no more than 100 (tiny I know) I plan on buying it in the future. I have been looking at the corsair k60, but are there any others? I don't mind if it has LEDs in the keys, it would be a nice feature but not a deal breaker.
Thanks!
 

A:What Mechanical Keyboard?

The CM Quickfire TK is nice, but it has MX Browns. The Corsair K65 is the updated fully mechanical version of the K60. There are also other options like the Logitech G710+ and the Razer Black Widow.
 

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Can you even get a good one for under 50$? I haven't used ones since the junior high but a lot of people have told me they work a way better. I do a lot of typing for work and I also game. My current keyboard is winding down.
 

A:Good mechanical keyboard for under $50?

"Good" and "cheap" don't typically go together very often. There are certainly a lot of good lower end choices in the keyboard market, but a quality mechanical keyboard from Corsair for instance is around $100. The cheaper you go, the poorer the quality will be. If you don't mind buying a used one, you might check eBay and could probably nab a K70 - for around your price range. I use a Corsair red LED backlight K70 (w/cherry red switches) and its the best keyboard I've ever used. Love it!!! Once you try mechanical, you'll never go back.
 

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Hi there... Please Help!

We have 4 rigs at our business and the first 3 build went fine. The 4th is having issues with constant restarts when trying to load Windows 10 and sometimes it will load into Windows and then not more than a minute or so it will restart.

My Specs:

Motherboard #1 we tried: Asrock Z370 Killer SLI/AC
Motherboard #2 we tried: MSI Z370 - currently installed
CPU: Intel I5 coffeelake 8400K

Hardrives we've tried:

SSD - 512 GB Crucial (Problems with Restarting)
512 GB Sandisk (Problems with Restarting)
Mechanical HDD CGate 2 Tb (Works fine)
Power Supply: EVGA super nova 750B
Memory: 8 GB Gskill Rip Jaw x2 total 16GB

No GPU video card

CD Rom
Operating System Windows 10 Home (USB and DVD both tried)

Can not get into windows without the computer restarting.
No blue screen of death.
Does fully load with mechanical drive and is stable.
-3 other rigs in house that are used for business and every component has been used to rule out the issues (power supply, memory, etc)

It will go into BIOS just fine. The restarts only take place when it leaves BIOS and tries to run windows. A couple times we have gotten into windows for about a minute then it restarts.

Is this a voltage issue? Do SSD's require a different voltage than mechanical drives?

UGH, HELP!
 

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Since the SSD boys and girls have a "Show us your SSD Performance" thread, I thought I'd start one for us mechanical HDD owners.

Simply DL, install, and run HD Tune and post screenshots of results here in this thread. Please also tell us the Make and Model of your HDD(s) and any other specs you wish to.

I will start it off with my two HDD's:

My main HDD is a WD Caviar Black 640GB, 7200RPM, 32MB cache, SATA 2 unit


My backup HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 500GB, 7200RPM, 32MB cache, SATA 2 unit

A:Show us your Mechanical HDD performance...

Here is a WD 640 Caviar boot drive and a WD 1.5 TB Green backup drive:

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Does anyone know where I can get a one-handed mechanical keyboard that's either wireless or has a removable cable?
 

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My HP 720C Deskjet has a new trick. When it has finished printing a page there is a loud CLACK and it pitches the paper out onto the floor! Is it time to go printer shopping??

Don
 

A:HP DeskJet Mechanical Problem?

Don't give up on your printer yet! I had a similair problem with my 855c at one time...only it didn't even pick up paper. It was cycling for a extended period of time, and then would make this horrid awful 'clunk' sound when it got the end. Fixed it myself by going to HP and searching... http://www.hp.com/cposupport/prodhome/dj720c.html
Good luck
JustMe2
 

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Greetings.

I need software that allows random parallel lines to be made equidistant from one another for a Logo project. Also, arcs but not necessarily circles.

I tried Word 2007 but there are not enough reference lines to ascertain whether everything is parallel, equidistant, etc.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
 

A:Solved: mechanical drawing

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Hey there everyone, I am looking to buy a nice mechanical keyboard to use for gaming and such. The problem is, is that I am lost on what I should get and what switches are best for me. Currently I have a wireless logitec keyboard and I am sick of it, it misses a bunch of keystrokes, it has a very squishy feel the the keypresses, and it runs on triple A batteries which is quite a hassle.

I am unable to experience or feel all the different switch types for preference, but I can only imagine how they would feel, for example blue is like a mouseclick, brown is like a mouseclick except you can press it further than it has too, and black and red are smooth key hits except black takes more force if I am correct.

I feel as if I would prefer blue or brown the most because of the easy feedback it gives and it would be probably easier for me to break into.

I also know that ps/2 wire is the best for key rollovers rather than usb and my computer does support ps/2. I am looking for a nice keyboard between 80-110 dollars that suites its purpose, is durable, and a little eye candy wouldn't hurt either.

I am eyeing this one right now, what do you people think of it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129021
 

A:Mechanical keyboard reccomendation

Here are some options:

Steelseries 6GV2
Coolermaster Quickfire XT
Razer Black Widow 2013
Logitech G710+
Corsair Raptor K50
There are plenty more options, but these are the best.
 

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I'm somewhat electrosensitive (mostly to high power laptops & videos.
Currently I use PS/2 wired mouse.
It's burning my palm & arm (since the mouse cable acts as antenna)
Ditto w/other PS/2 mice in my house.

I was told that at least one electrosensitive gal had her arm-burning resolved by using a wireless mouse.
Thing is, electrosensitives are ALSO zapped by optical mice.
(I know that many eSensitives suggest avoiding wireless mice, but my personal experience is otherwise.

So.. which mouse to get? (based on the above..

I browsed electrosensitivity.org but I couldn't make out from his pic whether he uses a wireless mouse, nor whether his mouse is optical. He suggests using a USB-mouse, but I was told that electronically speaking, PS/2 & USB can both have the potential to act as antenna's of ambient EMFs.

Thus, since PS/2 mice zap me, USB ones would as well.
 

A:Any mechanical wireless mice available anywhere?

It is not possible to be "zapped" by a mouse.

You should consult a doctor. The PC is not the problem. There is no such thing as a "high power" video, and laptops can never be considered to be "high powered" under any circumstances.
 

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Well then, back again...

I have a Seagate Barracuda 500 gig as a second harddrive in my computer (XP) which is partitioned into two parts. Accessing the first partition is no sweat, but accessing the second partition with explorer, windows commander or whatever you can think of only results in the whole computer freezing up, pretty much forcing me to reboot.

I tried to run a scandisk as well and it runs fine until it reaches Phase 4 where it just refuses to read/go on further. Should perhaps add that it doesn't freeze in the very beginning of phase 4 but a bit in it.

Would this be a sign of a mechanical failure by any chance? And if so I can safely assume that the disk is bust, right?
 

A:Possible mechanical harddrive failure?

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As the title indicates, I would like to remove the included (and very slow) Western Digital Blue Hard Drive WD10JPVX (1GB) and replace it with a (much faster and smaller sized) solid-state drive (SSD). I have looked through almost all the messages in this community to find hints or instructions on how to open the all-in-one Acer Aspire Z1-622. Unfortunately, it appears those information are either classified or well kept secrets by Acer! Could someone guide me into opening an Acer Aspire Z1-622, please. Although images/pictures would be appreciated, a comprehensive description of the required steps would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, rOb

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Hi Everyone,

I am running a Windows 7 desktop computer and I would like to replace the standard (mechanical) hard drive with a Solid State Drive. I am not interested in reinstalling Windows, Drivers, Software & data - instead I want to "clone" my existing drive.

I do have a little experience in this area when using standard drives. Previously I have used the xxclone program, however it can't copy certain low level hard drive identifiers and I have experienced problems with Windows Updates after swapping drives (usually these come in the form of an update asking for a non-existent "Microsoft Installer" (.msi) file).

I have heard that a Norton Ghost disk can be used to clone hard drives. If so are there any known issues, such as problems with Windows Updates, that are known to be a challenge?

Any advice on best practises and / or techniques for drive cloning (particularly when going from mechanical to Solid State) will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

A:Best way to clone a standard (mechanical) drive to an SSD

Most ssd drives i have seen come with a utility to migrate your old drive to the new one.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I am running a Windows 7 desktop computer and I would like to replace the standard (mechanical) hard drive with a Solid State Drive. I am not interested in reinstalling Windows, Drivers, Software & data - instead I want to "clone" my existing drive.

I do have a little experience in this area when using standard drives. Previously I have used the xxclone program, however it can't copy certain low level hard drive identifiers and I have experienced problems with Windows Updates after swapping drives (usually these come in the form of an update asking for a non-existent "Microsoft Installer" (.msi) file).

I have heard that a Norton Ghost disk can be used to clone hard drives. If so are there any known issues, such as problems with Windows Updates, that are known to be a challenge?

Any advice on best practises and / or techniques for drive cloning (particularly when going from mechanical to Solid State) will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

A:Best way to clone a standard (mechanical) drive to an SSD

This does it
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Note the Paragon migration tool for $20 if you want things very simple.

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I would like it if someone could tell me why I can't change my BIOS to AHCI and plug in my SSD and install 7. Then change the sata cable back to my mechanical drive and change the BIOS back to IDE.

After I do that the system doesn't like to boot to the mechanical drive once I do this. I believe that it has something to do with changing the ID of the HD. At times looking in the BIOS there is NO HD shown then on repeated attempts it eventually locates the mechanical drive and it works again. I was trying to avoid hosing the system I have and working on the SSD install a little at a time.

I also considered installing an image of my 7 system onto the SSD with AHCI enabled, but apparently this won't work either.

Thank you all,

J T

A:Install 7 on my SSD and then change back to my mechanical HDD??

So leave it at IDE then.

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I just moved my Windows 7 partition to an SSD. While everything loads much faster, I still hear the mechanical drive being accessed on the boot logo screen and for a few seconds after the desktop appears. I have the page file, temp folder, and other system stuff all on the SSD. The only thing I think it should access on a mechanical partition is the wallpaper, but that's 2 MB max. Is there a way to have Windows log all of the files that are being accessed during boot?

A:With new SSD, Windows still loading something from mechanical drive

It may still be looking there for some drivers and programs as well.
It's more than likely still using the bootmgr on the mechanical too.

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Attention Moderator: I just realized I post in the incorrect forum. Will you kindly move this to the T6-... forum?
 
I've generally found the Lenovo tools relatively useless. So here's a few questions:
 
1. Recommendation for a though machine analyzer with reasonably accurate/useful diagnostic suggestions?
2. If it's the drive, will a current 256GB SSD plug and play in the same location as the current drive?
2a. Given age of the T61 would there be a system board or memory generation conflict with an SSD?
2b. The T61's updater crapped out some time back...something like no longer supported. How would I go about determining if I needed to upgrade the BIOS for the SSD and then do so absent the updater?
2c. Even if the problem was the fan and not the drive, I would likely install the SSD so 2, 2a, 2b would still apply.
3. If it's the fan, is the ease of replacement similar to that of the drive?
 
Mark
 
Moderator note:  post moved.

A:Self diagnose T61 noise: fan or mechanical drive?

The SSD should work fine.
 
Crystal Disk  info will itell you if the disk is failing. 
 
The fan is not too hard on that model but harder than the drive.

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Hi can i upgrade my laptop 15-d009tx from mechanical hardrive to ssd.?

A:15-d009tx mechanical drive upgrade to ssd

Yes you can replace the 2.5 inch drive with a 2.5 inch SATA SSD. On your model it is not the easiest procedure, however. See p. 81 of the Manual here: Manual It takes removal of the top cover which involves quite a few screws and separation of plastic that sometimes does not want to separate easily.  Then we need to discuss how you will get software installed on the SSD. If you have made a recovery disk it will be much easier and you can likely still do that before doing the hardware swap.  Post back with any more questions.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Hi all,

I've noticed that when installing Windows 10 on a mechanical HDD the disk usage in Task Manager almost always appears to be at 100%.

However, when installing Windows 10 to a SSD it appears to be absolutely fine, disk usage is under 20%.

I understand that SSDs are a lot faster as they are flash memory but should HDD's really be at 100% disk usage?

Hopefully someone can answer this, it's been doing my head in for days!
 

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My workflow is normally Solidworks, ANSYS, Matlab, and some other engineering software. I prioritized single core processing effeciency, and the GPU, so I ordered the following:2.8 GHz Intel Core Xeon E-2276M Six-Core64GB DDR4 | 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD15.6" HDR 400 FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS ScreenNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q (16GB)So, a few questions: i.) It was hard for me to say no the the 8-core i9 as a gear nerd, I know the benefits of more cores. Would be interested in hearing feedback on if any performance differences between my setup and the i9 would even be noticable other than on a benchmark test? ii.) I wanted the 16GB VRAM in the GPU, so that was a factor in why I went with the GTX 5000. I am a bit ignorant to how hungry software are on resources, and where we are in technology today if 16GB VRAM is even utilized and beneficial? Are we a bit ahead of time with this one or is it worth having? Would my engineering software benefit from and utilize the additional VRAM? I know work load of course is a factor but please answer as best as you can. iii.) I was worried about the thermals with the i9 and even having a RTX 4000 paired with it. As we know the RTX 5000 is not offered with the i9. Am I ignorant in saying the setup I went with will have lower thermals and a more reliable and consistent performnce curve than any of the i9 iterations? iv.) Overall thoughts on my setup with my given workflow compared to a a different spec'd P53? Would you have... Read more

A:Just purchased a P53, have a few questions (Mechanical Engineer)

Fellow ME here. I work in the AEC industry and my work loads benefit the most from a few fast CPU cores. Autocad, for example, was optimal on up to 8 cores, and the user consensus was that you could get by with a decent gaming GPU (as opposed to an expensive workstation version). As I remember (and I haven't touched ANSYS and Matlab in more than 10 years), what you're using is very heavily bound by the CPU. Puget Systems has some Solidworks benchmarks that may highlight this. I got the Core i7 9850H with the Quadro T2000 and 32 GB RAM (16 GB from the factory, bought a matching stick and installed it myself afterwards) and two NVME SSDs (but my projects are on an external HDD, so these don't help as much). I'm satisfied with my decision. Back in August, when I ordered the laptop, there weren't any options for custom configurations. I would have liked the Xeon paired with the T2000, but it doesn't seem like this is an option even now. The 8 core i9 seemed very appealing, but I had to remind myself time and again that:- Turbo is no substitute for base clock, as much as the marketing hype says otherwise- I don't need as many cores (I upgraded from a 2c/4t Core i7 with a 2.8 GHz base clock and a 3.2 GHz turbo, and the actual speed in single threaded loads is not that different)- The price was better (paid for it myself), and the difference went into accessories (dock, cooling pad, RAM, additional USB hub, new carrying case). I'm not sure how much of a benefit the RTX5000... Read more

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My workflow is normally Solidworks, ANSYS, Matlab, and some other engineering software. I prioritized single core processing effeciency, and the GPU, so I ordered the following:2.8 GHz Intel Core Xeon E-2276M Six-Core64GB DDR4 | 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD15.6" HDR 400 FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS ScreenNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q (16GB)So, a few questions: i.) It was hard for me to say no the the 8-core i9 as a gear nerd, I know the benefits of more cores. Would be interested in hearing feedback on if any performance differences between my setup and the i9 would even be noticable other than on a benchmark test? ii.) I wanted the 16GB VRAM in the GPU, so that was a factor in why I went with the GTX 5000. I am a bit ignorant to how hungry software are on resources, and where we are in technology today if 16GB VRAM is even utilized and beneficial? Are we a bit ahead of time with this one or is it worth having? Would my engineering software benefit from and utilize the additional VRAM? I know work load of course is a factor but please answer as best as you can. iii.) I was worried about the thermals with the i9 and even having a RTX 4000 paired with it. As we know the RTX 5000 is not offered with the i9. Am I ignorant in saying the setup I went with will have lower thermals and a more reliable and consistent performnce curve than any of the i9 iterations? iv.) Overall thoughts on my setup with my given workflow compared to a a different spec'd P53? Would you have... Read more

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I have had this printer two years,used it once,it has a fatal error report which I think I have traced to the ink carrier not moving properley on the drive belt.At the back of the ink carrier there is a groove I assume for the belt,but the belt is not located in it,but outside of it.i.e,it is running verticaly not horizontally.Would anyone know if I am correct in my thoughts,and how to relocate the belt and any set up that is necessary?
 

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My gigabyte G1 assassin motherboard can't detect my 3 mechanical hard drives it only see my 2 ssd drives.

My PC: Gigabyte G1 Assassin Motherboard.
Windows 8.1
24 Ram of memory
2 Video cards in crossfire (amd 6970)
2 SSD Drives
3 mechanical drives(Cant Find)
I have tried everything to my knowledge but nothing is working.

I tried disk management
I tried disk manager
I tried installing them in different ports
I tried by going to the bios section
But even bios don't see those 3 mechanical hard drives.

They used to work before I decided to take the computer apart for cleaning.

Thank You!
 

A:No mechanical hard drive detected, only the ssd are.

Assuming you've checked all the relevant cables are connected properly make sure all the SATA controllers are turned on in the Bios.
 

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Greetings. I typically use and love Microsoft's ergonomic keyboard. However I am pretty hard on my keys playing Star Wars, EQ2 and other games (alt+1, alt+2, ect). I love the feel of mechanical keyboards, love the springy-ness! I also really REALLY love the bent/split ergonomic design that Microsoft came out with. I can type soo much faster on it.

I have searched High n Low and I cant seem to find an ergonomic 'mechanical' keyboard.

So, is there such a keyboard on the market and where can I possibly purchase it?
 

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My Sony Alpha 200 dslr started malfunctioning a while ago, and i can't remember it coming under any harm that would have caused it (though i won't pretend it's been on a velvet cushion all its life)

When i turn on the camera it kind of vibrates.
this happens both with lens on, and lens off. and changing the lens didn't change anything.
and when i take a photo it actually takes it lower than is expressed in the viewfinder:

the image taken starts at the top of those two horizontal lines near the top, and extends lower than you can see in the viewfinder the same amount.

apart from this, the photos are perfectly fine.

very occasionally, i will turn the camera on and it won't vibrate, and take the photo according to the viewfinder.
but then the next time it will be back to vibrating!

please help, i want to avoid having to spend lots of money or buy a new camera, and i've gone far too long having peoples heads cut off when other people use my camera!

Thanks
 

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This sound occurs whenever theres any audio output , stops when I plug in headphones though.

https://youtu.be/RHjjoaPw9kQ

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It appears that my HP Laserjet IIIp has a mechanical problem. When I attempt to print, just as the paper starts to feed, it spews toner, the "paper jam" error message appears, and it stops. No amount of hitting the reset button, adjusting the paper, etc., helps. It would appear that something is wrong with the feed mechanism (rollers and such).

My questions are; is this probem fixable? If so, how? It may be a 15 year old machine but until now, it's been very reliable. It fits right in with the rest of my antiquated computer equipment. I may have to upgrade everything if I replace it.

CPD:
 

A:HP Laserjet IIIp Mechanical Problem

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I have the paid version of it and it acts like it knows what it's doing but what really worries me is after I tried using the Program Accelerator I had to cancel it mid-way because my hard-drive was getting near full. To be clear I plan on getting a new 1TB external soon so I can open some space on my internal. Anyways it went from 50gbs left to 40gbs during this run of PA and I had to cancel it as it wasn't even 1/4 done and already took up 10gbs of space. After that I wanted to see if it really was eating up the space or not and restarted my computer. After doing so my computer got to the Alien logo but then started to scan and repair the C: drive. And now it seems like my computer is running a tiny bit slower and I have 42gbs left.

I really don't know what to think of this and I have read some of peoples' statements claiming SMP is a scam or it can really mess up your registry or the likes. Anyone who could help me on this would be nice.

-On a side note I have been using Advanced System Care and that seemed like it was keeping my computer running just fine and never had an issue with theirs though I was only using the free version. (And yes I know about the claims that IObit stole the database info from malwarebytes). I also have Vipre but don't know how well that does in all honesty.

-I have heard CCleaner and Malwarebytes are really good programs to keep your computer safe and clean is that true? I have also heard of Avast but I really don... Read more

A:Solved: System Mechanical Professional

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Does anyone know of a free program for Drafting or Mechanical Drawing?

Nothing big & flashy, just simple to design shelves and entertainment centers on computer.
Thank you.

A:free program for Drafting or Mechanical Drawing?

I use SketchUp Make, it?s the FREE version of SketchUp PRO.
I?m not running WIN8 but I think it will run on 8.

Its a 3-D program but very easy to use.. lots of great videos on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet

Links below for software & great info site with good forum
SketchUp Make | SketchUp

SketchUcation

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Okay then,
This is super serious, my printer is fine, but something fell into the paper hole and seems to have slid under something that I can't reach it, so, if any of you know how to take it apart or get it out, PLEASE TELL ME AGH!!!
 

A:Epson Stylus CX4600 Mechanical Help!! URGENT!!!

http://www.inkjetprinterhelp.us/440.html

This site seems to have some interesting information about disassembling Epson printers
 

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Windows 10 really likes to start up my storage drives. I have them set to sleep after one minute in the balanced power profile but not long after they spin down something else causes them to start up again.

They will eventually turn off but spin up again at a later time for no reason.
I see that there is no data being written to them in task manager.

A:What keeps waking my sleeping mechanical storage drives?

Windows itself will wake the drives periodically for maintenance and such, if they are on USB then the drive itself may be just coming in and out of sleep mode.

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As the title indicates I have this question Solid State and Mechanical HDs whats the diff?THX

A:Solid State and Mechanical HDs whats the diff?

Solid state: no moving parts, much much much faster, lower capacity, very expensive per GB, no sound; similar to RAM.

Mechanical: Spinning discs, cheap, generate heat and noise; available in larger capacities.

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OK... here's the situation: Like many of us, my old Q9550 is starting to show its age. I'd love to build a new 6 or 8 (soon)core system with all the goodies, but frankly with this economy, I just cant pull the trigger! I defrag regularly, perform system maintenence on a regular basis, keep tabs on what apps and services are in startup, and I delete apps I no longer use. However, as a teacher and consultant I need to install, use, and test many apps... sometimes using my "production" system, sometimes using a VM. The problem is that my machine is getting slower... its in need of some new life! I have 4GB of RAM and my MB will take up to 16GB, but 4GB DDR2 sticks are difficult to find and I will spend about the same on an SSD. I know what huge performance advantages can be realized by an SSD, and it looks to be "the best bang for the buck" upgrade.

I've read through whs's tutorial on SSD Install and OS transfer, SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System it sure looks like the easy way out is by using Paragons Migrate OS to SSD software, and that's what I'm probably going to do. More info on Paragons Software here: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/ It appears that the Paragon SW will let me pick and choose what I want to transfer from my existing 640GB SATA boot drive to a smaller 256GB SSD.

My thinking ie that I will use this sw, and transfer only the OS, excluding the user folders, and app data, etc. This ... Read more

A:Best strategy for migration from existing boot mechanical HDD to SSD??

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht


Like many of us, my old Q9550 is starting to show its age. I'd love to build a new 6 or 8 (soon)core system with all the goodies, but frankly with this economy, I just cant pull the trigger!


I've got the same CPU in my rig and it still flat out flies. But I "ONLY" install what I need. Everything else goes into a VM. Keep it clean up front and they keep right on flying.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht


I know what huge performance advantages can be realized by an SSD, and it looks to be "the best bang for the buck" upgrade.


I would agree.

My suggestion is a clean install, no sense in bringing over a bunch of old crap as far as I am concerned. When I replaced my HDD with an SSD in my desktop, I started over. When I replaced my work laptops HDD for an SSD, I started over. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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No data is lost. Basically need someway of knowing what was lost after its gone forever. Various virus scanners only list filenames and the directory. I need someway of knowing the file sizes, file extensions, date created/last accessed/modified. I only need this information listed in a .txt file; something I could burn to cd, then come back to later. If I need it.


I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

A:[SOLVED] Mechanical HDD Failure Intimate - Need Help w/Backing up

Hi Disconnecting and welcome to TSF !

You can use the dir command at a command prompt. Type dir /? to get a lit of the available switches. End the command with > x:\files.txt to write the output to a file named files.txt on the x drive. If your drive is failing make sure you write the list on another physical drive (an usb thumb drive for instance, depending on how many files you have the resulting lists should be smaller than 100MB)

Basically :
start => run => cmd
cd\
dir /S > x:\files.txt
=> basic list with names, paths, sizes and creation dates

If you want the last accessed and last writen dates then type
dir /S /TA > x:\filesaccessed.txt
dir /S /TW > x:\fileswriten.txt

The hidden files won't show by default, you'll need to make separate lists for them :
dir /S /AH > x:\hidden.txt
dir /S /AH /TA > x:\hiddenaccessed.txt
dir /S /AH /TW > x:\hiddenwritten.txt

I'd get some external drive asap to dump the whole content of the drive and salvage all you can.

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Hi everyone - I was wondering what the process looked like for recovering files from a failed HDD, that of which was a mechanical failure. I cannot seem to find anything on Google about this.

This is just plain curiosity! Wanted to know what the process looked like.
 

A:Process for recovering files from HDD w/ mechanical failure

The process for File recovery on a mechanically failed hard drive is locating a file recovery service that specializes in such a task. The price can be anywhere between several hundred dollars and several thousand dollars. This is not a task that you can accomplish at home sucessfully unless you have the proper equipment (again costing seral thousand dollars) required for this purpose.
 

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Hi Everyone,

In the past I have created a variety of RAID arrays using mechanical drives. As a general rule of thumb I found the data throughput with RAID 0 to be an 80 - 90% speed increase when compared to one drive acting alone.

I am now considering setting up a RAID 0 array using SSDs, more specifically I am looking at purchasing 2 x Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD.

What kind of performance increase can I expect from RAID 0 (of the BIOS variety) when compared to a single SSD? Is it better to pay more for a higher performance SSD and forget about RAID 0? Finally how does RAID 0 affect the life span of an SSD.

Any input here will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

A:Mechanical drives vs SSDs in RAID 0 configuration

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hi,

i bought a desktop PC in fine working order. it's a compaq pentium II (originally built in late '98) with a cd-r, cd-rw and floppy disk drives (the cd-rw was installed at a later date by someone...). nothing fancy, but it worked fine when i linked all the wires up only a week ago.

now, the actual main unit won't start. it looks almost as if there is some kind of safety cut-out happening. when i switch on the power, the two display lights at the front blink, but nothing else happens - the fan doesn't start, you can't open the CD drives etc. etc. power must be getting to it, but it is stopping itself from turning on for some reason. you can hear a little quiet click or sparking sound, but i can't tell where it's coming from.

i was told by the guy i bought the computer from, that this is because the safety features of the unit means the surround needs to be fixed securely into place, and a metal 'arm' inside, which you can remove and replace in order to change some kind of components, needs to be clicked solidly into place. he said either of these could have gone wrong during moving, and i could correct it.

but... after clicking the 'arm' in securely and tightening the case so it is totally flush and secure, i still have the same problem. i don't understand how it started either - just in the middle of me typing a letter. i can believe that i maybe gave the CPU a slight knock or something like that, but why woul... Read more

A:Possibly mechanical question re: compaq CPU not-starting

Do you know the exact model? That can be very helpful, specially with people who have plenty of experience with Compaq desktops.

Have you seen unusual wires coming in/out from the power supply? I mean, wires that are uncommon to see in other desktop computers. Those can give you a clue abour their "safety" usage.

Have you tried to use a "normal" power supply instead of the original one? You should consider doing it. And, if that does not solve your problem, as a temporary solution you can even try to consider changing the whole system to a generic case. That will give you the opportunity of checking all the connections with ease.

Good luck,

-- J.M.
 

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Since a couple of days, the power switch does not operate anymore correctly. Pressing the power switch does no more respond with a defined "click" as the volume keys do. Instead there is no mechanical response and the laptop does not power on. When I squeeze the screen and the back with two fingers right in the region of the power switch, then I can operate the power switch and the laptop turns on. In this case I can also feel again the click. But without squeezing the screen and the bck where the switch is located, no mechanical feedback of the switch and no power on. Shall I send the device to a repair center? Thanks fo any advice.

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Hi, My x1 yoga was good except that the screen was flashing when dimming the screen. I sent to repair twice and the screen was finally fixed. They changed the motherboard and the screen. However now the laptop has two problems: 1. When I am closing the lid, there is a sound which sounds like mechanical cracking. 2. When the laptop is turned off and when the power adapter is plugged in, there is a significant noise (probabily the coil whine). You can hear it even in the recording that I took for the cracking sound! And I was just using my mobile phone without any other stuffs... But when I ship it to Lenovo's repairing depot and they just post "No fault found"... Is that what should I expect from such an expensive laptop? What's your suggestion?

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