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My computer is very slow and it was recently formatted

I noticed that my computer was very slow since it was formatted last time, six months ago. Meaning, when I opened some application (like office, or the internet), it took a lot of time sometimes for ...
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External usb ports

How many external USB ports can be connected to my computer (via a USB hub)? My Mac Pro has 2 USB ports, but i'm using a USB hub with 12 ports connected to both USB connections. I'm then planning to ...
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How to determine screws needed for a laptop

I am working on my Acer Aspire 5742z-4685. Where online can I find an exploded view on my laptop that shows all the laptop components, down to the laptop screws? I looked all over the Acer site but ...
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Replaced burned out PSU still burning smell

So I recently replaced my burned out PSU, and have just started my PC. But I still smell something burned out, although my PC is running fine, what could it be, and what should I do? I just checked ...
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Mainboard beeping for error but running fine - beep codes corrupt?

I traded CPU, PSU and Graphics Card with a friend. When I took his parts and build my PC everything works fine. When We tried to put my parts in his PC, the Mainboard did a non-ending 2 tone siren ...
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Why a disk drive could not be connected (physically) to 2+ computers?

A friend of mine if a disk drive could be connected to more than one computer and I jumped directly to the "no" answer, but I realized that pretty much any inconvenient I could think of would be easy ...
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Dont know how to connect AC-97, HDAUDIO, and USB connectors to motherboard [duplicate]

I'll provide pictures so you guys can see, but basically I recently bought a new case for my pre built lenovo k330b. I cant find how I'm supposed to position the connectors. Please help me out with ...
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What part of a computer makes letters?

Like, in the olden day computers with DOS and stuff, they just showed fixed width letters on the screen... What functional part of those computers had the job of displaying the physical characters, ...
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Choosing PC components for high performance calculations [closed]

What is the best practice to choose the components of the PC targeted at some "heavy" calculations? In particular, one might expect some compilers to be optimized for some CPUs better than anothers; ...
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Change physical keyboard on Samsung ultrabooks with one using a different layout possible

Planning to get a Samsung NP900X4D-A01ES, where the last two letters state it is the Spanish version of this model. I am able to get a crazy deal for this machine, but I plan to use it for programming ...
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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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Pink sticky strip inside laptop

I had spilled a drink onto my laptop keyboard. During disassembly, I found this strange item inside. Looks like a piece of sticky rubber. What is it? What is the purpose of it?
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where and How the computer/mobile phone time and date stored

i tried something, i noted down the current time within my laptop(dell.. win 7) it was 12.15 PM 5 April 2014, and i did the same with my mobile phone(samsung galaxy s2, andriod jelly bean) it was ...
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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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Is possible to change the motherboard of a HP Touchsmart 1080la tablet pc? [closed]

I want to upgrade a HP Touchsmart 1080la tablet pc, with a faster processor and better memory. Is this possible? Which hardware is compatible? I've performed an Internet search about this, but I ...
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If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge? [closed]

If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that be good enough to de-static-ify myself before handling a motherboard and CPU?
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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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Computer and power supply [closed]

If the computer is given power supply with the battery removed from it, and suddenly the supply goes off, in such an event what happens to the computer? what happens to it in the long run?
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Hp pavilion dv7 power button

My power button is non responsive I am getting LED for charging. I've taken it apart before to change the dc jack and it was fine and a few months later it just powered off. I try to power back on and ...
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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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What is the text on the center chip on a GTX 690? [closed]

I don't have one around me to look, and I need to know what is printed on the black chip in the center of the PCB. I can't post an image, but there is a green square between the two GPUs, and on it a ...
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What is the best position for power unit?

I would like to buy new computer case. Last time I bought a computer was in 2008 and many things have changed up to day. Many new computer cases have power unit placed down, on bottom. I'm thinking ...
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What is mirror-like block on CPU?

Title speaks for itself - is that silver rectangle in the center a heat sink or circuitry?
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Computer keeps restarting by itself

my computer keeps restarting within 2 seconds, I don't have the time to acess the BIOS or anything. I have to turn off with the switch, and I have to wait like 2 min before trying to restart it if ...
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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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Mystery plastic part [closed]

I have a Lenovo T60 at work and in my bag I got an Mystery item that came with it. It seems to me that it belong to the Laptop too, or may be not, but can't figure out where it goes. Wonder if anyone ...
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Convert a LCD HD monitor to a tv?

I have a 22" 1080p HD monitor that I used to use to stream netflix from my computer. Now I want to: Use my computer (or a Roku) to stream Hulu & Netflix. Then also use it to connect to a over ...
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When replacing a laptop screen, can only the right OEM screens be used?

Suppose we try to install a screen of the wrong brand (e.g. one that is smaller or equal to the correct size). Suppose further that we somehow beat the mechanical/physical connection aspect of it into ...
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Is it Possible to Preserve that Distinctive Smell of New PC Parts? [closed]

I like the smell of new PC parts very much. Right now, I have been spending almost half an hour just enjoying the smell of some new PC parts I ordered a few days ago. I also did the same thing when I ...
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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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Is it possible to connect 3 monitors with Dell Slim Studio 540S

I bought a graphic card, ATI Radeon HD 4350 DMS59 512 MB DDR2 PCIe 2.0 SFF Graphic Card, trying to connect a third monitor, but it disables the original on-board graphic card. So is it Is it possible ...
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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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Computer won't turn on

I moved my computer about a week ago, and I haven't plugged it in since… I see the power supply lit up, and the mobo is lit up as well, indicating power. However, when I press the button, the fan ...
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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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Is controller a computer?

A microcontorller is a computer on a single chip. Is a controller also a computer? From Wikipedia controller signifies a chip or expansion card that interfaces with a peripheral device. ...
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basic difference between i5 and i7 processors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Core i3 and core i5 processors. What is the difference? What do I choose? I am planning to buy an HP desktop,all the features are nice as far as I know but it doesn't ...
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What can I do with a spare computer with no hope of salvage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do with old (example: 7+ years) PCs? I have seen the what to do with a spare computer question. I want to know what to do with a spare computer that does not ...
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What parts are worth salvaging from a HP dv6402ca laptop?

My HP Pavilion dv6402ca is dead (probably the motherboard), and I was wondering if there are any parts in it worth salvaging aside from the RAM and HDD.
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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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Do Pico Projectors need replacement bulbs?

Do Pico Projectors need replacement lasers / LEDs?
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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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How to fix regular hanging/restarts in my windows XP SP3

My computer system has two Hard disks (One on 320SATA(boot disk with one partition) and one on 80Gb P-ATA(C:,d:,e:,f:)),1Gb SDDDR1 RAM, an Nvidia 6600 graphics card, a Gigabyte motherboard and a ...
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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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What specs to consider when buying SSD?

When I bought "traditional" hard drives, I have been told to consider specs like RPM (5400, 7200, etc.), buffer size (16MB, 32MB etc.), and interface (IDE, SATA, etc.). (did I miss something?) What ...
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What kind of power supply do I need for Lenovo H320

What kind of power supply do I need for a Lenovo H320 to run a low profile graphics card like this one that requires 300 watts, given how small the case is?
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Figuring out which PC part is faulty

I have an odd scenario and I'm having trouble figuring out which is the faulty component. First of all, the video doesn't work, monitor says it's not getting a signal. Monitor's not faulty (works ...
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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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Magnetic material near computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What computer components are currently vulnerable to magnets? Is it safe to keep a magnetic material near computer? Does it affects the performance of computer or ...