Tuesday, October 29, 2019

HP Beats Laptop CPU Fan Install [Video]

In this video, I disassemble an HP Beats Laptop to replace a CPU fan that is no longer working. This problem is causing the laptop to over heat and shutdown suddenly. 

All the screws are on the bottom. remove them all. Slide out the optical drive. Don't forget the small screw in the optical drive slot. Remove the rubber feet on the back of the laptop. Remove the screws found underneath and then remove the small panels. A couple of screws will be exposed and those will need to be removed. And, that's it. 

Now, it's a matter of unsnapping and removing the top panel to reveal the motherboard. Be careful with the ribbon cables that connect the keyboard, touchpad, and power button. A few more screws, and the motherboard, CPU fan, and heat sink are out. Now, all that is left is replacing the fan and putting everything back together.

This is a solidly built laptop. No flimsy parts to worry about.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

RapidTech Gaming/Facebook Stream for June 2019

This is a better month for free games. PlayStation Plus came through with some games I'm really interested in. Borderlands should keep me pretty busy. I want to play some Sonic Mania. I'm looking forward to streaming and hanging out on Facebook.

There will be the usual Fortnite and Dauntless to progress through the season. If you want to squad up, let me know. It's all in fun.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

RapidTech Gaming/Facebook Stream: Dauntless

Dauntless is a Monster Hunter like game where you're a slayer hunting behemoths. It's been on PC for a while and has just been released on console with full cross-platform play and progression. Thank you, Epic Games.

I started playing last night on PS4 just to get a feel and I liked it. The game walks you through the basic skills you're going to need. Fighting, Healing, Crafting, and Creating your load out before you go out for hunt. It's super easy to play after a few minutes. And, did I mention, it's Free-To-Play. No up front cost. Just download and play. There is plenty to purchase from the store. You even have a Hunter Pass Elite which is like a Battle Pass on Fortnite. But, no purchase is necessary to play the game. However, I did run into other slayers last night that had great looking armor. Now, I'm looking forward to what I can do with my slayer.

My first impressions are that it was fun and easy to get into. So, if you want to squad up, I'll be playing on PS4 when I go live on Facebook. Check out the stream and say hi.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This Week in RapidTech Gaming/Streaming 5/13-5/19

Recently, I've been all about playing Free games. Either thru memberships or just totally free games. I have PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. This month is not so great. You can see my posts on VinnySoFresh.com.

So, this week I'm playing What Remains of Edith Finch which is free for PlayStation members this month. Since, we're on PS4, I might continue The Surge. But, I feel like I'm stuck. I need to do research. I'll just continue farming to level up.

Of course, I'll be making time for Fortnite. Want to squad up? Shoot me a message.

Let me know if you have any game suggestions.

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Recent Project: ASUS X551M Rebuild

This laptop was given to me by a customer. It didn't turn on or charge. No sign of life. But, it was complete. No missing parts. No physical damage. It had the original charger. So, I opened it up. I see that it had been opened up before. So, there was an attempt to fix it. I tested the hard drive. It worked perfectly fine. Again, there was nothing missing.

My diagnosis is that the motherboard went bad. This is an older laptop, so finding new parts were near impossible. So, I went to eBay to see what I could find. Found a used motherboard from a reputable seller. 

The part came in and I started the rebuild.

Used the RAM from the original motherboard. Applied new thermal paste to the CPU. Installed a new CMOS battery. I put everything back together and the computer turned on. Booted into Windows. I ran hardware diagnostics and everything passed. Now, the only thing left was to replace the bad battery now that I knew everything worked fine. I buy only original parts, batteries and chargers. I stay from third party parts. Well, the battery came in and I installed it. The laptop keeps a charge and works like nothing ever happened.

The laptop has been sold since. This was a fun project. On to the next build and rebuild. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Bid for RapidTech Services on the KEDT Auction

Update: Ask for the Treasure Chest. That's where RapidTech is listed. Starting bid only at $23. Call 361-855-2000 for more info and to place your bid.

I'm happy to announce that RapidTech has donated a number of Computer Service certificates to this year's KEDT auction. They will go live today (5/10/19) and tomorrow (5/11/2019). Do you want to save on my already low prices and help a great cause? Go to https://www.kedt.org

I love public television. Of course, like a lot of people, I've been watching it since I was a kid. Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Sesame Street. I watch the science shows and dramas. Great entertainment and information. This is why I donate my services. I'm proud to support.

Do you have an auction that needs donations? I love to support and donate my services to good causes. Call or message me. I'll be happy to arrange something.