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Two separate motherboards exhibiting different issues with same CPU

Recently one of my home build computers that the family uses shut down unexpectedly. I tried to reboot it several times, with the first couple it attempted to boot Windows, and the last few it ...
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What is the purpose of the lower lens on some laptops?

I have tried reading the HP EliteBook 2540p manual but it does not seem to label it anywhere. I've noticed that this model in particular isn't the only one, there are quite a few models that have it ...
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Choosing the right hardware for an interactive kiosk [closed]

My goal is to develop an interactive kiosk with only touchscreen available to visitors for a local museum. I must admit that I'm a freshman in this part of hardware world, but I really like the sound ...
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When I'm buying a videocard, which components are from ATI\nVidia? [closed]

It's very common to buy a video card from a manufacturer that is not the manufacturer of the GPU. So I always ask myself: Am I buying a product completely built by the manufacturer, with the GPU as ...
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Is there a Foobar2000 component that would display only the playing playlist in the Default UI?

I use 'Tabs' to display the components that I want in the Default UI. Under one of the Tabs I have 'Playlist view' and under another I have 'Playlist tabs' I use the later to keep playlists that I ...
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Entry level hardware that will last a few years?

So I believe that my girlfriend's mothers' computer is dying a slow and horrible death. It is more than ten years old and she doesn't want to get a new one, because this one still works (sometimes). ...
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What are the risks associated with buying a used GPU? [closed]

My friend recently upgraded his GPU, and I am considering buying his old one. It is an ASUS GTX 650 Ti. He has used it for about one year, placing moderate loads on it. When running, it stays within a ...
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Computer froze when I punched the desk

I don't really have a habit of punching things and I've only really had this issue one time about a week ago, but I'd just like to see if there's a clear reason why this could have happened. A few ...
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What features should I look for when building a Virtual Machine Host? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new PC and as I will be using it mainly for Virtual Machines. I would like information on what components should be focused on the most. I know RAM will need to be higher ...
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Register Visual-Basic 6 Component Manually?

I made VB6 Applications and used some components like Winsock, Webbrowser and etc in my program. Now when i run my application on any other computers, it says : Component 'MSWINSCK.OCX' or one of ...
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How do I find out the make/model of Dell Computer components (before I buy it)?

Dell.com lets you configure your own computer (nice) but doesn't tell you the specific make/model of the components so you can't look at benchmarks/reviews, etc. for them. (Maybe that economical SSD ...
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Identifying Computer parts(3) [closed]

I have recently received 25+ old computers and these parts were in them, and I am having trouble Identifying them using the information on them. I prefer to have links to match my information. So my ...
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Adding a 2x2GB RAM kit to a different 2x2GB kit - will performance be hurt?

I currently have a 2x2GB RAM kit with the following specs (link): DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 latency I want to buy another set, but I couldn't find the exact model anymore. So, I'm thinking of getting ...
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What is non-executable flash memory?

The other day at work someone was asking how much ‘executable’ flash memory we need. Isn't it possible to execute out of all flash memory? If I'm wrong, then how does executable flash memory differ ...
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How to figure out whether GPU, CPU or motherboard is broken?

So I was "hacking" my internal laptop monitor (basically I was trying to understand the pinout and try to use it externally). During that I used continuity checker to trace circuitry. It is my old ...
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How can I connect a blu-ray player to a VGA screen?

Basically, I have a blu-ray player that I wanted to be connected to a projector and a monitor screen at the same time, so I got a component splitter and a component to VGA cable. The splitter works ...
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Can computer components go bad when not in use?

I have a few cabinets that I keep old computer harware (monitors, power supplies, etc). I checked one of the cabinets and smelled strongly of electrical components. Sure enough, one of the power ...
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No video output from motherboard. How to debug this?

I have assembled the following system: Intel g530 ASUS p8h61 m lx Corsair 2 GB WD 250 GB Raidmax 500w The system turns on but I don't receive any video output on the screen. I tried the ...
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Can I use a plain VGA to Component converter to connect to a TV?

I bought a VGA to Component cable converter. Would this work to connect my Windows 7 PC to my TV (it has the standard input I use for the Wii), or do I need some kind of "smart" converter?
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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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Which components are essential for a computer? [closed]

I am writing a web application prototype for computer assembly and was wondering which components are essential. I do not have the time to include every component, as I would need to get database data ...
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Where does the term “motherboard” come from?

How did the "motherboard" get its name? I know that the name fits because it's the main circuit board in the computer, but how did that name come to be?
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Is there a difference between 2x2GB and 1x4GB RAM?

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to have 4x2GB or 2x4GB of RAM? Given the choice between either 2x2GB or a single 4GB RAM module with all other advertised aspects being equal (same price, ...
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Is there any Mac Pro hardware parts that can ONLY be purchased thru Apple? [closed]

I'd like to know if I need to be concerned about any hardware parts that I should include in a brand new Mac Pro purchase, instead of trying to hunt it down on 3rd party vendors (or whitelist vendors ...
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Laptop Motherboard Diagnosis/Repair (No Power)

I recently got a job (1.5weeks in) as a 'laptop/component repair tech' in a small shop and I'm in over my head. I've replaced/re-soldered AC/audio jacks before and can strip down a laptop to diagnose ...
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AMD vs Intel. What is the real difference? [closed]

I am prepared for this question to be closed. If that happens...so be it. I am not looking to start a flame war as I have a real question that I have researched and not found any satisfactory answer ...
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Whats the best way to find out how which of your computer components fit together with which others?

My motherboard has recently decided to fry itself and I am now in a quandry. I do not know whether to buy a direct replacement motherboard or buy another one that all of my current components would ...
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Tool to get installed components on a PC

Can anyone suggest some good tools that generate a report of all installed components in a PC? Ideally one that is easy to use. I need to upgrade my father's computer but won't have access to it ...
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System component check on Mac

Recently I left my Mac (in a case) in the car for probably less than an hour, and the temperatures were extremely high (in Arizona) definitely in the 100s. I got back and pulled out my computer to see ...
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Computer Components

What is the role of a motherboard in terms of how components communicate with the processor (via the system busses). Therefore, for each component, which communication bus is involved and what is the ...
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what are the components you can install on RHEL?

I just got a question from a customer(actually from a customer to my manager then to me) and he is asking the following question: What are the components that were installed with RHEL? It may sound ...