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Lexmark C530dn Low Cartridge Message

Jul
03

If you receive any warning that your Lexmark C530dn is running out of toner (Low Cartridge Message) for the first time just ignore it for a while. Especially when those are the very first cartridges. Your cartridge shall last for a while.

I got surprised when I noticed that I am running out of magenta toner without using the printer that much (especially for colour printing). With a bit of search around I noticed that it is rather a common problem and now I can confirm that I printed quite a lot of coloured pages using particularly the magenta colour. You need of course to remove the cartridge, shake it a bit, and place it back once per while, depending on the number of printings.

In general, I would say that I am happy with this printer, considering always the price I purchased it. I paid approximately GBP 300 (more than a year ago) for a fast colour laser printer, which benefits network connection and of course the fantastic duplex printing feature. And last but not least the 128 MB of memory.
You can have a look at some funny cases at the links below:

http://cnet.nytimes.com/laser-printers/lexmark-c530dn/4852-3159_9-32169584.htm

http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/printers/m/29009741/

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ASUS EeePC900 Performance BOOOOOST

Nov
28

I own ASUS EeePC 900, a small notebook of 8.9 inches screen and I was very satisfied of its mobility use and its power as a computer. However, there was a big problem that I had noticed but soon I managed to solve it.

Symptom:

My notebook was using Windows XP with 1Gb RAM and the CPU at 0.9 GHz, it was somehow “slow”, insufficient in its use. This low performance made me nervous sometimes and I was feeling like my notebook was loosing its power.

Solution:

The solution to this problem was to use Linux based OS as it is Ubuntu. So, at the moment that I had installed Ubuntu in my ASUS 900, everything worked perfect and made my life easier. The computer was very fast and its RAM and processor were good enough for me to perform all kind of functionalities without having problems.

And generally, the choice of Linux based OS in notebooks like that (ACER, LG etc.), is a good way in order to avoid performance problems.

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ASUS Striker Extreme – CPU INIT Error (Updated)

Nov
08

*** PLEASE READ THE LEGAL DISCLAIMER BEFORE YOU MOVE FURTHER TO MY SUGGESTIONS BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK ***

After working fine for almost 8 months, my ASUS SE got again the CPU INIT message. The only difference this time was that nothing I had tried before worked. By the way, I had a CPU INIT situation before Christmas and I fixed it immediately by following the steps mentioned in my previous post.

Symptoms

I worked until late Wednesday night, shut down the PC and went for sleeping. On Thursday morning, I tried to boot up my system but after pressing the switch the fans and lights operate for a couple of seconds and then off. I tried that more than 10 times with no difference.

I tried to clear the CMOS while the mobo was inside the case with no result. I took the mobo out, performed all the known steps with no result.

The only difference was that the fan and lights could operate as long as you keep the PC on, but the CPU INIT was still there.

Solution

I tried many combinations with no success. I remember the very last combination that finally brought the mobo back to life.

I put the low spec memory stick at the last slot (furthest from the CPU),

I put the Graphics Card at the second PCI-Express slot (not the upper one close to audio card) and I kept the SoundMAX audio card inserted.

This time I decided to remove the CPU as noted in ASUS forum. So I just removed the CPU fan and the CPU chip and after a few seconds I replaced it back and fixed the CPU fan on the top as it normally was.

I followed the clear CMOS process and left my flat for a pint. After about 5 hours I came back and put the battery back, released the Clear CMOS switch and kept the jumper at position 2-3 (Enabled).

I just connected a PS/2 keyboard and fired up the system. After a couple of seconds I heard the lovely beep.

I hope this helps you in case you have already failed to solve the CPU INIT problem following the previous suggestions described in the following link http://kostakiss.com/blog/2007/07/08/asus-striker-extreme-cpu-init-error/

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Asus Striker Extreme – Proper 680i Chipset Drivers

Nov
30

After formatting my system, I installed all the appropriate drivers, but I noticed that although the system was “fresh” it suffered from some sort of lagging. Indeed, that came to my attention when watching movies (I made sure that the DVD-ROM was fine). There was also a few seconds delay when loading the personal settings after logging in.

I reinstalled the 680i chipset drivers I had downloaded from ASUS web site again and again with no luck. I had also some issues with my USB2.0 speeds.

I came across with the nvidia web site and I tried to download my drivers from that place . I chose the proper combination of product and OS and my system now fires up in a couple of seconds and after watching 5 movies I have not noticed that lagging.

I am not sure whether there is any difference in the driver, as they seem identical, but I thought of posting thisexpereince in case that helps someone who has similar issues.

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ASUS Striker Extreme – CPU INIT Error

Jul
08

*** PLEASE READ THE LEGAL DISCLAIMER BEFORE YOU MOVE FURTHER TO MY SUGGESTIONS BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK ***

I guess there are plenty of people out there who have purchased the ASUS Striker Extreme motherboard and are now disappointed with their choice and definitely frustrated with ASUS. Those were my feelings, too.

After wasting tens of hours on internet searching and many more on clearing my mobo’s CMOS, I think I found out the solution, which I would share with all the folks out there who experience the same issues.

If you get the CPU INIT error message and you try to clear the CMOS, but the mobo seems dead, then probably your problem is your memory’s voltage.

Briefly, my mobo seemed dead, with no beeping, no posting. The only thing I could see was the CPU INIT message on the mobo’s LCD. However, the CPU fan together with all the mobo’s leds where on, which means that there was voltage across it. I tried all the possible ways of clearing the CMOS, with and without cards, swapping memory stick or sticks and so on, but with no results.

Your mobo is most likely fine if the CPU fan works and here is the way to bring it back to life.

First of all you need to have a low specification RAM, running on probably 667 MHz, but the most important of all is the memory voltage. The memory needs to run with 1.8 Volts. The OCZ 9200 I got uses 2.3 Volts for operating, which is far away from 1.8 Volts. Note that the default settings for the memory voltage on your BIOS is set to AUTO, which is actually 1.8 Volts. This is probably the reason that you cannot clear your CMOS with high data rate modules, as all of them use higher voltage than that.

Step 1

Remove all the power cords including the 24-pin ATX connector (EATXPWR) and maybe the 2×4 (8-pin EPS) or 1×4 ATX12V connector (the one which powers up the CPU and is located just next to it).

Step 2

Remove all the cards including your graphics card

Step 3

Place only one Memory Stick at the last slot (the one further from CPU).

Step 4

Clear your CMOS. If you don’t know or you are not sure how, CLICK HERE.

Step 5

Put the graphics card on.

Step 6

Connect all the power cables, including the 24-pin ATX connector (EATXPWR) and the 2×4 (8-pin EPS) or 1×4 ATX12V connector.

Step 7

Power UP

You should now hear the desired BEEP and the motherboard should normally post. If everything works fine, shut down your PC, remove the low performance memory stick and install the high rate memories. During the posting enter the BIOS and change the memory voltage from AUTO to the appropriate value.

Please note that, if you do not have the newest BIOS version you should do so as soon as possible. My BIOS version is currently 1102, which is the latest. If you notice on the BIOS updates, there are many memory combatibility issues fixed on each updated version. Therefore the very first thing when you bring the motherboard in life is to update the BIOS keeping the low performance memory and then install the high data rate memory sticks.

In case that you have any query about the process mentioned in this post or you did not eventually brought your motherboard back to life, please feel free to leave your message here.

You can also leave a message to let other people know what you have experienced and of course whether this trick worked for you or not.

If you have failed fixing your CPU INIT error, please try an alternative solution at the following link http://kostakiss.com/blog/2008/11/08/asus-striker-extreme-cpu-init-error-updated/

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