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Pros: 1) Provides countless hours of migraines
2) I know what company I will not be purchasing from in the future
3) I know what computer retailer I will not be purchasing from in the future
Cons: 1) Motherboard doesnt work (same issues after RMA)
2) Front panel USBs dont work
3) Newegg doesnt guarantee compatibility
Other Thoughts: I had high hopes for Shuttle, and used to be a big fan of Newegg. I have a friend who had a Shuttle years ago and loved it, and I had always had good experiences with Newegg.
I built this computer for my father: i5 processor, and did a bundle from Newegg which was a combo barebones (Shuttle), Muskin RAM, and HD (Seagate). Everything came in an orderly fashion and went together as it typically does. Uncontrolable by Newegg or Shuttle my father's sister passed away and he was gone for two weeks, and the computer and my dad not bothering me with any issues, was experiencing issues with Windows 7 locking up at the loading screen when booting the computer. This was an intermitent (and still is) when booting Windows. I found out about this issues after 30 days and contacted Newegg and was instructed to contact the manufacturers.
Checked the RAM; good.
Did a clean install of Windows.
I figured I had a bad harddrive. RMA'd the HD after Seagate's SeaTools for DOS wouldnt even function properly and they authorized the RMA (I paid shipping). Same problem.
Figured it was a bad motherboard. Called Shuttle, was told by Shuttle Customer Support the RAM I had was not good and to buy RAM off their "recommended list". Ok, whatever, called Newegg and asked about how Newegg does their "Combos". Was by the manager "Newegg doesnt guarentee compatability with combos, its just whatever we have on hand." So in theory, you can buy a combo, with an Intel board, but the AMD cpu and its 100% the customers fault. Went to a reputable computer store and bought RAM off Shuttles "recommended list."
Same issue. Flashed the BIOS for the mobo and eventually RMA'd it back to shuttle (paid shipping again). Recieved the mobo and reinstalled it, along with a new installation of Windows 7. Same issue. Flashed the BIOS again; same issues. And by the way, when you RMA with Shuttle, you HAVE to send them a fax ASKING them to remove your credit card from their files. Seriously?!
In my research Ive seen that people report problems with the DIMM 3 slot, and I have a very good feeling the mobo fried a new stick on RAM In the DIMM 3 slot because most recenetly, when trying to reformat, the installation kept getting stuck on installation and giving a memory error. I even tried to install windows using my own Windows CD to see if there was something wrong with the Windows CD I was using for the Shuttle. And I even tried an external CD drive in case the one I had was bad.
I believe there is an actual issue with the way the onboard video interfaces with either the CPU or something that causes this same issue to happen regardless of what components I've changed/replaced. It consistently happens on the loading Windows screen on boot where it freezes. I couldnt buy a video card to see if that mitigates these issues but Ive spent days, if not weeks, of my time on all the RMAing, reformatting, researching, and file transfering and all that I want is for it to function in a reliable manner.
This review is from: Patriot Xporter Mini 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF8GMUSB
Pros: -Small size
Cons: -Fell out of the orange casing and lost the drive
Other Thoughts: I was really pleased with this flash drive until about 2 days ago when the flashdrive fell out of the orange case and has since been lost. I had it on my keychain. It is not glued into, or secured into the case; the only thing keeping it from falling out is friction. Patriot should have done a better job at making sure it was secured.READ FULL REVIEW