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Maybe Lenovo's getting like HP, who can build a printer with a one-year warranty that will fail with great certainty on the 366th day. [smile]

Well, if you're in the market for a powerhouse, I'm really loving my Lenovo P50.
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What's not standard?  Isn't simple good?  Did you identify the problem?
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Send it here. We are a Lenovo approved repair center.
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Well Mafervus, I may take you up on that.  At least I can send you the shell.

So for most of you it was a long weekend.  Well it was for me as well in the sense of finding out that the power supply would cost 160 bucks and the repair center could not tell if the machine was fried without a power supply.  It to had to be ordered and then they were going to charge me 60 bucks on top of that to do four screws and plug in three plugs to see if the board would get power.

All told that would have been a 220.00 buck test

No thanks. 

I got a larger case, new stock intel board, good power supply with enough connectors for six SATA drives.

I had them pull the CPU and Fan, the ram, the DVD, the drive and transfer them to a new machine.

I put more ram in and now have 32 GB  of ram in the box.   Took the stuff home.  Put it together and put a SSD in for a new system partition.    Loaded Windows 10 Ent. and this machine is flying.

Total cost for everything I added was about 350 bucks.   So I got away with just needing a something to do with the box and the board from the Lenovo.    Anyone interested?   Cheap!!!!!

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Very glad to hear of it!  I know the feeling -- living with new P50 is lovely.  Just discovered the special Samsung driver for the 950 Pro NVMe m.2 stick... even faster.
Amazing what a few grand will buy these days.
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Who wanted to charge $160 for a power supply?  After market should be under $50. 
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Dude I checked .     Refurbished it was 50 bucks here and there like on Ebay.

There is no way I'm going to bet my work day on a refurbished part.

In the past I got refurbished stuff from Dell, because it was just returned or it could not be paid for.

Like a car leaving the show room but the credit information was bad.

Anyway, Lenovo and a few other place like Egg were really up there.

So I saw prices higher than 160.00.   I get my stuff generally from Microcenter because I know people there.   Some black boxes, some Name boxes.  It depends on what a client needs.

I've saved money with them and they are also glad to get some industry direction from someone closely associated with the bleeding edge of the industry.

So it was worth getting a box and power supply for 90 bucks and a new board and memory for about 125 bucks. 

I would have been stuck with a slower machine if I got the refurbish 50 buck part.

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Mark, what size of that SD drive did you get.    Were you using that slot already for a Video card?
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There is no way I'm going to bet my work day on a refurbished part.


I never had a problem with $30 power supplies.
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Sorry, Curt, what did you mean about the SD card?  My P50 doesn't have an SD card slot to my knowledge.
AFAIK the largest safe size for an SD card is 128 GB.  The bigger ones advertised on Amazon are junk.
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I see the specs for he P50.
This system features the most memory and storage Lenovo has ever put inside a mobile workstation; up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory and the ability to handle up to four storage devices with up to a terabyte of SSD storage, utilizing the latest PCIe technology for speeds up to five times faster than current SATA technology.

So how is Hype-V working on this?  Or do the Azure Virtual machines work out fine in presentations?


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I would NEVER use a cloud VM for a presentation.  You just KNOW that the Internet would go offline that day. [smile] 
The exception, of course, is the PoSH class... need VMs for that.

Hyper-V runs amazingly well.  The VHDs go on superfast NVMe drives, there's plenty of RAM to go around and plenty of disk.  When I get time, I'll be building a huge demo network with SANs and clusters and such.
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I've seen that happen to someone doing a Share Point presentation. 

But I deal with Cloud demos.  So I always bring a MIFI along just in case the local internet has a problem.

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So I always bring a MIFI along just in case the local internet has a problem.


That's a great idea & thanks for all your work on CSPAN.
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Yes, anonymous guy, we've always all been very proud of Curt's work on CSPAN.

Curt, I too have a MiFi, but I still don't sleep well... hotels are made out of sometimes surprisingly solid concrete and they have basement meeting rooms.  (Holiday Inn near O'Hare, I'm looking at you.) [smile]

That said, the problems of doing cloud demos are at this point a pretty much "you gotta do it" thing.  30 years ago, it was finding an overhead projector bright enough for the LCD thingies we'd use to project our 640x480 VGA images.  Now it's bandwidth. [smile]
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