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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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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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How to print without yellow toner cartridge in a laser printer

I accidentally broke the yellow cartridge of my brand new Laser Printer hp CP1215. I want to just use only other colors like magenta and cyan etc. But the printer is not printing at all because there ...
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Mobile broadband with hardware VPN (vs. software configuration of VPN on the computer)

Context I find it quite convenient to connect to the Internet using the following setup Computer is connected to DSL internet via a router The router has DD-WRT firmware installed VPN access and ...
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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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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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Buying replacement Macbook Pro Battery - Genuine vs. eBay

I'm looking to replace my Macbook Pro's battery (15", last model before the Unibody). It's currently at 55% capacity (as reported in System Information and Battery Health Monitor). I've reset the ...
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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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What should I look for in optical/hardware resolution when buying a scanner?

I'm debating between these two scanners: Canon CanoScan LiDE 110 Flatbed Colour Scanner 2400DPI 48/24BIT USB2.0 Epson Perfection V33 Flatbed Scanner USB2.0 9600X4800DPI I've got some old family ...
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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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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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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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How does FaceBook build servers with 12+ hard drives

From The FB Blog: ... is deployed on top of commodity storage blades. The typical hardware configuration of a 2U storage blade is – 2 x quad-core CPUs 16GB – 32GB memory hardware raid ...
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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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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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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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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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What kind of chip to use for underwater robotics? [closed]

I have no experience with embedded systems hardware and am looking to build a micro-budget underwater robot for exploring the bottom of a lake on the family homestead. I don't have much money to spend ...
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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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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 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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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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How to improve Windows Aero desktop performance? [closed]

Why is my desktop graphic performance less and gaming graphic performance high, as they both depend on same graphics card? What can I do to improve Windows Aero desktop performance?
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Best home electric automation kit available right now? [closed]

Been looking to automate my home electricity usage. Would love to... Walk into my house with my iPhone (+ Bluetooth))... ... and a server that controls lighting + air-conditioning + appliances (e.g ...
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Measuring static electricity buildup In the body [closed]

Is there a device that can measure static electricity build-up in my body? With this device, I should know the risk of working with electronics beforehand, and if I should discharge before starting to ...
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Is it possible to have a portable plotter that can print QR codes on burlap?

This is a hardware question. Is there a class of plotters that are portable and accept sharpies? The use case: I have a burlap sack. It will be taking very specific potsherds from an archaeological ...
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Mutli-processor workstation as a workstation/server

I work in a research institute and a number of programs we use are computationally intensive (I actually wrote one of them). Right now we have one computer that is dedicated for one of these programs ...
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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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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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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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DIY server - motherboard, raid and hard disk

I would like to build a server that supports RAID. Initially I considered getting an Intel Xeon but it's a little too expensive. So I would probably get the Intel core i3/5/7. I did my research and ...
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Modern CPU for highly concurrent server applications?

I am looking for a hardware, which must run about 256 computationally intensive real-time concurrent tasks in 24 hour mode. Each task takes about 40-50 MFLOPs, so all tasks require about 10 GFLOPs. ...
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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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Dual screen with Lucid Virtu

I have two LCD displays (both quite old with D-Sub connectors). I'm going to upgrade my rig with new Z77 motherboard and Ivy Bridge CPU with iGPU (HD4000). I'd like to use Hyperformance mode of Lucid ...
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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 ...