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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: ASUS AIO Desktop ET2220INTI-i5

During the recent June PC Show 2013, I helped my mother-in-law purchase the ASUS All-In-One (AIO) Desktop ET2220INTI-i5. She is moving away from laptop to the AIO to better enjoy her home entertainment. The ET2220INTI-i5 comes with a 21.5″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) 10-point touch screen LED-backlit LCD panel. It is slim and basically takes up as much space as a 15″ notebook in terms of depth. The AIO took up a total of 54.96 x 5.8 x 37.98 cm (WxDxH) of table space. If you prefer to wall-mount it, the wall-mount screws are provided as well.

ASUS AIO In Box     ASUS AIO ET2220INTI-i5

The AIO is running on the i5-3330 (6MB Cache 3.0GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) Ivy-bridge processor and comes with pre-installed Windows 8 operating system to fully utilise the touch panel. The AIO comes installed with the NVIDIA GT610 1GB graphics card, which is good enough for movies, basic games and work. The audio is quite decent as it is using the SonicMaster Technology and blasting it to the maximum still ensures detailed audio clarity. Most importantly, the AIO comes with 3-years on-site warranty.

The AIO is loaded with the default configuration of 4GB SO-DIMM memory, and is upgradeable to a maximum of 8GB DDR3 PC12800 (1600MHz) SO-DIMM memory. Other components include a 1TB HDD, 2.0M webcam, a DVD-writer and built-in WIFI.

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