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GE 169209 Black Digital Coffee Maker
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good tasting coffee, great little coffee maker 09/04/2014

This review is from: GE 169209 Black Digital Coffee Maker

Pros: * Brews good tasting coffee
* Permanent filter basket, works well
* Easy to get to brew basket to add coffee
* Brews fast enough for my needs
* Has lots of useful features

Large Sprayer head distributes hot water evenly over brew basket

Cons: * Wish it had a battery backup for clock
* Replacement carafe's cost $30, don't break yours

Other Thoughts: Great little coffee maker. I retired a Mr. Coffee E-Lume in favor of this. Got a Keurig single serve brewer, tried it, decided I liked this GE better, returned the Keurig.
My GF broke the carafe by accident; I went to get a replacement on an Amaz-ing site, and found they were $27! I decided to switch coffeemakers, and tried another Mr. Coffee, but it was low end with single water spout over brew basket, and simply didn't make nearly as good coffee as this GE. My GF concurs and then some.
I got lucky and found a white carafe at Goodwill of the same size/design for $2. I switched out the white plastic parts on the carafe with the black parts from the broken carafe, perfect fit. and it's back in service looking like new.
I looked at new coffee makers too, and none of them looked any better than this GE, just more expensive.
Apparently GE stopped making coffee makers over a recall issue, but this coffee maker, when you get a working one, is a real gem.
Next time I get a new coffee maker I will probably get a Mr. Coffee mid-higher range unit, or a Black and Decker, or a Hamilton Beach, as they have easily replaced carafes available new for $10 or so.
In the meantime, I'm very happy with this one, and I might just pay the $30 for a new carafe if I have to, now that I know the other things out there aren't better, and in fact most aren't as good.

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Rosewill RNX-N250PC Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft PCI Draft N 2T2R Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2; WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK; 64/128 BIT WEP; TKIP/AES
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked good for a year
Simple to set up
Works well enough when it worked

Cons: Failed after a year of use.
Failure makes PC not boot
Failure makes PC video bios screen not display
Hard to diagnose what failed with no video

Other Thoughts: Possibly PC was running hot, but nothing else in it failed.
The way this failed made the PC video not work. It was difficult to troubleshoot this issue.

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Manufacturer Recertified OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 series RVD3X2-FHPX4-240G.RF PCI-E 240GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Eventually got it to work
Fast and stable once it works
If you can get it to work without weeping and gnashing of teeth like I went through, it could work out well

Cons: Almost no useful documentation or support from OCZ.
Unbelievably time-consuming ordeal to get it to work
The eventual fixes are simple and almost obvious in hindsight and OCZ should have been able to supply them.
Only useful in PCI-E systems

Other Thoughts: Here was the magic combination for me:

I finally got my RevoDrive X2 to work. Since it was sold as a refurb, turns out I didn't have the option of return, only return for exchange of same. I had an unbelievable fight to get it to work. It would crash every few minutes at first. Massively frustrating and time-consuming. If I could have returned it, I would have. Eventually I hit on the right combination and got lucky.
Below are some notes I collected.

Stuff I actually did:
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* SSD CARDS DO NOT USE cache writing, so go into the device manager, under diskdrives, click on your SSD drive and under the policies tab uncheck write cache or disable write cache to disk.
* under windows services under administrative tools. Stop and disable "Windows Search Service" this stops Windows from indexing your expensive SSD card, It's not necessary to index search on an SSD, and stopping this service doesn't stop you from searching for files on windows.
* under services stop and set to disable "Disk Defragmenter" Service. This service is only useful for saving space on a hard drive being used as the OS system drive, not an SSD. Space is allocated differently on an SSD.
* Windows 8: Power Management, turn "Off" power management for PCI-e devices.

It's been working well in my Windows 8.1 system for about 3 months now, not a single crash since I did all the above.

Stuff others mentioned but I didn't have to do:
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I had to uninstall the graphics card driver and the CCC catalyst control center software.
I then moved the SSD card to the BLUE PCIe slot #1 and the graphics card to BLACK PCIe slot#3. Reinstalled the graphics driver.
And there was a strange phenomenon with my earlier Windows 7 setup. So I inserted the Windows 7 instillation dvd and went into command prompt as an administrator. Went to the dvd drive letter IN MY CASE THIS WAS drive E:, by typing E: and enter. I had to do E:\>copy bootmgr C:\. Once I did this everything started to work smoother.

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Display Name: James D.

Date Joined: 11/27/08

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  • First Review: 05/12/10
  • Last Review: 09/04/14
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