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Changing one of my CPUs to the Intel VT-d-enabled Intel i7-3720QM

Changing one of my CPUs to the Intel VT-d-enabled Intel i7-3720QM

Hi everyone, As I’ve been using Linux as my main operating system for a while, I’ve been doing some virtualization experiments to also use Windows with it. I discovered QEMU/KVM and virtio/VFIO PCI-Express passthrough, but unfortunately, one of my CPUs doesn’t support the Intel’s VT-d extension. This extension is used to enable direct hardware access, which enables us specifically to pass PCI-Express devices to the VM and act like if it was connected natively. My old CPU was an Intel…

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The PNY Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 2GB PCI-Express Video Graphics Card

The PNY Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 2GB PCI-Express Video Graphics Card

Hi everyone, Today, we will be seeing the PNY Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 2GB PCI Express Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This weekend, I didn’t write a post since I spent it diagnosing an issue with my Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 D4 2G, where it seems it “died”, at least partially, on Windows. After diagnosing the issue and trying it on another PC, I realized that the card may have an internal malfunction preventing the Nvidia Windows drivers from working with…

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EVGA will not make next-generation Graphics Cards. A look at my EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Superclocked

EVGA will not make next-generation Graphics Cards. A look at my EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Superclocked

Hi everyone, EVGA is reportedly quitting the graphics card market and will not make next-generation cards. With the NVidia GeForce 40-series reveal right around the corner, those who wish to upgrade their cards must make the switch to a new GPU vendor, like ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, and Zotac. I myself got my first EVGA card back in 2016. It is the EVGA GeForce 1060 3GB Superclocked version that costed just about $200 dollars at that moment. This GPU is…

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CHUWI UBook Battery Replacement

CHUWI UBook Battery Replacement

Hi everyone, Some months ago, I wrote about my CHUWI UBook having a swollen battery. Today, I’m sharing the pics of it using a replacement battery I got on AliExpress: This battery seems to no longer be on sale but searching for CHUWI Ubook battery will show some results. You may get more refined results by either searching for CWI509 or by HW-31130148. As long as the description says it fits the CHUWI Ubook and the connector matches and is…

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The Fenvi Mini PCI Express to PCI Express Adapter

The Fenvi Mini PCI Express to PCI Express Adapter

Hi everyone, Today, I want to show you the Fenvi Mini PCI Express to PCI Express Adapter. This is an adapter that turns those Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapters commonly found on older laptops into a PCI Express adapter that can be used on Desktop computers. I wrote about me having installed the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 135 Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card with a U.FL to RP-SMA antenna cable into my Media Center PC some days ago. Before that, I…

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The REKONG Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 M.2 Kit

The REKONG Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 M.2 Kit

Hi everyone, Today, I will show you the REKONG Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 M.2 Kit. This kit is designed to add an M.2 Wi-Fi card to a compatible desktop motherboard like the ASRock X570M Pro4 that I’m using. It uses the latest Wi-Fi protocol, Wi-Fi 6E and also has Bluetooth 5.2. It comes with everything needed to add Wi-Fi to a motherboard. The kit includes the following: Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 M.2 card. 2 Brackets to pass the Wi-Fi antenna…

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CHUWI UBook Fire Hazard. Battery Swollen

CHUWI UBook Fire Hazard. Battery Swollen

Hi everyone, I’m probably one of the few who have had swollen battery issues. This time, the most recent battery issue came with the CHUWI UBook tablet that I’ve had for a few years now. Somehow, even with the device powered off, the battery decided to swell really bad that it bent the tablet itself. Fortunately, even with the tablet bended, the screen itself seems to not have been cracked. However, the battery is severely swollen. I was able to…

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The Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale

The Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale

Hi everyone, Today, we will be seeing a replacement fan from Rangale for the Lenovo Y510p laptop. This is my 3nd replacement fan as 2 has already failed previously: The last replacement fan actually lasted a whole year, which at least was something. I’m not sure how long the new one will last, but we’ll see since it’s a different brand than the last 2. This fan also comes in a nice branded box, unlike the generic past one. The…

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Upgrading the Lenovo Y720 RAM to 64GB

Upgrading the Lenovo Y720 RAM to 64GB

Hi everyone, I’ve recently upgraded my Lenovo Y720 RAM to 64GB. This laptop came with 16GB initially, but it’s very easy to upgrade it. I was browsing Amazon and found that the Samsung 32GB DDR4 SODIMM modules were the cheapest available, so I went ahead and ordered 2 of them. Upgrading it was as easy as removing the back cover: We can see the 2x 8GB RAM modules installed in the laptop here: And here they are removed: The part…

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Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Hi everyone, Today, I got a package with Up Tape in it: I’ve been expecting to receive my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter last year. The project got several delays due to Intel CPU shortages, but last week, I received a tracking number from AAEON, which makes the UP Board and this just popped up today. It initially should have been delivered on Thursday. I’ll be opening the box and seeing if this is definitely the UP…

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