Sunday, December 19, 2010

Baking a motherboard works.

I've been hearing about this method for quite long but never had to do it.

In theory, any processor or CPU will heat by been used... and cool off when is not: so the constant on/off of a computer can crack solderings and then faiures happens.

The victim


Also, a power source can simply just heat enough your devices, or better the electric field created by such high voltage can crack the tin.... anyways, sticking your motherboard in your oven at 200 Celsius degrees for 5 minutes is supposed to do the magic trick..
baking... I made 4 aluminum foil balls to keep the mobo leveled
I have no better explanation than this; but it works and now my desktop system is up and running.







Here is the method.

  1. Remove the CMOS Battery. Every battery exposed to fire will explode... important.
  2. Remove all cables and every piece of plastic that can be removed. In this case I didn't took off the fan mount and guess what.. it melted.
  3. Preheat the oven.
  4. Once the baking time is over.. let it cool by itself and do not touch it.

Shit happens

Couple of posts back I've mentioned about my desktop computer been broken... So I did the proper troubleshoot and prognosis said motherboard dead.

So  I did whatever the average joe will do on such a case.. Buy a new mobo.
Problem with this kind of things is that 2 years old technology is not really available. I had 4 ddr2 dims on that mobo so I needed a 4 slot motherboard AM2/AM2+ socket...

long story short... I got one and guess what...
My proc is a Phenom 9850 X4 who runs on 125 watts... motherboard only support 95 watts CPU so i'm fucked.

Time to upgrade... I'll need to get an exchange and maybe spend 500 dollars in cpu, mobo and ram.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blackberry OS 6 on the bolt 9700

Whoever follows me on twitter or just happens to know me will know that I've been bitching around the fact that I've got drawn to the blackberry path as well as everybody in this piece of shit country.

Somehow, phone companies have brainwashed population... so everybody here thinks that there is no other way of having data on a cellphone if it's not a blackberry.

Anyways... blackberry data plan were cheaper than open data plans so I went the cheap road and got a blot2 (9700) who came with blackberry OS 5 and SUCKS BIG TIME


Then, because a couple of events that happened on the office I decided to use the "encryption" feature of the cellphone to encrypt my data and stuff. I'm not really sure if the thing really encrypt; but it definitely sucks processor resources and made it worst.
A friend of mine told me about his bolt2 with blackberry OS56 and I did the upgrade.... here are my thoughts.

RIM has made a serious improvements (at least i feel it that way) with this UI. It is faster than the previous version and the new webkit based browser improves A LOT the sucky browsing experience.
Overall, the whole thing has been retouched so the user interface is snappy and quick. The whole design seems sharp and resemble android or an iphone UI and yes.. I liked that.

Apparently I won't be trowing my blackberry against the wall on march as I was thinking to do when replacing it with a motorola droid pro (or better the flip out that looks quirky)

The truth is that... it is a beta release for my phone as RIM has only released it officially for the new torch (9800) so I'm been nice not to point out the couple of bugs I've found. Apparently the improvement on speed is making me happy enough to let it be; but the truth is that RIM need to upgrade the hardware... ATM every mayor manufacturer of smartphones is designing their devices with the Qualcom Snapdragon and this new blackberry OS6 seems to be putting more stress over the crappy processor  in terms of graphics (try to run texas holdem king2 or some other game and you'll get the phone freeze up).

For me, running blackberry OS 6 on the bolt 9700 only means a "delay" on the replacement... which means I earn a couple of months to save up for a new piece of hardware that worth it.
how to doit?
http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/11/04/blackberry-bold-9700-os-6-0-0-344-installation-guide/

UPDATE

Like any Microsoft product... this blackberry os6 is a piece of shit with a prettier UI.
I feel the phone snappier but I have to reboot it way more often than with bbos5. Now.. taking into consideration that I'm running a Betta I can't be so dramatic; but yes.. it still sucks.

I've installed version 6.0.0.424 on the bold 9700. Follow the link to know what I think

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rain... lots of rain

Ok... whoever live's in Panama as I do is suffering first hand the odds of nature.... but (and here is the reason of this post)

really?   odds of nature?

and here I go

I've been hearing some fuzz about the Gringos making a new kind of mass destruction weapon  based on the HAARP Program.

HAARP is supposed to be a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems among other things.... a high power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency range used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.

Now... I'm an electrical engineer... so I'm supposed to know about high frequency emitting shit and it's consequences... so here is my word.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The workship of patience...

I just wanted to vent out 'casue I've been suffering in first hand the Murphy law...

My wife is a sales manager on a company that sells/trade computer parts and accessories... silly me, I don't have a UPS or any other kind of power protection on this computer (home desktop); so I did the natural thing... ask her for one.

According to her, there were none available (at least not larger than 300 VA which is nothing), so guess what.. we didn't get any UPS.
Couple of days back.... bamm! porwer source.

So naturally... my motherboard got fried. I did the proper troubleshoot... no signs of pulse here... the thing is drop dead.
So I did the natural cheap guy thing... change the power source thinking that maybe the powersource was faulty and because it wasn't sending enough power to the board it didn't POST....

error... same thing.. no pulse.

well.. do not ask me what I did.. but while I was removing the thing I know I removed the 2032 CMOS bat to use it for something and fired it up... guess what

IT WORKED.

well, last night i was doing the oil service on my wife Fiat Palio and got along with it so I ended washing the engine as if the car will go to a show off or something... everything fine except that by the time I wanted to go home (after a couple of beers ofcourse) while I was driving on the highway the car started to add erratically as if some sparkplug is not firing up or something.

Odd... as usual I thought there were some water damage around so I reved up my engine as much as I could. After I burned fuel like an idiot I went straight to bed for my beauty sleep.

Today I took the car out to run some errants with the fam... guess what..
I ended again on Ozland troubleshooting and applying contact cleaner to every single electric contact I could see on that damned engine bay.

The car still faulty and I'm pissed of as I have no fucking idea what could be. I'm about to change the engine coils and the spark plugs cables to see if it lives on or what.

maybe it will get fixed by itself as my desktop.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Panamanians can receive money thru paypal!

This may be old news but happens to be that I just find out.




Panamanians with paypal accounts can receive money and withdraw money. Apparently Paypal started to likes Panamanians again.

We were screwed for several years because our country were in several money laundry list that paypal just let us make our purchases by handling our credit cards and that's it.

We can withdraw money to a US bank account... which at least is something.