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What a half height 5.25" drive bay for?

I bought a case, and it has the standard array of 5.25" 3.5" and a single 2.5" drive bays. It ALSO has a single 5.25" bay, however this bay is about HALF the height of a regular drive bay. What would ...
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What is the best wireless scanner you could recommend for £40 or under? [on hold]

What is the best wireless scanner you could recommend for £40 or under? Basically I want to be able to scan a document and store it on a network etc. Hopefully I'm on the correct forum, otherwise I ...
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Delayed Boot Time & Memory/RAM Issues

I have an older Gateway GT5662, I'm having two specific issues that I think are related. I'll explain each separately and hopefully someone has come across this before. Break down of booting issue ...
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Windows 7 and 8/Mac OS X 10.8-10.10 Active Desktop replica [on hold]

I would like to ask you if you have any idea of a simple application that can replace my desktop image(picture) with a URL source. Any additional options are welcome aboard. It doesn't necessarily ...
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Desktop application forcing applications position? [on hold]

I would like to find an app that force applications position / size, a bit like a tiling window manager, but only for some apps. I would like to keep the posibility to move apps on the screen. ...
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Race condition: …systemprofile\Desktop unavailable error

C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. is a well known problem which is deeply discussed in internet. I'm experiencing one of its variations ...
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Why do I have two desktop.ini files on my windows 8 desktop?

When I try to delete one of these two shortcuts, a message appears saying, "If you remove this file, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly."! I don't think that it is possible to ...
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Windows HotKey to go (focus)to the Desktop without minimizing all/any window(s)

I know the keys WinKey+D sends me to the Desktop in Windows. And Alt+Tab (since Vista) does the same as long as there is an Desktop icon on the Task Switcher. But these methods always minimize ...
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Streaming Desktop to another computer in a LAN [on hold]

I Want to build an application (possibly with Java) that streams the desktop to another pc in a LAN. Any suggestions of what technologies,libraries.. I could use? I already know that there exists ...
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How can i make shortcuts to applications in desktop in Ubuntu GNOME?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 GNOME. I find it difficult to start an app by pushing the mouse pointer to the top edge. Is it possible to create shortcut icon in desktop just like windows icons? If so , what ...
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hp pavillion elite not booting beep codes

I'm trying to fix a hp pavillion elite. It won't boot, can't even get to the bios screen. I get one short beep, one long beep, and the screen never even turns on. Beep codes online say it's memory ...
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How to use a foreground and background desktop?

I'm looking for a program a bit similar to Mac OS X widgets or Photoshop layers but applied to Windows Explorer, where you can move windows in a foreground or background desktop. e.g. I want to move ...
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Getting Windows 8 to display different pictures on each display desktop

Until today, my computer has always run a slideshow on my dual screen desktop. Each screen would display a different picture, and would change alternately. In other words, if the picture was set to ...
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Downgrade from server to desktop - is it possible?

I inherited a Windows Server v2008 computer, which, from my very limited experience (I am not a server expert, in any way, shape or form!!!) is very basically structured. There are quite a number of ...
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turn desktop into side by side 3d

Is there a way to make a monitor side by side 3d so that I can do whatever in 3D when outputting video to my 3D TV. By that I mean I want to make it either seem like to monitors are there and ...
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Strange display issue occurring after a prior Internal disk error

One day I started my computer, it opened regularly, but the crashed, reading: "Internal disk error". I had encountered this problem before, and it turned out to be due to a faulty hard drive, but now ...
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unable to launch “gnome-session --session=ubuntu” X session

Every time I get into my Linux VM (10.4, no choice in version, I know it is EOL), I get an error: : unable to launch "gnome-session --session=ubuntu" X session --- "gnome-session --session=ubuntu" ...
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Can a complete blackout damage a computer?

just last night a blackout occurred while I was watching a video on the web. I've got my monitor and desktop computer plugged into an extension cord and then into a power strip/surge protector. Both ...
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How do we decide whether a screen resolution is valid or not?

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to know what is criteria upon which the validity of screen resolution like 640x320, 1024x768 etc is determined. I mean why are these only the few resolutions, is that ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Why the shortcuts on desktop may be repainted at startup of Win 7?

At boot or startup of Windows 7, all of my shortcuts appear correct on the desktop, but after a few seconds they will change to white pages, and are then repainted with their original design. This is ...
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Can a power strip being turned off and on again damage a computer?

I have both my computer and monitor plugged into an extension cord and then into a power strip (I've checked, and both the extension cord and the strip can handle the load and have been handling it ...
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Bing Desktop not updating the wallpaper anymore

For some reason, first my workstation and then my tablet stopped updating the wallpaper. First I thought it was my company that was avoiding the app to work properly but then I started noticing that ...
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What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?

I have Fedora 20 with GNOME 3.10.2. On the desktop background (i.e. where the wallpaper is), there are five small white circles centered at the very bottom of the screen. The first is filled, the ...
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New windows looses focus

If I have a few open Windows open on task bar and then ask for Notepad to open all that happens is that the notepad flashes for a fraction of a second and closes. Notepad is now at bottom of stack ...
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Do chrome desktop apps use the proxy?

I have the chrome browser on my linux laptop, and Chrome starting supporting web apps that can run on your desktop, instead of in the browser. So in my browser I configured a proxy, which is working ...
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When I move files to desktop, I cannot open, delete or move them

I have just had a new problem come up with moving files to my desktop. I am running windows 7. If I move a file to the desktop I cannot open, move or delete it. Anything that was on the desktop until ...
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Sharing only a single folder on windows 7 starter

I want to share a single folder located on my desktop, and sync it via SyncToy to another pc on the network. However, when I make it a shared folder, the 'users' folder also becomes shared. Altough ...
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mild electric current on the table and case

I have a UPS to which the case, monitor, etc. are attached. The problem is that when I plug the case (SMPS) power supply cable into the UPS touching the case and the table (on which the computer is ...
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Show Desktop button too quick in Windows 7

Somewhere along the line, some PC performance app altered how the "Show Desktop" button in the bottom-right of Windows 7 works. By default, it takes a second to activate when you hover over it. But ...
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Computer shuts off at night and won't turn back on unless I play with it.

My desktop turns off when I'm sleeping and it won't turn back on unless I unplug the plug from the power supply or turn the switch off and back on. One of these combinations turns it back on. It stays ...
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Most common locations for shortcuts on Windows (Start Menu, Desktop, Quick Launch…)

I'm searching for the most common locations for a user's shortcuts, that are quickly accessible, like the Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch. This should work from XP on through to 8.1. I'm ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

I recently installed the Google Drive app onto my main PC which creates a Drive folder that syncs the files I have on Drive with the files in the Drive folder. Is there anyway to set up Windows 8 so ...
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Desktop changes automatically

I have a Windows 7 Desktop for which the Desktop icons change automatically on system restart and creates user account folders without creating user accounts.I have tried removing them but find that ...
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How to identify a Message Box on my Desktop

I have just noticed a little pop up input box on my Desktop that has no Close, Minimise or Maximise buttons in the top right, I was wondering where has this guy come from? I was in Outlook 2013 with ...
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PC Issue while gaming [closed]

lately i've been having issues in regards to whenever I try to play games on my desktop pc, mainly League of Legends (but has also happened in the past with battlefield 4, diablo 3 and wow but never ...
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Windows 8.1 - “Show Desktop” rectangle has disappeared from taskbar

My "Show Desktop" button, the vertical rectangle at the far right of my taskbar, has completely disappeared--it was there, now it's not. My taskbar now just ends abruptly with the time/date info, and ...
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(Windows 7) Is it possible to reserve one monitor for a single application?

I'm looking for a means of 'Locking' an application to one monitor on my multi monitor display, so that only this single specific application is permanently docked there, and has exclusive use of that ...
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Default Win 7 Desktop Web Link Icon

I have desktop icons that are different for different web sites. I generally drag the URL from the address bar of Firefox to the desktop. It used to always have the arrow with the browser icon on it, ...
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Desktop wallpaper only allowing solid colors in Windows 7

My Windows 7 32-bit Professional only allows solid colors on the desktop wallpaper. Any image selected won't be applied. I've already tried the process described in the other SuperUser question ...
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How do I get a Monitor to go straight to black on stage?

I'm working props for a theater in upstate new york. We have a rather unique problem with our current show. We have three computer monitors on stage, each of these is attached to a handful of ...
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Windows 7 - get location of Recycling Bin on Desktop

Is there any way to get the location (x,y coordinates or similar) of the icon for the Recycling Bin on the Desktop? Thanks
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How to fix invisible file name?

How do I fix an invisible file name? I can open it in Notepad, and it shows the filename as .gitignore, but it shows up like this: Google gives me tutorials on how to accomplish this, but I want ...
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Access User Desktop Files While Using Root

I'm really new ubuntu user... I'm working as root user (the software that I'm using just works if you are root user) but the files that I need to access are on my normal user desktop. I don't how to ...
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I want a desktop icon on the left of taskbar to look like the word icon

Is it true I can not place a shortcut for my "desktop" to the left of the taskbar? I want it to look just like the Word, folders Excel One Note icons. It seems like it should be a simple thing. I ...
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How to build a Novec Liquid immersed desktop?

I've been reading about immersion cooling and watching some videos on youtube, and it looks to me like 3M Novec 1230/7000/7500 is an ideal liquid for this purpose (unlike mineral or other oil). You ...
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Taskbar and desktop refreshing

I have an issue that my HP 650 laptop is doing refreshing of taskbar and desktop in every 2 minutes. When refreshing the icons from the taskbar are disappearing for 1-2 second and then again shown. ...
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Minimize windows without explorer.exe?

I'm making a custom desktop for myself with Rainmeter. I've got everything else done up in some simple rainmeter skins, it was all fairly simple really. But I'm getting quite stuck at this point. ...
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When hiding the tool bar hide it 100% [duplicate]

I am using windows 7. I have set the toolbar to auto-hide. for some reason I can still see the 1 row of pixel form the toolbar even when it is hidden. Any way to make that row invisible?
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Windows tool to resize and place three windows

By pressing Win← and Win→ I can place 2 windows alongside each other, taking 50% of the available space. Is there a utility which can help me to place 3 windows alongside each other? Or maybe even fit ...