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In Topic: Front-loading Frigidaire FWTR445RFS1 won't spin (after basement flood)

13 August 2014 - 11:42 PM

The motor speed control board is probably fried. At 15 years old you will probably be better off buying a new one.


Yup, I'm pretty sure you got that right.


I followed the Samurai's troubleshooting video for Troubleshooting A No-Drum Movement Problem In A Frigidaire Front-Load Washing Machine.


And just like the Samurai saw in that video, I got 120 V on the aqua wire when it was disconnected from what he calls the pressure switch. (The schematic calls this the water level switch, but I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.)

In that video, he says that means the speed control board is dead.


And the part is over $300.


So I'm shopping for a new washer. My wife said the new one has to have at least the same capacity as the old one. (We have four kids, ages 7-11, and we do a LOT of laundry.)

Any idea on how I can find out the capacity of this washer?


I have the original owner's manual, but it doesn't include any specifications. (And my Google-fu is failing me.)

In Topic: New comperter

29 July 2014 - 03:06 PM

All versions of Windows since the 90's have had a tool to gather all your documents and settings and transfer them to a new machine.


Not true. The app you're writing about is called Windows Easy Transfer. The Windows 7 version did transfer files and settings, but the new one does NOT transfer settings.  Take a look at this InfoWorld article:


Now, it only transfers files, not settings, and only those from Windows 8.0, Windows RT, and Windows 7 -- not from pre-7 editions of Windows or other Windows 8.1 computers. When I asked why the functionality was reduced, Microsoft told me, "WET is being deprecated now that many settings roam automatically and you can share data using SkyDrive."




According to another InfoWorld article, even Microsoft recommends against using Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 8!

In Topic: New comperter

29 July 2014 - 08:27 AM

I have a 10 year old Dell desk top computer that is about had it and I'm going to replace it with a new one.What I need to know is how do I go about putting all of my doccuments and other info from the old computer onto the new one?Is there an easy way to do this?


If your computer is 10 years old, then it came with Windows XP with Service Pack 1. If you've installed the free updates offered over the years, then it should now be upgraded to Service Pack 3 (released in 2008).


The ease of moving everything to a new computer depends on what operating system your new computer uses.


You have three options. In order from easiest to hardest, they are:

  1. Get a Mac
  2. Get a Windows PC running Windows 7
  3. Get a Windows PC running Windows 8 or 8.1

Option 1: Get a Mac

The easiest solution would be to buy a Mac from your local Apple Store, with a subscription to One to One. With a One to One subscription, you can just bring in your old PC, and they'll transfer your email, photos, music, etc. for you. One to One also includes personal training by appointment, up to an hour each week, for a full year. One to One costs $99, and is available only at the time you buy a Mac from the Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.


Alternatively, you can download and install Apple's free Windows Migration Assistant on your Windows PC. It works fine with Windows XP, and will automate the process of moving everything from old to new.


Option 2: Get a PC with Windows 7

If you really love Windows, this is your best choice. Unfortunately, they aren't so easy to find. Most PC manufacturers have stopped offering Windows 7 since Windows 8 came out two years ago.


Microsoft offers a utility called Windows Easy Transfer to move your files from XP to Windows 7. Windows 7 is a good operating system, but note that Microsoft is ending mainstream support for this product next January. They will continue to offer security updates for another 5-½ years.


Option 3: Get a PC with Windows 8

This is your least convenient option. Microsoft's Easy Transfer utility does a terrible job moving files from Windows XP to Windows 8. It's so bad that Microsoft pretty much gave up and started providing a free copy of Laplink PC Mover Express. I recently worked on a small office Migration, and I found the free Laplink solution virtually worthless. It did transfer files, but it didn't transfer email settings, contacts, bookmarks, etc.


If you do go with Windows 8, I suggest paying a consultant to handle the migration for you. If you want to do it yourself, there are a lot of good tips in this PC World article. Windows 8 is a good OS — in many ways better than Windows 7 (and significantly better than XP). But the Windows 8 interface is radically different from XP and 7, and many people switching to Windows 8 hate the new interface and find it frustrating.


Some final thoughts:

I've been doing computer work for over 30 years. I've configured networks, servers, firewalls, etc. I could use a Windows PC, but I don't want to. I want something that's reliable, and doesn't need constant fiddling. For those reasons, I use a Mac.

In Topic: Zip Programs

02 May 2014 - 05:13 PM

I have downloaded a Zip file and when I try to open it, I get an error message that Windows cannot open the file. I am guessing that I need a Zip program to open it. 


Zip file support is built-in to Windows 7. You don't need any other product. My guess is that there's something wrong with the file you downloaded. It might be damaged somehow.


Try downloading it again. If you get the same error message, post that message here and I'll try and help you figure out what's going on.

In Topic: GE fridge TBX22ZABLRWW makes loud clunk-clunk when compressor shuts off

26 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

Broken motor mount inside compressor...only permanent fix is to replace compressor..I have seen units go for years like this.


I sure hope mine is one of those that goes for years!


objectively.....Waaay more than your fridge is worth.


Thanks for answering the question I probably should have asked!

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