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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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Desktop computer for GIS and home networking use specifications [closed]

I'm in the market for a new pc/laptop. Portability is not an issue for me, so I'm leaning more towards a desktop, since it will be easier to upgrade specific components at a later stage. The problem ...
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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 ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...