Questions regarding enclosures for devices

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how do i turn a whole file into uppercase?

I have a file on a server on another campus that's all in lowercase that i need to changed to all uppercase. Is there any simple unix command that will do this? [i'm using PuTTy on a PC if that makes ...
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Graphic card not screwed to chassis

I recently brought an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1gb (sapphire) graphic card but while installing this graphic card to pci x16 expansion slot(motherboard D102GGC2), the cabinet/chassis was causing problems. ...
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Would it be possible to fix the right-side panel of my HP HDX laptop with super glue?

I own a HP HDx16-1140US laptop. I bumped the right corner of my laptop against a door and it caused the plastic piece protecting the USB port, the laptop lock, and the AC port to come off. It looks ...
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Will an e-ATX motherboard fit in a large ATX form factor case?

Is it possible (without drilling any holes or anything) to fit an e-ATX motherboard into a large computer case whose form factors are only ATX and micro-ATX? The case itself should have enough space ...
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How to open a netbook case after removing all screws?

My Sony VAIO netbook case is closed, all I could remove so far is a dozen of screws, some covers, the battery and the hard disk. Using a screwdriver I investigated the keyboard keys, the keyboard ...
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How to wire chassis fans to controller

This is my first build and i'm using a case with 7 built-in fans. I want to wire them to a controller, but they all have LED's.There is also a button on the case that shuts off the LED's as well as ...
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How to determine motherboard/case form factor

I have an old (no more than 5 or 6 years) Compaq that I'm planning to re-purpose. The motherboard and CPU need to be replaced but I'm going to be able to re-use the hard drive and optical drives. ...
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Missing mounting brackets for DVD drive

Anyone here ever buy a PC case that did not come with mounting brackets for the DVD drive? I bought a barebones DVD drive (Lite-On) and a case (Antec Sonata III 500). The case came with nice ...
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How can I remove the smell of cigarettes from my computer?

I'm a smoker, and of course I smoke in front of the computer when I'm at home. Last Friday I moved out from my mother's house to my own, and since the computers were always turned on and the room was ...
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How to plug power/reset buttons from case to motherboard leads?

I have a motherboard I salvaged from a pre-assembled computer. Except now I'm trying to use it in my own custom build. The problem is, this motherboard doesn't have any documentation because it was ...
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Should I connect my case fan to a pwr_fan or chassis_fan header?

My ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard has the following fans: 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin) 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin) The fan cable connector has three pins (and it ...
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Removing dvd drive and bay covers from a Asus Essentio CM6850

I recently picked up an Asus Essentio CM6850 (click the link to see the case I'll be referencing) from Best Buy and really like it. I recently upgraded to a 650w power supply and a Asus Geforce GT 560 ...
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ESD considerations of an open-air/wood and plexiglas case

I am going to build a computer soon, and instead of buying a pre-built case I am planning to build my own case; either closed and built with wood and plexiglas, or open and built with just wood. My ...
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Fitting a Motherboard into a Computer Case

I'm interested in building my own computer. I saw a motherboard and CPU that I want to buy from Tiger Direct. My question is has to do with computer cases and motherboards. Are all motherboards ...
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Run external hard drive without case

My external hard drive case broke. The drive still works. Can I just place it on my desk, out of the way, without it being in a case? Does it have to have a fan?
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How to add a 2.5" drive to a desktop computer case?

I'm changing my computer case to the Fractal Design Define R3. It looks like a nice case, and it seems to have great reviews. I've got a 2.5" SSD drive that's kind of wedged in above my CD drive at ...
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Which size fan should I put at the front of my case? 92mm or 120mm [closed]

I've made a new system, it has a 92mm exhaust fan at the upper rear. I have two fans here, one is 92mm, the other is 120mm. This will go on the lower front and will be the air intake. Which would be ...
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What factors do you choose to pick a PC Chassis or Case?

When you're shopping around for a PC case or Chassis, what factors do you use for picking a computer case? Are there any non-technical criteria you factor into your decision?
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How do i put a motherboard into the case?

I never built my own desktop but i have played with parts (harddrive, ram, optical drive, wifi chip). I heard that if i don't put the motherboard into the case correctly it will fry. Than i heard ...
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LCD display panel for Ubuntu/RHEL

I'm looking for a very simple 2 or 3 line LCD display that allows me to print custom data to it from the a linux box (Ubuntu and RHEL). I want something like this or this that fits in the front of my ...
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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 [closed]

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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Is an SECC cabinet better than an aluminium one? [closed]

I'm shopping for a cabinet online Description of the material used in the cabinet varies from Steel, Aluminium Alloy to Acrylic My options are narrowed down to either Steel (SECC?), or Aluminium From ...
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Is there a standard dimension definition for CD/DVD drive bay?

Probably naive, but is there a standard to mandate the dimensions of CD/DVD drive bay on a cabinet/enclosure are met? Neither my BenQ CD Writer, nor my ASUS DVD Writer fit into the 5.25 bay of my ...
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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 ...