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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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 ...