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Fixing the Orange LED of the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Fixing the Orange LED of the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Hi everyone, I have found a solution for when my Tempotec iDSD Plus gets the Orange LED. The solution is fairly easy. I believe that something may not be making good contact with the printed circuit board and may be preventing the DAC from working. However, slightly pushing around the SmartAction SA2000 chip, it seems to make the LED change back to green and allow the unit to work. You can see the video below where you can see the…

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How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

Hi everyone, Today, I finally managed to install Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 18875. Previosuly, I was getting an error with code 0xca00a000. After reading around the Feedback hub, it seems that disabling the Windows Search service and deleting the content of the Windows SoftwareDistribution folder fixes this, and the update is able to be installed succesful. Here, I’ll show you step by step how to do it. Disabling the Windows Search service First, press the keys Win + R…

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Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

UPDATE 4/13/2019: Yesterday, I published how to install build 18875. Click here to read the post. Hi everyone, Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875, but I’m unable to install it on my machines. For some reason, it fails at 7% when it’s configuring the update when attempting to restart, and then, if I try to download the update again, it returns a 0xca00a00 error. I removed the contents in C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and it seems to be able to download…

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A week with the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

A week with the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Hi everyone, It’s been actually more than a week with my new Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus, and my experience with this new unit has been very positive. First of all, I haven’t faced the Blue LED problem again. As I wrote in my teardown article, they changed some components inside that may prevent this problem from happening again, but it also seems to have introduced a problem where the unit main LED turns orange. This happens rarely, and the unit…

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New Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown

New Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown

Hi everyone, Today, I decided to do a Teardown of the new Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus unit I received to compare the internal components to my previous Tempotec/Hidizs DAC. The unit is identical from the outside, so I did the same teardown process I did before for this new unit. The best way to open it is to use a sharp object to very careful try to detach the glass. To my surprise, this new unit wasn’t glued entirely. It…

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The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

Hi everyone, As I promised in the original post of the UGREEN 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure post, here I share with you my unboxing and testing video. In the video, you’ll first see me as I go through the unboxing process and then I’ll be using CrystalDiskMark to test how the enclosure handles a 1TB Hard Disk Drive. Watch the video below:

The TAIHE Gemini Monitor Survey

The TAIHE Gemini Monitor Survey

Hi everyone, As a backer of the TAIHE Gemini Monitor, I have received the survey today: I’ve never had a survey sent using crowdox, which is the survey system TAIHE is using to collect backer details such as their main pledge, extra items, and of course, shipping address. I clicked the Confirm your Pledge button to have the survey started and filled as soon as possible. I was then sent to their site where my pledge for the Gemini FHD…

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The HyperDrive: USB-C 2018 iPad Pro Edition

The HyperDrive: USB-C 2018 iPad Pro Edition

Hi everyone, Today, I received my HyperDrive USB-C iPad Pro 2018 edition which ran on Kickstarter from December 10, 2018 to January 15 of this year. The HyperDrive 2018 iPad Pro Edition is a USB-C Hub designed mainly for the 2018 iPad Pro, but it is also compatible with other USB-C devices. It has a USB-A 3.0 port, SD and MicroSD Card Reader, 3.5mm TRRS connector, compatible with headsets including inline buttons, USB-C Charging passthrough, and an HDMI output. Because…

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The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure

Hi everyone, Today, I’m going to show you the UGREEN 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure. This is, as the name states, a Hard Disk Drive enclosure for 2.5 inch drives. It also works with Solid State Disks. What’s different from this enclosure to others is that this uses a USB-C connector rather than the USB 3.0 Micro or USB-A connector that most enclosures have. This is an advantage if you have other USB-C…

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Improvements to my Finished BOINC Tasks section in my website and today’s [email protected] rank

Improvements to my Finished BOINC Tasks section in my website and today’s [email protected] rank

Hi everyone, Today afternoon, I worked on setting up a sorting option allowing you to sort my finished BOINC tasks by date and by host, or one of them in the Finished BOINC Tasks section of my website. The result looks like this: You can, for example, select the tasks that’s been processed today, for my AMD Ryzen machine, and you’ll get this: Note that I’m not an expert at HTML or CSS, but I’ve managed to bring this functionality…

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