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PCIe port backwards compatibility

Are PCIe generations backwards compatible? And will a port with N channels support a device with less than N channels? For instance, supposing I had a motherboard with a PCIe 3.0 x16 port. Would ...
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Any suggestions on a netbook/desktop setup to run Python for scientific computing?

This may seem like an inappropriate question that should be relegated to some hardware forum, but I love StackExchange for other things and thought perhaps you could help! I had my laptop stolen a ...
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What should I consider for upgrading the graphic card in my notebook?

I have a rather old (from 2008) Acer Travelmate 5720G, a laptop equipped with a chassis that let me easily access almost all of its hardware components; it makes the option of upgrading them really ...
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replacing glossy screen to matte — impact quality?

I have a 3200x1800 resolution laptop (http://www.dell.com/uk/p/xps-15-9530/pd?~srd=true&sk=xps%2015%209530&scat=prod&ref=ac ). However, the screen is way too reflective. I cannot even do ...
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Laptop lcd cable serial number

I'm having a hard time searching for a lcd cable replacement for a asus' laptop. Which serial number should i use for searching? Here's the foto of the cable:
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How can a harddrive be “optimized for surveillance storage”?

Some internal harddrives are advertised as "optimized for surveillance storage" (and similarly, "optimized for gaming"). What makes these types of drives special or different from "standard" ...
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Just how fast is VIA's Padlock?

CPU manufacturer VIA has added AES acceleration to their C7 line of CPUs (I suppose Intel/AMD have with their newer CPUs as well). I'm wanting to build a matched pair of routers connected over a ...
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Will any PC digitizer pen work with my laptop?

I lost the digitizer pen for my Sony VAIO Duo 13 and I was wondering if I can buy any digitizer pen to replace it or if I need the pen specifically made for the Duo. I don't want to buy the one made ...
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Knowing how to upgrade my pc hardware [duplicate]

I want to add more memory to my pc. is there any tool that can scan my hardware tell me how much more memory i can fit, from which type (ddr2/3) in which slot? Thanks
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CPU clock and L3 cache for programming

I'm interested in how much different hardware choices affect the following use cases: Programming in Python: lots of heavy mathematical computations using numpy arrays Data Applications in Python ...
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Difference hot-swap bay cage with and without tray (trayless)

What exactly is the difference between a normal hot-swap bay cage and a trayless hot-swap bay cage? I know that a trayless hot-swap cage looks like this video. So what's the difference with a normal ...
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Video grabbing card

I have a device (basically monitor+some kind of stripped computer as a blackbox) that is able to produce video output via S-VIDEO and Video Out (like this one: ...
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(Arch)Linux board with dual ethernet

I am looking for a Linux board with the following requirements: 2 ethernet ports (helpful, but only 1 required) 2 USB ports SDXC support (for SD/MicroSD) WiFi (>25 concurrent users ideally) HDMI or ...
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Is there a way to get software out of a computer running windows 4?

Our lab uses a computer that runs windows 4 (ancient I know) to run specialized equipment. The software we want is rsview32, it runs a program that controls our specialized equipment. We would like to ...
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Hardware specifications for WOL (Wake On Lan)

I am planning to buy a computer, which I would like to start using Wake-On-Lan from outside the LAN. I was looking on the internet and there is lot of information to be confused. 1) What are the ...
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Can i use SATA hard drives with IBM servers

I am planning to but IBM X 3850 M2 server http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5073028 One friend told me that i can only use SAS drives and i can't use SATA Hard ...
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Durable touch screens? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I couldn't find anywhere that seemed a better fit. I'm putting together a touch-screen terminal for a children's museum. Probably going ...
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I want to build my first computer but don't have the time. Where could I learn about the different components and how they work? [closed]

I want to learn about how computers work, and maybe eventually routers, but don't have the time right now to build one. Could someone point me in the direction of what the different hardware ...
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How Does Integrated Graphics Card work [closed]

many laptops are these days sold with onboard graphics card, such as the new Intel HD 4600. I am reading that the graphic processor is manufactured on the same die as the central processor. Is the ...
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Minimum standalone graphics card requirements for dual monitor display

I am researching on hardware requirements for my new PC. One of my requirements is to have dual monitor display to use while programming. I understand that most integrated graphics cards do not ...
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Mixing rams with different frequencies and sizes

I have a computer with 2× 1 GB DDR3 1067 MHz RAM modules. Now I bought 2× 2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz modules. My questions: Should I remove the 1 GB modules and use the new ones only (2× 2 GB = 4 GB ...
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What minimal laptop requirements, so I can play Sims 3 and/or Minecraft?

I have no experience with gaming on PC, but want to buy my daughter laptop. She wants to play Minecraft and Sims 3. I found some page, but it says I need "2.4 GHz" CPU. Which is usually not an option. ...
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Compatibility of RAM modules [closed]

I have an old computer with 3 RAM modules with 1GB each, as follows: Type: DDR2 Size: 1024 MBytes Manufacturer: Kingston Max bandwith: PC2-6400 (400 MHz) Reference number: KTC1G-UDIMM Now I ...
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RAM. What is interleaved memory?

I want to mix some RAM sticks: Actually I have 2 DDR3 sticks x2 GB (on slots 1,3 to work in Dual Channel - an they are working, if believe to CPU-Z tool). I want to put in other 2 slots (2nd and 4th) ...
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If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge? [closed]

If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that be good enough to de-static-ify myself before handling a motherboard and CPU?
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1366x768 native display resolution on a GT720m - battery life + performance advantage over 1080?

So I am aware that the GT720m can handle resolutions a lot higher than 1366x768. - up to 2560x1600. My laptop is coming with a 1366x768 as it's native and max resolution due to the display/led ...
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Performance when working with large images in Photoshop

I'm looking for a bit of advice on improving the performance of my computer when working with large images in Photoshop. For example, trying to stitch a panorama from 12 or so images takes over 15 ...
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How can I limit the volume of audio on Windows by decibel level?

I enjoy listening to music at high volumes, but I'm concerned about possible long-term hearing loss. Articles covering this question suggest limiting audio volume to under 85 decibels. Is there: A ...
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Can I have GeForce® GTX 570 Sonic Platinum with normal GTX 570 in SLI?

The question really describes that all. Here's a detailed disambuagation of my question: Can I combine a GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Edition and a 'Normal' GTX 570? If yes, then does it requires special ...
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19" Console Server running Linux [closed]

I'm searching for a hardware platform or hint for building a console server running Linux. I'd need 8-32 Serial Ports (DB9 or RJ54) Linux as OS 19" chassis I don't really care if this is some ...
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What hardware is important for streaming PC games? [closed]

I'm planning on building a streaming computer. I'm wondering what to keep in mind when putting this computer together. What hardware is most important for streaming of PC games? I will use XSplit as ...
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Gaming: HDD vs Hybrid vs SSD

The question is: Can I make an estimate with a game's system requirements to decide which type of disk is "better" for it? Background: I bought a SSD drive. I wanted speed, but, as usual there's ...
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External Blu Ray drive or internal + enclosure?

I bought an external Blu-ray drive for my MBP but it failed, and is going back. It felt really cheaply made so now I'm wondering whether to try and find a better one (all the reviews mention tacky ...
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What laptop keyboards are easy to disassemble and clean? [closed]

I often use my laptop on construction jobsites or in very dirt-filled situations. Over time, the keyboard gets dusty, greasy, etc. Pieces of detritus fall down underneath the keys, and come to ...
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3D Hologram for pc? [closed]

I would like to create something similar to what we see on Iron Man move with Jarvis or Jarvas or however you spell his personal AI. So to put it simple I would like to know if there is an affordable ...
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What precautions should I take when modifying/upgrading components in a computer? [closed]

Drop it off a cliff, hit it with a hammer, jam a incompatible component in the wrong slot, jam a incompatible component in the wrong slot with a hammer, etc. Not what I mean. I am asking about ...
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System requirements for running windows 8 (basic office use) in virtualbox (ubuntu as host os)

I want to run windows 8 as a guest os with virtualbox on some thinkpad (haven't bought one yet) running Ubuntu 12.04. Apart from virtualizing windows 8 (mostly just for use with the office suite app) ...
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Is this system 32 bit or 64 bit? [closed]

I would definitely say that this system is 64 bit but the owner says it's 32. The computer is a Dell Optiplex 960 which comes both in 32 bit and 64 bit versions but I installed windows 8 64 bit ...
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Why is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-57 faster than an Intel Atom CPU N570

There are ubuntu 12.04 32-bit on both machines, results of hardinfo benchmarks: Athlon | Atom X2 TK-57 | N570 **lower is better:** | | ...
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How to decide what graphics card is better? [closed]

I am looking to buy a new graphics card, but I am not sure what to be looking for, what is more important? CUDA Cores, Clock Speed, Memory, etc. Here are some examples Core Clock ...
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what is the difference between ASIC and FPGA

Recently I started to experiment with FPGAs and while doing this I found out about ASICs. Can anyone explain me the main differences between them. From what I have read so far, I understand the ...
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Which GPUs are real Kepler cores?

With Nvidia's naming scheme I'm having a lot of trouble looking for a card that isn't a repackaged fermi or even older architecture. For example I was looking at the GT640, but the GF116 GPU is ...
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Panel for a slimline DVD drive

I am looking at nixing my DVD drive in my HTPC/Nettop box, and replacing it with a new HD. Where might I find a cover that would fill the gap where the DVD drive used to be on the case?
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Will you be able to change the SSD in the Google Chromebook Pixel?

The new Google Chromebook Pixel really looks interesting. However, it comes with a small SSD of 32 or 64GB. Even with cloud storage, that's small. So will you be able to easily change the SSD?
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Building an economical small to mid scale development server [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap rack/server combination for our office shared linux development server? We have limited knowledge so I want something that we can upgrade hard drives and RAM easily. I ...
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Copying files to multiple USB flash drives [closed]

Does anyone know of any software or hardware (or both) that will copy a certain set of files to multiple USB flash drives? We have a project where there are some PDF's that need to be copied to about ...
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How can I take a single hotel Wifi connection and share it out amongst devices via Wifi?

Many hotels these days still have pretty dreadful Wifi. Often the worst offender is the "you still only have one Wifi device, right?" assumption; you get a username/password combo, and using it on ...
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I need some guidance on what to do next with my server

I have a server with the following specifications: HP DL180 G6 2 x Intel Quad-Core Xeon E5620 8GB RAM 4 x 2TB Hard drives running in a RAID10 NGINX running as download webserver It is connected at ...
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What is the bottleneck for the my browser?

I have a laptop with Intel i7 2720QM Samsung SSD PM810 128GB SATA II (link to benchmark) 8GB DDR3 PC-10700 Memory CAS# Latency 6/7/8/9 My internet speed is 19 ms (Ping) 20 Mbps (Down) 4.5 Mbps (Up) ...
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Systematic criteria for selecting a new hard drive for servers

I'm required to come up with a specification for a new HDD to be purchased for a server I admin. The current disk (purchased pre-installed in the system) already shows I/O errors (as evidenced by ...