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TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast and cheap.

Cons: Bought these two drives in March 2013. In November 2013 one started to click then the other a week later started to click.
These were being used in a 6.0Gb/s system. I put them on my older 3.0Gb/s system and the clicking was gone. I will probably RMA them but first I must get more drives to transfer the data onto.

Other Thoughts: Got the three year warranty version of these drives. Hope they honor it. I have other Toshiba drives that have been running much longer and working flawlessly.

Acer X1161P SVGA 800x600 2700 Lumens 3D Ready DLP Projector
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Follow up to previous review 01/17/2013

This review is from: Acer X1161P SVGA 800x600 2700 Lumens 3D Ready DLP Projector

Pros: I looked into fixing the projector myself. The DMD chip might cost as little as $118+ Shipping from China. The real question is can this be a simple disassemble -plug in new chip-reassemble repair? The service manual gives no hint as to that possibility and if adjustments are needed then specialized knowledge, tools and software is required. And maybe there was something else wrong with the projector beyond my repair capabilities. I chickened out and went for Acer repair.
In a short time a large part of the screen was filled with both white and black dots, hundreds of them. I have a theory as to how this happened. My unit shut off unexpectedly after a sensor detected an overheat or slow fan situation. When this happens the entire unit shuts off. Clearly this is not a good thing as the cooling fans are not operating. When this happened a second time, I quickly pulled the power cord out, pushed it back in and pressed the on button and it started up again. This happened three times. I believe this unnecessary heat build-up caused the microscopic sized 'mirrors' in the DMD chip to warp and fail. With each shutoff more of these mirrors failed or were compromised. I also use the projector in a dusty environment and this may have contributed to the overheat problem (I now plan on gently blow the dust out with canned air from a short distance from the vents once a month.)
NOTE: Recently the repaired projector shut off again. I looked back at my notes on the dates of previous shut-offs and a trend seems likely:HIGH HUMIDITY! I believe the unit has a humidity sensor or temperature sensor that is sensitive to humidity that shuts itself off. I now don't use the projector in high humidity situations.I also am keeping the unit as dust free as possible since high humidity plus high dust may also shut it off prematurely.
Acer repair starts with an on-line chat session via Acer Support web site. The section was called 'Fix My Acer" from the Home->Support page. You should initiate a chat session rather than a phone call to reduce the unintelligability problems of foreign support staff. You request that your Acer projector be repaired. They ask for the Serial number from the underside label of the projector. They will inform you if the unit is still under warranty. Don't argue with the support rep that you know it isn't under warranty, the rep is just following a script. You will also have to give them your full name, address, e-mail contact address, and phone number. Either covered by warranty or not you will be given a web address for your claim process. Using this web page you will enter your personal info and you can enter a credit card payment if necessary. This payment will appear on your Credit Card On-Line Statement (if you use one) as a 'Hold' and later disappear until you actually get the unit repaired (the 'hold' apparently assures Acer that the Credit Card is proper and has sufficient credit to cover the repair.) A Debit Card will be charged in full

Cons: Keep this projector's capabilities in perspective. Really what do you expect for less than three bills.
Thus far I have put over 300 hours on the repaired machine. I am satisfied.

Other Thoughts: I got my projector repaired by Acer for around $20. I bought it from Newegg with my Capital One card which doubles the warranty period and retains special warranty benefits. Be forewarned, there is a lot of paperwork involved. In my case they paid the 199.00 + local tax. I paid for shipping.
In the interim I picked up two more used Acer projectors on the cheap. Now I will always have big screen happiness.

Vantec UGT-S100 7.1 Channels 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Not Bad (READ 'OTHER THOUGHTS!') 12/15/2012

This review is from: Vantec UGT-S100 7.1 Channels 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Good sound. Easy Installation with included drivers. Good Control Panel. SPDIF works well even with my professional studio equipment.

Cons: Is the pc board thin? This item tended to slip out of the pci slot after a couple of days and was not recognized. Push it back in and all is OK. Kind of reminded me of the 1978 Apple I's chips popping out of their sockets. In all honesty I had to modify the card slot clamp bracket to accommodate another odd card and perhaps it didn't clamp tightly enough. Since I don't have to use this card anyway, it's back in the parts box. (See 'Other Thoughts' below.

Card does not work in Linux!

Other Thoughts: This card uses the VIA VT 1723 chip (Envy 24 Tremor). I wanted to use this with XBMC and Linux Ubuntu 11.10 (XBMCbuntu). My Realtek AC97 drivers were giving me fits with ALSA (they worked but when 5.1 was enabled it sounded like a sound effect where someone talks at half speed and lower pitch). There are no VT1723 drivers for Ubuntu. Card worked OK with windows XP (so did the Realtek) but XBMC doesn't run video in hardware accelerated mode under XP. There are no VT1723 Envy 24 drivers for Windows 8 and Windows 8 crashed a lot on my old computer. Thus I am left using Windows 7 which runs fine but takes forever to boot, not good for a home media player. Tried other blends of Linux without luck. Come on Linux get ALSA fixed!


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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 02/26/07

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 07/24/07
  • Last Review: 12/03/13
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