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ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs disappointed nothing got it to post 10/05/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've liked Asus boards in the past. This one was a massive disappointment.

Cons: Transplanted my older Gigabyte board out of my HTPC. Simple enough. Have an old HD5770, 8gb of A-Data RAM, 700w modular Corsair PSU. Was upgrading the CPU to an AMD FX8350. Put it all together, everything nice and tight and clean. The power LED came on, all fans spun up, HDD started spinning(SSD started too I'm assuming). No POST. I tried the Graphics Card HDMI, I tried the DVI and VGA from the motherboard. Confirmed the cables I was using were all good. Confirmed the monitors I used to test were good.(even dragged my HTPC to work 20 minutes away to test it there).
Took out the Graphics card, took out all but 1 stick of 2GB RAM. pulled the CMOS and the Chassis jumper, booted up again, nothing from VGA or DVI.
Tried my old Phenom II x4 965 CPU thinking the board was an old bios version that didn't read FX8xxx but it didn't boot on that old Phenom CPU either!
The board simply WILL-NOT-POST blank screen 100%. HDMI says no signal, and DVI VGA realize there's something plugged in but nothing on screen. Not a flicker. It's past the 30 day RMA(stupid let the box sit on my table for a month before getting around to the "upgrade").
Very disappointed I wasted so much time on what should've been a simple swap. I'm going to Micro Center tomorrow to see if they'll test it for me and if it IS a bios issue of some sort, see if they can bring it up to date and sort it out.
Really not worth all this trouble.

Other Thoughts: Save your money and shop for something else. Wholeheartedly disappointed. I've spent the last 5 hours troubleshooting and swapping and driving to and from work to get this thing to show some sign of life. The board just isn't playing ball. Didn't NEED to upgrade but it's fun amiright! Well I was wrong on this occasion.

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Gateway Laptop NE51B10u AMD Dual-Core Processor E-300 (1.3GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 6310 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: nice sized screen, decent keyboard, runs things well enough. Accepted a reimage of windows 7 just fine. Drivers installed fine.

Cons: Slower than similarly priced laptops. comes with windows 8. Skype notes that the laptop can't really handle HD camera streaming. Not a huge deal.

Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop for my dad for $300. I wasn't expecting miracles. We threw a 64gb SSD into the laptop since my dad doesn't really NEED space. It added speed to the boot time and Chrome opens up quickly. That's all my dad needs.
He browses and emails. perfectly fine laptop for that.

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Veho VSS-009-360BT Black 360° M4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great speakers 11/21/2012

This review is from: Veho VSS-009-360BT Black 360° M4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Pros: Two speakers in opposite directions to cover good ground. Loud enough for when you're riding your bike so you don't have to have headphones on which is dangerous.

Cons: a little pricey and the microSD card option is gimmicky and useless IMHO

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this compact little thing for anyone that travels. Great on the beach, durable, awesome.

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Nikolas A.'s Profile

Display Name: Nikolas A.

Date Joined: 09/02/08

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 09/20/08
  • Last Review: 10/05/14
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