AngelaJossy's Blog

May. 17, 2009 at 8:00am


Desperately Seeking Mister (or Misses) Fixit 2009

I have a days worth of tasks I'd like to hire (or barter with) someone for. Are you good with technical difficulties?

Here's the list:

1) Connect laptop to TV so we can watch downloads on the big screen
2) Find a discontinued printer driver and make this Lexmark print/scan/fax machine work
3) Make cable splitter work so we can have two TV's working from the same cable outlet
4) Take Illustrator software off of desktop computer and install it on laptop (install disks are lost)
5) Get the cables properly in order to make my high def TV actually look high def
6) Fix overheat problem on my laptop. Tech support says: the thermal compound between the heat sink and processor is not doing the job anymore. It can be reapplied but this is something you would most likely want a shop to do that does laptop repairs. It is easy you just need some tools and know how much compound to put on it.
7) Take apart my desk chair and put it together properly. It didn't come with directions so I did the best I could. My best was not very good.

Do you think you are up for this challenge?

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comments [9]  |  posted under , former circuit city employee, geek, good with computers, nerd, smarter than me, Tacoma, technologically gifted


by JesseHillFan on 5/17/2009 @ 12:23am
I'll help you on a couple of them right here.
question 2 you have to specify the Printer's model number first.You didn't specify what operating system that you are using but I'll assume it's Microsoft Windows.If it's Apple's Operating system you might still be in luck.
Although this website is about Windows 3.X and 9.X it has links to driver websites.Driverguide is a good website for compiled older drivers.Some older hardware won't have software compatible for newer operating systems in which case you will desire a "thrift store" or surplus PC.
Lightspeeds Windows 3.1/95/98 Reference Page
Here is the driverguide website.
You have to sign up.
You could also try the manufacturers website too which I would always do first.

On question 6 Laptops retain a lot of heat (They are way hotter than desktops and normally don't last as long).
I have microcomputers over 34 years old that still work.In fact I had to get rid of some antiques because they were taking too much space up like 6 1983 IBM XT's that worked perfectly (yes,even the 26 year old hard drives).In fact I had to throw away (recycle) 60 old computers as they were taking up too much space
I recommend getting what's known as a laptop cooler to extend their lifetime.Heat and Moisture are the enemy of electronics.
That's why I have all of my computers in an air conditioned room just like the old days with the mainframes.So try using a laptop cooler first as it may work for you.

by Twisty on 5/17/2009 @ 9:03am
He's a super GEEK
Super GEEK
He's super geekin', yeow!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

by fredo on 5/17/2009 @ 9:18am
I'm no geek, super or otherwise. However, if you want true HD in the highest resolution on your TV I believe you will need to invest in a Blu-ray player or similar drive for your laptop. Don't forget the HDMI cable.

by AngelaJossy on 5/17/2009 @ 11:16am
Thanks for the advice JesseHillFan. My laptop actually shuts off with no warning and that's why I need to do the procedure that the manufacturer tech support suggests. It doesn't happen all the time but it seems to happen at critical times (like when I'm in the middle of a project and using lots of Ram). It also does it if I watch a video that's longer than about 7 minutes. Yesterday it shut down when I had Google street view open on two windows.

Ironically, I bought this computer (Music XPC) because it had new technology that was supposed to fix the laptop heat issue without having to tolerate a super loud fan noise (which I REALLY hated on my last laptop).

About the Lexmark X6170: Desiree's laptop has Vista. This printer is hers. I already downloaded the driver from several different web sites but the driver still wasn't in the files I downloaded (liars!) and the Lexmark website no longer offers that driver. Its discontinued. I fought the good fight and now I want to call in a professional.

I'm still looking for someone who can come over here and fix ALL this stuff for me and Desiree. Anyone? We'll even cook lunch and/or dinner for you. We also have beer.

by AngelaJossy on 5/17/2009 @ 11:18am
@Fredo, I think you're right. I think it might be the appropriate cable that I'm missing. I did buy the second to most expensive cable so I think if hooked up correctly it could be closer to true high def than it is now but maybe not. I might be willing to pony up for the better cable if the SUPER GEEK looked over everything and determined that this was the case.

by Tova on 5/17/2009 @ 3:50pm
Re: HD telly, we invested in fancy HD tv and HDMI cable for our csable box, but didn't see any change until we slapped ourselves upside the head and realized we weren't watching HD channels. Like King 5 news looks the same as before on channel 5, but channel 105 HD version looks like like the HD we expected. Just a suggestion.

by fredo on 5/17/2009 @ 5:26pm
Tova-you're right, the HD channels look much better than their standard digital counterparts. But HD broadcasts, like satellite HD is not 1080 resolution but merely 720. If you want to see really impressive results get a blu ray player. I'm not aware of any other source of 1080 signal.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/17/2009 @ 11:52pm
HD looks no different and it's all pixelated on the edges.
I'm happy with my 21" low-def TV with one of those converter boxes... even though I now only get 3 channels instead of the 8 I used to.
Also, many standard DVD players can now upscale to 1080-whatever. Don't waste your money on blu ray.

My advice: wait on this HD stuff for 3-5 years. By then it'll be dirt cheap and the bugs will be worked out.

by JesseHillFan on 5/18/2009 @ 12:32am
I think that eventually soon HD television will be obsolete because of the Internet.Already I watch more movies,videos and news on the Internet than on cable TV.In fact I am planning on ending my cable TV service.