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What are these “notches” on the side of the PCI Express connector?

I was tinkering with my PC yesterday and now I'm wondering about these things. Not that it really matters to me, I'm just curious. Example below:
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HD Audio or AC97 connector - Which to use when, and what's the difference?

I'm currently setting up a older system in a new case (i'll be upgrading it in stages, and the old parts then go back into the old case ;p), and i'm having a bit of confusion over which cable to use, ...
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Identify AC Power Cord with rotated pins

Is this AC power cord connector a standard one? The pins seems to be rotated 90 degrees. This ATX power supply unit (Silverstone ST1500) did not come with the cord and I am hoping to be able to get ...
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Why are there so many pins on a sata power connector?

I was just looking at the power connector for a SATA optical drive, and noticed that it had fifteen pins! I then marveled at the data connector next to it, which has a measly seven pins. I know that ...
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How can I change the default properties of Visio's connector tool?

I'd like to change the default properties of the connector tool in Visio from right-angled lines with an arrow head to curved lines without arrows at either end. Can this be done? If so, how?
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Microsoft Visio branching connectors

In Visio 2007, how would you use a connector as a data bus to reach multiple shapes? From what I've read, there is no branching connector. You have to use multiple connectors and that is really messy. ...
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What is this small port on my laptop? [closed]

I have a laptop that is a couple years old, and noticed a port on the side that I don't recognize. It is small and looks like a USB mini jack, and has a symbol next to it that looks like a computer ...
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My computer has a loose USB port, what should I do?

My computer has a USB port that appears to be too loose, with attached devices exhibiting too much play where the USB plug is inserted into the port. The port still works, as devices continue to ...
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prevent connector routing when elements placed on top of them in MS Visio 2007

Is there any chance to prevent MS Visio (preferably 2010) connectors from routing when a text block is placed on top of it? I want to achieve the effect as if the text block is on the upper layer, ...
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Is DELL's HP-P2507FWP PSU's 20-pin connector wiring non-standard?

My old PC's ATX PSU died and I got a replacement in the form of a DELL 250W Power Supply model# HP-P2507FWP. It has the exact set of connectors (except for an additional, unused, 6-pin connector), ...
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Sound output connector on CD-ROM drive?

My old CD reader has a volume knob and a minijack socket on the front. On the back it has the regular stuff (IDE interface, Molex power) plus a digital sound connector (DG) and an analog sound ...
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How can I add additional connector (glue) points to a shape in word or powerpoint?

How can I add additional connector points to a shape in word or powerpoint? In openoffice draw these are called glue points. What I want in ms powerpoint: What I can do in open office draw: ...
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Will a VGA monitor work if connected to 9-pin serial port?

I have a (old) computer that I am trying to use, just for giggles. It has a 9-pin (RS-232) output for the monitor (marked 10101). Can I connect it to my VGA monitor using an adapter? EDIT Thanks ...
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Not sure what this DVI-like port on my PC is

I have a re-manufactured HP Compaq dc7700p Small Form Factor running Windows XP (for some reason inside the Windows Vista Boot Manager, instead of the WinXP NTLDR). On the back of my PC, I have what ...
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What is the name of this laptop port?

Laptop is Acer TravelMate 331T.
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What is this port/connector on my laptop?

I have this port on my laptop and I have no idea what is it used for. It's not even listen in the laptop technical specifications. The laptop is a HP Pavillion dv5-1101en. Here is a larger image ...
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computer randomly rebooting — PSU connector very hot to touch

I was forced to move my computer yesterday for texturing work to be done on the ceiling. Took the opportunity to blow it out really well with a can of compressed air. It worked fine for quite a ...
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How to crimp this types of connectors?

I have a Microsoft Natural keyboard, which has an almost broken cable. The cable's outer isolation broke right outside the casing. Now I wanted to cut that part of the cable and simply solder the ...
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Connect cell phone to Linux

when connecting a (an older) cell phone to a Linux computer, do I need software for each phone, or do they use a standard protocol? I have an LG KP100, which is a cheap, old LG cell phone, and it ...
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What is the difference between Port and Connector?

I want to know the difference between Port and Connector in Computer (the physical ones),and how can i tell that this thing is a port or connector ? I know that both terms are used for the same ...
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Quick Release mounts for VESA/monitor mounting?

What I've found out so far online: I know about the various hole patterns, monitors tend to be 75x75 or 100x100mm square patterns. TVs that you might use for a larger monitor might be 200x100. As ...
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SATA connector position on a hard disk

I have a external SATA drive enclosure that connects via USB to a PC/Mac and it accepts a bare SATA drive being slotted directly into the enclosure, much like a hot swappable disk you would find in a ...
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How to connect 4-pin Molex to DC barrel plug?

I'm trying to connect a 3.5in SATA HDD that requires 12V power source to my laptop. Because the laptop can't provide 12V I need an independent power source. I already have a 12V power adapter. At the ...
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Identifying a small IDE connector

I'm in the possession of the GENE-9455: At the top left corner there is an IDE connector, however, this is not a normal IDE connector, it's a smaller one. I need to find a cable for this connector. ...
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Would this short circuit?

My computer case has a built in fan which uses a Molex 8981 connection for power, but before reaching the fan, the wires split to form another male molex connector. My problem is that if I was to ...
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Asus Eee replacement netbook monitor doesn't fit connector

I bought a replacement screen for an Asus Eee netbook 1005HA from a company that said the screen they were selling was compatible, but the connector on the replacement is smaller than the original. ...
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Converting a 9 pin connector to a “normal” usb?

I bought a little drive from a flea market which is able to read various memory cards. I was interested because in my job I need from time to time to read such devices for various reasons (data ...
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Is there any limit on how many SATA power connectors i can extend

I am running out of SATA power connector from my PS unit. I have ordered One SATA to 2 SATA extender connector from ebay I want to know that how many max i can join them in series. Can i make 4 ...
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Mini PCI Express <-> ExpressCard compatibility

Is it possible to plug a mini pci-e card such as the BCM970015 into an ExpressCard connector? Basically I am asking if I could put a mini pci-e card inside am empty ExpressCard card without any ...
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How to ensure exactly vertical/horizontal connectors between identical size and aligned shapes?

I create a shape and duplicate it, then connect them with an angular connector line. Then I decided to placed them in a vertical line, expecting the connector to become one straight line, but it ...
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1answer
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Why does a monitor connected through a DVI-to-VGA connector goes black when booting?

I have a Galaxy GF9500GF PCI-e video card, 1GB. It has two DVI ports and I connect it to a VGA cable using a special connector. When Windows XP SP3 is loading (I can see the progress bar), the monitor ...
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Will all 4 cores work if the PSU has 4-pin supply instead of EPS12V?

Motherboard: P7P55D-E PRO Processor : i5-760 PSU : Gigabyte Superb 460 The PSU provides a 4-pin CPU connector; whereas the m/b has an 8-pin socket (2 sockets are covered/protected by a ...
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getting mail on my mac from my msn web site

I have an email address attached to my web site business name. Is there a way I can get email from this unique address on my mac? I was able to get email from this unique address on my pc through an ...
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Why has Outlook connect (2003) suddenly stopped reading my Microsoft email?

I use Outlook through Outlook Connect to manage my windows email. It has worked flawlessly for over 6 months. Suddenly I have discovered that about 2 weeks ago, it stopped showing my new emails in ...
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Network card three-pin connector

I've got an Asus NX1101 gigabit network card. It has a white connector with three pins. What is it for?
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Plug keyboard into PS/2 mouse connector

Hi! I have two PS/2 keyboards and USB mice. So i want both keyboards plug into PS/2 ports. But how can i force Win XP (Prof. SP2) to recognize keyboard in PS/2 mouse connector? (Green one). I don't ...
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Can I replace an ATA 2.5“ HDD with a SATA 2.5” HDD in a laptop?

Are there any connectors available that would allow me to replace an ATA 2.5" hard drive with a SATA 2.5" hard drive in a laptop? Needless to say, it must be slim enough to fit. I am aware that it ...
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My motherboard's power supply connector is 20 pin, but all the power supplies I see for sale are 20+4 pin. Can this work?

I just got one on newegg that is 20+4 pin, but I need 20 pin. I thought since it says 20+4 instead of 24 that I might still be able to use it for a 20 pin connector? Or is there a converter I can ...
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Console to monitor hookup

I would love to get a Wii (since the price dropped it seems like a good time to get one), however I do not currently have a TV to hook it up to. What hardware is suggested for hooking it up to a ...
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What Is the best way to connect or disconnect a Laptop from power? [closed]

While connecting/disconnecting laptop's power connector seems to be convenient, I am concerned about person's and laptop's safety of doing it this way. Somewhere I read that connecting/disconnecting ...
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Compatibility between 3 pin and 4 pin fan connectors

Can I plug a 4 pin fan to a 3 pin header? If I were to use a Rosewill Model RCW-FPS-401 12" PWM Splitter to split a 4 pin header in my motheboard to three 3 pin headers, would I still be able to take ...
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How is display devices connected to the integrated Intel HD Graphics?

Many new Intel processors have got integrated Intel HD Graphics so that there is no need to have a separate graphics card in a system with such a processor. How is a display device, such as a monitor, ...
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(Why) are IEC C5/C6 connectors a necessity? Why not use C13/C14?

That's a question I was asking myself the first time I saw such a weird C5 plug. That was a while ago, but I came across it again and haven't found an answer yet. The only thing I could find out is ...
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Where can I find a HOWTO for SAS connectors, cables and expanders?

I'm building some data storage machines and want to use SAS disks. The backplane I've choosen has some iPass connectors (SFF-8087) channeling up to 4 HDDs. There are 6 of these channels. The problem ...
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Which is the best way to join make 3 connections from 1 power supply source [closed]

I have one Laptop Adapter of output 12v and 3A current. I need to give the power supply to three cctv cmaeras from that adapter. Currently i am just peeling the wires and joining all the three with ...
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connecting thunderbird with exchange native protocol

Is there a way to make Thunderbird connect to an exchange server using their native protocol. I've seen posts about using IMAP, POP3, OWA (DavMail), but all these options are not available to me. Only ...
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How to draw a self-reference connector in OpenOffice Draw

When using a curved connector, it seems that it were unable to draw a curved ellipse/circle from a given endpoint back upon itself - with the purpose of representing a self-reference (/repeated state ...
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Internal laptop wire - insulation?

When adding an extra harddrive to my laptop, I spotted this: Edit: The flash of the camera made the color of the wire seem brighter than it is. Here is a more true-color image (though not as ...
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1 webcam connected to two computers at same time

Is it possible to connected a Webcam to two computers at the same time? The webcam wouldn't be used by both at the same time. What I'm trying to do is setup a webcam to take some photos, but if my ...
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Can I simultaneously connect both a MacBook Pro and a Mac mini to the same Cinema Display 27?

I am about to buy a Led Cinema Display 27, but I wonder if I can connect both the Mac mini and my MacBook Pro without the need of unplugging the Mac mini all the time. From what I see there is just ...