Monthly Archives: July 2013

Laptop screen replacement / How to replace laptop screen Gateway NV75S06H

Over the weekend I replaced a Gateway NV75S06H LCD screen. I purchased my new LCD screen from www.laptopscreen.com. The whole process was very easy and I highly recommend purchasing your replacement LCD from www.laptopscreen.com.

View my “How to replace laptop screen Gateway NV75S06H:”

This is my first “How To YouTube Video” so there are a few things I’d change but overall I think it does a good job of explaining how to replace the LCD screen. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or reply to this post.

SSD Tools – SSD Life & Firmware Update

A couple of weeks ago I looked into SSD Life or the expected life of an SSD. At the time of writing this I have 2 different types of SSDs (Solid State Drive) in my computers at home. I have both Intel and SanDisk. Some of the Intel drives are older whereas the SanDisk drives are almost brand new. Several GOOGLE search’s suggested third party apps but after digging through the manufacture’s websites I found that both had tools/utilities for SSDs.

Intel and SanDisk each provide a tToolbox or Toolkit. These apps allow one to view the status of their drive, check the life time (or life cycle), apply firmware updates and much more. Firmware updates are important but if you do not know what you are doing then I suggest you take your computer into an authorized dealer or repair shop.

Intel SSD Toolbox:

SanDisk Toolkit:


Once I found these SSD apps I was able to view my drives life time and perform firmware updates. It was fun trying to update the Intel SSDs as they needed to be plugged into an Intel SATA controller. It took a lot of research on the web to find out that the Intel SSD Toolbox would not update a drives firmware unless it was connected via an Intel controller. You also need to have the correct drivers from Intel.

The SanDisk firmware update was also a bit of a challenge as I had to boot from and ISO image on a USB thumb-drive. Unfortunately the bootable ISO did not include USB drivers for my keyboard so I had to use an older PS2 Keyboard. Luckily for me motherboard had the PS2 connection.

Backing up your data to the cloud

Backing up your personal data; documents, music, pictures, emails, etc. is incredibly important. Most users don’t actually realize the importance of backing up their data. Those that have lost data realize very quickly that spending the extra money could have saved them from the headache and loss of irreplaceable memories. In past times sales people didn’t focus on this aspect of the sale but times are starting to change.

There are a few things to consider when choosing backup solutions today. Before the “Cloud” people may have used an external hard drive or USB device to backup their data. Today there are solutions such as the “Cloud.” Some of the providers I’ve heard of and personally used are: CrashPlan, Mozy, Memeo, etc. This is by far the best method as your data is stored remotely “offsite” meaning your home could burn down or flood and the data would still be safe. There are risks when storing your data with a third party, however they are minimal when comparing the loss of irreplaceable memories.

If you would like help with your data backup please feel free to contact me or reply to this post. I’d be happy to guide you through the process setting up a data backup plan.

SYNC My iTunes – “iTunes is busy”

Ford SYNC My Ride is a very cool feature and SYNC My iTunes is an added bonus for those of  you with Apple devices such as an iPod/iTouch/iPhone.

Last week I tried to SYNC my fiances iPod with Sync My iTunes however after an update or turning on a feature SYNC My iTunes broke. Each time I attempted to SYNC My iTunes I received an error stating “iTunes is busy…”

In order to resolve this problem I had to turn off “Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases:”

Once that setting was off I could successfully update her iPod again:

What is SYNC My iTunes: SYNC My iTunes indexes your music library so that SYNC My Ride can play your iTunes collection through an Apple device. SYNC My Ride is powered by Microsoft and therefor requires SYNC My iTunes to organize music