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

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A free utility for NTFS writing on Mac OS X 10.6.5? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac Coming from Windows (Vista/7), I have a few NTFS formatted Hard Drives. Are there any programs to make OS X write ...
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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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How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application? When trying to play an old game, Skyroads for instance, I get the following error message: The version of this file is ...
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Can a USB 3.0 pen drive be used on a USB 2.0 port?

I want to buy a USB 3.0 pen drive. But in my pc there is only a USB 2.0 port. Would a USB 3.0 pen drive work on my pc?
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Windows 7 does not recognize Media Card Reader after upgrade from Vista

This question is a result of the issue stated in this SU-question. Please read it beforehand. I have upgraded my OS from Windows Vista Home Premium x64 to Windows 7 Home Premium x64. It's a legal ...
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What filesystem to use when using both Windows and Linux? [duplicate]

I will be buying a 2TB hard drive soon, and would like to use it as media storage. I would like to be able to read/write from both Windows (version 7, 64bit) and Ubuntu Linux, and I need support for ...
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How to force high-dpi scaling?

How can i force an application to be high-dpi scaled? Pretend there is an application, who's developers manifested it as high-dpi aware, when it really isn't. How can i force dpi-scaling? Pretend ...
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Is it safe to use RAM sticks with different frequencies?

I have two RAM sticks: one 533 MHz and one 667 MHz. Is it safe to use both of these in the same system?
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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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How does the “Compatibility Mode” in Windows work?

How does the Compatibility Mode in Windows work internally?
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What technical reason did Microsoft give for no Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP?

I have the belief that Internet Explorer 9 unable to run on Windows XP is really marketing. But I want to ask you if there really is a technical reason why Microsoft didn't release Internet Explorer 9 ...
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If a motherboard doesn't explicitly support a RAM frequency, is still compatible?

For example, my Asrock P67 Extreme4 says this: Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory Is RAM clocked at 2400 MHz compatible? Will the performance be downgraded ...
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Does the device that supports USB 3.0 work via computer that supports USB 2.0

I am planning to buy external hard drive that supports USB 3.0. Will it work with my old notebook that has USB 2.0?
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What is a file system which has r/w on all major OSes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform filesystem What is a file system which has r/w on all OSes like windows, linux and Mac. Windows comes with FAT and NTFS support and EXT3 support can be ...
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Visual Studio 2010 not compatible?

The Windows 8 upgrade setup says that Visual Studio 2010 would not be compatible, but that there is a solution available. What does 'not compatible' mean in this case? I had VS 2010 running in the ...
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How do I know my laptop is 64-bit compatible?

I recently plan to buy a new laptop to run a 64-bit OS, but a friend told me that my current laptop is already 64-bit. How can I verify if my laptop is ready to load a 64-bit OS or not? Here is the ...
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Why is wine “not an emulator”?

Isn't the difference between Windows apps and Linux apps just libraries asked by applications running? (see previous question) How is possible then to make Windows applications running on a Linux ...
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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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Are SATA II and SATA 3.0 Gbps compatible?

I am trying to check that if I buy a new internal HDD it will work in the NAS I am buying. Currently I'm confused about naming schemes and once that is resolved whether there is compatibility. I will ...
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Can I install 1333 MHz memory onto a laptop supporting up to 1066 MHz memory?

I have a question regarding my laptop's RAM. I have 2 slots. One is empty; the other one has a Samsung SODIMM 204-pin 2GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM CL9, non-ECC, unbuffered module, running at 1066 (!) MHz, ...
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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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Is a DDR3 MB compatible with DDR2 RAM?

If a motherboard's specifications say it supports DDR3 SDRAM sticks, would I be correct to assume it is also compatible with DDR2 RAM? Am I wrong, or does it depend on the motherboard?
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PCIe Generation 3.0 graphic board running on old mainboard Generation 2.0 or earlier?

my problem comes out of the following: I'm owning a 'MSI P45 Neo 3' Mainboard. The 100% type I haven't checked yet, I'm about to do it as soon as possible. For sure is that it's already about four ...
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Compiling/Using a Linux source on Mac OS X

I need to use some piece of software for a school project: the NEAT package. This package is intended for linux use though, and I'm on a mac. I know I could use Virtualbox to emulate a Linux distro ...
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File system format for both windows and linux use (besides fat32)

I'm looking for a file system to format my large external drive with that can read/write in linux and read/write in windows. I know Fat32 is usually the best suggestion, but a large percent of my ...
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Will a PCI Express x16 3.0 card work in a PCI Express x16 slot? [duplicate]

I have a motherboard with a PCIexpress x16 slot. I want to purchase a card called AMD Radeon HD 7770, which uses PCIe version 3.0. Is that backwards compatible?
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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 to know what hardware works well with linux?

It's not hard to find desktops that work well with Linux. However it is much harder to know which laptops will work without fault on say a Debian or Red Hat system. I recently ran into an issue with ...
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What is the most simple explanation for the fact that Windows applications are not Linux-compatible?

What can you respond to someone who asks you: ...And why can't I install a Windows application on my Linux computer?
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Does Windows 8 Support 16-bit Programs?

With Vista and up, 64-bit versions of Windows no longer support 16-bit programs, but 32-bit versions can still run them. Windows 8 has changed a lot of things from even Windows 7, and there were ...
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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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Is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot?

By this, I mean is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot? I heard from someone (who deals with servers all the time) that this is the case, however I may have misheard. Also, the card DOES fit,...
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Windows 10 - Force hardware compatibility check

I am still struggling with the Windows 10 hardware compatibility check. I had a GeForce 7900 which was incompatible, so I bought a new card which is supported. But the "Get Windows 10 app" still ...
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How can I mount an EXT2 partition under Windows 7?

How can I mount an EXT2 partition under Windows 7? Not under Total Commander, because I'm searching for a solution to "see the partition from the My Computer" icon. Are there any? A read-only file ...
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How do version differences affect PowerShell commands on remote computers?

Newer PowerShell versions obviously will come with new features and new cmdlets. This is something which is important to take into consideration when writing scripts, or PowerShell walkthroughs, which ...
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Music tagging software more consistent than Tag&Rename?

A few years ago I spent an insane amount of time using the excellent Tag&Rename program. However, I find that for random, inexplicable reasons, some music tools simply disregard my tags, drop or ...
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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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Open local HTML files in compatibility view (IE7) in IE11/WIN7

Friend of mine has an interesting issue on his new corporate PC - it looks like his IE11 is somehow configured to open all HTML files from the local file system in compatibility mode (IE7). While I'm ...
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What is the downside to Windows XP style DPI scaling in Windows 7

I recently just moved to Windows 7 and I noticed that many of my older third-party apps didn't look so good at the high DPI I had set (150dpi versus the typical 96dpi). After searching the web for ...
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How to turn off “Always run as administrator” Windows 8?

I followed these instructions (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12257110/can-you-force-visual-studio-to-always-run-as-an-administrator-in-windows-8) to force my Visual Studio 2012 to always run as ...
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How to make an extremely old app run on 64bit Windows? [duplicate]

I have a very old application designed for Windows 3.1. I have been able to use this application on Windows 7, however, that was Windows 7 32bit. Now I have since re-installed Windows to 64bit, and ...
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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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Needed information for RAM compatibility

I am curious about what to look for when purchasing RAM in terms of what specifications to pay attention to. I know that the RAM has to be the same standard (DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc) and I know that if ...
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What is Rosetta and why doesn't Snow Leopard include it by default?

Since I repaved my MacBook with Snow Leopard this morning, I was about to reinstall one of the applications I use, Adobe Flex Builder 3. When I opened FB3's installer, the following was displayed: ...
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Can I place an 8x PCIe 2.0 Promise EX8760T into the 16x PCIe 2.0 slot on my Asus P7H55-M/CSM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will a PCI Express x1 TV tuner work on a PCI Express x16 slot ? The Promise card has a PCIe 2.0 8X interface, and the motherboard has a single PCIe 2.0 16x slot. My ...
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Run an application only compatible with 32-bit on 64-bit machine

Title's pretty explanatory. I have an application(Second Life) that isn't compatible with 64-bit windows 7. It says that it is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 but only the 32-bit version of 7....
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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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CPU and motherboard compatibility

I used CPU-Z to identify my socket and it said 479 mPGA. Also got chipset information and used intel site to check out compatible processors. Turns out a lot of processors were compatible with the ...
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What kind of RAM is compatible with my system? [closed]

I want to upgrade my RAM but am not sure if I should/can get DDR2 or DDR3. Sound like a stupid question, but CPU-Z is showing the following: At the top, it is saying that it’s DDR3 RAM, but I have ...
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Linking computers to increase performance [duplicate]

I have 2 laptops (one of which is my primary PC) and a desktop PC. The desktop run on Vista Home Edition, the secondary laptop also runs on vista and the primary laptop runs on windows 8. It is ...