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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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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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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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How does a USB external graphics card work?

I am interested in extending my multi-monitor setup, but I was wondering if anyone could shed a light on how external USB graphics cards work? I have extensively searched but have not found an ...
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how to check if my power supply can handle additional components [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Check if PC has sufficient power for all components I built a computer last year, and have added a few new components to it since I did. When I first bought the unit, ...
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Failing hard drive, want to replace with SSD

I have a hard drive that appears to be failing. It is a normal SATA based hard disk that I am looking to replace with a Solid State Drive but I have a few questions. I have a motherboard that is a ...
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Please help me with my PC build [closed]

This is my current build: (Larger version) Could you please review it? I have also been told that the socket on the motherboard I've chosen is not adequate for the CPU I've selected, and also that ...
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How to manufacture a computer from scratch? [closed]

I would like to learn to the smallest details how modern (x86) computer works. Let say I have all resources, time, people, facotry - everything I need to build modern computer except knowledge. This ...
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Are these PC hardware components a sane PC build? Will these PC component work good together? It's for a new PC [closed]

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980 Processor RAM: Corsair Vengeance™ DDR3 1600MHz 12GB CL9 MB: ASUS Rampage III Extreme, Socket-1366 Disks: 2 x Western Digital Caviar® Black 750GB GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 ...
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Computer hobby and more? [closed]

I have been a fulltime student recently working on graduate work to complete a graduate degree. While continuing my studies I have maintained my computer hobby. However, recently my computer hobby has ...
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Suggestions for a substitute I/O shield panel for Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L motherboard?

I have a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L motherboard which is missing the I/O shield panel. While I'm not sure that I actually need the I/O shield, a part of me is still wondering how I might go about hacking ...
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IDE Light Not Showing HD Access

The IDE light on my computer blinks when the CD is accessed but not when there's hard drive activity. Isn't the light supposed to come on with any activity on the IDE channels?
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Where do OEM computers store “media-less” windows product key (and things like dell service code)?

Dell computers, for example, ship with OEM Windows CDs that can pretty much be installed on any other dell that is licensed for that version of windows without ever prompting the user for a product ...
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How to build my own single-board computer?

For fun, I would like to build my own single-board computer which I can later program. I know there are already many development kits out there, sold by companies such as Altera and Xilinx, but I want ...
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Internal/External SATA drive for backup - 5900 RPM OK?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering about a ...
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RAID 0 performance gains?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering about RAID. ...
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Use RAID for desktop computer?

I'm building a new computer over the summer. I'm fairly competent in computer hardware, and am thus building the computer from scratch. I have everything planned out, but I was wondering if I should ...