Author: ryansr5

NVidia GeForce Drivers on G56JR Notebook – A quick guide

Just wanted to report to anyone wondering what latest NVIDIA Geforce GPU driver release will work on the ASUS G56JR Notebook. Will update this post whenever I have tested a more updated NVidia driver out on my G56JR with GTX 760M GPU.

Before updating, I have used the GeForce Version 332.33 that was available through ASUS’s website and it was unfortunately very outdated due to ASUS insisting that all users of their notebooks shoud download the latest GPU drivers from their support site in order to avoid system stability issues. That is fine by me, but ASUS unfortunately never seem to update their support site drivers fast enough to release an officially supported version on their site for some notebook GPU drivers like the one found in the G56JR Notebook.

In short what I did was to go to this site called http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com and downloaded the latest driver and their modified inf file that includes support for the G56JR GPU. After doing that, I extracted all the files using 7-ZIP compression software and replaced the original inf file with the modified inf file. Then afterwards you can click on setup.exe in order to start installation of the latest NVIDIA GeForce driver.

21/09/2014: Tested and confirmed as working with ASUS G56JR Notebook, is the NVidia GeForce version 344.11 GPU drivers.

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ASUS ROG in the box

ASUS G56JR-CN177H Review

I have finally managed to make a decision towards purchasing an upgraded notebook to replace my trusty HP DV5000 notebook (See Repairing my HP notebook’s power adapter) and have decided to pay some coin towards the purchase of the ASUS G56JR-CN177H  notebook after some online research (Google).

Some Pics (Box and Accessories):

ASUS ROG in the box

ASUS ROG in the box

ASUS ROG Accessories

ASUS ROG Accessories

Yet some more pics after unpacking and installation :

ASUS ROG Installation

ASUS ROG Installation

ASUS G56JR CPU

ASUS G56JR CPU

Main points from myself on this notebook:

Best performer in it’s class IMO, but then again I am rather biased toward it after my long online research towards a good gaming notebook. (Jumped from MSI to ASUS during this process)

The screen is FHD (1920×1080) anti-glare IPS panel. The IPS panel display is in every regard the biggest advantage this notebook has over any other notebook in its category (gaming) as it provides for clear and crisp colors over many TN panel displays that is far too common in many notebooks. It came with the 1TB 5400rpm HDD and but with the SATA3 port it is possible to upgrade to an SSD later. Great battery life thus far and it also has two RAM slots for upgrading the included 8GB to 16GB at a later stage. The GTX 760M is also not too shabby and although it’s not the best performer, it’s a great value gaming card. This laptop has totally shed any remnants of USB2.0 in favor of the newer USB3.0 by having all 4 ports as USB3.0.

Pros:

  • FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel
  • 1TB 5400rpm HDD (SATA3)
  • Great battery life
  • Two SO-DIMM RAM slotsUpgrade from 8GB to 16GB
  • 2GB GTX 760M GDDR5
  • 4 X USB3.0 ports

Cons:

  • IMHO maybe the exclusion of an SSD drive or faster HDD (7200rpm)

IMO ASUS is one of the leading notebook manufacturers and this notebook is further prove of that statement.

Repairing my HP notebook’s power adapter

My trusty old HP pavilion dv5000 notebook (Link) that I bought in 2006 has always delivered great performance for light computing tasks until the day my power adapter started to give problems late last year. 😦

After using the power adapter for several more months by just fiddling with the cable occasionally to get a charge, the adapter stopped charging my notebook and no amount of fiddling could get it to deliver power to the notebook, thus rendering it unusable since the battery also lost it’s original charge 20 minutes into the notebook usage. A quick search on the net revealed a method of repairing the notebook’s power adapter and following the guide posted on that site, I managed to fix my adapter and it took only a couple of minutes.

(Please note that I did not have to open up the adapter box as well)
Some advise before-hand though: Do not rush to finish a delicate job like this since a sloppy repair job can deliver that fatal surge to your notebook and likely fry your motherboard in the process. Also, I have used soldering to make the coaxial cable repair job more secure.

(link to webpage with repair guide)  -> Credit to the OP!

Charger with tool

Picture 1: Charger with tool

Charger showing damaged wires

Picture 2: Charger – damaged wires

Charger with exposed wires

Picture 3: Charger with exposed wires

Charger after initial repair

Picture 4: Charger after initial repair

Some pics from my own repair job just to show that it is indeed possible to repair a broken notebook power adapter with DIY and saving on the cost of a new adapter in the process. If possible, please keep the original “strain relief” for the power cable (a rubbery thing wrapped around the cable as it exits the adapter box – See top right of picture 3). Been using the repaired adapter for 2 months since the original repair date and no problems yet but I am also treating the adapter with more care nowadays and have also made my own bigger “strain relief” using a couple of plastic drinking straws taped together. 🙂

Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone

Bought my Galaxy S3 over a year ago and cannot say I have ever been disappointed by it’s performance, especially after the official Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OTA update recently: Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone 

Android 4.3 OTA Update Message

Android 4.3 OTA Update Message

GS 3 being upgraded to Android 4.3 via Kies PC

GS 3 being upgraded to Android 4.3 via Kies PC

Apps:

Undoubtedly my favorite app on this phone is Vaulty as you can keep those nosy people who “just want to have a look” out of your personal stuff. 😉

For peace of mind on your Android Smartphone, please consider installing AVG Antivirus Security for Android .

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