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What is the difference between dell inspiron 15 and 17 [closed]

What is the difference between dell inspiron 15 and 17. There are also the 5000's and 7000's series, what's the differences. Thanks
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Why is a pin missing on 2x12 PSU cables?

I just noticed that finally entry model PSUs are now giving 2x12 power leads rather than needing to use a 2x10 in addition to a snap on 2x2. For the first time I actually looked at one and I thought ...
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Newly built PC occasionally won't boot

I recently built my first PC, and occasionally when I try to boot it up, it doesn't boot - the fans spin, the lights come on, but nothing happens on the screen. But not always - sometimes it boots ...
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Changing hard drive from dead computer

I have a Windows Vista Basic with intel processor that died with an extremely important file on it and I'm changing to a Windows Vista premium that uses AMD. I have understood that as I have a ...
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Periodic FPS drops in games, regardless of graphis card

When I play recent 3D games (Battlefield 3 & 4, Tomb Raider, Saints Row 3 & 4, etc.) I experience periodic FPS drops, e.g. in Battlefield 3 from the average of around 70-80 fps to 20-30 fps; ...
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How Do I Test a CPU?

I've been trying to repair a friends computer. It's been a trial and error process. Starting with the least expensive fixes. The original problem is that the system would not power up. The PSU Fan ...
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Can I build a slimline/low-profile PC that will fit high-end graphics cards?

At first I was thinking to do this with some specialized motherboard form factor that uses a riser board so the video cards are parallel to the motherboard. However, it seems that no one really does ...
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Troubleshooting Hardware with limited resources

I have a newly built computer which won't post, output video, or even beep despite the installed speaker. The case fans and CPU / GPU fans start up and continue, and the hard drive seems to soon up. ...
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Is it possible to combine fanless, flex-form and a power output more than 300 Watt in a ATX PSU? [closed]

For the construction of an embedded System I look for a fanless ATX Power Supply that is build in flex form-factor and has a power output more than 300 Watt. On the Internet I found a few power ...
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New Build PC - blue screens (BSOD) during OS (Win7) install attempts

A recent PSU failure prompted a more wide spread upgrade of my desktop. This is a new build with a couple of older components. New build specs: Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro CPU: Intel i3-4130 ...
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What's the risk of ESD damage moving an already built PC?

I am aware of the risks of ESD damage when building a PC. But what about moving an already built PC (where all the components are installed in a closed PC case)? I want to take a PC, pop it into a ...
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DDR2-DDR3 Co-mingle?

I built a custom PC and installed 8gb ddr3 RAM to it, I also have a older desktop with 2gb DDR2 RAM in it and was thinking about putting that ram inside my new PC alongside my 8gbs DDR3, the ...
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Do I need a video card?

I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU: Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics: None on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard ...
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Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out? [closed]

Will GIGABYTE motherboards BLACK EDITION be more wear out than its "ordinary version"? For instances, GA-Z97X-UD5H (rev. 1.1) vs. GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK (rev. 1.1) - BLACK EDITION. As their specifications ...
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What is the different between a CPU with or without the GPU?

This may be a dumb question. But this is definitely a quick n easy question for those who know it :) When I choose to buy a CPU with No GPU, such as some of the Intel Xeon CPUs, what should I bear in ...
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New build, motherboard shows code 18 then 78

Mother Board:Maximus VII Hero RAM: Trident 8GB(2x) GPU: ASUS DirectCU II CPU: Intel i7 4990k Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 1200W (Don't know what I'm forgetting, I know I am though.) So I just built a ...
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How to clean/what to do about getting liquid form of compressed air cleaner on computer equipment?

I'm a little worried. I was using some compressed air cleaner (to be specific, Office Depot® Brand Cleaning Duster) to try to blow the dust off some dusty parts of my computer. The instructions are ...
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Windows 7 “No partition found” for my SSD drive

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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Installing Corsair H110 closed loop cooler: screws not long enough?

I'm installing a Corsair H110 water cooler onto an LGA2011 mount. I've assembled the retention ring using the shorter LGA2011 screws specified in the manual, but when I attempt to mount the pump head ...
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CPU overheating on startup

I just built a new PC, and on startup in the bios it already shows my CPU overheating at 190 degrees. Can anyone explain what is happening? I have 4 fans, 2 in and 2 out. This is literally the first ...
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Bay Speaker Panel Installation

I purchased a bay speaker panel that has a molex connector and a sound connector. Do I need to run the sound connector through my tower and somehow out the back into the IO panel? Or is there supposed ...
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To where on the motherboard (Asus Z87 Pro) do I connect the `+P LED` and `-P LED` wires?

I am connecting my tower (HAF 922) to my motherboard (asus z87 pro) and have a problem with these two 1x1 pins that I believe turn on and off the red LED on the front fan of the tower. My problem is ...
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Which computer components become legacy the quickest? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new computer, but money is sort of tight. I follow a few websites and occasionally find incredibly good deals on components. So, I'm considering slowly acquiring the parts ...
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Very high-pitched noise when computer does something intense?

"Intense" is the best word I can use to describe it because I'm not sure what it is, whether it's RAM, GPU or CPU. If I pan the camera in unity: A high pitched noise issues from the computer. The ...
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What can cause my PC's voltages to be off?

I have recently started experiencing very strange issues on my self-built PC system. Although the system is still very speedy, it's very fluctuating now. This is most notable when using graphically ...
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Does old pci devices harm my new computer?

I have an old device that can be used also as a recorder (pci device with an output of 480p) called "KWorld Plus TV Analog Lite PCI" and has these requirements: Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or ...
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How do I know if a motherboard's onboard audio will be compatible with games?

I'm planning on building a PC in the next couple of weeks. Currently I'm thinking that for my motherboard I'll buy an ASUS Maximus VI Gene with SupremeFX, but I'm worried that I'll need a sound card ...
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Reliability of 4 SSD in RAID 0 -vs.-SSD Boot+5440 HDD - in laptop

Question: What are the benefits of SDD RAID 0 over SDD boot with 5400 HDD? Goal: Decision between internal storage options Needs: Ability to seamlessly use multiple graphics and coding programs ...
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Temperature and airflow in a large empty case

My brother is looking into building a home computer and has asked my opinion on the components he's picked out. One concern that I've had is that he has chosen a Full ATX Tower, but the rest of the ...
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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Some computer has TPM, is it in the motherboard?

I want to buy high end computer with TPM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module Where is this TPM chip put? In CPU? In mother board?
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RAM decision for laptop

These are my two options: Option 1: Number of sticks: 1 Number of RAM on each stick: 4GB MHz on each stick: 799 MHz Option 2: Number of sticks: 2 Number of RAM on each stick: ...
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Corsair H80i With Intel core i7 4770K?

Is the Corsair H80i cpu cooler compatible with Intel Core i7 4770K? On the product page of the Corsair H80i it says that it supports Intel™ LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011. The Intel core i7 4770K is ...
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Can my Motherboard handle this Graphics card?

I found this mother board online (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-SLI) and this graphics card (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB PhysX CUDA). The graphics card has 4GB GDDR5 SDRAM. So this is the actual problem: The ...
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Is building a computer chassis out of pure LEGO dangerous?

I have been looking and reading about creating a computer chassi out of pure LEGO parts (Ive seen a bunch of cool projects on the web that has done that), but then I stumbled upon this Reddit thread: ...
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New PC build, PSU Wattage confusion

I am building a new PC to use as a home media server. My computer parts have arrived (apart from the CPU) and I intend to build next week. I'm having some problems figuring out whether or not the ...
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Keep getting electrified by computer power plug

I recently built a desktop computer, however whenever I move it to a different room for instance, and I accidentally touch the plug pins (UK), I get a quite significant electric shock. Is this a fault ...
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Desktop PC with External Hard Drive only

Is it possible feasible to assemble a desktop PC that only uses an external hard drive (i.e. with no separate internal hard drive) ? The idea is to be able to carry my data with me all the time ...
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After building first computer, powering on works for only 2 seconds until it switches on and off infinitely

I have built my own pc, with z87x - UD4H / i5 4670k / 770 GTX. I installed the CPU / stock fan / connected it to the MOBO. Connected the 24 pin power supply Connected the GPU / Ram / Sonar DX audio ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which ...
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Two SATA 2TB drives in RAID-1 configuration; only one 6.0gb/s port open

Here's the scenario: I am building a computer that will act as a network storage device for local networked users, and a source code repository and backup device for remote users. The machine will ...
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Do I really need quad-core or 6-core processor for small office data server? [closed]

I am building a computer that will serve as a networked data storage server for a small office. It will not be used by a human on day-to-day basis like a traditional machine. It will not be doing any ...
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Where do you put your optical disc drive? [closed]

My case has three places the OD drive could go, where do you prefer your drive? Currently my drive is in the bottom slot because that is all the longer my SATA cable allows for, but I was just ...
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Custom Build - SSD for OS and Raid 1/0 HDDs for Everything Else? [closed]

In a few months, I will be building a custom desktop computer. The purposes of this computer will be playing Minecraft, recording HD video, editing HD video (and ofc compressing/rendering it), and ...
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PCIe Video Card has a connector on top

I have an 8500GT XFX 512MB Video card(like the picture) and I noticed that it had an interesting looking connector at the top of it. At first I didn't really take it into much though, until the other ...
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New Gaming PC not responsive as fast as supposed to [closed]

I build my Gaming PC for around 1000$. Quad core, 8 gb ram. And its not very fast/ responsive. My 6 years old dell is more responsive than it. For instance: openning the software Google Chrome takes ...
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New PC build with one long and two short beeps

I built my first PC, and I get a 1 long and 2 short beeps which I believe is RAM. MB: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD3+ R CPU: AMD 6 CORE FX 6300 3.5G 8m R PSU: EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR R 500B 500W Bronze HDD: 1T ...
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How do I tell what component is preventing my computer from booting for the first time?

This is the build: Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE ADATA XPG V1.0 series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 ...
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Should drivers be installed manually or via external applications?

I've recently built my first computer and found the task of getting the drivers to be extremely tedious, time consuming and sometimes a little tricky. In some cases there are multiple options to ...