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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Does a HDMI-to-DVI (dual link) adapter exist? I don't care about the price

My monitor supports full-resolution display (2560x1440) only when connected to through either the DVI-D dual link port, or the DisplayPort. My laptop, though, has neither of these two kinds of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Din5 plug adapter to USB

I have an old keyboard I'd like to use on recent devices (no PS2 port). But it's still on a 5 pin din plug. I tried to plug that in a Din-2-PS2 adapter and that in PS2-2-USB, but the keyboard was not ...
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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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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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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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Physical obstacle plugging PCIe 4x into PCIe 8x

I know this has been already discussed, for example in this question, where there's even a wikipeida quote saying that it's possible. So, according to that, I bought that PCIe 4x card. I have two ...
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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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Monitor (DVI-D) to Laptop (VGA)

I am simply trying to use my DVI monitor with my laptop that only accepts VGA. I've been doing some research for an adapter from DVI female to VGA male and it seems that not only do I need an adapter, ...
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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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Can I use different HP adapters in one computer?

My old HP adapter burned out and it will take 2 weeks for me to get a new one. In the meantime, I borrowed a HP cable from a friend. Is it possible to use a different HP adapter in the mean time? The ...
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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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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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What is the name of the cable inside PC cases?

Due to limited linguistic and technical knowledge, I do not know (and can not find) the name for the 4 pin (or perhaps 3?) plugs that are used inside PC cases to deliver electricity. My questions: ...
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2 prong outlet and PC

My current setup is as follows: computer > surge protector > 3 to 2 prong adapter > 2 prong outlet The adapter is not screwed in as I now know it should be. I've been using this type of setup for ...
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Forgot the plug part of my laptop charger but have the bulk part that connects to laptop, Can i use the plug part only?

Ok, To more clarify: I thought i packed my whole charger with my dell laptop but come to find, the second half of it isn't with me, only the bulk part that connects to the laptop. I have another one ...
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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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Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D Dual Link up to 2560 * 1600

I have a ThinkPad T530 with Mini DP++ and NVS 5400M, which are said to support 2560 * 1600 resolution. The display is Dell 3007WFP, which also supports 2560 * 1600. But, I have never seen any cables ...
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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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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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high(er than 30hz) refresh rate PS/2 to USB adaptor for NEW pc? [closed]

I'm part of the 1%. The keyboard snobs. I use a 16 year old keyboard. It's made by Alps, with all the hullabaloo to do with their key-switches. Interestingly enough, it also has an Alps Glidepoint ...
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Does a PCIe to dual mini-PCIe adapter exist?

I'm planning to make a home server that would serve as NAS, router and Wi-Fi access point. It should be small, so I choose mini-ITX form-factor which often has only one PCIe slot. I want a powerfull ...
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I can't get a second router to extend my network over powerline adapters

I have a main router Netgear DGN2200 then I have a cable from the LAN to a Belkin powerline adapter. Up in my loft I have the other powerline adapter connected (via LAN) to a second router, a Netgear ...
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No DisplayPort output via DisplayPort→HDMI adapter from Nvidia card using Linux on Thinkpad W520

I have a Thinkpad W520 laptop with Nvidia Quadro 1000M graphics running Debian testing (“wheezy”) and Nvidia driver version 295.40-1. The graphics mode is set to discrete in the BIOS. I would like to ...
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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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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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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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Can a Composite video to VGA adapter be used both ways?

I would like to use this adapter to display the video signal from my Wii console on my LCD monitor. Now, I found such an adapter in my local classifieds, however those products are advertised to ...
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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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Where can I connect this USB 3.0 cord?

My motherboard has 2 USB 3.o slots in the back, where the usual slots go, but the tower also supports 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front, above the DVD drive. So, there is a cord coming out of those ...
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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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The laptop adapter works only after heating it up

I have Dell Latitude C640. Its adapter works only when heated. The LED light turns ON only when it gets extremely heated. I use to heat it on the electric heater. Can anyone tell me the ...
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Antec 900 fan plugs are not compatible with PSU or motherboard

I have an Antec 900 case, which has two small fans in the front, a large fan on top, and an exhaust fan in the back, all of which have individual power cords/plugs. They look identical to the piece on ...
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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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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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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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How to make a USB wireless adapter to support WoWLAN? [closed]

I heard some rumors that none of the USB wireless adapters can support Wake on Wireless LAN because USB can't maintain the adapter's power when in sleep mode. Is that true? I don't know why but ...
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How long do external wireless USB adapters live?

The first one I used lived for some months, I remember I often pulled it out immediately. The second has been working for six months, but it now often drops connection. I must reconnect it manually ...
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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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6-to-4 pin power adapter · Red wire connected on black wire?

I just bought an nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which requires a 6 pin power connector, which my PSU doesn't have. However, it came with a 6-to-4 pin adapter. But when I connected the 4 pin connectors, ...
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Mini PCI Express <-> ExpressCard compatibility

Is it possible to plug a mini pci-e card such as the BCM970015 into an ExpressCard connector? Basically I am asking if I could put a mini pci-e card inside am empty ExpressCard card without any ...
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Using a 19V (3.42A) power adapter instead of a 20V (2.0A) for my Lenovo laptop. Is this safe?? (Laptop battery is non functional)

Im ready to accept "long term" degradation to my laptop if i can remain lazy and not go having to find a perfect replacement adapter. Third world electronics scares me (Im in the third). As long as i ...
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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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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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DVI-D to VGA adapter

I know that DVI-D is digital only and can not be transformed to VGA with passive adapter. I want to know where this adapters are used? Or is it just a marketing trick? Example of this adapter here: ...