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Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 V-NAND SSD

I bought an SSD from Taobao months ago. It was on sale at that time. I thought it is a good deal. I paid RMB399. Convert it to CAD $75. Compared the price on Amazon.ca, $102.94. I did get a great deal.

I installed it on my desktop yesterday.

Look at what I got.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus Box Front

 

Samsung 970 EVO Plus Box Back

 

Samsung 970 EVO Plus inside the box

Quite easy. there is the place on the motherboard.

Installation of Samsung 970 EVO Plus

 

 

Then download the programs from Samsung official site.

  • Data Migration Tool
  • Magician Software

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Firmware update of my Kindle Paperwhite 7th gen

Yesterday night, when I open the cover of my Kindle paperwhite, it displayed the updating screen.

So it is automatically update. We call it OTA update, or over-the-air update.

 

Now it is version 5.11.1.1. I remembered I did a manual update last Augest. After that update, it was 5.9.7.

On my Kindle, the What’s New page shown two release version, 5.10.3 and 5.11.1.1.

Let’s have a look at the What’s New.

Version 5.11.1.1 – April 2019

New translation language: Tanslation support added for Afrikaans, Catalan, Icelandic, Swedish and Welsh.

New keyboard languages: Keyboard support added for Afrikaans, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

Version 5.10.3 – February 2019

Performance improvements and other general enhancements.

Here is the link to download the firmware for v5.11.1.1, if you don’t get the OTA update.

Upgrade of my Desktop PC

It is time to upgrade my desktop. The six years old computer.

CPU:  AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

  • CPU has 4 Cores, 8 Threads.
  • GPU has 11 Cores
  • Base clock: 3.6Ghz, Max Boost Clock: 3.9GHz
  • Cache: L1 384KB, L2 2MB, L3 4MB
  • Unlocked: Yes
  • CMOS: 14nm FinFET
  • Package: AM4
  • PCIe: PCIe 3.0×8
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Stealth
  • TDP: 65W
  • Max Temps: 95°C

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CPU-Z: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

 

Ryzen 5 2400G Caches information

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics

Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H

  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • Memory: 4 x DDR4 DIMM  sockets supporting up to 64 GB, Dual channel, Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933/2667/2400/2133 MHz, Support ECC/Non-ECC, XMP.
  • Onboard Graphics: 1 x DVI-D port, 1X HDMI port.
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI express x 16 slot, running at x16; 1 x PCI express x 16 slot, running at x4; 1 x PCI express x 1 slot.
  • Storage Interface: 1 x M.2 connector(Socket 3, M key); 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors; Support for RAID 0, 1, 10.
  • USB: Chipset supports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports through internal USB header; 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports(4ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
    CPU supports 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel

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Gigabyte B450M DS3H

 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2X8GB

#CMK16GX4M2Z2400C16

  • Configuration: Dual/Quad Channel
  • Series: VENGEANCE LPX
  • Size: 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)
  • Latency: 16-16-16-39
  • Voltage: 1.2V
  • Speed: 2400MHz
  • Color: Black
  • Rating: PC4-19200 (24MHz)
  • Heat Spreader: Anodized Aluminum
  • Format:L DIMM
  • Profile: XMP 2.0
  • Pin: 288

DDR4 16GB Dual channel, Corsair Vengeance LPX

 

SPD information of Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400

 

Look at the pictures.

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AMD B450 Motherboard

My computer I am using now has A55M-P33 motherboard. It uses AMD A55 chipset. I have ordered a new motherboard for my next PC upgrade.

recommended motherboard under 100

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

GIGABYTE B450M DS3H (AMD Ryzen AM4/M.2/HMDI/DVI/USB 3.1/DDR4/Micro ATX/Motherboard)

Some pictures of it.

Front View

Main View

Back Panel

When I upgrade my desktop with this new motherboard, there are some upgrade for whole system.

Let me list these news below:

  • DDR3 to DDR4
  • SATA II to SATA III
  • USB 2.0 to USB 3.1
  • PCIE Gen.2 to PCIE 3.0

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Desktop PC I am using for six years

The PC I am using right now is more than six years.  I checked my blog and found the post of flash the bios in Feb 2013. I did a search in my Gmail. Wow, I found the receipt which I made the order on NCIX. NCIX has closed for years already.

There are three items. All are running on my desktop now.

  • Kingston Hyper X  KHX 1600C9D3K2/8GB  (RAM)
  • Western Digitial Caviar Blue 1TB (HDD)
  • AMD A8-3870K Black APU Quad Core Processor and MSI A55M-P33 mATX FM! Motherboard (MoBo CPU bundle)

Later I bought a Crucial SDD for Windows system.

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MDR-ZX110 Sony Over-Ear Headphones

I bought a Sony headphone in LondonDrugs a month ago. I use it with my Xbox One console.

I like the over-ear headphone. My ears feel more comfortable. Less pressure and I can also hear the environment sound.

Look at the back.

  • 30Mm drivers provide rich, full frequency response
  • Lightweight and comfortable over-ear design
  • Swivel design enhances portability
  • 47.25-Inch Tangle-Free Y-type cord
  • White

I paid $19 because it is on sale. It is $25 on Amazon now.

 

I have an MDR-ZX100 Over-Ear Headphones for a long time. I use it on my desktop.

Cruzer Dial USB Flash Drive 32GB Pack

I bought Cruzer Dial USB Flash Drive 32GB Pack at Costco last week. It is on reduced price.

32GB 2-pack.

The USB Flash Drive has the following features:

  • USB 2.0
  • 2-Year limited warranty
  • Password Protection and file privacy with included SanDisk SecureAccess Software

The USB connector, which is black, is not metal, but plastic.

When I plug in the Disk to my computer. It has following files and folder.

The PDF file, Back Up Your Files to the Cloud is to promote a third party cloud service.

Back Up Your Files to the Cloud

I have not heard it before. And I don’t want to try it, because I use Dropbox to backup and sync important files.

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How to Save a bricked Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH2 Router

I have an old WZR-HP-G300NH2 router.  The one I used before as a client bridge to expend Wifi coverage.

Recently, I tried to flash a new firmware to it through DD-WRT web flash interface. It failed after I started 10 minutes.

Then I tried to restart, 30-30-30 reset. Nothing happened.  It always goes to that continuously blinking on Diag LED (RED).  No matter how many minutes I wait.

So I thought it is bricked. Then I googled the situation. Finally, I got the answer that it is just Half-Bricked.  It means I still have a chance to save it.

Let me recorded what I did. Actually, I did two times all good. The first time I flash the OpenWRT firmware. The second, I use DD-WRT.

TFTP recovery

There are a lot of steps, please read carefully.

All the following working on my Windows 10 Pro.

1) Install a TFTP client.

I just enabled it from Windows 10 Features.

2) Disable all network cards of my Windows. Only enable ethernet card. Disabled the Windows system firewall.

Change IPv4 properties the IP to 192.168.11.2 with subnet mask 255.255.255.0, default gateway 192.168.11.1

3) One Lan cable, one end to the ethernet port of my computer, the other end to the LAN port next to the WAN port of the router.

4) Type route print to get a list of my NICs. Write down the interface number of the LAN card, in my case, it is 7.

5) Now type the following command to get the ARP bindings.

netsh interface  ipv4 add neighbors 7 192.168.11.1  02:AA:BB:CC:DD:1A

6) Run the following command. (before hitting the enter key, read the step 7)

tftp -i 192.168.11.1 put firmware-name.bin

firmware-name.bin is a fake name. Please see the last portion of the post about the firmware I used.
7) Look at the back panel of the router and hold the power plug and router.

Plug the power, watch the lights of the panel, they are all on, then all dark. The LAN port with cable is on, then off. ( Hit the enter Key now). There are only about 4 seconds for me to run the command. So I prepare the command before the step.

8) It is very fast, the firmware will be transferred successfully in a few seconds.

9) Wait at least 10 minutes for flashing the firmware.

10) The router will be restarted automatically.

11) I will remove the neighbors.

netsh interface ipv4 delete neighbors 7 192.168.11.1 02:AA:BB:CC:DD:1A

12) Remove the static IP of my ethernet card. Change it back to DHCP.

 

When my computer gets the IP address from the router. I enter 192.168.1.1 into the browser to config the router.

 

Appendix

OpenWRT 18.06.1

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F4xS3-kKaVuPqUbuYoSLbffoe3YfSs1W

DD-WRT v3.0 r30356 std

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CwWTNVIcXTxqSLyN7IwWFObUxpR3zCAJ

User Manual

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iC_S87vCox84ECDA3pJYkYfPhc-3Tobm

Motorola NVG589 VDSL2 Gateway

ATT Internet users in Bay area use Motorola  ARRIS NVG589 Gateway.

The device can also used for VOIP.

My parents in law have this device since last month.

The Admin interface is http://192.168.1.254

Access code is printed on the device label.

 

I found three guides online. Saved here for future referenc.

Motorola NVG589 VDSL2 Gateway

ATTWi-FiGatewayReplacementSelf-InstallGuide-ATT1235208539

Wireless-gateway-replacement-ATT130950864-2

Got an LG Q6 from Fido Store

Last weekend, I went to the Fido store at the Brentwood town center. My old cellphone is Jianguo YQ601. I used almost two years.

Now I feel the old one is too slow and its battery can only run 4 to 6 hours. Just one week before, I received the txt message from Fido. It gave me an exclusive promos. Two years plan, free LG Q6 smartphone. Small plan is enough. So I bought this  LG Q6 at the store.

LG Q6 Specs

Displays

Type: FullVision Display TFT – IPS
Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
Screen Size: 5.5 inch (14 cm)
Touch Screen: Yes

Camera

Resolution: 13 megapixels
Front Facing: 5 megapixels
3D Resolution: –
Flash Type: LED
Video Camera: 1080p@30fps

 

Connectivity

Main Connectivity: 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed: LTE-A Cat.6 (300/50mbps)
WiFi: 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac (Dual)
USB: 2.0
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
Networks: GSM / UMTS / LTE
Data Networks: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz / UMTS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz / LTE : Bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38

Based on the Fido webpage, the bands are:

LTE Bands: Bandes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 66
HSPA+/HSPA Bands: Bands 1,2,4,5
GSM/EDGE Bands: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

NFC: Yes

Memory

RAM: 3GB
Internal: 32GB

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