Compatibility refers to whether a particular piece of hardware or software will work with a system.

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Stretch VMWare Player guest OS to fullscreen

I’m using VMWare Player to play an old 16-bit Windows game. Unfortunately the game uses only 640x480 and I cannot figure out how to stretch the VM window to full-screen on the host. I set the guest OS ...
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Can a laptop hard-drive be used in a desktop machine?

I recently built my own computer, and I wanted to put my laptop hard drive in my desktop, possibly to do a RAID 0 or 1 (haven't decided yet). Is this even possible, or is it possible with an adapter ...
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Disable Aero Themes for a ClickOnce application

I have an application that is deployed and installed using ClickOnce Deployment and on certain machines (mostly running Windows 7) I need to be able to disable Aero themes and possibly change other ...
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Aspire One battery compatibility

I'm definitely unsatisfied with battery life in my Acer Aspire One D270. Probably buying an extended battery would be completely satisfactory, and I have a semi-local vendor who has some definitely ...
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Sony PMB error when trying to edit video on Windows 7 64bit

I bought an emachine refurb on ebay. I loaded my Sony video software (PMB) and all was good. When I shut the PC down, it ran updates. Afterwards when I opened PMB and went to edit a video (any video) ...
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VirtualBox and 64 bit incompatibility?

I have the previous installed version of VBox. It is working well. Today I tried to install VirtualBox 4.1.16. But the OS said that setup is incompatible with the OS. I don't understand, why my ...
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Is USB 3.0 backwards compatible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a USB 3.0 pen drive be used on a USB 2.0 port? I am really excited about USB 3, especially since it has made its way into the new MacBook Airs and Pros. Since it is ...
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What to do when a device has no driver for Windows 7 but it has Vista, XP drivers

This has always been a bothersome matter for me. Some devices (printers, scanners, etc.) have drivers for older versions of Windows (Vista, XP, 2000, NT) but no driver for Windows 7. What are my ...
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Disable Compatibility Mode in IE8

Is there a way I can disable Compatibility View in IE8? It jumps into it every now and then, which results in rendering pages really oddly. Can it be turned off so it doesn't do this?
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My 1600 shows up as 1333. Is it compatible with 1333 with the same RAS/CAS timings? Noticeable performance between 1333 and 1600?

I have 3 DDR3 sticks of GEIL memory that says 1600 on the box. First it was reported as running at 1333 by my OS so I changed those values from 1333 in my bios to 1600. However it still gets reported ...
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Is the APC BR700G UPS (or similar) compatible with Active PFC power supplies?

I'm looking at getting a UPS for my home computer. So far the APC BR700G looks very promising, except for one thing: one of the reviews on Newegg says that this UPS does not work with a power supply ...
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 crossfire motherboard

I am trying to build a cheap mining rig. I wanted to use the AMD Phenom II X4 965 (HDZ965FBGMBOX) processor as it got very good reviews and benchmarks, and is inexpensive. However, I am having trouble ...
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Will 10666 RAM work in a machine that came with 10600?

I suspect the answer is that I won't have a problem, but I would just like to check. My laptop came with PC3-1333 10600S RAM and I just purchased PC3-1333 10666 RAM. Will the 10666 RAM cause any ...
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Can WD3200AZRX SATA-3 hard drive work on SATA-2?

I am buying new hard drive today, but I am worried that it will not work on my motherboard Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3. I want to buy this hard drive. It's pretty expensive and I don't want to get ...
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PCI-Express 2.0 backwards compatibility?

I have a Radeon HD 6850 which is a PCI-E 2.0 card. Will it work with a ASUS P5N-SLI which has only PCI-E input?
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Is there a cross-*nix compatible way to get file modified timestamp?

Trying to solve this problem I've come up with solutions that are not compatible between ubuntu and osx. I wish to make one replacement command for the following two, which differ in two characters: ...
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A PCI Express 3.0 Video Card into a PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot

Perhaps I'm trying to push my mobo too hard, but I think I have read that PCI-e 3.0 is back compatible to previous PCI-e specifications. But 3.0 into a 1.0, is it possibly asking too much? I'm ...
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Sony Vaio Model: PCG-4L1L Hard Drive replacement

I have the above described Sony Vaio. It was shipped with a 32GB SSD drive which now full. I am very happy with the laptop and so I would like to upgrade the SSD to a larger capacity. Unfortunately, ...
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Use a Bluetooth module from Asus A6Je in an Asus N53J

Can I use my old Bluetooth module from an Asus A6Je laptop in my new Asus N53J? Internal Bluetooth is available in more expensive versions of my current laptop, but not in mine.
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Using an old graphics card on a new mother board

I will be getting my ASUS P8Z77-V Z77 MB ATX 2400 (O.C) SLI Crossfire motherboard today that will be running the Intel Core i7-2600K. I have an old EVGA GeForce 8800GT and was curious if I could use ...
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Windows 7 how to monitor folders a program is trying to create

I'm trying to get Sony Artisan software to work on Windows 7 32-bit. They were made for Windows XP. I got the drivers installed, but when the program starts up it gives an error can't create ...
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Are all SATA cables compatible with SATA 3?

I have a HP Compaq de5700 Small Form Factor desktop computer, and I am looking to upgrade it's hard drive. When I open up the box, it clearly has available SATA connectors on the motherboard, but no ...
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Internet Explorer 9 in 2 different computers is showing different views, why is that?

I'm trying to identify the cause of this bizarre situation. In my computer, in IE9, my website it's viewed in compability mode automaticaly. The browser displays a message "A problem displaying ...
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SATA-III drive comaptiblity with current motherboard

Next month I will be upgrading my computer with newer/better hard drive (Western Digital 250GB, 7200rpm, 32MB, Sata III, Caviar Blue, here is a link where I will buy it from - ...
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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack “The converter failed to open the file” error & “This is a pre-release version”

What issues have people encountered with older OS's (2000, XP) and olders versions of Microsoft Office (2000, XP, 2003) with the 'Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack'? I have a couple of Windows 2000 ...
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Is Microsoft Word 2010 interoperable with Word 2007?

Microsoft provides a compatibility pack which helps with exchanging files between Office 2007 / 2010 and previous versions of Office. But it's not clear from the description whether this means that ...
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which file type to install my virtual hard disk in while installing a new machine on virtualbox?

I got some options like VHD, VMDK, HDD, and VDI is there a file type that is most commonly used and is supported by most other virtual disk software?
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Keep Win 7 or revert to Win XP? Win 7/XP, compatibility, hardware

I am helping an older gentleman with his new computer. He is a scholar, and he wants to use scholar programs that are not compatible with Win 7. In addition, he has a scanner and a printer that does ...
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FiOS signal bradcast

Can I connect the FiOS set top output coaxial cable to my MOCA wifi/router input so to broadcast the unscrambled signal to my Roku Boxes?
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Can Wine emulate Windows95?

I have VirtualPool2 for Windows95, but recently the CD drive has not been working on my Windows95 machine. VPool only supports Windows95 so I can't run it in Wine, it detects Wine as a WindowsNT ...
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Can I just replace my motherboard and CPU without further complications? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upgrading motherboard without reloading OS I've just purchased the i7 2600k and a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 motherboard. I want to upgrade my existing setup, a Gigabyte ...
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What dictates the possible compatibility options for a Windows shortcut?

If you've ever dug into the properties sheet of a shortcut, you've might have come across this page: I highlighted a specific dropdown box in red. This is what it looks like, if I expand the ...
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How to open a file created in Word 2007 pre-release version

When I try opening some old Word 2007 docx files in Word 2010, I get the error message: This file was created in a pre-release version of Word 2007 and cannot be opened in this version. I tried ...
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connection can-bus to pc with pci

Hi all I need answer if this is the same PCI as this On the second product it says PCI/104 and I am not sure if this metal layewr that needs to be outside will fit on this board? If not can you see ...
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Motherboard and RAM compatibility

My computer often freezes for few seconds when doing memory intensive operations, cause of 1 GB installed memory. Windows 7 starts to use Paging File but my hard drive is very slow and opening a basic ...
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Are modems, made for a more recent DSL standard, downwards compatible with older DSL technology?

I understand that older DSL modems aren't compatible with newer technology, but is the case same the other way around? I.e.: Is VDSL2 modem compatible with a VDSL connection? What about with ADSL or ...
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Two kits of three DDR3 memory sticks mixed. Are they same?

I have bought two memory kits, each having three DDR3 modules for triple-channel setup. Looking at the memory modules serial stickers, I couldn’t find a clue about how to identify, that the modules in ...
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Installing Linux on an Asus p8z68-m PRO Motherboard

Here is a challenge: how is this done? I've tried disabling the ASM1061 controller in the Onboard Devices section, using Wubi, booting from USB (as I don't have a DVD drive, yet), and even booting ...
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Same RAM model, different purchase date. Will this work?

I went for a triple channel (3x2GB) DDR3 RAM kit for my build back in 2010. The same kit is now a lot cheaper and I'm considering purchasing one to give my machine a little boost. Relevant Specs: ...
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Can the Sony AD-7280S burn to DVD+R Dual Layer?

On their site it says it supports DVD-R DL burning but no mention of DVD+R. I don't see many reliable blank DVD-R DL brands in the shops (ie Verbatim) so does the Sony AD-7280S support DVD+ DL ...
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Is it possible to run a Linux / BSD app on a mac?

I don't care if I have to add libraries or build whatever on my end. I'm just hoping since OS X has the foundations of Unix that there's some way to run a Linux or BSD client. Specifically, we need ...
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Microsoft Visio and Sparx Enterprise Architect Compatability

I am creating UML diagrams using Sparx Enterprise Architect and a colleague of mine is using Microsoft Visio. Can Visio open EA diagrams, and/or can EA open Visio diagrams?
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Will a VGA monitor work if connected to 9-pin serial port?

I have a (old) computer that I am trying to use, just for giggles. It has a 9-pin (RS-232) output for the monitor (marked 10101). Can I connect it to my VGA monitor using an adapter? EDIT Thanks ...
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Run a program in XP compatibility on Win 7 *without* admin rights

I have a VB.NET program I wrote which uses Process.Start() to launch an '.ARTask' file associated with BMC Remedy User. For reasons beyond the scope of this question (someone else had the same problem ...
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How to add a (windows readable) backup disk to Netgear ReadyNAS?

So we have this ReadyNAS appliance with 2x1TB disks in Netgear X-RAID (read: mirrored), two empty disk bays and all three usb ports unused. We'd like to add another 1TB disk to the NAS and schedule ...
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New Power Supply doesn't work with a specific motherboard

I just bought a new power supply Corsair CX430 V2 in order to meet the needs of a new graphics card I hope to install. The motherboard is the micro-ATX form factor Asus P5KPL-AM/PS running a Intel C2D ...
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Can 4.1 speakers work with a sound card that only has one line out port?

My friend just purchased a Dell Inspiron 620 desktop that has integrated 5.1 channel audio. On the back of the computer where all the plugs/ports are, there is only port for a line out for audio. ...
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How can I set the compatibility mode for an executable from the command line?

Is there a way to set the compatibility with XP option (right click/properties/compatibility ... that one, yes :) to an executable from the command line? Or better yet, is there a way to set ...
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How can I run a 32-bit app on 64-bit OSX 10.7.2?

I have an app that only exists a 32bit version. In order to use it, I used to press 2 & 3 together before booting the Mac, so it'll run in 32bit mode. However, some apps (64bit version that ...
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Is there a way that I can tell IE9 to stop running in IE9-Compat View for “Local intranet” sites?

I have a site which only functions in IE9/Chrome/Firefox. The site is an internal only site from a vendor, so we access it by https://serverName/ -- IE9 correctly identifies this as an intranet site, ...