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System unit configuration. What does 3/3/3 mean?

If I choose system unit, for example HP Compaq and I have the next configuration dc7700 CMT E4400 160G FDD DVDRW 1G XP Pro Office Ready 3/3/3. What do the digits 3/3/3 mean? There also can be 3/3/0 ...
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Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?

I have a laptop now, and I love that when the power goes out accidentally (blackout from a storm, accidentally gets unplugged...), the laptop does not shutdown on me, it just switches to battery ...
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Brand new computer froze twice

I just built a new desktop — here are the components: Asus p8z68-v pro gen3 Intel i7 2600k 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 16 GB RAM Blue Corsair DDR3 Asus GTX 570 H80 Corsair liquid cooling xfx PRO750W 80Plus ...
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transfer windows + data from laptop to desktop

I have an old laptop where all my applications (windows, office, itunes, and other apps) and all my data (music, home made video, pictures, documents). i want to transfer this laptop windows and data ...
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Dual Monitor : 1 VGA port + 1 HDMI port , Will it work?

I have a machine that has a VGA port as well as an HDMI port. My Graphics card is Nvidia GeForce 9200. I believe I can achieve an extended display by utilizing the hdmi port using a hdmi-vga cable. ...
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Desktop RAID worth it? [on hold]

I am going to redo the drive configuration on my desktop and right now I am considering options. I have an SSD for the OS and vital programs and HDD's for everything else. I have two 2TB disks of the ...
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Wiping Hard Drive after BIOS has been edited?

I salvaged an old tower from a warehouse. It actually works fine and boots up into XP. The only problem is that XP is locked with a password, and I think there is a delay after 5 attempts, so I do not ...
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Pulsating buzzing sound… Should I be worried?

My computer recently began making a pulsating buzzing noise. It will be sitting quietly, when all off a sudden there's a buzzBuzzBUZZBuzzbuzz sound, repeating again and again. It's actually pretty ...
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Replace a monitor that is humming?

The monitor for my desktop hums/buzzes when a have a white background with a lot of black text maximized. I'm sure it would do it in other cases but this is the most obvious. I usually hear it when I ...
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What kind of video card do I need to play BluRay disks?

I got a BluRay drive for my desktop PC that is hooked up to my Sony Bravia TV using VGA, however using PowerDVD or WinDVD (actually WinDVD just dies) it says my onboard video card is incompatible and ...
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Strange desktop PC issue

I'm having strange PC issue: When i'm turning my PC on, it doesn't send signal to display. All fans are working. There is no sound signal from bios, also HDD loading led doesn't do anything. There is ...
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Trouble powering on PC with new memory

I just bought 8GB RAM for my PC and it works fine, except that sometimes the video card won't boot up when I turn my PC on, or I get a CPU temperature warning. I also don't get the bleep after BIOS. ...
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Can old processors (Pentium) work with new motherboards

I have a few old desktop machines laying around that have fried motherboards, but everything else works. I previously thought you needed to buy a motherboard from that generation in order for it to ...
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Unexplained computer crash via hardware

I have a very weird hardware problem (I assume), my computer crashes sometimes when it is running. This is not the most weird part, when I boot the computer the GRUB 2.0 boot loader is displayed. ...
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ECC ram in non-ECC motherboard

We want to create a computer with i7-2600k (Z68 chipset) and 32 GB ram. After some googling we found out that this can only be done with 4x8GB modules. We can choose from: Samsung nonECC A-DATA ...
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Preparing a Desktop PC for Shipping

I'm emigrating shortly, and I'm planning on sea-shipping my desktop PC. I'm wondering what steps I should take to prepare the hardware to give it the best chance of being in good working condition ...
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should a dell optiplex 170l support one memory module?

I am setting up a Dell Optiplex 170l for a friend. Currently the system is running 256 MB for Windows XP. I would like to get them a 1 GB module. I am not sure from the documentation website if the ...
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How to connect to wireless router using Dell Optiplex 755?

I have a Dell Optiplex 755 (Ultra Small form factor) which according to the manual has a Intel® 82566DM Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Integrated on system board. I use Ubuntu 10.04 but I can not see any ...
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Is there any performance difference between GTX 580 and GTX 580M

I know that the M versions are built for laptops but let's make this as an example: Laptop has: i7 - 4GB RAM - GTX580 (3gb dedicated) Desktop has: i7 - 4gb RAM - GTX580M (3gb dedicated) If i run ...
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Using notebook batteries as a no-break (UPS) for a desktop

I have a notebook battery at home that became useless when my old notebook died (RIP). Can I use the battery in some way to implement something like a no-break (also known as UPS (Uninterruptible ...
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Can a laptop's screen, keyboard and touchpad be used for a desktop?

Is it possible to use a laptop's screen, mouse and keyboard for a desktop? Please do not suggest breaking the laptop apart or anything. Obviously, it is fine if I can not use the laptop while I am ...
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Is switching a KVM switch on 2 computers that are powered on problematic?

If I have 2 computers that are running, and I constantly switch back and forth using a KVM switch to switch monitors (and mouse), is that a problem? Can I blow a video card or short circuit anything? ...
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When I restart my computer then sometimes it hang at BIOS

I have seen that when I restart my computer then sometimes (6/10) it hangs at screen where its says Press f2 for setup at BIOS Then processor starts making too much noise with fan I have to gain ...
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Blinking blue power button on a HP tower

My computer was on when the power went out and now has a flashing blue power button. We tried removing ram to reset then the battery then dusting it out and lastly removing all components and plugging ...
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Mendeley always crashes on startup?

Mendeley desktop always crashes on startup. The application has to repair the local database and send a crash report. Then it turns of watched folders. I am using Mendeley beta 0.9.9.2. on Windows ...
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SIM Card emulator devices and applications to do everything a cell phone can

I'm just a bit curious to know ( and would love to try ) if it's possible to use computer as a cell phone. To achieve this, one would probably need a way to interact with a SIM card. And perhaps a ...
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Optimizing system start and shutdown

It has been 6 months since I brought my desktop having Windows 7 Professional x86. Initially the system rebooted fast and also shut down fast. Now the situation is not same. When started, I see ...
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How to find out if mainboard is SATA compatible

Do you know any commands to find out the machine's maindoard is compatible to SATA? If not how can I examine it physically? I am using Ubuntu 10.04 desktop.
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How can I track time on a website from multiple IPs

I was wondering if there is a way to track time on a certain web site from my local computers / devices here. I wanna track from iPods, iPhones, laptops, desktops, etc to lets say facebook.com or ...
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Dual internal hard disk on 1 CPU

I have one CPU (Complete Setup Box) in my desktop, and need to run two operating systems. Instead of installing them both on the same hard drive, I am thinking of adding a second drive. Is it ...
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Desktop PC takes time to turn on after pressing button

Lately, my desktop PC does not turn on the moment I press the power button. It takes a while (10 mins to half hour) to turn on. I can see the LED on the motherboard is on all the while, but it doesnt ...
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How can I make my desktop quieter?

My computer is very loud, how do you recommend I make it quieter? What steps can I take to make it sound softer?
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Internal UPS for desktop computers? [closed]

I was wondering, are there internal UPS'es available for desktop computers? Every laptop has something like a UPS in it: The battery pack. Desktop computers don't consume that much power, it should ...
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Best Practices Security Guide For Desktop/Home Network

I'm trying to find, a 'Unified Theory' on desktop security. Over the last few years, I've run into a bunch of really common problems. My little sister's laptop got infected with malware. My e-mail ...
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Which desktop computers have a TPM chip? [closed]

My company employs Bitlocker w/ TPM in order to enable Direct Access so that you are always on the company network even when away from work. I want to have a desktop at home which is always connected, ...
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Desktop PC power supplies - will a fancy one save power (while powering same hardware components)?

Say I put a cheap power supply into a PC, could I save electricity costs by replacing it with some kind of fancy PSU (that's "more efficient" or has some kind of intelligent power management)? I know ...
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What should a person know before assembling their first computer?

For people who are setting out to build a computer for the first time, there's a lot of information on this site about how to choose an appropriate set of components. But after searching for a while, ...
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ATI HD5570 DDR3 2GB or HD5670 DDR5 1GB? [closed]

I don't know whether to post this this on gaming or here, so I just pick one since it's not about game.. Hope u guys know this, which one is better in terms of best value for money?? or better yet, ...
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Work Desktop is extremely slow, can't figure out why [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the first steps for diagnosing a slow machine? So I received this HP Desktop at work, running WindowsXP SP3, specs are good enough for XP, with a good video ...
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Slow Windows 7 resume on desktop

My desktop takes ~5 minutes to resume from sleep. After the long wait it shows the boot screen (text and all) and only then resumes Windows 7. How come? What can I change to speed this up? Notes: ...
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How to resolve a BootBlock BIOS and BIOS ROM checksum error?

I am having a BIOS ROM checksum error when I start my desktop. Here's a screenshot: My desktop is an HP Pavilion t3530.tr Desktop PC running Windows 7. I did a search and found this and this, but ...
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My power supply/motherboard nightmare

Last summer I bought a broken power supply (without knowing of course) and put it in my computer. Turning my box on made one of my cheaper HDDs catch fire (I believe a capacitor or resistor blew) and ...
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Best Way to Protect A Desktop From Power Surge/Dirty Power?

What is the best way to protect a computer desktop from a power surge/dirty power? Would a power strip be adequate? (I don't have much space in my desk.)
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Grounding Yourself Before/While You Are Building A Computer

What are the best methods for grounding yourself while you are building a computer? I've heard some methods but I'm not sure how they work/if they work at all. Touching a plugged in, off PSU Metal ...
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Desktop cannot restart (it will shut down) - Multiple OS's tried

I built a desktop a year or so ago, which runs like a dream. I have installed many OSes on it but the problem persists. If it tell the PC to restart it does everything right, shuts down but the PC ...
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desktop crashing/BSOD/overheating

On sunday night while having a nap I came back to PC to find it blank. Everything still on, but no response. So power cycled, then BSOD after it loads the first red dot in Windows 7. 0x0000007E I ...
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Storing A (Gaming) Desktop in An Enclosed Cabinet

I don't have anywhere else that I can store my upcoming gaming PC and the only place suitable (And big enough) right now is an enclosed wooden cabinet. (It opens via a door.) I've asked around and ...
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Copy a harddrive from a failed desktop machine using a second working one

Heres the scenario: I have PC-A, an old PC that runs Windows XP but now refuses to boot due to a failed motherboard (or maybe PSU). This PC has a single 80gb IDE drive. I also have PC-B, running ...
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Wireless card for desktop seems much weaker than laptop's

My laptop's wireless is so much more powerful than the wireless card that I got for my desktop. Is that typical? Are there any wireless cards for desktops that can match the efficiency of a laptop's ...
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Pre-Windows Dialog on Dell All-in-one Machine

I have a Dell Vostro 320 which is displaying this message on bootup after the BIOS screens but before the Windows splash screen. Does anyone know what this might be or can anyone translate this? Note ...