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Upgrading the memory of a Acer E15

A week or so ago, I got a Acer E15. Everything seemed good apart from one thing for me - 4Gb of ram. I know 4Gb of ram isnt exactly low but for a system that uses the main memory for GPU memory too I thought it needed more (Windows/GPU probably want around a gigabyte each, not leaving much afterwards). I also noticed that the memory was running in single-channel, so just one 4Gb module (so there was speed bonuses too).

Usually the process of increasing an laptop's memory is a fairly easy process - simply remove the underside flaps and install the extra memory. However on this laptop Acer decided not to install flaps, meaning to get to the memory you had to dissemble the whole laptop. As you can imagine I was some what hesitant, however installing the extra ram would see around a 15% increase in CPU power, 25% in GPU and double the amount of ram.

Before starting I had a good look on the net and found a video showing how to take the laptop apart (shown here). This helped a lot, so started to remove all 18 screws and take out the DVD drive.

With the screws removed, it was time open up the PC by removing the keyboard section. I wasnt liking this part because it was all snappy-plastic clips (that usually break when opening). I had to be careful because around the mouse-pad, the bevel is very thin (meaning it could snap there). After much prizing, the keyboard section gave. So now I had to remove three ribbon cables - keyboard, mouse and power switch. With the keyboard section removed, I saw the following;

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The next thing to do is to remove the motherboard. So to do this you have disconnect the WLAN card, cpu cooler, HDD, USB/Power cables and the display cable. Most of this was fairly easy, as there were only a few screws in the whole thing. You have to remove the CPU fan, because its very tight to get the motherboard out (plus you dont want to damage the heat-pipe). So now flipping the board over we can see the two memory modules slots:

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Now it was time to install the memory modules. Installing memory is easy - put in at an angle, then push down. With the memory installed it was time to put the motherboard back, and start plugging the cables in. The motherboard was only held by one screw - the other screw holes are for the 18 underside screws. There were just a couple more screws; two in the HDD, 2 in the CPU cooler, and one in the WLAN. After a little bit of time, it was coming back together. So the last thing to do was to put the keyboard back - the bit I wasnt looking forward too (because of the thin ribbon cables). However these seem to go in easier than I thought.

So with that done, it was time to check if the system recognized the extra ram. I tried to match the memory as closely as I could. I didnt want to buy a memory kit - as the 4Gb memory already in the laptop would of gone to waste. However it started first time and had no problem with the memory.

So with a successful memory upgrade all I had to do was to clip it together, then put the screws back in. Job done.

Posted by Roguey on Sunday 26th July, 2015   ·   Comment 0 comments   ·  

Elite Dangerous » A sneaky Tycoon

For the past few days ive been working on my trade rank, seeing it was the 85%+ area. Trading isnt the most fun thing to do, but it brings in money which is always a good thing in Elite: Dangerous. Earlier, I knew I was getting close - as it said I was at 99%. However when I logged back in, I saw this;

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I was thinking that you needed 384/385 million profit, so I was expecting to do a few more runs to be honest.

Anyway, now begins the long road to Elite for two ranks - combat and trade. As you can see I made a little progress on the combat one.

Posted by Roguey on Friday 10th July, 2015   ·   Comment 0 comments   ·  

Elite Dangerous » A deadly Roguey

Its been just under a month now since my last blog, when I reached the combat rating of Dangerous. I was so sick of seeing Master, as all I could think about was I am a master-blaster (as someone kept saying it to me). So I was so glad to get the Dangerous title. I carried on doing kills (probably 75% to 25% - trading, you still make a lot of money from trading).

Today, I have just reached Deadly! So now just one more title before coming Elite. I know this one will take some time, but atleast each percent I do, I know its getting closer - rather than thinking I have to do another step afterwards (if that makes any sense). Here is my promotion;

However before I reach Elite im expecting to reach Tycoon, as im around 80% rank at the moment. Tycoon is also one rank under Elite, but I know trading takes ages. For the moment ive been taking Imperial Slaves from Zelano, to LTT 911 (trade-run here which nets me around 2,800 per unit (although no return goods)). Another reason for this run is that my power (Denton Patreus) is nearby, actually this was the reason I picked him.

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ps. I know im not the first to reach these ranks, however I like to document my progress and hope you like seeing it. Hopefully you found this blog interesting (especially nosing at my stats, although I do find it useful for myself).

Well, good luck out there fellow Commanders.

Posted by Roguey on Saturday 4th July, 2015   ·   Comment 0 comments   ·  

Elite Dangerous » Dangerous title

Its been a long time since my last blog post on Elite: Dangerous. A lot has changed since - just recently Elite: Dangerous was updated to include powers. However v1.3 hasnt gone with fair share of problems too (some still needing fixing).

On and off ive been working on the combat rank - trying to progress. I got so fed up seeing Master - which felt lacking. Today - finally I managed to reach Dangerous.

I know there are commanders out there who have already reached Elite, but im just sharing my progress. I would like to reach Elite one day but I feel that's a long way off. Thanks for Shadowplay I have the moment recorded;

Anyway, Good luck out there commanders,

Posted by Roguey on Friday 12th June, 2015   ·   Comment 1 comments   ·  

MSi RMA process

In my last blog you may of read that my old MSi 670GTX OC (N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC) failed. After some testing I couldnt get the card to work properly again (Windows reported an error 43, and had switched to vgasafe). I also noticed some corruption in the pictures (looking like the graphic-card memory had failed).

So I started to read around, it looked like MSi did offer 3 year warranties on some cards but I wasnt sure if mine was covered. I checked all over the box and the included paper-work, but nothing about the warranty period. I contacted MSi to see if the card was covered or not, as the card was 2 years and 10 months old. They told me the card was covered and they would do the RMA of the card.

However, MSi said the card would need to be sent to the Netherlands (since there was no UK repair centre). My first thoughts is that would be expensive. I did a quick check on the postage cost, and royal-mail showed £60! Immediately was disappointed - 20% of the cost of a new 970 0GTX!?! However after further emails MSi told me that they didnt need the original box (which was quite big, most being empty space) and I removed the postage-insurance (since it was broken anyway). This brought down the posting-cost to £12.51! So on the wednesday it was packaged (with all the paper-work), and took to our local post-office the next day (on 16th April).

I knew it would take a few days to get there (with a weekend just after), so I kept an eye on the tracking information. However before the tracking information I told emailed by MSi to say the card has arrived (21st April). On the same day I had another email saying that they didnt have a replacement but would I accept a N680GTX-PM2D2GD5 as a replacement? So I did some research and it appeared to be the next model up, although not over-clocked like my old 670GTX. My old 670GTX was around 3.5% faster than the reference design, and the 680GTX they offered was around 2-5% faster than my old 670GTX. I could see why MSi offered that card as a replacement. I accepted of-course, and the following day it was despatched.

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On the 24th of April I got a ding-dong on the front-door - the replacement card was here. I immediately stuck the card in, and it was working. It was great to have a modern graphic-card again - the old 9800 GT wasnt up to the job on my 2600k (running at 98% most of the time) - I missed shadow-play, Elite ran at 10-15pfs with everything at the lowest and 512MB of VRAM was too small. The replacement card looked in fairly good condition, as I was told it would be a factory refurbished one.

So in the end it took around a week and a day for my card to go from the UK to Netherlands, to be processed and another card to be sent. I am impressed with MSi, as they dealt with the warranty brilliantly. I would like to say a big thank-you to MSi for dealing with my RMA.

Over the weekend I did tidy my case, installed some black-foam and swapped PSU;

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Posted by Roguey on Monday 27th April, 2015   ·   Comment 3 comments   ·  

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