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03-13-2008

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Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-13, 15:20 PM
I ordered my K100 and am awaiting delivery.
I have always liked IBM/Lenovo products and bought because of price and because i have two colleagues that are on there 3rd harddrive replacment.........
 
I have read the posts from eng and etc.
 
Is there a plug and play type PSU that will handle a video and sound card available? 500W+
I can, but don't want to splice wires and etc.
 
Also is there a vista fix to be able to increase Ram from 3G to 4G in the near future??
 
All follow up is greatly appreciated
TBI
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02-04-2008

Deland, FL

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-13, 17:23 PM
I'm not sure about the PSU. But in order to have your OS recognize 4GB of RAM, you need a 64 bit OS, be it Vista 64 bit or another one.
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12-23-2007

San Francisco,California

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-14, 21:25 PM
Yup the bios will see 4 gigs but with Vista you gotta have the 64bit. Unless a new SP came out ... BTW PSU's are pretty easy just gotta make sure the connectors are same, and if you plan to upgrade get more juice. I got a 650 for cheap so no complaints. Video card and soon sound card is the next plan. Still lovin my K100 !
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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-14, 22:32 PM
Thanks Eng,
I just got a thermaltake 600 for 29$ 40 dollar instant rebate at the Radio Shack!!
wish me luck the ups driver just delivered the k100 with 8800 gt and more ram
I'll let ya know how i make out.
Can i download a 64bit version of vista??
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12-23-2007

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-15, 0:50 AM
Nice choices, Please check on the mods that we have all done to the K100  to date I believe that
 
1) New PSU connect to PowerDial Light.
 
2) 80mm or 92mm fan up front to help cool the hard drives and improve air flow.
 
3) New Video cards for the Gamers !
 
4) New Sound Cards
 
5) was free, second hard drive quick release pull outs
 
6) Formating Drive to get one big C: and ofcourse loosing the Hidden Partition with all the hidden software that Lenovo will not let us have or get to...
 
7) Adding More Memory
 
8) Installing Linux and trying to install XP
 
9) Don't think anyone has added a second hard drive or DVD or Blueray yet..
 
one thing though, when I plugged in the BFG8800GT OC for some dang reason the power did not come on and it scared me for a few minutes. I went over the procedures and made dang sure everyting was in order and finally after 3 tries it kicked in. PHEWWWW   like cutting the red wire or blue wire...
 
I am running the Belkin Flip PS/2 and Logitech X-240 Speakers for some thump and the XM is plugged in so I get a decent Media machine. I am getting the Creative X_FI ELITE from Fry's later for $199 after rebates so that the K100 can be my video/audio editing machine. (also Gamming, did I mention gamming)  
 
OH FrontLine Fuel of war is the game on now as I got a bit borred with COD4 . LOTS of Bang Bang. ! Huge +
 
hope that helps.
 
Remember we have to all do our part in stopping Terrorists and Buy More so that They don't win !   If I could only be Gov. of New York... 


Message Edited by eng223 on 03-14-2008 05:53 PM
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02-15-2008

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-15, 1:35 AM
I understand your problem. After I purchased my Lenovo, I was frustrated with the small power supply, but did not want to lose any of the keen functionality. After some research I went to TigerDirect.com and ordered an Ultra Power Partner 325 watt ATX PSU suppliment ($49.95). This small PSU fits in your free 5.25 drive bay. You have to remove the front grill assembly to get it to fit, but that was OK as the bay drive door would cover it up and would not affect the Ultra's cooling system. The second PSU is controlled by the motherbaord, just like the Lenovo PSU. You do have an extra plug to plug into the wall/strip, but to me that was a small sacrifice. I have the unit powering an 8800 GT OC 512mb nVidia video card, and an additional 1Tb hard drive. I also releived the Lenovo PSU the duty of having to power the DVD optical drive by having the Ultra power it too. I now have all these extras running with no loss of Lenovo funtionality. The computer is still super quiet, temperature runs about the same, and looks untouched from the outside. Only difference is now the K100 kicks butt while still maintaining a civilized manner. Plus I can add more stuff if I want later. Too bad we can't SLI 2 video cards. I am sure the Ultra could handle it.
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02-04-2008

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-15, 20:36 PM
Eng223, you don't need to format the whole hard drive to get a bigger C: partition, I was going to do that until I found out about the hidden partition, I did some research and I found a little program called "Boot It NG" (at download.com) and it let me boot from it and resize my C: partition so it would be bigger (by taking space from the D: partition), without touching the hidden partition, and I didn't have to reinstall Vista either, I just resized the partitions and the OS stayed put with no changes or loses.

Hope this helps other people that want a bigger C: partition like us.
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12-23-2007

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-03-16, 7:47 AM
Thanks Lita,
 
as it so happens I already did the re-format and suffered along with others in finding out why Lenovo does not support it's own Software that comes with the Computers.
 
Thanks for the know and I will try it out if I need it later. Right now I am enjoying the Creative X-FI Pro and man I am so impressed. Awsome !
 
It's good to know that folks are kind enough to give their thoughs and help out one another ! Thanks Again !
 
 
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04-06-2008

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-04-06, 3:49 AM
That was helpful, but I am curious about your comment that "The second PSU is controlled by the motherbaord, just like the Lenovo PSU." How did you do that without physically splicing the control wire coming out of the motherboard? Is there a second spot on the motherboard that allows the control wire from the second psu to attach? Thank you very much.

 

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04-09-2008

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Re: Additional K100 PSU Question

2008-04-09, 22:54 PM
After I read the link from Sevetset I went shopping for a Power Partner, I found one at Best Buy that was 450 watts for $129.00 and studied up on the one from Tiger Direct and both were synchronous with the main power supply.  So I ended with the one from Tiger Direct $49.  The Power Partner 350 watts from Tiger has a 24 pin plug that plugs directly to the Mother Board and the Lenovo Power Supply plugs into the back of that piggyback style so you really do end up with 630 watts and so many different plugs you definitely run out of slots to put things in before you run out of plugs.  While I was shopping for the power supply I ran accross an ATI pcie HD 2600 XT with 512 gddr3 for $99.00 at Circuit City so I snatched that also.  My last system overheated and burned up because the cpu fan died so I bought some extra cooling stuff.  So this is now my system Lenovo 3000 K100 with the Lenovo 22 inch Monitor, ati pcie hd 2600 xt 512gddr3, Logitech speakers and sub, power partner giving me 630 watts, antec cyclone slot fan, hard drive cooling fan and a 120 mm fan attached to the case.  Also Core 2 Quad Q6600, 3 Gigs of Ram, 500 GB Hard Drive.  And just for Kicks and Giggles the 3gb sandisk contour for ReadyBoost (on sale at office depot $49). 
 
So now I have a system that will run basically anything and stays cool at the same time.


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