Revived ASUS AIO ET2220INTI-I5 – Flickering Screens (Overheating)

Back in June 2013, I did an un-boxing review on the ASUS AIO ET2220. 4 years have since passed, and now it is starting to give a little problem – flickering greenish screens! Based on my test so far, the greenish screen only appeared after some time of usage (like 30 mins or so). And then the screen will then start to flicker until the screen finally turns itself off while the system is still running. And if you were to shut it down and power it up after 15 minutes, the system will be fine again. I then began performing some diagnostics using HWMonitor and found out that the temperature of the onboard graphics Nvidia GT610 had hit a high of 75°C. This is definitely not the norm as it should idle around 50°C and increase to approximately 65°C during load.

So what is the problem? It is likely to be associated either to the cooling system (i.e: heatsink and fan) or the thermal paste losing its effect. I decided to open up the chassis to take a look.

First, you have to remove the 5 rubber seals at the edges, and then remove the screws beneath it. And then remove the plastic cover for the stand and loosen the 4 screws.

          

The next step is to remove the back cover that are secured by the plastic clips. Please do this with care or you might risk breaking the clips as they are very soft. After releasing the back cover from the plastic clips, DO NOT pull the cover out as it it connected to the side ports via a ribbon.

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Review: RichFood Catering Confinement Meal

If some of you had caught my earlier post, you would know that I am not such an easy eater afterall and that I am still sourcing for a caterer for my confinement meals. The journey back to desktop search can be overwhelming viewing through different confinement meal caterers and deciding on which caterer to next select for my trial meal. I am thankful to a fellow mummy who introduced me to RichFood Catering which she has tried during her first pregnancy after I told her about my preference for traditional confinement food.

There are several factors that drew me to RichFood Catering; (1) the variety of confinement meal packages, (2) confinement menu and (3) reasonable price package. Therefore, I wasted no time in contacting RichFood Catering to arrange for a trial meal as I treaded closer to my EDD. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent customer service provided by Nigel, particularly in his prompt replies to my queries and help in arranging for my trial confinement lunch on a Sunday (as trial meals are only on Saturdays).

Further commendable about RichFood Catering is that the food was delivered before the stipulated delivery time of 1pm despite of bad weather which comforts me that I will still be able to have my meal on time even on bad weather days. With food delivered in RichFood Catering’s personalized food warmer, you do not have to worry about getting your food wet on a rainy day.

Here is a sneak peek on the postnatal trial meal I had: Dang Gui Huang Qi pork ribs soup, Chinese motherwort with chicken, Stir-fry French Beans with Fish Maw, white rice and red date soup. I really love the way the food is cooked as it reminded me of home cooked confinement meals I had when I was pregnant with Ashley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily for me, RichFood solved my headache of going through more trial confinement meals and I have finally checked off another tick off the task list before Baby Kingsley’s arrival.

* The postnatal confinement trial meal was complimentary in return for the review to be conducted. No other compensation was provided.

Review: BabiesBellies Prenatal Massage

I believe BabiesBellies is not a name unfamiliar to pregnant mummies. Having seen BabiesBellies in several baby fairs since my first pregnancy, I have not had the opportunity to try out their services. However, this pregnancy has not been as easy given the constant backaches and leg cramps since 2nd trimester. Therefore, prenatal massages have been constantly on my mind even before I turned 20 weeks. BabiesBellies is not the first prenatal massage I have tried. In my first pregnancy, I went for a trial session with Mother and Child Wellness at Forum Shopping Centre and found it to be underwhelming and there was little effect to speak of which subsequently led to the decision to forgo prenatal massages altogether.


For this pregnancy, BabiesBellies is the second prenatal massage service that I have sought as I have earlier purchased a prenatal massage package with Mums & Babies in Suntec. On comparison of both centres, I would have to say that I would most definitely have signed up with BabiesBellies if the location was closer to my workplace/home and I had not signed on any prenatal massage packages.

There are several factors that made me prefer BabiesBellies over the other prenatal massages I have had so far; (1) traditional Javanese massage which focuses on a fuller body massage that greatly relieved my aching body, (2) soothing lemongrass/olive oil used for massage which leaves a nice after scent and (3) reasonable and attractive pricing that makes weekly massages affordable. I cannot stress enough how important the therapist’s skills are to prenatal massages as I felt the knots in my neck, shoulder, back and legs untie and how relaxed and light I felt walking out of BabiesBellies today. If one has done sufficient research for prenatal massages, you would definitely agree that BabiesBellies offers one of the most reasonable packages for prenatal massages at $60 per session. Furthermore, for people who would prefer massage at the comfort of their own homes,  they can opt for house call at $65 per session (excluding transport) which is still going to be a much better deal than the prenatal massages offered by other centres.

Being a satisfied customer, I would definitely head back for more pain-relieving prenatal massages and am looking forward to my soothing and relaxing postnatal massages with BabiesBellies upon delivery. So do stay tuned for updates on my postnatal massage experiences with BabiesBellies in a couple of months.

Review: Tian Wei Signature

After much procrastination, I have finally embarked on my mission to look for a confinement meal caterer. I have always thought of myself to be a non-picky eater who does not have much requirements so I thought,” How long do I need to decide a caterer? I should be able to decide on the first try.” However, reality turns out to be otherwise. Tian Wei Signature happens to be the first caterer that I decided to give it a go given the wide publicity and good reviews circulating in Facebook.

The customer service was prompt in responding to the online order whereby they called to confirm the trial meal the next working day. Similarly, they are quick in responding to Facebook messages. 

My trial lunch meal was delivered at 11 am and the food was warm on delivery. The $30 trial meal consisted of barley millet rice, Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin, papaya white fungus dessert and longan red date tea. I must be frank that I was surprised with the trial meal as it doesn’t look like the typical confinement food that I had in my first pregnancy. So, if you have a tastebud for traditional confinement food, the food might not fit the bill. The chicken meat in the signature coq au vin tasted dry and the sauce tasted more like ketchup than red wine. The longan red date drink was also a little sourish for my liking. For mummies-to-be who have sweet tooth, this might be something you might want to take note of as well. Of the entire meal, the papaya white fungus is the only food that tasted the norm for me. In a nutshell, if you are one who prefers traditional confinement meals, I would suggest having a go at the trial meal before you commit yourself to the confinement food package.

Review: Ambi Climate 2

I made a pledge at Kickstarter for the Ambi Climate 2 after seeing many positive reviews with the first release. After some hiccups with the manufacturing and then with the logistics, Ambi Labs finally sent out the product in August. Although there was a delay of about 2 months from the campaign projection, I must commend the folks at Ambi Labs for keeping the supporters updated regularly on the progress. I have been using the Ambi Climate 2 for a couple of weeks, and I must say that this is a good buy that help improve my family’s sleep. No more blanket kicking or worrying about Ashley being too cold without the comforter.

So what is this “Ambi Climate 2”? It is an IoT device that aggregates the different environmental conditions (such room temperature, humidity, weather and etc.), and then combining with your preferences that it learns overtime to help you control the air-con to suit your liking. In layman terms, it is a smart universal remote that helps to control the air-con to moderate the room temperature. The design of the Ambi Climate 2 is small, minimalist and sleek. And more importantly, the operation is seamless and I would say pretty fail-proof. You simply power up the device, download the app on either your iOS or Android devices, and then follow the simple instructions to get going. It should not take you more than 10 minutes to complete the configuration. The device does come with 2-year warranty, and there is also a closed group Facebook support.

     

The Ambi Climate 2 also provides you with some insights on your room conditions (temperate and humidity) and log the history of your room temperature. As you can see from the chart below, the Ambi Climate 2 is able to help moderate the room temperature between 23°C and 25°C. Hence, my family is able to get a good night rest even on rainy days where the external temperature would fall. In the past, we set the air-con at 26°C, and had to adjust accordingly in the middle of the night when we felt cold. With the temperature moderated, perhaps it could help lower the electrical bill contributed by the air-con. If you are the kind who likes your room to be cooled before you are home, then you are in for the Ambi Climate 2 as you can turn on your air-con via the mobile app.

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