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BIOSTAR A780L3C AM3 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Basic Board 05/29/2013

This review is from: BIOSTAR A780L3C AM3 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price. Value.
Adequate feature set for avg user.
Decent Onboard Video (HD 3000) for non gamers.
Decent Onboard Video.
IDE connection, LPTI Connection for people trying to reuse an older drive or printer (although you'll need to buy the lpt1 cable elsewhere) Check the auction sites, I got mine for $3 w/ shipping.

Cons: The only real con that took me by surprise was the total inability to adjust the cpu voltage up at all, this was surprising as this is the first biostar board that I've ever had that did not have this feature. Contacted biostar and they advised me that only their T line of boards do that now, I replied back, I'd be buying Gigabyte boards from henceforth then, this is a feature that cost them nothing, all they need to do is code the bios to do this, the technology already exist on the board to do it.

Other Thoughts: Bought a low power dual core that is supposed to overclock like a dream, (only pulls 35 watts) only to find out, I could only get 10% boost before I ran out of headroom at the stock voltage, I could have easily boosted it another 500 mhz because after prime running for 30 minutes, I was only posting cpu temps of 38c, (with a stock amd retail fan) this thing is begging for more juice, so it could stretch it legs, unfortunately this board, is only tripping it up coming out of the gate.

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Foxconn nt-A3550-0H0WBANA AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 6310 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Size. Smaller than the Novel War and Peace.
Cost. Dual Core, Full 1080 HDMI output, USB 3 support for less than $200? No brainer.

Cons: Numerous. Heat. This thing gets very warm. Could use a bit more vents cut into the case to help it breath a bit better.

Linux/Ubuntu/Xbmc/Xbmcbuntu support is not ready for primetime. Could not load openELEC at all. Loaded Xbmcbunu and I kept getting freezes and lockups and it would sleep and not wake up, So then I installed ubuntu with xbmc on top of it, same problems, finally was forced to just install win7 and load xbmc on top of that. It works, but..
Xbmc still locks up from time to time. Not had any problem with win7 locking up though, just the xbmc.
Looks great and love the features of xbmc though. This may possibly be a heat buildup thing though, will keep tweaking it, and possible remove the top to the box and see if that makes the problem go away and if it does, break out the dremel and start cutting a few vents on the top.

Wifi is weak, I mean, very weak. I've got 40 mb download cable with a ubee n wireless router and I can barely get over 5 mbs of download speed on it, while my laptop, with a weak connection 12 feet further away is downloading at 18 mbs. I check my router interface and saw the connection type and the speeds and its showing this device connecting with G and Not N and only at 1000 kbs, while my phones, connecting at 18000 and numerous other devices showing high numbers this one still showing poor throughput, I checked the support site, No newer wifi drivers exist as of yet, Not sure if the unit is defective or I have a driver issue or what. I contacted support today and hopefully their will be some kind of workaround or fix. On a lark, I had an old usb 2 wireless G adapter that I threw on there and I was able to get 12 mbs of download speed with it and am using that for now. I will update this review once I find out what's going on. WEI numbers on this thing are pretty weak, with the CPU being a big bottleneck, although I ran some older games on it, like Open Gl Quake and got FPS around the 200 mark, not checked it with any steam titles yet. Also the foxconn support number listed here is no longer in service.

Other Thoughts: I really want to like this thing. But so far, it's been a pain, hopefully I can work out the kinks and when I do, I'll try to share them, if anyone has had similar issues and found fixes for them, please post them up here.

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TOSHIBA 500GB Liquid Blue Portable External Hard Drive 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty HDDR500E04XL
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Small, External, Quiet.
Powers off USB Bus, No external power needed.

Cons: Slow. Short Cable. Started Clicking after a year.
Toshiba Support Not at all helpful, Nor sympathetic.
I purchased from walmart during black friday and no longer had my receipt. They denied my claim. Avoid Toshiba, the warranty was a deciding factor in my being this, This is the first time, I've ever had to provide a receipt for a warranty claim on a drive and I've probably exchanged at least 100 over the last 20 years.
Google Toshiba Support Ratings, You'll see they are horrible in helping consumers.

Other Thoughts: Drive Died. Went to Toshiba site and processed an RMA, after several attempts using Serial number and Model number I finally hit the right combonation and the system sent me an RMA number. I followed the directions exactly, (many times they stated if packing instructions are followed EXACTLY all warranty claims will be denied, antistacic bag, bubble wrap, No peanuts, etc etc.. I sent it to richardson tx as per their instructrions, recieved it back 2 weeks later along with a note saying they no longer process external drives in that location and sent me back to the website to start the process over again. I call support and have him walk me through it, only to be told, I needed an original reciept to submit an RMA, I told them the date stamped on the drive was well within the 3 yr warranty, they did not care, they needed proof of purchase, I asked if warranties were transferable. He said yes. I said then it sound like this is just an excuse to deny claims and save toshiba money. AVOID

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Date Joined: 08/23/04

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  • Last Review: 05/29/13
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