In electronics, a cable is 1 or more wires (fibers) bound together and running parallel to each other such that larger amounts of data/current can be transmitted at faster speeds than would be accomplished with a lower amount of wires. A cable can refer to an audio, visual, data, electrical or any ...

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SATA Connector Stress Impact on Reliability [closed]

As we fill up a mid-tower case with more drives, the SATA cables get rather tricky to get in a position so that they enter the connection near perfectly aligned so as to not put any stress on the SATA ...
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Does a cable / adaptor for my needs exist? (photos)

I recently bought a UPS, however, the only outlets take this sort of connector: But, the other end of the cables is like this (right): The thing is, I really need to connect it to a power bar, ...
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Connecting two mac with midi [closed]

I'm looking for the simplest and cheapest way to connect two mac using the midi protocol in order to make two software communicate using MTC/MMC protocol like Ardour and Joker for example. I can do ...
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Realtek-NIC with VLAN under Windows always showing UNPLUGGED

I'm running a Win7-Machine and need to configure my NIC to understand untagged and VLAN-tagged packages. I'm using a Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller and already installed a common tagged VLAN-...
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Does DisplayPort cables only one-way?

I saw this DELOCK 82438 Mini DisplayPort - Displayport cable where the image shows one end is an input, while the other is an output. They also say in the description that this is a Mini DisplayPort ...
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VGA vs SVGA cable?

I have a totally avarage looking VGA cable with totally average HD-15/DE-15 male D-sub connectors on both end, however the label on it states, that it is an "SVGA cable". I know that VGA is also the ...
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(Beginner networking) Can I use a crossover cable to connect a PC to a hub that has an uplink feature?

I am taking a class on Computer Networking and part of a lab we did earlier this week involved connecting our PC to a hub using a straight-through cable. It worked. Then we had a small experiment with ...
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What is this flat brown 8-pin case plug? [duplicate]

I reused an old computer case of mine to build a PC for my parents. I found this cable connected to the front I/O and I have no idea what it is: The front IO contains 2x USB2, head- and microphone ...
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Will connecting USB controllers to a hub with extension cables cause interference, signal loss or even input lag?

I'd like to connect 3 devices to a USB hub. The USB hub is then connected to my PC with an extension cable. Each device would need an extension cable of approx. 1m, which is then connected to the hub....
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What is the little twist in this floppy ribbon cable for?

There is a twist of a few lines in this floppy cable. Why? What is the purpose of it?
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Watch TV on computer through cable input

I have a DANY USB TV BOX U-1050 (please see attached picture). And, I have a normal TV aerial cable (For a lack of a better term, don't know the jargon) See attached picture. How do I get this ...
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Is Satellite internet generally as reliable as cable or DSL? [closed]

I'm trying to determine from a reliability standpoint whether internet service from a satellite provider is as good as a cable or DSL provider. Obviously nothing is perfect nor has a 100% uptime, but ...
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Long USB cable device not recognised

Hello i have a cable which have 4 cables inside. I attached a female USB port o the one side and the other is connected to my PC. The problem is that the cable is more than 5 meters and my PC does not ...
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Is RJ12 downwards compatible with RJ11?

If I would use a RJ12 (6P6C) cable on a RJ11 (6P4C/6P2C) connector, would that work?
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Can cable be the cause for slow upload speed (but not the download)?

I'm not exactly familiar with electrical but I hope someone can help me with some directions/suggestions. Thanks in advance. Situation: I have been experiencing issues with my internet for the past 1....
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USB Type B: Why male vs. female differentiation is not enough?

This manufacturer website is very definite: The two types of plugs have the same number of pins, and are electrically identical. They are only different mechanically. This was an intentional ...
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What is this port on my computer?

What is the name of the port shown in the picture? This port is on my old NEC Versa LitePad Tablet PC http://www.superwarehouse.com/NEC_Versa_LitePad_Tablet_PC/VL-PAD-933/p/243017 http://www....
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What is the difference between USB Mini A and Mini B?

I have a bunch of USB A to Mini B cables and a single USB A to Mini A cable. I have lost track of where they come from. The two types both look exactly the same with the USB A side having a white ...
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How can I guess if a USB cable will power my devices?

I've had problems with one long (4 meter) USB Mini-B to USB Type-A cable not being able to boot a 2.5'' external hard disc due to not supplying enough current. On top of that, the cable used a Type-A ...
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Ever have bad voltage on an ethernet jack on a router/switch?

So I've got a bit of an odd problem I'm trying to solve. I have an ASUS RT-N66U router which has a desktop, xbox, and my brand new NAS directly wired into it. Whenever I hook the brand new NAS up ...
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PSU has 2 PCI-e cables, and I don't know how to use their endings or if I need to use ONLY one cable

I've started to assemble my new PC and when I've finally attached my Gygabyte NVIDIA GPU (GTX 760), it needs some kind of PSU power, in the form of 6 + 8 holed socket. So far so good. My PSU (Cooler ...
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Is testing Cat5 cable using a testing device necessary if I have verified connectivity with a computer?

I'm running some CAT5 cable around the house and this is the first time I've needed to build/terminate my own cables. I hooked up the cables to a computer and router and was able to reach the router ...
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Unknown monitor replacement cable

I am trying to repair a LG W2452V monitor that I had lying around. It seems I am missing the cable going from the main board to the headphone-jack/control buttons boards. The connectors look like the ...
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Bent interior monitor cable — do I need a replacement?

I have a Windows 8 Toshiba laptop. The monitor screen needs to be replaced, so I got a new replacement. I just needed to plug in the only wire it hooks to in the top half of the laptop, but when I ...
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How important for speed is the length of the phone cable between the wall and the modem?

I have an inconveniently-placed phone jack in my office, so I am running a 10m phone cable from the wall jack to the modem, which is on my desk. Consequently, I have a very short ethernet cable ...
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Is cross over and twisted pair cable the same thing

If not please explain the difference in terms of usage
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How to test the physical integrity of the internet cable and local ISP devices

I've been wondering, how can I find out what's the problem with my internet without leaving my home. I live in a residential building and use cable internet with cable modem, and above the door of ...
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What is the purpose of this 4 pin cable with 3 wires that came with an old IDE DVD-ROM drive?

Stumbled on this cable today, it has 4 pins, of which only three are actually in use. It was found with a quick installation guide of an old DVD-ROM IDE drive and nothing else except some screws, so I'...
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Do I need different RJ45 plugs?

I bought this ICIDU UTP CAT5E Pullbox Solid Wire Straight 100m Network Cable and these 100pcs UTP Male RJ45 Connectors (CAT5/6) Ready plugs. I've tried time and time again repeated watching and ...
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Do I need a special microUSB cable to take advantage of my USB 3.0 port?

I often transfer files from my computer to my phone using a micro-USB cable. However, my computer has USB 3.0 ports and I don't know if I'm taking full advantage of it using a regular micro-USB cable. ...
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How seriously does cable length affect USB 3.0 transfer speeds?

Recently I've been thinking of upgrading my computer with some USB 3.0 ports. However, the problem is my computer is some ways away from my desk so that would mean I would need a long cable, ...
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USB cable for smart TV

Can I use a USB cable to connect my laptop to a Panasonic smart TV? The cable would need to be about 15 feet long.
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2 pair Ethernet connection not working, but 4 pair does

I'm having problems with my internet connection. I have 2-pair lan cable, it used to work before in my PC, but 4 days back it stopped working, it works in others PC. Now only 4 pair lan connection ...
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Strange Issue with computer shutdown and cable outage

This problem first showed signs a few days ago. I was working on my iMac, and suddenly it shut off immediately without showing any warning signs. So, I powered it back on and my ethernet connection ...
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Why can't my router connect to Internet?

I have UPC internet connection (chello.pl). My router is D-Link DIR-300. When I use provided modem to connect to the internet there is no problem. When I try to do it via router, I can't get a ...
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Multiple cable adapter setup not working - VGA to smartphone. All cables tested and work

Issue Pictured overhead projector setup does not work. #1 -> #2 -> #3 -> Phone. All cables are tested and work! The issue is the HDMI connection between cable #2 and #3. With all other cables, the ...
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USB cable model for Kodak EasyShare Z740

I've lost the original USB cable for my Kodak EasyShare Z740, and I can't figure out which model I should replace it with. I did not find the original parts, as the camera is pretty old. I did find ...
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connecting DVI monitor to HDMI port

Can I connect computer monitor with the case by using DVI to HDMI cable? monitor side is DVI and the case side id HDMI. I want to choose the correct cable for this connection. My graphic card is 2 GB ...
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Networking Home Office

I'm in the process of building an office in my garden. It's about 25m away from my house. I'd like to run a wired network connection to the office. I'd rather not go down the powerline route, as ...
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Need help identifying the type of cable used in my external portable hard drive

I purchased my Seagate external hard drive about 4 years ago. Recently I have started experiencing problems with the provided USB cable. So I am guessing it is time to replace it. However I am just ...
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Slow CAT5e speeds

Local cable installed a 120 foot cat5e cable from our router to our smart TV, but there was no connection, so I decided to terminate the cable again myself. I bought a crimper and some RJ45 connectors....
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RGB/VGA input on display without analog ports

I've got a Panasonic LCD display that has all digital or HDMI ports for video. In our conference room, I need to support VGA input for those connecting PC laptops that have no digital output. I've ...
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How come all USB cables are not equivalent?

It appears that not all USB cables (one end: USB, the other end - Micro-USB) are created equal: some can only charge devices (e.g., cell phones, e-readers), others can also sync them. Are there just ...
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Is there a difference in HDMI cables

I have a single HDMI cable in my house which I seem to be able to use for all my devices (TV, HP PC, Dell PC, PS3, PS4). All my other cables seem to be selective on the device I can connect them with. ...
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Is it safe to connect a 10amp cable to my laptop brick if it came with 7amp

The standard figure-8 section of my power cable is broken, and it's marked as 7amp/125volt. I haven't been able to find any others marked for 7amp, so would it be safe to connect a similarly shaped ...
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Can cables affect Wlan connection?

Do different cables (One coax, 5-6 power cables, one HDMI, two Ethernet CAT 5e) effect a WLAN signal? Im asking because my wlan throughput rate is jumping between a poor signal and optimum, where the ...
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Why isn't my phone charging with some micro usb cables? [closed]

I ordered 3 microUSB cables over ebay. My phone was at about 50% battery and I wanted to use it as a hot spot for some browsing on my laptop, so I plugged it in, a charging icon appeared on the phone,...
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Is there a way to repair ripped off fan connectors?

The white ones with four pins that connect to the motherboard.
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Connect 4G router to multiple devices via Ethernet cable

I have a 4G router (Huawei e5172) with one LAN port (DHCP enabled). I need to connect 3 PCs and 1 wireless access point to this router via Ethernet so I got a 5-port Ethernet switch and connected it ...
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eSATA and SATA III

I currently have a SATA to eSATA adapter on a system with SATA II, but I'm going to be upgrading to a system with SATA III ports on the motherboard. What I'm wondering is, if I connect the same back-...