Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard repair

Mechanical keyboard repair fun with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition.

Well, the day finally happened where it is time to service a Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition keyboard. For those who don’t know what this type of keyboard is Razer makes a mechanical keyboards with the probable slogan “by gamers for gamers.” It sounds so pretentious that they had to defend that statement in Popular Mechanics. However! My article is not going to bash the Razer keyboard because in this case it was not Razers fault. During this article you will see the tear-down, diagnostics and repair of just one Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard.

Program complete enter when ready. Read on!

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Fixing my HP ScanJet 6300c FlatBed Scanner

My ScanJet 6300c had some minor issues but we’re back online.

I just want to show you some quick pictures and guide on how I fixed my Hewlett Packard (HP) ScanJet 6300c to be as good as new again. The unit is approaching 16 years of age and is no longer officially supported by HP due to a planned obsolescence model that many newer companies now adopt. (some would say that HP was the leader in making hardware useless in a matter of years.) Perhaps that’s being a little too hard on a company. I scan a lot of physical copies of art sketches as you can plainly see by going to the sketches section of my site. 

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Netgear WNDR3700v2 7dbi antenna mod – nope!

I performed the Netgear WNDR3700v2 7dbi antenna mod and I got some bad news.

I decided that I was going to do some upgrades to my Netgear WNDR3700v2 router with a 7dbi antenna mod which I bought off of eBay. This blog entry is to post my findings for all as a warning that the days of adding bigger antennae to a balanced “N” router is over. At least without some serious re-soldering of pads and possibly some legit 5ghz antennas. Read more to see the brutal details.

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Pine64 Pine A64 impression.

Pine A64 with just a hint of Orange aftertaste!

I just received my Pine A64 or Pine64 from our good friends over at PixelDust and decided to not really do a review of it because it’s way too early in the kick starter process to give a full scale review. So instead, I am just going to do an article about my impressions about this single-board computer. I should note that whenever I take a look at any piece of hardware on this site it is never a paid endorsement or advertisement from the original manufacturer and often times we’ll use our own funds to purchase the hardware we write about.

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Ableton Push Gen 1 Breakage.

My introduction to Ableton Push.

I purchased an Ableton push from and it was performing reasonably well for about six months time. With my Live lite license in hand I loaded the Ableton Push onto my computer and got right to work. My intention is rather clear about purchasing this peice of hardware which is simply to have the ability of making my own musical assets for the videos that I do on this site and perhaps even beyond in the lines of games if I get good enough at composition. But something went very wrong.

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XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

XBCD – Now with windows 10 love!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003).

Back in the days when Microsoft got involved with the console wars they made a bunch of controllers for their X-Box units which people began to realize that if you just splice a USB cable on the end of the proprietary connection then you could use the Xbox Controller on your PC. Microsoft at the time really didn’t want to associate hardware from their console with hardware with their PC because a few corporate people back then felt it would disenfranchise their user base from actually purchasing an Xbox.

It wasn’t until the introduction of the Xbox 360 that Microsoft gave support for their users to use their beloved controllers on their PC’s and other devices. Even then Xbox 360 controller support for PC users came incredibly late throughout the production run of the Xbox 360.

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Orange Pi needs to go back into the oven.

Orange Pi – Is it ready for the world?

We received the Orange Pi (Or OrangePi) because like many Pi users I am always looking for something faster to run emulators and games within the ARM based universe. Emulation on the Raspberry Pi is good but lags a little for the more cpu intensive emulation like Nintendo 64 as just one example. When Orange Pi initially released their $15 (plus 3 dollar shipping from auction site ali-express) dollar computer featuring a quad-core based arm7 processor at around 1.6ghz. It was certainly worth a try.

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Banana Pi Case Mod v2

Banana Pi the Case Mod edition:

In the spirit of my previous blog post dealing with I-Pac mod It’s time the Banana Pi gets a face-lift with a new case mod. The reason why I’m doing this comes down to a lot of things that all boil down to the fact that my needs from this unit changed a lot over the years. This blog is just a minor update of what I have been doing in between jobs.

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