Find Me: http://www.twitter.com/charlief/

Who: My name is Charlie. I grew up in Morgan Hill, but I live in San Jose. I am currently employed as a Computer Technician, with knowledge in Data Recovery. I am currently working on various projects which include Learning Linux/Bash, Re-learning C and other various languages, and whatever else time allows. My hobbies include researching tech news and information as well as working on computer geeky stuff.

I’m a Technician, Dad, Husband, Adventurer Extraordinaire, High Overlord, Social Media Weirdo… and nachos for all!

What: This is something I started to help channel the knowledge of things that I am learning or have learned. I hope it will become a location to help others locate certain tips and avoid downfalls I have had in the many projects I am interested in. Also post my opinion on certain things. I am not a great writer, but when I do have something to say, you will see it.

Why: I have used resources published by others to help me in various projects. I just want to return the knowledge and help make things more refined.

How: Defective Kit was a term I heard while my daughters were watching TV. Someone had a ‘detective kit’ and her brother said ‘Look at her defective kit’. Found it rather witty.

  1. Jason
    February 28, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    hey Charlie, you made my bookmarks! I hacve you and raymond.cc as some good tech blog bookmarks, i am also a technician (component laptop). Kudos mate!

  2. March 1, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Thanks! 🙂

  3. kaddo
    November 19, 2007 at 7:19 am

    hi Charlie, this the first time i entered to this site and read some things that really made me chearfull which make me to write you about my annoying problem;
    i have a dell laptop that has XP home edition OS, and the problem is when i try to open the windows task manger i keep recieving this annoying message (windows task manager has been disabled by administrator) on the other hand i miss the (folder option) in the tools bar,
    so please if you have any information on this matter

  4. November 19, 2007 at 8:54 am

    I would recommend going to this site…


    It has information about your particular problem. I would also recommend running an Anti-Virus / Spyware program to make sure something isn’t taking over your system. Either way, that should help get you started.

    – Charlie

  5. Kathy
    August 19, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I discovered your site while trying to find info on a bum laptop screen. I am in no way qualified to attempt your approach to replacement…..but I wondered. I turn the computer on – everything lites up, fans blow, cd/dvd whirs but no screen – blackness. Is this a simple bulb fix or something more costly. It’s a 13 month old HP Pavillion dv2000 series….1 dang month out of warranty.

  6. Gary
    April 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Hi Charlie, I read your article on fixing a laptop power jack.
    I have an Inspiron 1300. I noticed the power jack has six posts and one post has no solder on it. Is this normal or do I solder all six posts?

  7. nadi
    September 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    HI, i’ve probs with my dell inspiron notebook…one day smoke came off the power port( where DC adaptor plugs into the laptop)actually i had to fiddle with the wire to charge it (been goin gon for 2 weeks ) and then one day it just gave out smoke…any way to get that fixed? and can the data be retrieved?

  8. Doug Traina
    January 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Charlie — My son has a Sanyo LM-JK63-22NTR display that he is trying to bring to some level of functionality for some use. He needs a controller board, power supply, and cabling. I think he wants to see if he can use it as an auxiliary display for his laptop. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  9. john
    November 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I read most of these posting. I notice that most of the power jack “plug” problems had a technical approach solutions and not a machancal approach. Question …. What if the plug works find and the plug came loose and gradually push back. Is there another solution. Please don’t think this odd. but in this case is there a way to carefully (with the right equipment) cut the plastic portion that held the plug in place and then gentle position it back in place and super glue it back in place? this is what a machinist would do. please respond or try this on some laptops with this specific problem

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