Traditional computers as compared to laptops and netbooks.

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Why is my computer randomly restarting? How can I fix it?

I have a custom built desktop computer that I've been using since about a year ago. The main specs are: ASUS P8Z68-V LE Motherboard Intel Core i7 2600k Corsair Vengeance 16GB Ram ASUS ENGTX570 GPU ...
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Can I use my laptop's wifi card in my new desktop PC?

There are already variations of this question, but I haven't found the help I'm looking for. I have a Gateway NV series laptop that doesn't work anymore. I bought it only a year ago and I think the ...
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Desktop PC won't turn on for a few minutes, if left for some time without power

A few days ago, I went out of town, and I thought it'd be wise to pull the plugs for my TV, PC, consoles etc., to avoid having anything be on standby and consuming (i know, very small amounts of) ...
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Big noise from Power Supply Unity Fa? Should I replace it immediately?

Recently, I started to get a large noise from my PC when switched on. After some time, it disappears. I discovered that the issue is with the Power Supply Unit. Does this mean I have a failing PSU? ...
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Is it a good idea to place the Power Supply Unit Below the Hard disk?

Several years ago I bought a new computer casing which is very weird. Its small and compact. Normally, we have the PSU in the top. But in here, the PSU is on the bottom and right below the hard drive. ...
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Lock down a workstation

I need to lock down a workstation so a local user named "Assistant1" can not launch any applications except Notepad. Can anyone tell me where to start? The OS is Windows XP SP2 or SP3. The computers ...
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Stream YouTube from PC to Internet Enabled TV

Well I have a Samsung Smart TV (7000 series) and I would like to be able to stream a YouTube video from my computer to it. I know that I could just load it up in the Smart UI, but the Windows UI is so ...
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Computer won't start up. Stuck on Lenovo splash screen. Help Diagnose

I have some (I'm not sure exactly what model) Lenovo 21" IdeaCentre. Honestly, the computer works off and on. I have had problems with it not being able to shutdown, which I fixed. The fan seems to be ...
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How to repair Creative Inspire Speakers 2.1 Volume Control Wheel?

Due to dust or so, the Volume Control Wheel does not work properly. Volume goes to one speaker, and other gets muted. Vice versa. When I carefully turn the wheel sometimes the Volume works properly or ...
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Monitor's auto adjustment feature doesn't work

When I click the auto adjustment button on my Samsung desktop LCD monitor, my screen changes its appearance, my desktop moves downwards, half of the taskbar is hidden and a small blank bar appears on ...
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Motherboard makes high-pitched chirping noise; will it stop by itself, or what do I need to do to fix it? [duplicate]

I know computers, I have been fixing them and building them for over a decade... but I don't know the exact electronics of them. My personal desktop PC is making an irregular, but constant, extremely ...
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How to diagnose issue between mobo, RAID, and SSD cache drive?

Background This issue is happening on my custom-built desktop. Relevant specs: Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Utilizing Intel RST technology (application that uses unused SSD as cache) Processor: ...
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How to check if graphics card needs replacing

After noticing odd events occurring on my desktop computer, which led to not being able to boot normally, I did a scan for viruses on multiple levels (Initially failed scans from the OS in safe mode, ...
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Is it more cost efficient to keep my computer on and allow it to go into S4/Hibernate? [closed]

I have a desktop PC and and it goes into S4/Hibernate after about 1/2 hour of it being on. Is it wasting electricity by turning it on and off and not just keep it on overnight in S4/Hibernate?
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PC will POST whenever feels likes it

I'm really sick of my PC and I'd love to throw it off the 5th floor but unfortunately I don't have this luxury right now. The issues started when I moved to a new house about 2 months ago. I didn't ...
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Numlock on when computer is off

I have a desktop PC which was recently moved. Since moving I've noticed that even while the PC is turned off (but wall socket turned on) the NumLock LED on the keyboard is on. It may have been doing ...
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Will an e-ATX motherboard fit in a large ATX form factor case?

Is it possible (without drilling any holes or anything) to fit an e-ATX motherboard into a large computer case whose form factors are only ATX and micro-ATX? The case itself should have enough space ...
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what could I do with a power mac g5 2005? [closed]

I've been offered a apple power mac g5 2005. I was just wondering if I could upgrade the machine to a decent standard. I..e upgrade the operating system, maybe up the processing power. The ...
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CPU cooling - one fan vs. two?

I have a fairly large aftermarket cooler (Xigmatek Gaia) for my i5-2500k processor. It shipped with one fan (pushing air into the cooler) but has the ability to put a 2nd fan on it (push-pull ...
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Can I leave SSD unsecured?

I just bought a Samsung SSD 830 series for my desktop, but forget to buy a mount for it. Is it ok if I leave it connected, but not screwed in? Do I have to worry about short circuiting or any other ...
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How can I use a desktop like a laptop [closed]

I am not looking for a remote control application. I need a new computer. Typically I buy desktop-replacement laptops and use them in the exact same location (my couch). I would like to save $ and ...
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Upgrading video adapter for Dell Vostro 220s to Geforce 7800 or Radeon 1800? [closed]

First, I'm a software guy, not a hardware guy. I'm not afraid of hardware, but I don't stay current on the technology. You can probably assume that I know the basics (I know the difference between ...
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Computer motherboard failure?

So, I am pretty sure this will be a unique problem One of my fellow employees took a cable with a RJ-45 jack on one end, and a USB on the other and thought it would be neat to plug the cable into the ...
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Are there seperate processors for Servers?

To my knowledge a Server PC and a desktop PC can have the same processor. But someone told me Servers are equipped with more powerful Processors (that is these processor are designed for Servers ...
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New PC, screen blacks out after 10-20 minutes

About 2 weeks ago I bought a custom pc with parts chosen by me and help from some people, and got the employees at the store to build it for me. At first everything ran smooth, games like skyrim and ...
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Why upgrade to solid state hard drive on desktop computer

Why upgrade to a solid state hard drive on desktop computer if non-solid state hard drive speed = 6GB/s and solid state hard drive speed = 6GB/s Will I just be paying more to get less space? they ...
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Lenovo Desktop PC 3000 J Series shuts down unexpectedly

I had this PC given to me with the recovery disks. I have tried starting it as it was given to me. It came up to the log in screen (don't have the previous user's password offhand). It sat there for a ...
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Can a laptop hard-drive be used in a desktop machine?

I recently built my own computer, and I wanted to put my laptop hard drive in my desktop, possibly to do a RAID 0 or 1 (haven't decided yet). Is this even possible, or is it possible with an adapter ...
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How to get more bandwidth for my laptop than desktop in my home network [closed]

In my home network we have desktop with wired Internet connection and laptop with wireless Internet connection. So I want more bandwidth for my laptop than desktop, both are on same Internet ...
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3 pin wire to desktop

How do you call this kind of wire? I need to replace it and I've been searching on amazon everything from 3 pin to desktop power I can not get the right term. Where could I buy such?
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DVD is not detected

My system is not detecting DVDs but it's detecting CDs just fine. I have completely formatted the system but the problem still occurs I have a LG HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H55N model drive.
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How to get external 2.5 inch HD enclosure recognised

I am completely out of ideas. I have 2.5inch HDD from my old laptop, I have tried with 2 different HDD enclosures but my desktop does not recognize it. Not even showing in the disk management or ...
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Computer loads BIOS, but won't load OS

I have just purchased a brand new motherboard bundle, installed into the old case with the old PSU and the old HDD. I can get into the BIOS, but whenever I try to boot from the HDD, it just sits with ...
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Can I use my laptop's wireless adapter in a desktop computer?

I bought a new desktop computer and my old one will be used in the living room. It is not very practical to lay a network cable through the living room to the desktop, so I was starting to think about ...
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Desktop Configuration: More than 32GB RAM [closed]

For Particle Simulations, I considered upgrading my desktop PC. I would be willing to invest into 64GB of RAM, but as I have checked, all desktop motherboards have maximum memory limits of 32GB. What ...
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Removing dvd drive and bay covers from a Asus Essentio CM6850

I recently picked up an Asus Essentio CM6850 (click the link to see the case I'll be referencing) from Best Buy and really like it. I recently upgraded to a 650w power supply and a Asus Geforce GT 560 ...
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What's the proper way to unplug a power cord?

Unsure if I'm stating the question correctly, but I know there are warnings against quickly unplugging projectors suddenly because of the damage it can cause to the projector bulb. Is this applicable ...
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Serial redirection for a desktop computer

Lets suppose I have a desktop computer. Is there any way (i.e. a PCI card or some kind of software/hardware) through which I can enable the computer to support serial redirection? By serial ...
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Optiplex 980 wont wakeup

We have a desktop machine that appears to go into sleep mode (sleep is set to never in power options). The user can remote into the desktop from her laptop successfully. Yet, when we move the mouse ...
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DDR2 woes on HP DC7800

My desktop (HP dc7800) has two 1GB DDR3 modules in it, and slot for 2 more. I tried to add (working) 2x1GB sticks of DDR2, 667, PC5300U. But got angry beeps and no boot. Any ideas? Current memory: ...
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Motherboards/components to eliminate USB Bandwidth issue

I'm currently running web streaming from a Dell XPS 15 running Windows 7 with a i5 M480 2.67ghz processor and 6gb of ram. I connect TWO EasyCap DC60+ devices and a TV Tuner to all three of my ...
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“Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” after computer is idle

Often when I leave my computer for a while (more than about 3 or 4 minutes, at a guess) the graphics driver will crash when I come back to it. The screen goes black for several seconds then comes back ...
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PC Rebooting Without Cause

For the last 2 years or so, my PC has been rebooting itself intermittently. There is no discernable pattern to the reboots, only that they seem most likely when I'm just about to press the "save" ...
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Transporting a desktop computer and LCD monitor

I've got a friend who's relocating to another country for work, and he's asked me to help pack his computers. In addition to a bunch of laptops (and their accessories), he's got a single desktop PC ...
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Use Android phone as wireless adapter for Ubuntu desktop

Is there any way I could use my Android phone (rooted) as a wireless adapter for my Ubuntu desktop? Or share the data connection? edit: Is there any full free ones?
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A Linux desktop with a multi-monitor setup that respects display bounds

I've had problems using a multi-monitor setup on a native installation of Ubuntu using Gnome, namely – when I set up my laptop to be left of my main 23" monitor, I have them aligned so that the bottom ...
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Dell p4 system not showing any display [closed]

My Dell P4 Desktop system is not showing display and it smells like some things is burning. It has some small lights at right side of system that shows 1 2 3 4 and an oval shaped drum icon. They on ...
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Bad graphics card or new power supply needed?

I've just bought a Radeon HD6870 but when I install it my machine doesn't even POST. I had to get a PCI-E power connector adaptor (2xHDD sockets to PCI-E 6-pin plug) as my 500W power supply only had ...
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Black screen appears when booting new install of Ubuntu 11.10 on my desktop, cannot access Grub menu to fix

I installed 11.10 on my desktop PC but get a black screen after the BIOS screen when I try to boot it. I was able to run 10.04.04 on my hard drive before installing 11.10 and I am also able to use ...
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How to fix very high w_await on linux desktop?

My Linux (Debian sid) desktop started to become sluggish in the last few weeks. When I investigated, I found that: There is no ram shortage -- the system regularly uses only half of its 4G, there is ...