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Seamlessly switching between integrated graphics (e.g. Intel 5xx) and graphics card (GTX 980)?

Usually, a home PC capable of gaming would be quite power hungry when turned on, such that you wouldn't also want to leave it on when you were not around. And that graphics card would also be ...
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How do I examine which kind of digitizer hardware for inductive stylus is built in my tablet?

I guess there are only 3 OEMs of these pen devices? this should be N-trig (MS Surface, Sony), Wacom (Galaxy Notes?) and Synaptics (Acer, Dell etc.). I just tested a new (noname) Windows Tablet with ...
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Interface between PC SW and external satellite phone?

Is there a way of connecting a Windows PC to a satellite phone so that the following can be done from software running on the PC: Remotely control the satellite phone from software on the PC (i.e. ...
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DDR3 SDRAM specification understanding

What's difference between two memory modules 4GB 2Rx8 PC-10600S-09-10-D1 and 4GB 2Rx8 PC-10600S-09-10-F2. What the ending is stand for? I wonder if those modules could work together.
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Motherboard replacement issue [closed]

I have this motherboard that died - MSI P67AC43B3 and I need to replace it, but it seems there are no new motherboards that support s1155 and P67 chipset. I have an i5-2400 processor and an Asus GTX ...
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Can I somehow watch a 3d over\under videos on a VR device like google cardboard

I have a VR device that just naturally plays side by side 3d videos, I was wondering, since I have 3d videos that are over\under can I watch those on my device? I can;t find anything on the internet ...
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Any easy way to combine (any) laptop charger with USB charger

I have a shitty laptop with only one USB 3.0 port and not enough power on that port to charge anything any fast. There are a lot of cheap USB 3.0 hubs on the market that support external power. What ...
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Can someone please help me identify these chips?

I unburdened some old hardware. I don't know exactly what kind of hardware component it is. I guess it's some RAM chip, but don't know which kind, or size. Can you help me ? The first one : The ...
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What is a Linux compatible line printer? [closed]

Despite it being 2015, there are still a lot of line printers for sale, some branded as “form printers”. Is it possible to run a line printer under Linux, and what kind of restrictions are there in ...
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How do I decide between CPUs with different clock speeds, number of cores and L3 cache sizes?

I am a web designer and I'm considering purchasing a Mac Pro (one of the new cylindrical ones). I've scoured the internet for information on the different processor options that they offer, but I'm ...
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Speed with multi-cpu motherboard

I'm looking at building a dual-cpu system, but I was wondering if there were any concerns with bottlenecks that I should be aware of since data is going to two different places now. I know that each ...
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Does adding more RAM affect the frame rate in games? [closed]

I have a laptop that has an AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics running Windows 8.1 (64 bit). It currently has 4GB RAM installed. When I play "Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)", I get a ...
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What affects the responsivness of the computer? [closed]

I want to buy a new computer and what's the most important for me is the responsivness : the computer could be running for 200days in a row, have 50apps running I want to be able to open a new app or ...
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USB mouse cord connection name

I'm planning on modifying my USB gaming mouse to add a micro USB port instead of the cable coming out of it currently because it has gone bad (the mouse stops working when the cable is in certain ...
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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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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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(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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Why does a Xeon processor cost much more than a similar Core i7 part?

I want to know why the price of a Xeon CPU and a similar Core i7 CPU is so different. The CPU clock is more or less the same. I want to know this because I want to have an understanding of what kind ...
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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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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 ...