Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB in x220 – modded to 7mm 24

This was a very simple mod, did not require anything, other then 4 new/shorter screws to replace the ones that were longer on the M4, and a bit of electrical tape. Without hte electrical tape, the drive was undetected, it was shorting out by touching the metal top…so there is a reason to the spacer ...

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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5″ 128GB SATA Benchmarks in an Lenovo x220 7

I recently purchased an awesome little laptop…the Lenovo x220. Specs : Intel Core i7-2620M Processor (3.4GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB) w/ USB3 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 12.5″ Premium (IPS) HD (1366×768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2×2 Antenna IntelĀ® HD Graphics 3000 4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM) ...

ATI/AMD XFX 6950 crossfire benchmarks – water cooled 2

I recently water cooled my XFX 6950 2gb reference cards. The specific model I am testing is (XFX HD-695A-CNFC AMD Radeon HD 6950 2G). I put on some XSPC water blocks, as with air and unlocked bios, they were hitting 95C + on load, which was worrying me. hardware / test setup : CPU : ...

WinPE automatic windows 7 activation

We run Landesk, using the HII (Hardware Independent Imaging), which is run within a WinPE environment. I ran into issues where Windows 7 would not auto activate, which was causing issues, as some of the techs were forgetting to activate windows 7. We have a lot of internet restricted users, so once logged in as ...

USB 3 vs USB 2 – speed tests with corsair flash voyagers 8

UPDATE POST/BENCHMARKS CAN BE FOUND HERE : LINK I decided to run a test on the similarly looking USB devices from Corsair. Test rig : Asus P8P67 PRO i5 2500k 16gb ddr3 Corsair 600T case Test devices : Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB 3 (CMFVY3-16GB) Corsair Flash Voyager 1GB USB 2 (CMFUSB2.0-1GB) At first glance, ...

Dell D620/D630 PCMIA slot stops working

Have you ever run into this issue? We have MANY aircards and ran into this a handful of times. The first time around we went through drivers, different PCMIA cards, etc. So we called Dell, that had no idea, and sent us out a new PCMIA card. I decided to install it myself, instead of ...

ATI/AMD 6950 crossfire flicker at desktop and in games with 2 monitors

I have 2 x XFX 6950 2GB (reference) cards water cooled, great temps, great scores with a little overclock from within the CCC. I noticed a pretty bad flicker on both monitors when playing youtube/flash videos. I also noticed it when I was gaming (bad company 2, starcraft 2, League of Legends, etc). I tried ...

ACPI SMO8800 driver missing for Dell E6410/E6420/E6510/E6520 – unknown device ACPI SMO8800 65

We received a bunch of new Dell E6420’s at work, and needed to get them prepped for drivers and our image deployment. We run a deployment process through Landesk OSD, with HII (Hardware Independent Imaging), which basically means that we have 1 image for multiple model computers. I installed our basic Windows 7 Pro x32 ...

IBM Lenovo X220 break down/tear down for mSata SSD (intel 310, Renice X3 (SF1222), etc) 13

After doing some research on the best sandy bridge, ultra portal … I have decided on this awesome new laptop .. the IBM x220. You can view the x220 datasheet (hardware options) : linked here (PDF). I know some people will want to get an mSata SSD installed, this is a break down for that, ...