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HP Elitebook 8440p overheating

You can get used 8440p laptops pretty cheaply because HP Elitebook 8440p overheating is rather common. Symptoms of overheating include unexpected reboots, shutting down, and bluescreens.

The problems with the cooling system are unfortunate. They have nice keyboards and they’re easy to work on, so they’d be nice laptops if they didn’t overheat so much. Here’s how to improve their cooling so you can get a bargain.

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Gigabit card only connecting at 100mbps? Here’s the fix.

I finished a modernization project where I replaced all of my 100-megabit gear with gigabit-capable gear, including my cabling and router and access points. But after I replaced my last 100-megabit switch, I found we had two Windows 7 desktops refusing to speed up. Here’s how to fix a gigabit card only connecting at 100mbps.

First, if you know you’re not connecting at gigabit, you probably already know how to do this. But if not, here’s how to check your network speed in Windows 10.

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What to look for in a USB flash drive

USB flash drives are pretty much a necessity these days. They’re far more convenient for moving files around than optical discs, and they make good backup devices. But not all USB flash drives are created equal. Here’s what to look for in a USB flash drive.

Here’s a tip: I don’t just use USB flash drives for transporting data and backups. I like to keep a modest-sized USB flash drive plugged into my router, turning it into a small NAS. It gives me a convenient, reliable place to back up data from any of my computers.

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Boot a Lenovo Ideapad 100 from USB

If you need to boot a Lenovo Ideapad 100 from USB, there’s an easy way to do it.

To boot a Lenovo Ideapad 100 off USB, the third option in this menu is the one you want.

First, shut down the computer. Plug a USB drive into one of the USB ports. Next, press the Novo Button. On my friend’s Ideapad 100 it’s a small recessed button between the power jack and the vent, toward the back of the machine. You have to press it with a paper clip. The Ideapad will start up and present you with a boot menu. Use the arrow keys to select the third option, which reads Boot Menu. Press the enter key. The computer will present you a series of options, likely the internal hard drive, the optical drive, or USB. Choose USB. The computer will boot off USB this time, then boot off the hard drive the next.

Getting any computer to boot off USB is almost always different from the next, but on this model of Lenovo, it’s pretty easy. You just have to know what that Novo button does.