Questions regarding enclosures for devices

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Do integrated speakers exist?

This is probably way off-topic, but do integrated pc speakers (not the "beep" kind..) exist for desktop PC's? I'm building a "mobile" box, and the only cables I need so far are power and monitor ...
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What can I buy at radio shack to serve as a power switch for my desktop computer? [closed]

I have a desktop computer without a case. The parts are strewn across my desk. My motherboard is a gigabyte MA78LMT-S2. There isn't a power button on this motherboard like I've seen on most ...
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Open case detection aka intrusion alarm

I am monitoring ACPI and other sensors on my mainboard with lm_sensors. there are two entries: intrusion0: ALARM intrusion1: ALARM From what I know these are sensors to detect an open case, but ...
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PSU power cable length, and will my graphics card fit in my case? [closed]

I've decided to build a computer, this will be the first computer that I've built but I've done lots of research and have a list of parts which I will be ordering. I asked for someone to check my ...
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What is the safe temperature limit for a consumer SATA hard drive?

Background My personal desktop system at home has 5 SATA drives racked up inside. Recently my system started failing in odd ways like random kernel panics and I eventually traced it to random ...
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Front panel display problems

I wanted to have a dual core processor. And I received this chance: a new computer without a hard drive or video card. I hoped that my SATA1 hard drive worked on this SATA2 connector; and obtained a ...
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Dust filters for computers

Has anyone had any success in completely filtering the airflow in their computer? If so, what materials did you use? My room is extremely dusty, and my computer sits on the floor. I'm having to ...
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Which graphics cards will fit on my motherboard / case? [closed]

I'm looking to upgrade to a more powerful graphics card. However I'm not sure what my case and motherboard can fit! Could I please be advised with how to identify which cards will fit and work?
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Power supply triggered to start by another power supply

I am building a raid array in a separate enclosure. I will be putting an empty tower case next to an existing tower computer, and this second tower case will only hold hard drives. There are many ...
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SFF computers with sideways DVD drives - must they be laid flat to play/burn DVD/CDs?

I want to give an older parent a replacement computer. It would be used for internet/youtube, email, Word, DVD playback and backing up CDs. I've already identified the Compaq 100B as a great choice, ...
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What is more effective for heat: a case with the side on or off?

I have heard from many gamer friends that running their rigs with the side cover on is more effective for cooling the system than with a side panel off. Common sense tells me that the side panel off ...
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Is it possible for “cruddy” computers cases to have faulty on/off buttons?

I can't quite pinpoint this problem. About 6 months ago I purchased an incredibly cheap computer case, and an incredibly cheap power supply from NewEgg. After I overloaded the powersupply 'til the ...
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Can I use a wine cooler as a PC case? [closed]

I've always wanted a custom PC case that housed my routers, external NAS, motherboard and hard drives that kept everything at a steady temperature since my room does not get the best cooling (very hot ...
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Front Panel Connector Won't Turn On Computer

I just built a computer, and there is only 1 problem with it. I can't turn it on by using the power button. I have to touch a screwdriver to the ON/OFF pins on the motherboard for it to turn on and ...
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Evidently, my case fans have not been spinning for several months, so now what?

What sort of wear and tear might have I incurred from having my always-on desktop PC run without its two case fans for the last 2-3 months? Is there anything I should do to diagnose if there's a ...
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Installling a laptop optical drive in a desktop

For no reason other then awesome factor, I want to install a slot-loading optical drive in my new computer. Now, a lot of searching has proved that slot-loading optical drives don't come in 5.25 inch ...
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Is there any methods of “unyellowing” old beige PC parts?

I have some (really) old PC parts that I would like to repurpose for fun. However the beige plastic on some of them has yellowed due to heat or sun exposure. Is there any way to restore them back to ...
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Does it matter which external hard drive case to choose?

I saw branded external hard drive case and unbranded. Questions about unbranded: Must i check first if case supports S.M.A.R.T.? When it comes to S.M.A.R.T. should I consider branded rather than ...
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Voltage on PC case is making problem

With test light I can detect voltage on my desktop pc case and I believe it's the reason that my HDD fails some often or my pc hangs. When I connect my case to ground (metal door frame) it works with ...
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How do you connect a card reader?

I bought a Velocity micro case which came with a card reader built in. I installed a Gigabyte 880GA-UD3H and can't find a place to plug it in. Do most motherboards have this option? Or did just get ...
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Lower HHD temps Vs. higher case vibration

I´ve finished a recent build which has two CM fans (top - rear) as exhaust and two non-branded A.K.A cheap fans in-front as intake. The temps with the two front fans cooling the two HDDs are: (min ...
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Why is the power supply sometimes at the bottom of the case?

Shopping around for a cabinet for my alternate box, I've seen cabinet/case that place the SMPS/PSU at the bottom of the case. This is surprising because I'd have assumed putting it at the bottom would ...
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Why are there so few computer cases that put the PSU at the front? [closed]

I am going to buy a new computer but I am having difficulty choosing the right case. It will be put in a place similar to this one: where the back is closed, making the PSU not suitable to be ...
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Who makes quiet ATX horizontal cases?

Who makes quiet ATX horizontal cases? I am building a new PC, but even the smallest mid-towers have room for 3 5.25" drives and even more 3.5" drives. I am thinking a horizontal case just big ...
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Installing a new Motherboard in a HP xw6200 case

I have a HP xw6200 Workstation, that is rather long in the tooth, and with 2 physical CPUs, it is quite inefficient. So, the plan was to upgrade the internals. Nothing special: AMD Athlon II X4 ...
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Windows 7 Case Decal/Sticker/Badge?

I'm building myself a new computer and bought an OEM copy of Windows 7. They don't include a Windows 7 sticker to put on my computer case. Does anyone know where to get a genuine Windows 7 decal?
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Front I/O ports on the front of a case

I have seen so many cases with front usb ports etc, but obviously they couldn't fit every motherboard, so I was wondering how they connect, do they come with a plug that connects to a sata port or pci ...
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Antec Fusion HTPC case - how to connect volume knob to mainboard?

I have an Antec Fusion computer case with a Gigabyte mainboard in it. The case has an external volume knob, and comes with a remote control. Audio: The case has two cables, one labeled F_AUDIO, and ...
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What screws do I need for my PSU?

This Christmas I bought new PC. When I started to assemble it, I found that my case (Artic Cooling Silentium T11) has 12 screws for HDD, DVD etc, and 6 screws for the expansion cards. Well, first ...
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Desktop Tower Wire solutions

I have a bunch of tower PCs I'm getting ready to put out, and I'm looking for something to make the wires coming out the back a little harder to tamper with and look a little nicer — something ...
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Getting new computer case. How to remove COA label

I am getting a new Case for my custom build but I already put the COA sticker on the side of my old case. Does anyone have any recommendations how to remove it without destroying it? I thought about ...
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Does orientation matter for a Dell 2650?

I've inherited an older Dell 2650 server for use at home and I don't really have a place to put it where the case is oriented correctly. Is there any risk in running the machine while on its side?
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External Hard Disk not showing up

I have got an external hard drive Seagate 320 Gb that I use inside a Trust 3,5' case. Device is not showing up in Computer folder, nor in Disk management. I tried to look for partition with Active ...
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What is the form factor of a Dell GXa?

I have an old school Dell GXa sitting around. All the hardware is obviously obsolete but the case is in good shape. I would consider purchasing a newer motherboard (P4 or better) for it and giving ...
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“No Input Signal” displayed on Monitor after opening PC case?

I noticed that one of the fans in my computer was not spinning so I opened it up to have a look at it. I left it open so I could take the fan to a shop for a new one. I started my computer, and it ...
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Use an eSATA to a SATA drive HDD caddy

I have run out of SATA ports on my motherboard. But I have a free eSATA port that I can convert using an eSATA/SATA converter cable & direct the cable back into the case. Does anyone have any ...
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Power/HDD/LED wire for motherboard - are they standard these days?

I'm not sure what it's called - the set of wires that connect the power button, LED, HDD activity indicator lights - to the motherboard. My question is, are they standard these days? Meaning, if I ...
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How can I change the case of the text using vim?

$ cat keys 1 auto 2 break 3 case 4 char 5 const 6 continue $ Using vim, what is the quickest way to toggle the case of all the text to get this? 1 AUTO 2 BREAK 3 CASE 4 CHAR 5 CONST 6 CONTINUE
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Installing an additional fan in an HP Slimline s3120n

I've read many terrible things about this particular computer model's overheat issues. In addition, all of the dozen or so reviews I've read mention that the motherboard fries with 6-12 months of use. ...
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How loud is dB concerning case fans, and whats a good air flow rate?

It's all very well that the shopping results on newegg tell me how loud the fan is in dB and how airflow it does in cfm. But what does that really mean, I (like everyone else I guess) need a quiet yet ...
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should case fans blow air into or out of the case

Well there's not really much more to ask than the title, so which way should fans blow?
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What coolant is best for a CPU water cooling system? [closed]

I have a Zalman LQ1000 case that has built in water cooling. Most of the time it works fine but I get a build up of particles in the coolant/water solution that clogs up the flow indicator impeller ...
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Can I use this power supply + case combination without causing problems?

I am putting together a computer with a Antec P180 case and a Thermaltake TR2 RX 650 W power supply. The problem is that the Antec P180 case has a separate compartment for the power supply. With an ...
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S-R label on cable

I've got S-R label on a cable from front of my computer case. Do you know what is it ?
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chassis external sata X-dock (HDD Dock) use for an OS installation

My case have a external sata X-dock (HDD Dock) that, I suppose, could be used to working with a new HDD whitout to open the case side panel. I would unconnect my primary HD (Western Digital 1TB ...
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Fans not turning off when custom built computer sleeps

I just finished building my custom PC, and I have two 80mm fans that have molex connectors, but not the three pin cables that connect to the motherboard (mine is a MSI H55M-E33). So, I just connect ...
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slow down case fan on MSI P43-C51 motherboard?

Bought a case fan that specifically says, "sensors to allow speed control", rated at 3000RPM. Installed Speedfan, messed around with settings, no dice. Same goes for the MSI OverClock Center ...
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Coolermaster CM 690 power button problem

The computer was not booting up (no beep), I did almost everything (Taking RAM, Graphics card out, cleaning everything, replacing cmos etc etc). Power was going to the motherboard as CPU fan was on. ...
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How do I clean my ThinkPad's keyboard and palm rest?

I have a Lenovo W500 and the keyboard and palm rest are getting dirty and shiny. Pedantic as I am, I'd like to clean it. I read that disassembling and removing those parts is easy. I couldn't find how ...
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Powered Screwdriver for Computer Work

Does anyone know of a small, high-speed power screwdriver with really low torque (hand tight) for use on computer chassis? I screw in and unscrew screws on computer cases all day long and I'm ...