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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Replacing LCD on Toshiba NB200

Make sure that you have the correct replacement screen. Remove all power from the device including battery and from the power adapter. Remove the bottom two rubber fittings from the bottom of the screen and then unscrew the screws underneath. The panel itself is not really made to be repaired. You need to push inside out as there are plastic latches holding the panels together. Do this carefully or you're very likely to snap something and be unable to put it together again. A screwdriver from outside levering the panels away from each other while pushing with with your fingers from the inside may be necessary. Unscrew the LCD panel and carefully remove it. Unplug the ribbon cable from the motherboard to the old LCD and and fit it to the new LCD. Turn it on and ensure that the max resolution is correct. Note that 10 inch net-books can come in variants of 1024x600 and 1024x576. Re-fit LCD panel into laptop and then snap the plastic panels together again. Of course, you could always pay someone else to repair it as well.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Drive Imaging

Ever since computers have started to come without restoration disks for 'environmental reasons', users have often had to rely on proprietary backup methods in order to create rescue methods (but which often have flaws with them as well). I've experimented with several different means through which to achieve free backup. These include G4U, G4L, Partimage (via System Rescue CD), Clonezilla.

Cons: BSD based, minimal hardware support, minimal documentation on the actual disk itself
Benefits: small, fast, easy to use provided you know how to setup a FTP server and have a DHCP server already in your network, one file only to deal with

Cons: can be a steep learning curve for those new to imaging
Benefits: Linux based, good hardware support, option of both CLI and menu based interface systems, good options for compression of image, one file only

Cons: seems to output to multiple files in a directory as opposed to a single file
Benefits: simple to use

Cons: unless I'm mistaken can only save/restore partitions
Benefits: easy to use, pretty much just a bunch of menu options


Micro Versioning System (MVS), Random Stuff, and More

- recently, built my own Micro Versioning System (using BASH funnily enough). Download it here: https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/m...