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Solved: How To Disassemble an Asus X550, X552, X553, X751 Series Laptop and Replace the Hard Drive

This Asus X series laptops are very interesting because they use new Intel Pentium Bay Trail N2830 N2930 and N3530 CPU’s that use about 4 watts of power.  This means: they do not need active cooling (i.e. no CPU fan) which means they have no moving parts, which means they can be sealed like a […]


SOLVED: The (Nearly) Complete List of Boot Key Strokes, ASUS, Dell, Intel, Gigabyte, Microsoft and More

This page details the keys needed to boot a PC into various modes (like the BIOS and PXE Network) from various manufacturers. If you are stuck and you can try the common keystrokes during a POST and before the Operating System loads: ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F12 and Delete key.  Also, remember if you are […]


SOLVED: How To Reset a Password in Windows 10 Without Using a Reset Disk

If you forget your password on a Windows 10 PC and you cannot reset it using Microsoft’s typical processes, you can use this moderately straightforward routine. The idea is to replace the EASE OF ACCESS program (designed to help handicapped people) with the CMD.EXE and then use that to create a new account. The details […]


SOLVED: Where is Windows Hello Facial Recognition in Windows 10?

If you have recently purchased a laptop and heard about Windows 10’s new facial recognition software called Windows Hello, you are likely going to be disappointed.  Windows Hello is a FANTASTIC feature and from my brief testing on a Microsoft Surfacebook, it works quite well.  Unfortunately, it requires one of the new, and currently quite […]


Microsoft Surfacebook Quick Review with Pictures

I received my first Microsoft Surfacebook shipment today and found a number of interesting items: It was faster than I expected, I expected it to be fast.  I sourced the Intel I5 with 240GB SSD version. The stylus / pen has pressure sensitive output in most software.  In apps like FreshPaint this is useful. The backlit keyboard is makes […]


SOLVED: How to Change the Hard Drive for an SSD on a Lenovo Flex 3

Most Lenovo Flex 3’s ship with a spinning disk which operates at an embarrassing 5400RPM.  Two words: scrap it!  Go spend $75 and buy an SSD.  The process to swap out the hard drive is simple: Unplug the unit from the AC power and all other devices (i.e. USB mouse…) Turn the unit over and […]


SOLVED: Lenovo Flex 3 Flashing Power Light But Will Not Power Up

If you have a Lenovo Flex 2 or Flex 3, you may have a situation in which the unit goes to sleep but will not power back up.  Instead the power LED just keeps flashing at you. Many people believe this is related to Windows 10 but I have read several first hand accounts from […]


SOLVED: How To Get In A BIOS on an Intel Motherboard

The short answer is to power up the machine while repeatedly pressing the F10 key.  Below is a table of boot / function key options on Intel Motherboards.   Function key or Control key Purpose F2 Accesses the BIOS Setup program. F7 Initiates a BIOS update process where the update files are stored on a USB […]


SOLVED: Demystifying Intel’s 2015 2016 Processors – What Is the Difference Between an Atom, Celeron, Pentium and Core i Series CPU’s

Over the years Intel has released a number of variations on their CPU’s and started some lines that have since faded out (does anyone remember the Core 2, Pentium Pro or DX Math coprocessor).  So there is no mystery why many people find Intel’s current lines mysterious.  They just don’t know if an Atom is […]


SOLVED: My Dell Laptop Does Not Charge USB Devices When it Goes to Sleep

If you have a Dell laptop, like my Inspiron 17 5000 series, you may find that USB connected devices, like your cell phone, do not change after the machine has been put into SLEEP mode. I looked through the BIOS, checked DEVICE MANAGER > USB, POWER OPTIONS and more but could not find a resolution. […]


SOLVED: What is Voice over LTE (VoLTE), LTE, LTE-A and Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Voice over LTE (or VoLTE), much like Voice Over IP (or VoIP) is a new standard for mobile devices (like your cell phone) that will drive the cost of voice calls down to near zero.  To understand the technology, you need to understand that LTE is a data only network.  From 1980’s until 2015, if […]


Does Social Media Advertising Payback in 2015 or 2016?

I have argued for many years that Social Media is an important communication channel that businesses and politicians should NOT get too excited about.  Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest… authors are nearly always connected to others on these sites in one of two ways: Most often, people are connected to those they know and genuinely like which often means […]