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Good mechanical keyboard for under $50?

Question: Good mechanical keyboard for under $50?

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.

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Answer: 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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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!
 

Answer: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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Hi all...got my boy a pc.specialist goliath pc last Xmas and a neminis mechanical keyboard...and now the only way the keyboard will work is if he puts on the onscreen keyboard we have unistalled reinstalled updated drivers and so on...if we plug the keyboard into his laptop it works fine...running on windows 10....any help

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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
 

Answer: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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Wife got me a Razer Death Adder Elite mouse for Christmas to replace my 6yr old 2 button Gateway mouse. Looking at new mechanical keyboards now as my HP keyboard is super old and misfiring occasionally. Thinking about one of the two below and looking for input, good or bad. Thanks!

Razer Black Widow Chroma on sale 114.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/razer-black ... Id=8501005

Or

Corsair Gaming Strafe Silent RGB on sale 132.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/corsair-str ... Id=4370907

 

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The second MAX Keyboard went out on me today... (Just the key backlighting, same as last time)

So I'm on the market again. Any good red backlit mechanical keyboards?

Answer:Recommend me a red backlit mechanical keyboard

I use a Ducky Shine
You can get it with various LED colours and switches

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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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Hi all ,

I have been thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard, but the one I want to buy has no numpad. I have a G600 mouse from logitech and I have bound my numpad numbers 1-9 to the buttons on that mouse, which I could do by turning on the numlock (they are entered as num-1, num-2 ect.). Since the keyboard I want to purchase does not have such numpad-numbers, can I still bind these numbers? Can I "access" these numbers without actually having a keyboard for it? I am asking just in case I want to re-bind them or for the case I have to re-install the binding-program. Also: will the numpad numbers still "exist" when I install such a keyboard without numpad?

Thanks in advance ,

Kind regards,

Mohawkje

Answer:Mechanical keyboard without numpad - is this accessable?

Darn good question. I use a mechanical keyboard w/o a numpad but never really thought about it.

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Hi there,
 
I am currently using the Filco Majestouch 2 mechanical keyboard, and they have intelligently decided to remove the Left Windows key in exchange for a Fn key (which I don't use). 
 
May I know how can I do this? I have searched high and low for solutions but to no avail.
 
The problem is that the key does not generate a scan code, otherwise I would be able to remap it using AHK. 
 
Even 3rd party solutions do not work as discussed in other forums:
http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/46667-remap-fn-key-2.html?s=72a37a50cdfd4223b2f9d0958f4415fd
http://www.randyrants.com/2006/07/sharpkeys_211/
 
would appreciate all advice to make this work! 
 
Thanks!

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I just received a new Lenovo Y900 SUS. It came with a gaming keyboard and mouse. Every single time I changes user accounts (multiple family users setup in Windows)- the keyboard stops responding. All the lights stay on but none of the keys do anything). If I unplug the keyboard and plug it back it- it starts working immediatly. (One time the keyboard has stopped when I was doing something other than changing users but EVERY time I change users it stops working). I have tried changing the various USB ports -but it happens regardless of where it is plugged in (out front of tower, out back, USB 2.0, USB 3.0). Driver is up-to-date and appears to be correct for the model (or at least- I cannot find any other driver). Any ideas what else I can try? Is it a lemon- should I request a new keyboard or is it some setting somewhere I haven't thought to try? Thank you for your help!

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OS: Windows 7
Keyboard: TT Esports Meka mechanical keyboard: TT ESPORTS MEKA G1 KB-MEG005UK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Problem: It stops working about a 30 seconds after I plug it in.

Odd things:

1. It's still recognised by windows, it shows up in my devices window

2. It works with my sisters Imac without issue

3. When I put on capslocks on my ps/2 keyboard this keyboard lights up it's capslock button (though the button itself does not appear to work)

4. The USB ports in the keyboard work (plugged my wired controller in via them and played them.)


History: Back in january I rebuilt a substantial part of my pc, new motherboard, new cpu, new graphics card. But I prepped my windows 7 installation to be moved and while it was a bit of a hassle I moved everything across successfully, though it may not have been the right way, it took a lot of back and forth but eventually everything was working again. But this keyboard that had been working without issue with the previous motherboard has not worked with the current set up. I initially put it down to a busted keyboard and put it aside and used a cheap ps/2 keyboard in its place for work.

But in recent clean up I dug it back out and decided to test it with a different machine. Asked my sister to plug it into her mac and left it there for about 10-15 minutes, it worked without issue. Plugged it back into my pc and it stopped responding in less then a minute.

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Answer:TT Esports Meka mechanical keyboard stops working after 30 seconds

Hello and welcome connla mate first up I would be making sure the board drivers for the chipset and USB were up to scratch GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1150 - GA-H87-HD3 (rev. 1.x)

I was going to say then update the driver if there was one for that keyboard but I cannot find any reference to it having a diver. So did it come with any software because I find it rather odd it did not.

Now you might try it in each USB port you have if it works in any of them then it would be a matter of tracking down the offending port but do the drivers first if you have not done so already.

Another thing you could try is a male to male USB cable from the KB to the machine a bit of a botch job but it could point to the attached cable being faulty.

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Homepage: Click
Review: Click
@PCCG: Keyboard + Wrist-Rest
That's my first mechanical Keyboard and I went for "Cherry Nature White"-Switches, which seem to suit me well.
==> Cherry MX Nature White switches take the bump out of MX browns
The Keyboard is completely software-less !

Answer:Tip: Ducky Shine 5 RGB Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Nature White

Nice.. I love mechanical keyboards. I have a Masione and it's great and the price was perfect.

I would love to get a Das Keyboard for Christmas.

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Homepage: Click
Review: Click
@PCCG: Keyboard + Wrist-Rest
That's my first mechanical Keyboard and I went for "Cherry Nature White"-Switches, which seem to suit me well.
==> Cherry MX Nature White switches take the bump out of MX browns
The Keyboard is completely software-less !

Answer:Tip: Ducky Shine 5 RGB Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Nature White

Nice.. I love mechanical keyboards. I have a Masione and it's great and the price was perfect.

I would love to get a Das Keyboard for Christmas.

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Logitech has unveiled a new high-end gaming keyboard equipped with the company's own Romer-G mechanical switches. Officially known as the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, it appears to be a direct descendant of the G910 Orion Spark...

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Answer:Logitech G announces G310 Atlas Dawn mechanical gaming keyboard with in-house Romer-G switches

Has a great design.
 

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So I tripped and accidentally spilled Diet Coke on the keyboard. Ha ha, classic, right?Anyway, I took the keys off, cleaned it off, let it dry, and put the keys back on. It worked perfectly fine for about two hours before the entire keyboard decided to bite the dust. Now, none of the keys work (I'm writing from a friend's computer) but at least the touch pad still functions. If it helps, it was also doing this strange thing where it kept thinking that there was an unidentifiable USB device plugged in, though there wasn't anything. My laptop is still under warranty till June 25, 2009, however, I called Tech Services (1-800-426-7378 was the number I found) but they were closed for the night/weekend. Preferably, I would like the keyboard to be fixed or replaced, if anyone knows what I should do about that, but in the meantime, what USB keyboards can work with the N200? It's rather important and urgent that I be able to type things up, so I need that as a quick fix. Thank you very much, -A.

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here is pic of screen at boot-up. keyboard will not work...is motherboard the problem? and could i add a usb card to get new usb's ports?? out of warranty... please advise thanks ,,..mike nash..

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Question: Mechanical or SSD

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?

Answer: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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It's all in the title, I've had a look around and I was considering Cyborg's offerings but I'm not entirely sure myself.

These are what I was looking at:

Cyborg V.7 Keyboard

Cyborg V.5 Keyboard

I can get the first for ?65 and the second for ?40. I'm more interested in the first thanks to the backlighting effects on offer but I'm not convinced. The keyboard I currently use is the one I got with my dell.. and I'm using an Mx 518 mouse before you ask about the mouse... and no I'm not using the Dell anymore, I built my own computer (with help from some of the guys on this forum, and thanks once again it's worked out great!).

I've also had a look at some razer boards but they seem overpriced for what you get. These Cyborg ones look nice but the amazon reviews are sketchy, as for all other keyboards I looked at. I was considering Logitech but I have no use for a G19 and the lower version has problems with the backlighting apparently.

By the way, backlighting is important for me because gaming in the dark is rather difficult, as is touch typing. I figure backlighting would allow me to touch type and game to my heart's content in all light levels.

Thanks for your time, it is appreciated

- Joppsta

Answer:Looking to buy a good Keyboard

I've always used Logitech stuff, but never got into the baclight stuff.

Never messed with Cyborg.

You consider this one? Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 - USB | Ebuyer.com

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Hi;
Can anyone recommend a good keyboard (either wireless or wired) for a writer / coder.
I need an "ergo" keyboard, such as the MS Natural, but the MS Natural Elite that I am currently using has issues with sticky keys.
I don't want to spend more than $50.

Thanks

FW
 

Answer:Need a good keyboard

Logitech K350 Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard ($59.99) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126076

Logitech 920-000264-R Black 104 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys Cordless Ergonomic Desktop Wave ($49.99) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...85&cm_re=Logitech_wave-_-23-126-185-_-Product
 

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Look im sick of buying blue backlit keyboards that are rubbish, (approx ?15-20) need it to be backlit and blue is cool but is there any product out there that actually work, that u don't have to be David Beckham to buy lol

Answer:Need A Good Keyboard

Well I don't know who David Beckham is but I have two systems and I use
two Das 4 Pro. They don't have fancy lights or gaming goodies, they just type great.

They are some what up in the price range but worth every bit.
Using them took the pain out of my wrist and hands when typing.

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I like WP, but waited before buying a 1520, which i just did.Can I get a keyboard that has arrow keys?
Seems I can seldom place the cursor where I want it. Frustrating.

Answer:A good WP keyboard app?

Originally Posted by Captain_Eric I like WP, but waited before buying a 1520, which i just did.Can I get a keyboard that has arrow keys?
Seems I can seldom place the cursor where I want it. Frustrating. No. there are no custom keyboards available.
the cursor placement is different in 8.0 and 8.1.
In 8.1, you move a cursor with a drag"knob"thing on it. It's meh, but it beats spam-tapping.

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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.

Answer: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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Hi guys, I'm trying to retrieve files from my old hard drive, the old desktop had issues but the hard drive booted up and seemed ok. Anyhow, I bought a new desktop PC and an external HDD housing to connect through USB, connected everything up and ......nothing ! the drive wasnt recognised, no sign of it in disk management either. I noticed the HDD was very quiet but you could hear the disk spinning.

Decided to look inside to see if the actuator was stuck and it kinda was, but not stuck on the disk, it was held on the inside edge of the disk by a little plastic arm which looks like a locking device, this arm is on the outer edge of the actuator under the actuator housing. I unlocked it and moved the actuator to the outside of the disk and powered it up, but it went straight back to the locked position.

Is this some mechanical issue ? any suggestions ?

Not sure if details will help but here goes........ Old drive is Seagate Barracuda 250 Gbytes SATA with Windows Vista instaled.

New PC is HP Pavilion with Windows 8.1

External drive housing is a simple USB/SATA interface with its own power supply.

I would be very grateful for any help

Answer:HDD mechanical problem ?

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Decided to look inside to see if the actuator was stuck and it kinda was, but not stuck on the disk, it was held on the inside edge of the disk by a little plastic arm which looks like a locking device,




You opened it up?
That's very bad juju

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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.
 

Answer: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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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

Answer: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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Within the next month or two months I am thinking about getting my first mechanical keyboard to replace my membrane one.
I am currently using a cooler master octane keyboard and while it does the job okay I have noticed its performance is not as good as it was about a two or so ago when I got it and while its membranes still probably have life to them I have been considering going mechanical for a while handing this keyboard down as it is still quite functional.
But going mechanical is quite pricey if you want actual name brands like Corsair or Razer and even cooler master and others seem to be $100 and above.
I have looked at a few options and most seem fair for the price but there is nothing wrong with asking for a second opinion.

https://www.amazon.com/Redragon-K556.../dp/B01NAI2TXC

Pros: aluminum base, brown switches
Cons: no dedicated media keys, could be a problem on linux

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0171BSNYK..._t2_B01NAI2TXC

Pros: aluminum base, media keys
Cons: blue switches, may be too loud as my walls are paper thin

https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Mechani...T5G9K7M09BEAY7
Pros: aluminum base, brown switches
Cons: no dedicated media keys, could be a problem on linux

https://www.amazon.com/E-Element-Mec...Q2GQXBEBPQ1T2S
Pros: aluminum base
Cons: No dedicated media keys plus blue switches

https://www.amazon.com/Azio-Mechanic...5SGAM2SR3C58QS
Pros:
Pros: brown switches, media controls
Cons: a bit high on price

https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Mechani...KRXS7ASEMEH7NT
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Answer:RGB mechanical keyboards for under $100

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Back...&keywords=g610

Save yourself from being 12 and ditch RGB. Paying a crap ton more for nothing.

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I have a Maxtor 80GB HDD which the warranty has expired.Since a few weeks ago, when I am accessing files on the drive, the drive makes some mechanical ticking noise.I guess this is a unrecoverable hardware failure. Since its warranty has expired, what else can I do with it other than just throw it away?

Answer:HDD Mechanical Problem

Run the free diagnostics from the Maxtor site and check it for fitness. If it passes keep on using it. If not, it's time for a new drive. How old is it?

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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?
 

Answer:Combination of mechanical HD and SSD

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

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Anyone have any experience of mechanical keyboards and if so which colour cherry MX switches do you prefer? Black Blue Red or brown?
I have been doing a bit of research, not sure whether to go for a backlit or not. I think my first one will be this.
Ebay. This seller has a very good rep so would be happy to buy. Later I might go for Backlit or none backlit. Both have excellent reviews.
When you consider the price of these things it might seem silly, but I spend a fair bit on the rest of my set up so why should the keyboard be left out? Plus you can pimp the keyboard: MX keycaps.

Answer:Mechanical keyboards.

I have no idea about how good these mechanical keyboards are but I've just bought my first backlit keyboard and wish I'd have bought one long ago. I find it much easier to use but that's my eyesight I suppose.

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

Answer: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 am considering getting rid of my CME-UF5 Midi keyboard since there is no possibility of running it under Windows 7 and purchasing something new.

Anybody have any suggestions as to what I should be looking at? Besides this make, and M-Audio I really don't know what my other options really are. Although I did like the quality and weight of the keys with CME vs M-Audio, I suspect M-Audio would have much better driver support and customer support for future updates, CME was certainly lacking in this department considering they didn't even provide a Vista driver for this damn thing. I browsed through forums and it seems that someone had created their own Vista driver for it by modyfing the XP one while others claimed that due to the hardware inside this keyboard, there would be no way to run it outside of an 32bit XP environment.

Answer:Good Midi Keyboard for 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by A320


I am considering getting rid of my CME-UF5 Midi keyboard since there is no possibility of running it under Windows 7 and purchasing something new.


Why would you think this? MIDI is MIDI and the model keyboard you have is irrelevant. It's all about the MIDI interface you have. If you are using an old interface through a game port you just need to upgrade to a USB port interface or purchase a card that has MIDI ports built in like some of the M-Audio cards do. If you buy a new keyboard and use the interface that doesn't work with Win7 you'll be wasting money.

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I am looking in the market for a new keyboard. At the moment I have a Saitek Eclipse it's ok but the keys are really clunky, I was looking at the Saitek Cyborg range as I have the mouse and command unit but I am worried about the keys being the same. All suggestions are welcome.

Answer:Can you recomend a good keyboard?

I should add I have a budget of ?60 or $84 this would inc p&p

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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
 

Answer: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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The machine -digital HiNote VP, seems in good working order, and clean, BUT - keyboard acts up if machine is not on level surface; spacebar produces functions and some shift-key symbols. Themanual (internet version) does not give correctmethod for removing keyboard, so I cannot check for obstructions beneath (!).As this is supposed to be "laptop" perhaps I need surgery? Thanks in anticipation Tony (airdale)

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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'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.
 

Answer: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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Evening Geeks.

I was looking for some advice on choosing a fairly top end mechanical keyboard for gaming. The main points i was looking for are:

Lit up keys.
Some extra programmable buttons.
Maybe a gimmick.

I've narrowed it down somewhat to these few which are around the 100-130 mark.

Razor Blackwidow (the newer ones)
Logitech g710
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 5 (My favourite based on looks and functions)
Roccat RYOS Mk Pro
Logitech G910 looks awesome but i don't know if it's even available yet and it's on the top end of my budget.

By all means suggest more but i get mixed reviews with all of these so it's to hard to pick from someone who used a mainly basic keyboard all this time.
Don't worry about cheaper things as i'm trating myself to quality. Just nothing more expensive.
Any advice is appreciated

Regards
I.N.H
 

Answer:Choosing between these mechanical keyboards.

If at all possible try them out. Fry's has them all laid out so you can feel and hear them. I often use the Logitech 710.
I have another mechanical keyboard I love, but I seldom use. There are four of us in the family computer room and that keyboard is just too loud. My son has a similar problem because he games while his wife takes a nap, his mechanical keyboard is loud (he uses a headset for sound).
We both use our G510 for macro capabilities and fairly quiet keys.
 

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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

Answer: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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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?
 

Answer:Possible mechanical harddrive failure?

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Greetings.I'm in search of mechanical software that would allow random lines to be made equidistant from one another for a Logo project. Also arcs of varying lengths.I tried 2007 Word but there are not enough reference lines to ascertain whether lines are equidistant and/or parallel.Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.

Answer:mechanical drawing software

Might want to check out the offerings here (particularly item #1).http://www.google.ca/search?client=opera&rls=en&q=free+mechanical+drawing+software+download&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=suggesttruenorth

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Hello. I'm curious if anyone else has experienced this. I've been hearing a plink or a bloop, almost like a waterdrop type sound intermittently from my S10. It'll happen a few times a minute, even if I'm not touching the laptop at all and nothing is running. At first I thought it might be the Windows XP Pop-Up Blocked sound, but I had that disabled and everything muted, and I was still hearing it. It seems like a mechanical sound, and the only moving parts are the fan and the hard-drive. So I'm guessing it must be one of those, but that would still be odd seeing as it occurs when the computer is totally idle as well. Is this a regular thing that I just need to get used to? Or is this perhaps a defect that I'll need to send back for repair. It's not a major mechanical problem, but it is a little maddening to have it softly go "puh-plink!" every 30 seconds or so.For reference, here's that Windows sound. It does not sound exactly like this, but it is similar, and softer. Perhaps this might sound familiar to some: plink Any experiences/ideas/suggestions?

Answer:S10 Making a Mechanical Sound

I prefer to check the harddrive on errors with pc doctor or other harddrive software... regards KalvinKlein    

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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.
 

Answer:Solved: mechanical drawing

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Im thinking of buying a cordless mouse and keyboard, does anyone reccommed them as a good buy or are they quite unreliableThe reason i would get the is so i could sit away from my desk (On my bed like a lazy git) and still use the PC. All im worried about is whether they are prone to missing keys pressed or have short battery lifesAlso, would they work from about 1 - 2m away from the infra-red receiver

Answer:Cordless Mouse & Keyboard - Are they any good ?

I haven't used them but I was put off from buying because I understand that because of the range of transmission it is possible for key strokes to be logged. This leaves the question of security wide open. Hope that this is wrong

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This is kind of a retro question. I've got some older PS/2 style keyboards for a specific industrial application and I want to make sure they are in good working order. So I'm looking for some software that will monitor the PS/2 controller and report keystrokes, scan codes, press and release events, all the goodies if possible.

Long, long long ago I used Norton Diagnostics to do that, but that was back in the MS-DOS era. Is there anything like that this day in age?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Need a good PS/2 keyboard test software

I wrote a small program to basically do just that.

http://stfcc.org/misc/InterceptKeys.zip

If you want to compile it yourself because you're paranoid or something, source is available here: http://pastebin.com/8giXW8MS
 

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Thats it...im after a good quality black keyboard to go with my new pc... any recommendations?i was looking at the....IBM - 106 Key Stealth Black Preferred USB + 2 Port Hub Mfr code: 10K2344 and the...Toshiba - Black Euro Keyboard Mfr code: PX1045B-1NAC

Answer:I need a good black keyboard! recommendations?

How about a logitech[bottom of the page]click here

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NOthing pricey.....but good quality and will last a while.

Sure the Logitech MX Optical duo is nice but I have no use for a cordless keyboard.....and its too much $ for me.

I just need to replace my present ones. Need a keyboard that has soft keys with as little spring action so its less stress on the fingers
 

Answer:Please recommend me a good value keyboard and mouse

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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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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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Solid State Drives No Better Than Others, Survey Says - PCWorld Business Center


Quote:




Solid state drives (SSD) appear to be as unreliable as traditional hard disks. In fact, they're marginally less reliable: Taken as an average across models, 2.05 percent of SSDs got returned as non-functioning, compared to 1.94 percent of hard disks.




Not really surprising to me TBH. I think they make this **** fail on purpose...I mean, it's business 101. If you make a product that never needs replaced then you go out of business.

Answer:SSDs not really more reliable than mechanical drives

Since when is this news? That's what I've thought since day 1
A mechanical drive can last 8 years or more, I'd be uber surprised if an SSD managed that.

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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:
 

Answer:HP Laserjet IIIp Mechanical Problem

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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
 

Answer: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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I'm looking to purchase a mechanical keyboard in the near future. I play SC2 reguarly and will probably get D3 when it comes out. CS:GO is a must as well. I currently use a Gigabyte GM6800 media keyboard so anything is an upgrade at this point. I used a mechanical keyboard (Corsair Vengeance K60) for the first time a few days ago at my friend's house and IT FELT AMAZING. After doing some research on different Cherry switches, I think I would prefer Blue or Red.

My budget is under $100, preferably around $70 or $80.
As of right now, I can buy the Razer Blackwidow for about $67 at NCIX after price-matching to this link: Razer Keyboard RZ03-00390100-R3U1 BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming USB Black RetailCurrent - RAZER - Keyboards - Peripheral - Computer Parts - HookBag

I'd appreciate it if any Blackwidow or mechanical keyboard owners could provide input on their experience.

Answer:Razer Blackwidow vs. other mechanical keyboards

I don't have the Blackwidow, but I do have the Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid.
Newegg.com - Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid SGK-4000-GKCL1-US USB or PS/2 Wired Gaming Mechanical Cherry Blue Switches Keyboard

I am VERY happy with this keyboard so far. I wanted a decent keyboard w/o a numberpad so I could game more comfortably. This board fits the bill. Cherry blue switches feel sweet, plus it is nice and heavy.

It looks to be a little cheaper for Canada at NCIX:
Coolermaster Cmstorm Quick Fire Rapid Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Black USB - COOLERMASTER - SGK-4000-GKCL1-US

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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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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

Answer: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 wonder if Lenovo has a similar practice / recommendation:http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5088082

Answer:Exercising SATA (mechanical) drives

Hi, Chat,
 
    This looks to be for those specific hard drives, not any generic hard drive.
 
     I take my hard drives out on a leash for their excercise - don't want them to pee in the house. 
 
 
                                                               ZZ

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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!
 

Answer: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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Hello,small (stupid) question, i've been given a E540 with big touchpad, which does a lot of mechanical noise, when you press the touchpad. I wondered if that is normal, i mean you press on the touchpad which, it moves down about 1mm, and you can hear the moving part inside the touchpad. I never saw this on Lenovo touchpad and looks a bit "peacemeal".













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Answer:E540 - touchpad mechanical noise

Yeah  that is normal for the 540/440 series...That is why they remove those type of touchpads in 550/450 series. Actually they're compatible, you can order a thinkpad E550 touchpad with real trackpoint buttons and replace the current one with it.

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Hello,i would like to understand if the awful / piecemeal mechanical noise the E540 touchpad does it by design by Lenovo ? Since now i^ve never seen this with T series. I've come accross a E540 which touchpad does a loud mechnical noise with metalic sounds which not exactly what i expected from lenovo - it looks like a cheap  peacemeal piece. Any clue ? Best regards

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As i don't want to sped 150$ on a keyboard yet, can somebody give some impressions about these mechanical keyboards, they are cheap with RGB but i am not sure if it is worth it especially the keys ?

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So many threads recently about drive A: failure.I have thrown away several floppy disks over the summer because Windows either hung or announced that A: didn't have a disk, or offered to format the Floppy.Today I was upset because an ancient but important floppy wouldn't read. A nearby friend could read it easily, as could I if I tried a different disk in my drive.Bought a new drive and it failed to read any disk!.......until I pulled the plastic front cover off the box again, and in full frontal nudity it was putty in my hands.The case is about 3 years old, has a bulgy horrid press home front, but is a doddle undeneath where panels lift off and the guts are available without serious man-handling. ....... The slot for drive A: is narrow to guide the disk in. almost too narrow to recover it later without slender oriental fingers, and if the floppy drive is set back it is even mor difficult to remove a disk.If it is set forward the spacer eject button always presses just a little too hard to allow the disk to drop completely home.I savaged the plastic front with an abrasive stone and all is well again...... Anyone with a similar problem could set the drive deeper, but almost need a pair of tweezers to rescue a discharged floppy.The reason it would read some floppys and not others seems due to minute variations in the manufactured thickness of the disk.Will leave this open for a spell in case anyone's problem fits this answer!

Answer:Can't read A: a mechanical problem solved.

Funny that, years ago i was given one by my mate cos mine had just died.Why hasnt it got a cover on it, i asked ?Cos it doesnt work with it on, was the answer.I am still using it now...;-)

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Has anyone received the latest magazine and read the Mechanical Turk article? Out of interest I've looked to try the Amazon one, however I notice that in their T&C's payment for completed tasks can only be made: (a) to a US bank account or (b) in gift certifiates only redeamable at Amazon.comI thought that PC Advisor might have told us this at the time of publishing the acticle...

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

Answer: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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Hello, It seems that my T500 LCD display has become very very dim, the display is barely visible. After repeatedly turning it on/off it suddenly was able to display full brightness during one debug session... I even restarted it / shut it down multiple times, and it worked. HOWEVER, it seemed that the brightness was dependent on the angle at which the LCD was hinged, if I opened it all the way the screen became bright again (something over 90 degrees), if i started to close it (roughtly 30 degrees?), it became very dim. To me this sounds like a mechanical issue, possible a loose cable. Unfortuantely, I was not able to reproduce this again after this debug session, I suspected that as i was transporting it to/from work i may have changed some internal mechanical configuration.  Is there an actual 'mechanical' switch which drives the LCD brightness depending on the angular position of the LCD? I tried reading through the service manual here: http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/43y6630_04.pdf I couldnt find any mention of any sort of LCD brightness mechanical hinge switch  === other info===From googling, the issue could also be :a) inverter issuesb) backlight issuesc) fuse on mother board? As a quick test, i hooked up the VGA output to a secondary monitor and that works fine, so long as I go to the BIOS and set it to boot to the VGA first as the primary display.  Any suggestions would be great!

Answer:T500 display very dim , possible mechanical failure?

Hi, operand
 
From what I've read here, I believe that this is an issue with the LCD assembly as a whole. A faulty inverter would normally cause odd colors or a blank display to be shown. Also, a faulty LCD cable would normally be recognized as the image flickering or only working at certain angles; it usually does not control the brightness to this extent or in this manner. My recommendation would be to contact Lenovo Support at 1-800-426-7378 and speak with the techs there to better determine the issue, as well as the resolution.
 
Best,
Adam





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Hi, I am a newbie to this site but looking for advice. My wife has an Aspire V3-771 laptop that she uses and likes. It's getting slow to boot up and run now. Can we install an SSD drive to run Windows 10 only from and keep her Hitachi hard drive in place. I know we can replace the existing hard drive with an SSD but we want to keep the other hard drive with all her stuff on it meantime. Replacing it only with a 256gb drive will cost 100 but limit storage space  Any advice / help would be appreciated. Many thanks  Pete 

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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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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

Answer:Solved: System Mechanical Professional

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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.

Answer: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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 Forum Members,I have no experience in doing this, but I am considering upgrading the hard drive in my X220s (model 7465) to an SSD, hoping that the upgrade will increase system speed. I am requesting advice, and some opinions: 1.         I have multiple Windows 7 programs and data using about 50% of the current drive.  How would I transfer the programs and data from the current HDD to the future SSD?  How complicated is the transfer? 2.         The laptop is backed up onto a Windows Home Server.  Will the restore function on WHS install the OS and programs on the SSD? 2.         Would the effort be worthwhile such that I would realize a truly perceptible change in performance that is worth the effort and expense.  The 2.26 GHz low voltage processor used in the X200s is not the speediest on the block.













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Answer:Switching a mechanical HD for a solid state HD

I'm not sure how easy it'll be to clone your existing one to the new SSD.  There is software out there that does it - I think Newegg gives you something for free if you buy one of the Intel SSDs.  Otherwise you can do like I did when I upgraded to an SSD. New Windows 7 install and reinstalled all my existing software either from Disc or via download.  The speed bump is well worth it in my opinion - it appears as though the Intel drives (the X25 line) are still at the very top of the quality and performance list by a long shot (and not considerably more expensive than the other options out there).  Anandtech and Tomshardware have good primers on the SSD market and what to keep in mind if you're making the switch.   My good experience with putting a small SSD in my desktop has convinced me that from here out, I'll only buy machines configured with SSDs.  

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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?

Answer: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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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

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

So leave it at IDE then.

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Dear All,
I have one Logitech make mouse.I wish to get the detailed schematic of the same as well as details of the internal IC used.
Thanks in advance.
Jitushah

Answer:Opto mechanical Mouse details

Could you explain further what your after I don't quite understand what you mean about the IC part. Also we will need the model number of the mouse to look up what you need.

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 Does anyone with a Flex 3 14 inch use a keyboard cover for the keyboard?I got an i7 one for sale and the thing attracts dust and a lot of fingerprints so I figured I'd get one. Which do you recommend? 

Answer:Good keyboard covers for Lenovo Flex 3 14?

I'm not an owner of your model, but keyboard covers are frequent sellers on eBay and Amazon at good price.  In addition, Amazon has customer reviews available so you can see if others were happy with the purchase.  Here are a couple of examples......
 
http://www.amazon.com/Folox%C2%AE-Keyboard-Protector-Laptop-IdeaPad/dp/B00PAHKY6I
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/231633354772?lpid=82&chn=ps

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Whats a good freeware keyboard remapper with a UI. I just tried out KeyTweak and it's ncie and all but requires a restart everytime you make a change and for someone who plays as many MMOs as me that can be problematic because some MMOs like ACE Online lack in game keybinding menus. So if I have to restart the system everytime I change games or want to go back to defaults it would become a pain.
 

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Hello everyone, I originally posted some time ago about this issue and finally had some time to dig in and see what I could do. I can confirm that after trying to get my issue fixed through several suggested fixes and nothing seemed to work that the only option left was completely replacing the keyboard. I've done repairs and upgrades on laptops and in general I go into it knowing that NOTHING is meant to be easy to get to. Even more so with these 2-in-1 laptops. For those willing to do the work and properly re-fasten/glue everything afterwords then it's the cheapest solution and has worked for me.

Hey Dell!!! Give me a job!!! Or I dunno maybe stop dodging the issue and help out your customers if you care to keep them.

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Ok, hopefully somebody can help me out here.

So I had one of my laptops plugged into an external monitor, untill tonight when I decided to take it off the monitor to fool around with it. Bad idea apparently.

After unplugging it from the monitor, the display on the laptop was a blank screen (this is what usually happens when I first unplug it). Normally, I press the Fn key and the f4 button to toggle back the display to the actual laptop screen. However, for some reason this wasn't working and I couldn't figure out why. So I press the Caps Lock key to see if the icon on the keyboard lights up just to be sure the keyboard isn't broken. Low and behold the button wasn't lighting up, and my keyboard is broken.

So now I'm stuck with a laptop that has no display all because of a broken keyboard. I do have an external keyboard, but there is no way to toggle display from that. At least none which I can find. I have tried plugging the laptop back into the monitor and pressing the display toggle button on the monitor itself, and haven't had any luck with getting a display.

The laptop has bigger issues besides the display (reboots itself during startup), and I was just about to reinstall windows/perform a system restore on it. But obviously I can't do anything without a display.

If there is anyone out there who isn't completely confused by my explanation, and has at least an idea of what to do or where to start, please let me know.

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Answer:Malfunctioning laptop keyboard and no display=Not Good

model and brand? service tag? There may be some workaround but it is probably brand specific rather than generic.

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Don't know if this is in the right section of the forum.

Running Win 98SE on an old Compaq Presario with only 32 megs ram and not more than 50-60 megs to spare HD space.

I BADLY need a new PS-2 compatible keyboard. Will probably buy off EBay as I live in a dink town that has nothing but WalMart & Radio Shack. I'm also really cheap. I also hate going out shopping. My machine is 8+ years old so I don't want to spend more than $20.00 bucks for a new keyboard. Ebay has a Compaq I like and it's fairly cheap and will work with my machine. I would also prefer a dark colored one, black or grey I guess. They also have at a decent price a soft FLEXIBLE keyboard that appears more washable than standard ones. Does anybody have one and if so, are they any good? Reliable, easy to type on, etc? Any problems with the flexible ones that you're aware of?? Would prefer advice from someone who has owned or tried one.

Thanks.

Not asking how to wash my keyboard or discussing how badly I need to buy a new computer. Not possible at the moment.

JUST ARE FLEXIBLE KEYBOARDS ANY GOOD??
 

Answer:Solved: Is Flexible soft keyboard any good?

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I just shipped my pc by fedex from NY to UT & the package was in good shape when it arrived. Everything looked ok after bootup, same screen, icons, etc but the mouse & kbd were completely unresponsive. I had to use the power switch to shut it down. When i started in safe mode i noticed that the mouse & kbd lights went on almost immediately & i could use the kbd to scroll the "safe boot" menu. The num lock light on the kbd was lit & the mouse power indicator was also lit. However, as soon as winxp began, the lights went out. FYI: the mouse & kbd are usb powered. If i had a traditional mouse & kbd that i could plug into the green & purple inserts i would try that to see if it was a usb prob.

Any ideas?
 

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I just got an ASUS VivoTab Smart and I'm considering dispensing with the living room PC for Netflix, etc. It doesn't need to be small or portable though that is a plus.
 

Answer:Looking for a good Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad combo

I recommend Logitech. Get one of the anywhere mouse.
 

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Im trying to decide if it would benefit me using a seperate keyboard than the one on my laptop, thanks
 

Answer:Using external keyboard for laptop, good idea?

I guess it would depend on how comfortable you are using the one on the notebook. I use an external keyboard and mouse on mine when I am home because it is easier for me to type and navigate the mouse.

wrs
 

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i changed the msconfig to boot in safe mode to remove some fake microsoft warning malware on my lenovo laptop with vista home. when it boots up to the log in screen the keyboard and mousepad do not work so i cant log in. and because i changed it in msconfig even if i try the f8 method and select boot up normally it goes to the safe mode, so i cant log in. selected last known good version but that does nothing as well. tried using a usb keyboard but that did not work either. is there another way to get in and boot it boot up normally. dont want to reformat hdd have lots of family pics and work documents that i havent backed up yet. very frustrated, please help i am at a lost.

thanks in advance.

Answer:safe mode keyboard and mouse no good

You'll have to mount the registry offline and remove the settings for msconfig that way.
Use Google to find the entries, to backup your registry, and to learn how to mount the registry hives offline.

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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.

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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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

Answer: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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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
 

Answer:Mechanical drives vs SSDs in RAID 0 configuration

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First Lenovo product, purchased a T440.  The touchpad is really, odd I guess is the best word.  You can physically depress the entire trackpad to trigger a mechanical "click" or you can tap to click.  The mechanical click is obnoxious at best.  It's just sensitive enough to accidentally press down when moving the pointer. Is there a way to disable this mechanical pressing?  Like a screw somewhere to lock it in place?

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Hi everyone! I hope someone out there will be able to help me with this problem.

I have a TOSHIBA EQUIUM L350D with a MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA Device as the CD/DVD drive. Recently the little plastic disc which fits on the centre spindle and which grips the CD or DVD has started coming adrift when the drawer is closed and rotation starts; it makes a horrible grating noiise! The little plastic disc appears just to push onto the centre spindle, and I have tried pressing it home more firmly, but it still comes off at speed.

So I would like to know: is there a way of securing the plastic disc more securely? And if not, is the only solution to replace the drive? I don't know how I would set about doing this.

Many thanks in advance for your assistance!

Answer:Equium L350D - Mechanical Problem with CD/DVD drive

I?m pretty sceptic that you will be able to fix this. Check on eBay if you can buy new driver.

Replacement should not be so complicated and it will be definitely easiest way to solve this issue.
If you need some assistance with optical disc replacement let us know.

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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!!!
 

Answer: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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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.

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

Answer: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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