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Laptop replacement

by ConsolePenguine / November 21, 2016 8:12 AM PST

My lenovo thinkpad X230 stopped working. Its getting the blue screen if death, error 0ca000021a (or similair) , attempted switch from dpc, etc. I cant even boot up windows now ! I need a good replacement, about £200, with my only fuss is it has to have a trackpoint. Thanks.

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Since it's a big world.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2016 8:54 AM PST
In reply to: Laptop replacement

You would shop for laptops in your price range and locality. The error you supplied sounds like a drive failure. Did you try a factory reset and maybe a new drive?

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So
by ConsolePenguine / November 21, 2016 11:21 AM PST

Im resetting it, i downloaded windows to a flash and am in the process. In my research it IS a drive failure, but I've been updating them every week (almost)!

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Can you clarify something?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2016 11:51 AM PST
In reply to: So

I wrote and you did too it IS a drive failure. But then you continue with "updating them every week".

I fear you are updating DRIVERS which is something I never do without good reason. I have to guess you are not updating the disk drive weekly as that would be costly.

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The drive
by ConsolePenguine / November 22, 2016 12:10 AM PST

I tried resetting my laptop, a few hours in the vening: didnt work.
I reset it jn the morning, i just get my desktop: All my apps, everything!
How does one update their drive?

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Re: update drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 22, 2016 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: The drive

You don't update failing hardware, you replace it. In case of a failing hard disk, that included cloning the contents of the old one to the new one.

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How much
by ConsolePenguine / November 22, 2016 8:06 AM PST
In reply to: Re: update drive

Does that usually cost? My PC somehow started working again..

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I can change this part myself.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2016 8:11 AM PST
In reply to: How much

A standard 500GB HDD laptop drive has crashed to about 50USD.
We rarely install that since the 480GB SSD often found for just a little over 100USD.

The SSD boosts overall performance and makes a sluggish old laptop feel like a new model. So that's what we do.

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Oh those drives
by ConsolePenguine / November 22, 2016 11:54 PM PST

Im running a 6 month old Sandisk 256 GB SSD, for £50.

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Oh the joy!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2016 8:28 AM PST
In reply to: Oh those drives

The SSD speed boost is so good that we are fitting them on almost all machines now rather than a HDD. And 240GB or more is usually more than sufficient for most folk.

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It is
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: Oh the joy!

But do you have a solution for the "ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC" error. It usually shows up when im downloading anything and sometimes when I'm having a Team Fortress 2 match.

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Not all the time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2016 9:19 AM PST
In reply to: It is

I have fixed a few and it was a drive failure. In one awful case the client insisted it was not the drive. We had to return the laptop as-is since they were sure it wasn't that and we were. They had already factory reset the laptop and had us do that too.

It was best for everyone they get the laptop back without incurring more charges.

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Replace
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 12:13 PM PST
In reply to: Not all the time.

Should I just replace it for another one? The astheatic part isnt very gokd either..

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That I can't answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2016 12:36 PM PST
In reply to: Replace

How about this? We can boot and run Linux from a few dollar memory stick. That could get the laptop some extended time/use for those that don't want to pop an under 50 buck part.

There are many fine distros that run on USB memory sticks. I like in no order:
Ubuntu, Mint, Puppy and of course the one that upsets governments, TAILS.

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Ios
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 1:19 PM PST
In reply to: That I can't answer.

I heard iOS runs better than windows. Is it, as a matter of interest, possible to load it on a thinkpad?

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Not legally.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2016 1:29 PM PST
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And we've had discussions like that and the threads get locked.

The topic of running Apple's OS outside of the license is covered by the forum policies.

Let's not go there.

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Is it possible
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 1:24 PM PST
In reply to: That I can't answer.

As a matter of interest is it possible to run iOS on a windows PC?

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If you want that, how about?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2016 1:31 PM PST
In reply to: Is it possible

There are two other alternative OSes for PCs that fit and run from USB memory.

All the above looks like a bad HDD. No, I'm not 100% sure, but it sounds like it and I've fixed too many. So let's move on.

1. Android. Google AndroidX86 and there it is.
2. Chrome. Google Chome for PCs and I found it.

All legal too.

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So
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 10:28 PM PST

Its just my SSD not wanting to work? Also, sorry, my message got sent twice somehow..

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Ios
by ConsolePenguine / November 24, 2016 1:27 PM PST
In reply to: That I can't answer.

I heard iOS runs better than windows. Is it, as a matter of interest, possible to load it on a thinkpad?

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Not something we'll discuss.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2016 11:55 PM PST
In reply to: Ios

The forum policies FORBID such a discussion so I can't write more than that.

As to the SSD not wanting to work. At 6 months that's in warranty. Let them swap it out.

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