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I Have a Computer Again! / New Photos

E Building, originally uploaded by Kevin Coppock.

Bit of backstory here since I haven’t had a chance to post a blog in a while due to computer issues. About two weeks ago, my computer’s liquid cooling pump decided to fry itself, so I had to order a new fan/heatsink from Newegg and wait for that to come in. It came in last Monday, and when I went to install it, that’s when the real fun started.

I started to remove the old cooling system from my computer, and all of that went fairly well, until I tried to remove the backplate that holds the waterblock to the CPU (those of you who’ve done this, you know what I’m talking about.) Well, apparently whatever genius is in charge of designing these thought it would be a good idea to use the absolutely strongest adhesive possible to mount it to a fragile, expensive piece of equipment such as a motherboard. After about 45 minutes with a hair dryer and a butter knife, I made some headway getting it off, only to notice, to my chagrin, a large burn mark both on my case and on my motherboard, below the CPU. Apparently I’d had a little miniature explosion in there, or something, but long story short, the sucker was fried.

So of course, being the week of Christmas, I couldn’t get a replacement motherboard until today (got an Abit IL-9 Pro, for those that care), but I threw this one together, and so far everything else seems to have made it out unscathed, including the processor, which I had assumed was probably fried as well. Moral of the story here is to not use liquid cooling systems… >.>

Also, I finally got to add some new photos now that I have my computer again, I uploaded three to Flickr today that I liked, so please go take a look if you have a chance!


I Think You Dropped These…

So my sister has this annoying neighbor that, five or six times a day, has this ritual of sitting outside his apartment door smoking, and then proceeds to throw it in the bush that sits in front of her apartment. He doesn’t even bother to put them out, so you walk by and just see this smoking bush.

I find this very irritating…

To start with, I’ve started picking them up as I see them, and transferring them to his bush on the opposite side.

I figured this method would make it a little more personal, though:


I left these on his doorstep. Innocent enough, but maybe this will drive the point home. I doubt it, though. Unfortunately I’ll just have to imagine his response to this, but in my imagination I’m hoping for a double take, a long, silent stare, followed by a string of bewildered cursing, and a door slamming.

If this doesn’t work, I’m sure I’ll think of other plans. :)


Small Change on Facebook’s Notification Emails

This is kind of random, but I just noticed that Facebook has changed the way they send you email notifications. Now the email actually gives more information. Like if it’s a notification of a wall post or a message, it actually contains the post in the email. So apparently they updated it sometime between last night and today, but there’s nothing on the Facebook blog about it yet.

I always thought it would be kind helpful to have the message in the email itself, same way with MySpace.


Cracked My Windshield

What a great way to kick off my week back to school after Thanksgiving break. I was purposely running a little late to class Monday, trying to finish up some homework that was due (really, what kind of sick person gives homework over Thanksgiving break?), and then I headed out to class.

So I’m driving along down 565, and all I hear is this loud crack sound. Never saw anything, just heard something hit my car, so I’m kinda looking around and don’t see anything, so I get back to driving. A few minutes later, out of the corner of my eye I see this radial crack at the bottom of my windshield, and sickeningly realize that wasn’t there before. So I’m still driving, trying to do a Google search on my phone for how to stop a crack from spreading, and by the time I make it to class, it had already spread about halfway up the windshield, and it’s still slowly making its way across toward my side.


So I head on into class realizing there’s not really much I can do at this point. I was talking to some of my classmates about it, and I decided I’d give my insurance company a call to see if it would be covered. So I call them up, and they tell me that yes, I have glass coverage on my insurance plan. That’s great, right? Then she tells me that there is a $500 DEDUCTIBLE. Huh? I don’t know, I guess that’s usual for insurance places, but seriously, it isn’t going to cost anywhere CLOSE to $500 to fix. What do I pay them for again? *sigh*

Oh well, so basically that was just a long, drawn out way of saying I’m getting my windshield replaced today for $150. :/

And wow, it’s been a month since my last post, I need to update this more frequently, haha.


Video: Car Rolls Into Pond – Sucks To Be This Guy

(EDIT: Apparently WordPress doesn’t like the embed tag, so you’ll have to click the link for now. Looks like it’s time to buy a website…)

It might not hurt for this guy to be a little more observant in the future. I love how he first looks around and sees his car is gone, and thinks nothing of it. It’s not till the audience and the cop show up that it finally dawns on him.


HOWTO: Replace Keyboard on Laptop Computer (HP dv6105)

EDIT 2011/05/06: Wow! So this post alone has passed 100,000 views. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments. I don’t always have time to reply to all of the questions in the comments, but I’m glad this post has been helpful to so many!

Since I recently had to replace a keyboard on a laptop, and couldn’t find any resources on replacing it for this model, I thought I’d go ahead and do a run-through for anyone else who may need this.

Okay, to start with, you’ll need:

  • Replacement keyboard (Part# 431414-001)
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver (for prying off cover)

Step 1

Step 1: Remove RAM cover and Battery

Step 3

Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the RAM cover, and set it aside. Then remove the battery as well.

Step 4

Step 2: Remove Necessary Screws

There are a total of eight screws that you’ll need to remove to get to the keyboard: Five black screws, and three smaller silver screws.

Step 6 - Which screws to remove

You’ll see a keyboard icon next to the three lower screws:

Step 5 - Keyboard Screws

Step 7 - Screws Taken Out

And these are what you should end up with after removing the screws.

Step 3: Remove Keyboard Shield

Step 8 - Pop off keyboard guard

Next, we’ll have to remove the shield that holds the keyboard in place. You can do this using the Flathead screwdriver, fingernails, or a coin.

Step 9 - Cover popped up

You’ll pop them up like the image above on both sides.

Step 10 - Cover off

Once you get the cover up, be careful not to damage the flex cables beneath it.

Step 4: Remove Keyboard

Step 10 - Removing Keyboard 1

Now that you have the shield loose, you can now remove the keyboard. There is another flex cable connecting the keyboard, so don’t pull too far up on the keyboard just yet.

Step 11 - Careful with Ribbon Cable

Carefully work the cable out of its slot by pulling back towards the screen.

Step 13 - Remove ribbon cable

Now you’ve got the keyboard removed, and you’re ready to reinstall the new one. Almost there!

Step 12 - Keyboard removed

Step 5: Install the New Keyboard

Step 14 - Reinsert ribbon cable

First, carefully insert the new cable into the slot. Be careful not to damage it, the cables are fragile.

Update: “The connector slot has a lever the pins are connected to the white box and the black lever at the bottom of the white box can be pulled towards the screen. This will loosen the keyboard cable. If you press that black lever back it will fix the cable.” Thanks, alex for the tip!

Step 15 - Reinsert the keyboard

Now, place the keyboard back down inside the case.

Step 17 - back latches of cover

Now we’ll replace the shield. Push backwards toward the screen to make sure the back latches set in place correctly, then pop the sides back down into the case until you feel them lock.

Step 16 - Pop covers back on

Step 6: Close It All Back Up

Now that you’ve got the keyboard back on, flip it back over onto its back, and reinstall all eight screws.

Step 18 - Small screws go here

Don’t forget, the three small screws go here, under the battery.

Step 6 - Which screws to remove

Now, we’ll put the RAM cover back on…

Step 19 - Recover RAM cover and battery

…and put the battery back in.

And that’s it! As long as you’ve got the cable plugged in correctly, it should work with no problems.

Step 20 - Done!


1,000 Hits!

Just thought I’d throw another post up here to celebrate 1,000 views on my (not-so-often-updated) blog, and a whole 22 comments from y’all. ;)

Not really much else I can say…um, Bellsouth sucks? That works.


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