An adapter changes one physical form to another. Most commonly used to describe data cable changers (such as PS/2 to USB) and laptop power cords that convert AC power to DC for the computer.

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Micro Self-powered Gigabit splitter for wall outlet

We have a gigabit network and at each desk there is one outlet and a computer and a voip phone. The Voip phones have a 10/100 switch in them and then the computer needs to plug into the phone ...
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What difference does it make whether the computer uses USB Ethernet Adapter, or a network card?

Just what the title states. I'd like to know what difference it makes to the modem/switch, speed, power consumption whether the computer is connected by a USB Ethernet Adapter instead of a physical ...
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Does using a Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter decreases the performance of my Wifi card?

I have this theory, my wifi signal in Windows 7 is very poor, I tested in Ubuntu and it gets a really good signal. In Windows I use a Virtual wifi miniport adapter to make a wifi hotspot. I read ...
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ATX12V to EPS12V Adapter with DP55WG?

I bought a new Intel DP55WG Motherboard to upgrade an old computer. My old Motherboard and Power Supply used a 2x2 pin connector (ATX12V) and my new motherboard uses a 4x2 pin connector (EPS12V). My ...
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How can I tell if the power pin(?) inside my laptop has been pushed in?

My laptop (a Packard Bell EasyNote S4) recently stopped charging properly. The connector suddenly felt very loose in the back and I thought part of that had come out and gone missing. Unfortunately ...
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can laptop and its adapter be mixed and matched? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should laptops remain plugged in when their battery is 100% charged? charging laptop with a different manufacturer's charger I was wondering if today's laptops and ...
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What is the maximum resolution supported by a standard DVI-VGA adapter?

The DVI socket on my monitor is broken, so I decided to use the VGA socket. I used a DVI-VGA adapter on my graphic card end, since it only has 2 DVI sockets. It works but the resolution I can see ...
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Is serial RJ45 to USB a standard?

I can't find any resellers here in Sweden for the RJ45 to USB cable from Current Cost. Are such RJ45 to USB cables covered by a standard so that I could buy one from another vendor? It would also be ...
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Looking for Headset to 2-in-1 adapter [closed]

I'm looking for an adapter that lets me connect my Headset (1 headphone connector, 1 microphone connector) to my laptop, which has headphone/microphone combination connector, like it can be found on ...
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Universal Floppy controller for USB

HI, I have an old 5.25" floppy drive and I'd like to conect it to my computer. Now, I could open the case and install the drive, of course, but I'm seeking a more convenient solution. There are ...
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Standard SD card and Micro SD card with adapter; same speed?

I'm going to buy a new SD card to be used in my car's audio player. What I would like to know is, if I buy a micro SD card with adapter, will it provide the same read/write speed as a standard SD card ...
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System With Two Network Adapters

My system has a NIC (Marvell Yukon) built-into the motherboard, but I also have a D-Link (RealTek) card. I figure that using the D-Link and disabling the Marvell makes the most sense, though I'm ...
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Help me convert my gaming headset plugs (mic & stereo sound) to a single 2.5mm monaural plug

I have a seldom used piece of computer hardware I'd like to connect a gaming headset to. The headset has two 3.5mm plugs (mic and sound) like this: The jack I need to plug into is a 2.5mm monaural ...
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USB Adapter for Memory Cards

I am looking for something like a USB adapter for video cards. It is a cable that on one end hooks into a USB port on a computer and on the other accepts any one of a variety of video cards. ...
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Will a `wireless n` network adapter work `wireless g` router?

I have verizon fios internet service. I believe they use a Wireless G router, but I just have one question. I currently am using a 54mbps wireless pci adapter in my Windows 7 custom build. It drops ...
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If Voltage is Correct, but Current wrong, what's the expected behavior of a laptop receiving its adapter input?

I'm currently investigating the livelihood of a laptop adapter (as seen in an other question). It's possible that it is faulty in that there are measurements of correct voltage but with wrong ...
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Is it normal for an AC adapter to drop voltage if it's not used by a laptop?

I'm currently investigating the livelihood of a laptop adaptor and I noticed, unlike another adaptor it drops voltage to almost zero after I also attempt to measure its current [while it did show ...
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Recommended USB 3.0 PCI/PCIX adapter for older Dell

Can anyone recommend a USB 3.0 adapter for my older Dell server? It does not have PCI express (PCIe) so I was looking for PCI or PCIX. I have been burned in the past installing "desktop" class ...
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I need a wireless network card for my stationary computer

Going to move my stationary computer and hook it up to the TV. Which is far away from the wireless router. So i'm going to need a way to go on the Internet wirelessly from my stationary computer. I ...
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Is it safe to use an IDE to SATA power adapter for an extended period of time?

I just bought a computer from HP and they failed to include SATA power connectors with the power supply other then the one HD and DVD drive. Meanwhile I have two IDE to SATA power adapters that came ...
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Which is the best way to join make 3 connections from 1 power supply source [closed]

I have one Laptop Adapter of output 12v and 3A current. I need to give the power supply to three cctv cmaeras from that adapter. Currently i am just peeling the wires and joining all the three with ...
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securing laptop power cords

I have a new Dell Inspiron 14R (model N4010) laptop. I tend to keep it turned on and running on AC power. It's usually on my desk, but I like to be able to move to a different chair on the other side ...
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Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable adapter [closed]

I have a newer nvidia video card that uses the mini-hdmi connector along with dual DVI ports. It came with a mini-hdmi-->full size HDMI adapter, but it is this one piece clunky adapter. This will ...
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USB to SCSI 80 pin SCA adapter existance?

I got some older SCA 80 Pin SCSI hard drives that I would like to format and erase, but I do not have the old server they were once used in. Did any company ever produce a cheap USB to SCA 80 ...
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Home computer can't keep internet connection with wireless usb adapter

I did some work on a computer recently that had problems keeping an internet connection. Here's what happened. I turned on the computer and there was no wireless connection. After resetting the USB ...
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What kind of adapter is safe to use on my Samsung NP-R522 laptop?

I just got a Samsung NP R522 FS01HK from Hong Kong. The power cord that came with the adapter doesn't fit into US outlets. I looked around and the only power cord available for it that fits US ...
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Convert iMac internal LCD panel to external monitor?

My iMac died (power supply issue, out of warranty), so I took it apart to get at the HDD to recover some files. In the process, I managed to remove the LCD panel. My question is: is it possible/does ...
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Can I use a power adapter with more current but lower voltage on another laptop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Laptop power supplies, does current matter? I have the opposite problem outlined in Laptop power supplies, does current matter? My AC adapter (19 V, 3.95 A, ...
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What is this Ethernet connector (from a 1999 Sony Vaio) called?

My Sony Vaio PCG-Z505S has a strange, flat Ethernet connector that looks like this: The laptop came with an adapter to connect a normal "RJ45" network cable to it, but I have lost it. Now I'm ...
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Radeon HD 5770 - DisplayPort Problem

I am trying to set up 3 monitors with the Radeon HD 5770 I recieved a few days ago. I have read that I can use 2 DVI ports and an active DisplayPort adapter for a third DVI monitor. I have purchased ...
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USB 2.0 to IDE & SATA Adapter - how do you install Windows XP

My laptop CD-ROM is no longer working, and I need to format the hard drive and reload Windows XP. My laptop is Fujitsu Siemens AMILO. I purchased an 'EASY IDE' adaptor, followed the instuction to ...
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How to make a neat cable/adapter?

I DIY'ed a VGA cable Black and White adapter by incisioning out the rubber and cutting somewires. The result was an unholy mess O' wires. I want to make a dongle or anything really that will look ...
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What is this Apple fourteen-pin video connector called?

I'm trying to identify an Apple issued video adapter. One end has 14 pins, 7 on the top and 7 on the bottom. The other end is standard VGA. What is the other end?
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Network displays 802.11g instead of n, and I can't log in with the correct key

I just bought a Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter with Dual-Band, and I tried to log into the usual 2.4GHz 802.11n network with the usual pass key. Only now, the list says it's a 802.11g network and my ...
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In general, do 3rd-party laptop AC adapters / chargers work reliably?

The AC adapters for my 2 dell laptops wore out very quickly. One supplies power but won't charge the battery (it's about 3 years old, the other is a bit newer). Both have worn through to the ...
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Apple video adapters: Mini-DVI to DVI + DVI to video?

I have: a Macbook (which has Mini-DVI output) an Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter (so I can hook up my Macbook to my DVI LCD) a Mac mini (which has DVI output) I see that I can get a DVI-to-Video ...
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Will this car adapter power this Laptop?

I'm looking to buy a number of car power adapters to be used with some Dell laptops. http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1382005 ^ This is the item I am currently looking at. Will it ...
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IDE hard drive and a SATA Dock

I bought a very nice SATA dock for my computer, plug and play and you just plug the drive into the dock and you can access the data. I have since then found an IDE drive i wish to access, but cant ...
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3.5 mm component video jack -> Ipod female connection?

At my gym the treadmills all have ipod male cables hanging out of them so that you can plug in a video ipod and play a video directly to the screen on the treadmill. I own a non apple MP4 player is ...
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Bad resolution from Displayport converter on third of three screens

I am currently using three screens at the same time with my ATI 5770 & an active Displayport converter The thing is that the third screen (the one using the active Displayport converter) is ...
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USB to LPT adapter?

I'm bummed out, pretty much all of our computers here lack parallel ports. I have an EETools ChipMax programming tool that has one of the old-school Centronics connectors on the back. I figured that ...
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Is there a Mini DV tape to USB adapter?

I have Mini DV tapes, Hi8 or something lol. I have a camera that will not play them back, too choppy and cleaning has no effect. Is there a player, or adapter that can just read them into a computer? ...
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VGA to S-Video/Video converter showing mashed up picture

Earlier I asked this question. As a result I acquired this item. It just arrived and now I am trying to get it to work. The manual is not very informative other than telling me, this is the vga in, ...
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DisplayPort -> DVI Adapter, Active or Passive?

I read somewhere that you only need an active adapter (usb powered) if you want resolutions greater than 1920x1200. I also heard from someone that you need it when running triple-monitor because more ...
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Can you use a DVI-VGA Adapter on a monitor instead of a video card?

I suspect the answer to this is "no", but here goes: I have a monitor with inputs for DVI and VGA. I want to be able to share this display with two computers (one at a time, of course) that both ...
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Can I use DVI to RCA Cable to connect my PC to my TV

I want to clear my doubt as to whether I can connect my PC to my TV. My graphics card supports DVI-I and VGA. I want to connect it to my 29" Sony FD Trinitron Wega KVEF29M80 using a DVI-to-RCA ...
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Bluetooth to 3.5mm audio jack

I want to connect my laptop's (and cellphone's) bluetooth to an audio jack. Of course there has to be some sort of receiver on the audio jack side. Are there any devices for this?
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Unhappy with performance of GBit Ethernet to Fiber converter

I just bought a TP-Link MC200CM GBit Ethernet (1000-T) to Fiber (1000-SX) media converter. The device works but I'm unhappy with the performance: When connecting my computer over 1000-T (twisted ...
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Where can I buy a Stereo audio to 3.5mm adapter? [closed]

I need a stereo (6.33mm) to PC audio (3.5mm) adapter, and I'd like it to have an inch or two of cable so that yanking the connector doesn't break the audio port the 3.5mm is plugged into. I used to ...
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How to use a 3.5mm headset on a normal phone? [closed]

I'd like to use a 3.5mm headset instead of the normal phone receiver (with a rj9 plug), I can find only 2.5mm (male) to rj9 male adapter, but it is not what I need. Any hint?