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How can I find the LCD model number on my ultrabook?

I have taken apart my ultrabook (HP Envy Spectre 3010NR) and I have the screen. I want to buy a controller board for my screen. However, I don't see the LCD model number inside the casing and I don'...
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TLA hell and Lenovo T450s trackpad/keyboard bezel replacement parts

I intend to replace the buggy and unergonomic trackpad on my T440s with a T450s' trackpad as i believe they are compatible. This link is to a bill of materials for a T450s from Lenovo's website: ...
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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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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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Confused about PCI slots [closed]

In a few months time, I am looking to buy a gaming PC, a proper one, for the first time (I have previously had a laptop). I have seen a pc with an MSI 970A-G43 motherboard. I was a bit stuck when it ...
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Replace power button soldered to mobo on Dell Inspiron One 2305 [closed]

I have this Dell Inspiron One 2305 that I just got, love these systems. It was left in the snow, I managed to fully get all the water cleaned out and dried up before turning in on. Problem was, my ...
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I don't know what kind of port this is [duplicate]

I wanted to find out what the port next to the USB port is called. I don't know the full specification on my laptop but it is a Dell XPS laptop.!
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Custom build PC always starts the second time

A couple months ago I build my custom PC. Everything works fine apart what PC always starts just the second time. When I press the power button it starts and after 3-5sec just turns off, when I press ...
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What are the risks of using second hand CPUs and memory modules?

I am a scientist and I want to build a powerful computer with enough RAM to handle large spatial simulations and analyses. I am thinking about using second hand computer parts and I would like to ...
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Is is possible to know if a CPU has been over-clocked in the past?

I would like to use a second hand CPU but I would like to know if it has been over-clocked by the previous user. Is there a way to find out about this piece of information? Does clocking back down ...
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Which is better, heat sink or fan-cooled components?

Fans have been the common cooling method in hardware for a long time. But as we know, fans depend on moving parts and therefore require maintenance and have a limited lifespan. An alternative cooling ...
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Is the Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80 GHz CPU 32-bit or 64-bit?

I have just updated my pc to Windows 10 and noticed in the settings the system type is : 32 bit operating system,x64-based processor From past 6 yrs I have this computer and while buying it was said ...
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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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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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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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Is there a Internet PC Parts database? Like IMDB except it's about PC parts: motherboards, CPUs, Power supplies etc etc [closed]

I would love to have a central place where information about all PC parts are kept. Even better if the whole database can be downloaded as CSV and analysed using R or SAS.
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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 answer,...
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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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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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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 12....
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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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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 have ...
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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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How can I thoroughly test all the hardware on my computer?

Here's what would be ideal: A list of all the hardware components potentially found in one's computer A method (or list of methods) for testing each of these The accuracy of these methods My ...
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What parts of a Compaq Presario v6000 laptop are reusable?

I have a Compaq Presario v6000 that fails to work anymore, the casing and hard drive are shot. I want to know if any parts from it are "standard" enough to work in a budget system. Also, I realize I ...
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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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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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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, it ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...