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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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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?
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Will Parallel-port dongle work on USB-to-Parallel Adapter?

We have a niche program running on a Win2K laptop that uses a security dongle connected to a parallel port for authentication. The laptop is getting creaky and I spent a frustrating night last night ...
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2.5“ SSD in a 3.5” desktop drive bay normal?

I'm a little out of touch with modern desktop builds, but I recently built a new machine anyway. I want to pick up a SSD for my I/O intensive apps (EverQuest 2 and Flash CS4 mostly), but I'm having ...
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Need a VGA/DVI adapter for a spare working laptop screen

I have a spare working laptop screen. Are there any adapters that would let me hook it up to a VGA or DVI port? This is what the display wire looks like:
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Need to find a power adapter

Just finished upgrading the heatsink and fan in my wife's computer (dropped the temperature about 20 degrees on an AMD), and everything works great except one problem. The BIOS is reporting that it ...
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How should one handle an external hard drive without an enclosure?

How should I go about mounting an external hard drive without an enclosure? I have a IDE/SATA to USB adapter. But where should I put the drive, what side should be facing upwards, etc?
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No compatible network card

Motherboard: Asus K8N-E Deluxe with onboard NIC (nVidia nForce) Secondary NIC: I've tried using a standard NIC (Device Manager displays this as D-Link DFE-538TX 10/100, but under manufacturer in the ...
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Why is my USB-to-VGA'd monitor working, but not showing in Display Settings?

I have a USB-to-VGA adapter, which I use to connect a second monitor to my laptop (totaling 3 screens). It worked alright with Vista. I upgraded to Windows 7, and now it no longer works properly (I ...
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Which of these wireless adapters work in windows 7?

Well, I just upgraded one of my machines to windows 7, and it turns out that my usb wireless adapter just isn't working. There is no driver for it in windows 7 (yes, I've looked everywhere). So I'm ...
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Can a USB/IDE/SATA adapter be flaky?

I use USB/IDE/SATA converters a lot and on the two that I have now, I sometimes get errors copying files to drives. It only happens when I'm copying big files to the drive (big can mean as little as ...
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How can I hook a new 17“ MacBook Pro up to a 30” monitor?

Suppose I purchase a brand-new, top of the line, 17" MacBook Pro: What do I need to do in order to connect it to a 30" monitor? I already own 2 30" monitors (a Dell 3007WFP and a Dell 3008WFP), so ...
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Where do I obtain Windows 7 drivers for the Belkin USB to serial Adapter F5U409?

Where are the new drivers for the Belkin F5U409 USB to Serial adapter that will work with Windows 7? It worked with Windows Vista, but now I am running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and ...
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Duplicate network adapter after connection lost

Here's my problem... I'm running Windows XP SP2 with an ADSL connection. My modem is a Speedtouch 330. Sometimes the connection goes down and after reconnecting it I run ipconfig and the output looks ...
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Can you charge any device with Mini-B USB receptacle from any charger with Mini-B USB plug?

I've got several devices with a mini-B USB receptacle - including my mobile phone/PDA and some headsets. Each came with its own AC adapter. I'm wondering if I can charge any of these devices from any ...
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Wireless Adapter Turns Off Under Vista

I'm encountering an odd problem with a new notebook we recently helped choose & buy for an elderly neighbour. The machine doesn't have a "hard" switch to turn the WiFi adapter on or off but you ...
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“Modern” Ethernet over coax

So, I've just bought a house. It's reasonably new - built in the early '00s. One of the features that got built in was a cable TV drop in every room. The cabling is gorgeous - there's even a wiring ...
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Is it possible (and safe/reliable/non-damaging) to use a 20-pin ATX PSU with a 24-pin ATX motherboard?

I have a reasonably-decent old 20-pin PSU which I want to use on a newer 24-pin ATX motherboard. I see that the ATX page on wikipedia mentions that 24-pin ATX is backward-compatible, and I can find ...
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TV Tuner that works with Multiple Adapters? [closed]

I have a Radeon 9600 All In Wonder, which works fine for TV viewing. However, when I enable the monitors on my other video cards, the picture is always plain black on the TV window. Further, I'd like ...