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409 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Dan Marco 409 days ago
  • Janet's standard procedure:
  • Check CD playback, 
  • Check DVD playback.
  • Check Youtube playback.
  • Compare the specs with the pricing sheet.
  • Other things to research: 
  • Is the time and date set right?
  • Is the CMOS battery OK?
446 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Ken G. 446 days ago
This guide is written with a new Builder as its intended audience; experienced Builders might also find it of use, especially those new to FreeGeek Chicago and unfamiliar with our process. It is written in an order mostly corresponding with the Build Checklist. The guide might make Build look complicated, but as you get used to the process you’ll find that some steps which take many words to explain take just a few seconds to complete. The writer of this document prefers to err on the side of overexplanation rather than the possibility of leaving things unclear. 
This guide is for a typical, straightforward Build; in reality, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Build and there will likely be problems you will need to troubleshoot. Some potential trouble spots are noted, but there are always more! The guide also assumes that you will be building the computer from start to finish. More commonly, you won’t get all the way to the end and will have to leave it for someone else to complete another day, and/or someone else started the process and you will have to continue/finish the job. 
711 days ago
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Unfiled. Edited by Dan Marco 711 days ago
  • Update this guide for Parted Magic and ATA Secure Erase
  • Update this guide to remove PATA testing as we rarely use these disks
  • But we still wipe PATAs don't we?
  • Update this guide to include procedures for SAS drives (Serially Attached SCSI)
  • Does Parted Magi work with SAS? If not, we need something else.
  • Update this guide to include SMART analysis for disks.
938 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Dan Marco 938 days ago
  • Testing the Central Processing Unit
CPU Testing can be complex and difficult. This is especially true for those overclocking systems. For our purposes we only want to know that a CPU is:
  1. Generally functioning
  1. Has proper cooling
944 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by James Slater 944 days ago
  • Testing Station
This station allows us to test memory and test/wipe hard drive disks (HDDs).  It ensures that all FreeGeek Computers leave with memory and HDDs that will function properly.  Bad memory and HDDs are found and recycled.  We want donors to be confident that all of their personal information is destroyed, so:
1415 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Jarrod Simpson 1415 days ago
The MD1000 is a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) disk array that can hold 14 physical disks. We have repurposed one array as a drive wiping mechanism for wiping a large number of drives simultaneously.
1418 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Dan Marco 1418 days ago
This pad provides the solutions to some common issues that we run into on the Build Floor. Problems may be purely hardware related, or getting the right software installed and setup for specfic systems.

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